Check ESXi installation date using Powershell

Have you ever found yourself wondering when a certain ESXi server was installed? In this case VMware GSS has your back. Check out KB 2144905 to find a simple esxcli command that dissects the hosts UUID to give you the installation date of that specific host. But what if you want to audit an entire cluster? This is where Powershell can help you out.

UsageMeter not sending data to vCloud Usage Insight

Today we have another UsageMeter issue I would like to discuss with everybody. I’ve been using UsageMeter since the old days so I’ve seen pretty much everything there is. But this time I was surprised to learn something new on these things. Last month while I was reporting our UsageMeter …

Nested ESXi 7 interoperability with ESXi 6.7

The nested ESXi appliances that William Lam provides to the community are great resources for testing. But what about interoperability? Can you run a nested ESXi 7 VM on a ESXi 6.7 server? Unfortunately the answer is; it depends. We can’t all be early adopters right? I currently work in …

How to recover from deleted VM files

Recently I found my self having to recover a VM that had most of it’s files deleted. They were removed by a script that was intended to clean up a staging datastore. Unfortunately the VM in question was left on that staging datastore and the script did it’s magic. The …

Using Runecast to fix missing NIC in ESXi

The problem In my homelab I’m using a server which contains both Gigabit and 10GbE NICs. When I first deployed ESXi version 7.0U1 the list of devices looked like this.

In this system the Mellanox isn’t connected to a switch (yet). So I didn’t notice this straight away. But …

vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1 cannot collect vCenter Server information

Today I have a rather small blogpost for you guys. I noticed that one of my vCloud Usage Meter appliances, still running on an ancient 3.6.1 version build 7359407, had some difficulties collecting data for one of the connected vCenter Servers. I got loads of e-mail messages from the Usage …