How do I change the name of a vSwitch with vSphere 7.0 U2 and higher?

Some of you may have noticed it already, and some may not, but a lot of the configuration details that were traditionally stored in “esx.conf” have now moved elsewhere. The question is where did it go? Well it went into “configstore” and with “configstore” now also comes a … [Read more...]

Which vSAN Maintenance Mode option was used on a host?

Last week there was a question on VMTN around maintenance mode, this customer wanted to find out which vSAN Maintenance Mode option was used while the host was placed in maintenance mode. The person who placed the host into maintenance wasn’t around, and I guess the customer wanted to know if data was moved from … [Read more...]

Issue adding tags to the vCLS VMs with vCenter Server 7.0 U2b

Today I was talking to one of our field folks and he asked if there was an issue with Tags in combination with vCLS VMs in 7.0 U2b specifically. I had tested assigning tags to vCLS VMs before, and it worked just fine. With 7.0 U2b unfortunately this has stopped working. The error you will see displayed in the vSphere … [Read more...]

Can I make a host in a cluster the vSphere HA primary / master host?

There was an interesting question on the VMware VMTN Community this week, although I wrote about this in 2016 I figured I would do a short write-up again as the procedure changed since 7.0u1. The question was if it was possible to make a particular host in a cluster the vSphere HA primary (or master as it was called … [Read more...]

VMUG Advantage Homelab Group Buy Discount offer!

Some of you may have seen the blog that William Lam posted last year titled the “VMUG Advantage Homelab Group Buy Discount”. Some of you may have not seen this. Basically, William worked with the VMUG on a discount for the VMUG Advantage Program. Why am I posting this? Well, I am pleased to announce that I … [Read more...]

HCI Mesh error: Failed to run the remote datastore mount pre-checks

I had two comments on my HCI Mesh compute only blogpost where both were reporting the same error when trying to mount a remote datastore. The error that popped up was the following: I tried to reproduce it in my lab, as both had upgraded from 7.0 to U2 I did the same, that didn’t result in the same error though. … [Read more...]

Can 2-node or Stretched be used as client or server cluster with vSAN HCI Mesh?

I had this question today, probably sparked by my post earlier where a showed a single-node cluster being able to leverage HCI Mesh to mount a remote vSAN Datastore. The question was if this also works with 2-node vSAN or with a vSAN Stretched Cluster. Unfortunately, the answer is no, a 2-node cluster or a vSAN … [Read more...]

Does vSAN Enhanced Durability work when you have a limited number of hosts?

Last week I had a question about how vSAN Enhanced Durability works when you have a limited number of hosts. In this case, the customer had a 3+3+1 stretched cluster configuration, and they wondered what would happen when they would place a host into maintenance mode. Although I was pretty sure I knew what would … [Read more...]

Using HCI Mesh with a stand-alone vSphere host?

Last week at the French VMUG we received a great question. The question was whether you can use HCI Mesh (datastore sharing) with a stand-alone vSphere Host. The answer is simple, no you cannot. VMware does not support enabling vSAN, and HCI Mesh, on a single stand-alone host. However, if you still want to mount a vSAN … [Read more...]

vSphere Native Key Provider backup not working

I had three people asking this question the past few weeks, they were trying to configure the vSphere Native Key Provider so that they could enable vSAN Encryption, but the backup function wasn’t working. If you have not seen the Native Key Provider in action yet, just watch the video below. As demonstrated in … [Read more...]