Enabling maintenance mode via esxcli

Advertise here with BSA I have been having to place my lab host into maintenance mode a few times now via the command-line, for whatever reason I just keep forgetting the command that I should use to place my host into maintenance mode using esxcli, so I figured I would dump it here so I can find it easily. Hopefully, … [Read more...]

VMware: Unable to remove an inaccessible NFS datastore

The backend storage volume corresponding to the datastore has been removed and the datastore appears as Inactive, when I want to remove (via vSphere Client connected to vCenter server) the NFS datastore I receive this error message: Unmounting the datastore in vCenter Server fails with the error: ‘Call … [Read more...]

Changing SATP Claimrules for specific storage configurations

At my current customer I was upgrading their vSphere 4.1 environment to vSphere 5.5. When installing and configuring the first ESXi 5.5 host, I noticed a difference in the Path Selection Policy (PSP) between the ESX 4.1 hosts and the ESXi 5.5 host. Each host is connected to two Hitachi storage arrays, each a different … [Read more...]

vSphere Flash Read Cache and esxcli

As most features these days in vSphere you can configure them using the awesome esxcli command. I’ve already mentioned esxcli in my vSphere Flash Read Cache FAQ blog but I wanted to call it out explicitly here as I found it very useful. You can get some nice details using the esxcli command. So where do we … [Read more...]

VMware: Install Broadcom 5720 network adapter

Today I installed a new Dell PowerEdgde R620 host with vSphere 5.0 update 1. The Intel Ethernet I350 adapter was recognized and installed correct