2 node direct connect vSAN and error “vSphere HA agent on this host could not reach isolation address”

Advertise here with BSA I’ve had this question over a dozen times now, so I figured I would add a quick pointer to my blog. What is causing the error “vSphere HA agent on this host could not reach isolation address” to pop up on a 2-node direct connect vSAN cluster? The answer is simple, when you have … [Read more...]

I discovered .PNG files on my datastore, can I delete them?

Advertise here with BSA I noticed this question on Reddit about .PNG which were located in VM folders on a datastore. The user wanted to remove the datastore from the cluster but didn’t know where these files were coming from and if the VM required those files to be available in some shape or form. I can be brief … [Read more...]

Insufficient configured resources to satisfy the desired vSphere HA failover level

Advertise here with BSAI was going over some of the VMTN threads and I noticed an issue brought up with Admission Control a while ago. Completely forgot about it until it was brought up again internally. With vSphere 6.5 and vSphere HA there seems to be a problem with some Admission Control Policies. When you for … [Read more...]

Using HA VM Component Protection in a mixed environment

Advertise here with BSAI have some customers who are running both traditional storage and vSAN in the same environment. As most of you are aware, vSAN and VMCP do not go together at this point. So what does that mean for traditional storage, as in with traditional storage for certain storage failure scenarios you can … [Read more...]

VM showing that HA failure response is disabled in 6.5?

Advertise here with BSAI had a customer asking me today why on each VM it was showing that all HA responses are disabled. This customer is running vSphere 6.5 and below you can see what the UI showed. Note that it still says the VM is Protected, yet none of the protection mechanisms appeared to be enabled I asked them … [Read more...]

Partition / Isolation and VM flip flopping between hosts?

Advertise here with BSALast week I was talking to one of our developers at our R&D offsite. He has a situation where he saw his VM flip flopping between two hosts when he was testing a certain failure scenario and he wondered why that was. In his case he had a 2 node cluster connected to vCenter Server and a bunch … [Read more...]

What happens to VMs when a cluster is partitioned?

Advertise here with BSAI had this question this week around what happens to VMs when a cluster is partitioned. Funny thing is that with questions like these it seems like everyone is thinking the same thing at the same time. I had the question on the same day from a customer running traditional storage and had a … [Read more...]