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 …

Relocating VM’s with “vDS host error: see faultCause” issues

Introduction The other day I was trying to move a couple of virtual machines on one of our environments and I faced some awesome general system errors! Great. I’ve seen these before and figured I’d write this in a quick blogpost this time around. The error message I faced from …

Something to consider while upgrading ESXi in a vSAN environment

Introduction A couple of weeks ago I started upgrading an environment that is configured with VMware vSAN. This on itself isn’t a difficult task nowadays. It does however become somewhat problematic if you receive all sorts of errors on the vSAN cluster after upgrading a couple of ESXi hosts, that …

Virtual Machine BootTime property is not being populated

Ever so often you come around something that you haven’t seen before. Well this issue is one of those things. In our environments we use loads of metrics and properties that we gather from the vCenter Server and expose them to the customer in our own custom front-end portal. One …

HPE Gen10 Proliant “Status of other host hardware objects” error

Introduction Last week I encountered something after upgrading one of our environments. Since the updates we’ve been randomly getting errors on ESXi hosts that said “Status of other host hardware objects”. After troubleshooting a little bit it seemed this isn’t impacting production or is providing us any trouble at all. …

Using localcli on ESXi for troubleshooting

Just a small ESXi Pro tip this time. I recently had a host that was experiencing issues and the management services were unresponsive. This is a major problem for troubleshooting as the esxcli commandset won’t work anymore at this stage. Now by accident I came across a tip from the …