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...]

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...]

VMware: How to reset the lost or forgotten root password in vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

To reset the lost forgotten root password in vCenter Server Appliance 6.5: Take a snapshot or backup of the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 before proceeding. (Do not skip this step.) Reboot the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. After the OS starts, loading the Photon splash press e key to enter the GNU GRUB Edit Menu. Locate … [Read more...]

vCenter appliance database issue

Recently I had an issue in my homelab environment. Because of some power outages, my vCenter Appliance hadn’t been shutdown correctly and now vCenter didn’t start correctly anymore. After some searching I found that the database could not be loaded. In the VMware KBs I couldn’t find anything that … [Read more...]

Is the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 5.5 a replacement for the Windows vCenter Server?

Back in 2012 I wrote a blog post  “What about the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) version 5.1”. One of the limitations with VCSA 5.1 was that the embedded vPostgres database only supports 5 hosts and 50 VMs. So it was only supported in test and very small environments. Now with vSphere 5.5 the the embedded … [Read more...]

The Doctor is IN on SRM, Upgrade to vSphere 5.1, vCSA and VCAP-DCA

A few days ago I blogged about my new idea in this post: “The Doctor is: IN” and I received a lot of positive comments and even my first request for assistance. So… here we go !!! Tonight ( June 7th ) at 19:00 CEST the first session will go live. That is, if Google Hangouts works because last night during … [Read more...]