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...]

VMworld Reveals: Armed and Ready (ESXi on ARM, #OCTO2944BU)

Advertise here with BSA At VMworld, various cool new technologies were previewed. In this series of articles, I will write about some of those previewed technologies. Unfortunately, I can’t cover them all as there are simply too many. This article is about ESXi on ARM, which was session OCTO2944BU. For those who want … [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...]

VMware: New Rollup Bulletins Simplify VMware ESXi Updating

VMware ESXi patches are released periodically to resolve issues or address security vulnerabilities – just like any other software product. These updates can either be downloaded automatically through VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) or manually by logging in to My VMware. Regardless of delivery means, the contents … [Read more...]

Installing VMware ESXi fails on Cisco UCS Blades with FlexFlash SD cards

When implementing a new Cisco UCS environment I encountered the following error when trying to install VMware ESXi 6.5 on a Cisco UCS Blade server with a FlexFlash SD card: Operation failed This program has encountered an error: partedUtil failed with message: “Error: Can’t have a a partition outside the … [Read more...]

Where did ESXi 6.5.0 build 7526125 go?

Advertise here with BSAI had two customers asking today what happened to ESXi 6.5 build 7526125. They downloaded patches and installed them in their test environment. Ready to patch some of their clusters they did a validation and found out that the patch (ESXi650-201801001.zip) has disappeared from the face of the … [Read more...]

Spectre and Meltdown – How to check patches are applied correctly?

With all the latest news and updates on the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs, it’s sometimes hard to get the right information on the table. Patches are provided (and removed in some cases) by software- and hardware vendors. Some patches are deployed automatically as part of an automated update mechanism, while … [Read more...]

Unable to login because of a ESXi root account lockout

When starting one of my VMware ESXi 6.5 lab hosts I was unable to login using the vSphere Host Client. I tried to make an SSH session to the host but got an “Access Denied” message. When Using the Direct Console Interface (DCUI) I was able to login using the root account. In the log folder (under /var/log) … [Read more...]

VMkernel Observations (VOBs)

Advertise here with BSAI never really looked at VOBs but as this came up last week during a customer meeting I decided to look in to it a bit. I hadn’t realized there was such a large number of them in the first place. My conversation was in the context of vSAN, but there are many different VOBs. For those who … [Read more...]

Where to find the Host Client vSAN section?

Advertise here with BSAI had a couple of people asking already, so I figured I would do a short post on where to find the ESXi Host Client vSAN section. It is fairly straight forward, if you know where to click. Open the Host Client by going to https://<ip address of your host>/ui. Next do the following: Click … [Read more...]