Identify the boot device for a VMware ESXi host

With vSphere 7  VMware is moving away from supporting SD cards and USB as boot media. ESXi Boot configuration with only SD card or USB drive, without any persistent device, is deprecated with vSphere 7 Update 3. In future vSphere releases, it will be an unsupported configuration! Move from SD cards and USB devices to … [Read more...]

Upgrading to vSphere 7.0b and not sure what the 7.0bs image is?

Advertise here with BSA Are you upgrading to vSphere 7.0b and not sure what the difference is between 7.0b and 7.0bs? Well that isn’t strange, I had the same problem. I asked around internally and after a bunch of email exchanges, I was informed that the vSphere 7.0bs image is “security updates only”. After I brought … [Read more...]

vCenter 7.0 stating “New vCenter server updates are available” while there are no updates?

Advertise here with BSA I have seen this issue reported on the VMware Community Forum a few times, when you run vCenter 7.0 you will receive a message in the vSphere Client stating the following “New vCenter server updates are available”. When you then click “View Updates” however you will notice that there are no … [Read more...]

vSphere 7 DRS Scalable Shares Deep Dive

You are one tickbox away from completely overhauling the way you look at resource pools. Yes you can still use them as folders (sigh), but with the newly introduced Scalable Shares option in vSphere 7 you can turn resource pools into more or less Quality of Service classes. Sounds interesting right? Let’s first … [Read more...]

vSphere HA internals: restart placement changes in vSphere 7!

Advertise here with BSA Frank and I are looking to update the vSphere Clustering deep dive to vSphere 7. While scoping the work I stumbled on to something interesting, and this is the change that was introduced for the vSphere HA restart mechanism, and specifically the placement of VMs in vSphere 7. In previous … [Read more...]

vSphere HA internals: VMCP super aggressive option in vSphere 7

Advertise here with BSA Most of you probably heard about a feature called VMCP aka VM Component Protection. If not, this is the functionality in vSphere HA that enabled you to restart VMs which have been impacted by a PDL (permanent device loss) or APD (all paths down) scenario. (If you have no idea what I am talking … [Read more...]

VMware: The Dell ESXi 7.0 ISO is now available

vSphere 7 is finally out! You can download the Dell Server ISO image by clicking the screenshot below: Download: VMware The post VMware: The Dell ESXi 7.0 ISO is now available appeared first on VMpros. … [Read more...]

ESXTOP in vSphere 7

Advertise here with BSA I was playing around with Scalable Shares and then noticed some enhancements in esxtop which I didn’t realize were there. I figured I would list the changes I spotted so people are aware of what was added to esxtop in vSphere 7.0. Although it isn’t a huge amount, it is still very valuable to … [Read more...]

Introducing vSAN File Services as part of vSAN 7.0

Advertise here with BSA There was a great article by Cormac talking about vSAN File Services published last week. I had some articles planned, but hadn’t started yet, so when I saw the article I figured I would do something different. No point in rehashing what Cormac has already shared right. I figured I would shoot … [Read more...]

vSphere 7 and DRS Scalable Shares, how are they calculated?

Advertise here with BSA I wrote a post and recorded a short demo that explained this cool new feature called Scalable Shares, part of vSphere 7 / DRS, last week. I didn’t want to go too deep in the post, but now that I am getting more questions about how this actually works, I figured I would provide some examples to … [Read more...]