Boot error: Shutting down firmware services… error after upgrading to VMware ESXi 6.7 Update 3

After upgrading one of my home lab servers to VMware ESXi 6.7 Update 3, I’ve got the following error when trying to boot: Shutting down firmware services… Page allocation error: Out of resources Failed to shutdown the boot services. Unrecoverable error After changing the boot mode from UEFI to … [Read more...]

VMware Tools installation and upgrade tips and tricks

The VMware Tools package provides drivers (such as VMXNET3, PVSCSI, SVGA etc.) and services that enhance the performance of virtual machines and make several vSphere features easy to use. Here are some tips and tricks when working with VMware Tools: An overview of the VMware Tools versions mapping can be found here, … [Read more...]

Runecast Analyzer makes hardware checking against the VMware HCL easy

Runecast Analyzer is a tool that helps VMware administrators to proactive manage there vSphere environment. It discovers potential risks in the VMware environment before they can cause a major outage. It uses best practices, security hardening guides (VMware, DISA STIG, PCI-DSS v3.2.1 and HIPAA) and known issues found … [Read more...]

PowerCLI installation, updating and troubleshooting tips

PowerCLI is a must have tool for every VMware Administrator when you want to automate something in your VMware environment. In this blog I highlight the installation, updating and some troubleshooting tips for deploying and running PowerCLI on Windows OSes. PowerCLI installation Uninstall PowerCLI 6.x and earlier from … [Read more...]

Using the new Shuttle SH370R8 as home lab server with VMware ESXi

In January 2019 I did a review of the Shuttle SH370R6 (link) using VMware ESXi. A couple of weeks ago the new Shuttle SH370R8 is released. The main differences between the Shuttle SH370R6 and SH370R8 are: Ready for the 8th/9th Gen Intel Coffee Lake processors Dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet An extra fan in front of the … [Read more...]

Blue circle in the vSphere client after upgrading to vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2

After upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to version 6.7 Update 2, I tried to log in using the vSphere Client. After entering the credentials an endless blue running circle appears. https://www.ivobeerens.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/vcsaup2.mp4 In the VAMI interface (https://vcsa-fqdn:5480) of the VCSA, … [Read more...]

Install Home Assistant Hass.io as Virtual Machine (VM) on VMware ESXi

I started exploring Home Assistant Hass.io on a Raspberry Pi. After several SD card crashes I decided to installed Hass.io as Virtual Machine (VM) on VMware ESXi. There is a VMDK version available (link) that can attached (this involves manual steps) but I prefer a clean installation. VMware ESXi is installed on my … [Read more...]

Monitor vSAN with ControlUp

One of the new enhancements of ControlUp 7.3 is vSAN monitoring support. ControlUp will detect the vSAN cluster(s), objects and displays real-time vSAN specific metrics and metadata. In this blog post I highlight the features of the new vSAN integration in ControlUp 7.3. Installation The vSAN cluster is automatically … [Read more...]

VMware Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 3.4 RADIUS license change

The VMware Unified Access Gateway (UAG) acts as reverse proxy and tunnels sessions (PCoIP and Blast) to desktops and remote apps. Besides Horizon support, new features are added for AirWatch and Identity Manager. With version 3.4, the VMware Unified Access Gateway is offered in three editions based on the Horizon or … [Read more...]

Using the Shuttle SH370R6 plus as home lab server

For my home lab I needed a new host that replaces my Intel NUC (link) that act as management host. The hardware resources (CPU and memory) on the NUC were limiting my lab activities. I had the following requirements for the new home lab host: Ability to run the latest VMware ESXi 6.7 U1 version Support for 64 GB … [Read more...]