How to fix: vSphere VUM: GUI error that prevents upgrades!

If you, as a vSphere Administrator, regularly update a vSphere environment you should be using vSphere Update Manager. vSphere Update Manager is the tooling that VMware made so that you don’t have to install patches through the command line on each host, or do updates on each host separately! And …

How to shrink VCSA logical volumes before an upgrade

I found that especially when you migrate Windows vCenter servers to the VCSA you might end up with a deployment size that is less than optimal. Some people say; don’t worry, it’s just thin provisioned. But I’m an old-school guy and I like to keep things neat and simple. The …

How to fix an expired VCSA Machine SSL certificate with a bugged vmware-eam service

Recently we’ve had some weird issues on one of our customers vCenter Servers. For starters the vMotion and Storage vMotion features weren’t working anymore because of time-outs. Which is weird and something I’ve never seen before. So we started troubleshooting the VCSA server and noticed that it couldn’t retrieve the …

vCenter Appliance (VCSA) Web Client timeout settings

Recently we had a customer asking us if we could change the timeout on the vSphere Web Client because they had some issues with the default 120 minutes / 2 hours that are configured in the vCenter settings. Changing this is rather simple and can be done in the following …

VCSA 6.7 U1 /storage/archive partition full

The other night I got paged up that one of our VCSA servers had a full partition. After looking into it, it seems that the /storage/archive/ partition was filled up. When browsing through the partition I quickly noticed that the “vpostgres” folder was the culprit. It was all filled up …

Broken ‘Export system logs’ vCenter 6.5 build 7515524

Recently we’ve been discovering some bugs in one of our environments. One of which I will discuss in this blogpost. This might seem like a small issue but if you use VMware GSS often it can be troublesome if you want to quickly create a support bundle of your environment.  …