Booting ESXi from SD/USB devices? Time to reconsider when buying new hardware!

We’ve all seen those posts from people about worn-out SD/USB devices, or maybe even experience it ourselves at some point in time. Most of you reading this probably also knew there was an issue with 7.0 U2, which resulted in USB/SD devices wearing out a lot quicker. Those issues have been resolved with the latest … [Read more...]

Command-line upgrade of vCenter fails with Test transaction failed to update packages error

I have various test environments, and one of my environments I was testing the command-line upgrade of vCenter Server. Now, most of my environments we tend to use for destructive testing and strange update/upgrade scenarios, so we hit some strange issues every now and then. While I was doing the command-line based … [Read more...]

Updating VCSA and hitting the error Test RPM transaction failed

I was updating my environment to vCenter Server 7.0 U2c, while going through the process I got this error that says “Test RPM transaction failed”. Below is the screenshot of the error. if you click “resume” you then, unfortunately, get stuck in an infinite loop. The only way to get out of the … [Read more...]

vSAN Storage Rules policy capability allows to set dedupe per VM?

There was a question posted on the VMware Community Forums, and as this is something I have been asked regularly, I figured I would do a quick blog post about it. Although I have covered this before, it doesn’t hurt to repeat, as it appears to be somewhat confusing for people. When you create a VM Storage Policy, … [Read more...]

There’s a new podcast in town, but it is in Dutch!

I wanted to inform the Yellow-Bricks readers that I started a podcast recently with Frank Denneman and Johan van Amersfoort. The name of the podcast is “In de aap gelogeerd” and that may already reveal that it is not in English, but it is in Dutch. Some may wonder why, well I guess that is easy to explain, … [Read more...]

My recommended sessions for VMworld 2021!

It is that time of the year again, the VMworld content catalog has been posted online! Like every year I am going to provide a list of sessions that I highly recommend watching. There are many great sessions, and I can’t list them all, so I am going to limit it to 15 sessions again. If you feel there’s a … [Read more...]

vSpeaking Podcast: Top 10 Admin Tools

Last week I was invited to the vSpeaking Podcast. The podcast discussed the Top 10 Admin Tools for VMware customers. It is a great list if you ask me, hear all about through your favorite podcast app, or just click play below! Source … [Read more...]

Installed wordpress plugin CloudFlare and not receiving emails any more?

I had this situation where emails were not received anymore after I installed the CloudFlare plugin for WordPress. I installed CloudFlare so that the content of my blog would be cached “locally” for most visitors, as my blog is hosted in The Netherlands. After installing CloudFlare I started having issues … [Read more...]

Very large sps-runtime.log.stderr log file

On VMTN someone hit a situation where the sps-runtime.log.stderr log file grew extremely large on their vCenter Server Appliance (7.0 in this case). I have seen this before, and sizes over 10GB are not uncommon. The sps-runtime.log.stderr file belongs to the service that provides the Policy-Based Storage capabilities. … [Read more...]

iSCSI IQN may have changed after working after upgrade to 7.0 U2

Last week I noticed some folks reporting that they had an issue with upgrades to 7.0 U2 from 7.0 U1. The issue they experienced was not being able to access their iSCSI Datastores any longer. I did some digging internally and found out there was a change in how we store the iSCSI IQN when the IQN is randomly created. … [Read more...]