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...]

Can you move a vSAN Stretched Cluster to a different vCenter Server?

Advertise here with BSA I noticed a question today on one of our internal social platforms, the question was if you can move a vSAN Stretched Cluster to a different vCenter Server. I can be short, I tested it and the answer is yes! How do you do it? Well, we have a great KB that actually documents the process for a … [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...]

VMworld Reveals: vMotion innovations

Advertise here with BSAAt 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 enhancements that will be introduced in the future to … [Read more...]

Runecast Analyzer 3.0!

Advertise here with BSAThis week I had a brief conversation with the folks from Runecast. I have been following them since day 1 and they have made a big impression on me from the start. During the conversation the Runecast folks shared with me that Runecast Analyzer 3.0 was going to be announced today and they gave a … [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...]

Does a vSAN IO Limit impact resync traffic?

Advertise here with BSAA question just came in, and I figured other people may have the same question so I would share it. The question was if a vSAN IO limit would impact resync traffic or for instance SvMotion? In this case the customer defines limits within each policy to ensure VMs do not interfere with other VMs … [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...]

Major vSAN Milestone: 20K customers – Celebrating by dropping the price of our book with 50%!

Advertise here with BSAI haven’t done one of these in a while, and as it is a question that comes up regularly during customer conversations I figured I would share a nice quote from the VMware earnings call. But before I do I want to thank every VMware employee, partner and customer who helped us reaching this … [Read more...]

Site locality in a vSAN Stretched Cluster?

Advertise here with BSAOn the community forums, a question was asked around the use of site locality in a vSAN Stretched Cluster. When you create a stretched cluster in vSAN you can define within a policy how the data needs to be protected. Do you want to replicate across datacenters? Do you want to protect the … [Read more...]