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Perfect 2020 Vision with VMware Skyline

  • simon 

Perfect 2020 Vision with VMware Skyline Recently the VMware Skyline team announced a raft of new features and improvements to the VMware Skyline service.  Building improvements into Log Assist, adding support for IPv6, new options within findings and recommendations, optional additional checks for https connections and UX improvements.  The full release notes can be found here.  I’d written a little about VMware Skyline last year, I thought it was time to revisit. This post is… Read More »Perfect 2020 Vision with VMware Skyline

Appliance Down! Emergency Mode! failed to start file system check

Appliance Down! Emergency Mode! failed to start file system check. My lab had a little hi-cough the other day, I’d managed to fill the management vSAN partition…  Never a good idea.  Whilst I managed to recover space and bring VMs back online one VM greeted me with the following screen… Luckily I’d seen this behaviour before and knew roughly what to do – something I was able to validate by reviewing this KB article.  What… Read More »Appliance Down! Emergency Mode! failed to start file system check

PowerShell: Searching guestinfo.appinfo for an Application or Service

  • simon 

PowerShell: Searching guestinfo.appinfo for an Application or Service VMware Tools 11 can be configured to collect information of running services inside a virtual machine.  When the information is captured it is stored in the advanced setting guestinfo.appinfo.  I’ve written about this before and how that information can be exported to a CSV and transformed with PowerBI to visualise application data in the data centre. This data often provides a significant challenge to get at using… Read More »PowerShell: Searching guestinfo.appinfo for an Application or Service

Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV

Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV I saw a question over on VMTN asking how to export Alert and Symptom definitions from vROPs from the GUI.  It is perfectly possible to do that with vROPs 8.1, but you are going to need to go through page after page of definitions and export them one page at a time.  The exported format is also XML. This is much much easier with access to the… Read More »Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV

Workload Management NSX-T 3 – Unable to access CLI tool download page

Workload Management NSX-T 3 – Unable to access CLI tool download page When deploying workload management into your vSphere infrastructure with NSX-T 3 you may encounter an issue where it is not possible to access the vSphere hosted site to download the kubectl-vsphere binary. The fix for this issue is documented in this VMware Cloud Foundation documentation As stated in the article when deploying Workload Management, the route maps created on the NSX-T Edge Tier-0… Read More »Workload Management NSX-T 3 – Unable to access CLI tool download page

Tanzu Mission Control – Adding a vSphere 7 Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster

  • simon 

Tanzu Mission Control – Adding a vSphere 7 Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster One of the great parts of my job is that I get to collaborate and learn from some seriously clever folk in my team and across the company.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been working in the same lab as Dean Lewis.  We’ve been exploring Cloud Foundation 4, Tanzu, Bitnami, Openshift and how those components integrate with the existing VMware SDDC portfolio. Tanzu… Read More »Tanzu Mission Control – Adding a vSphere 7 Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster

Adding Virtual Machine advanced settings to custom properties in vRealize Operations

  • simon 

Adding Virtual Machine advanced settings to custom properties in vRealize Operations I’ve been working with a customer recently that want to display advanced settings from a virtual machine in vRealize Operations manager.  If you didn’t know vROPs does a fantastic job of collecting object settings and presenting them back so they can be tracked in dashboards, views and reports or used for troubleshooting. But the adaptors don’t collect everything, for example if you create a… Read More »Adding Virtual Machine advanced settings to custom properties in vRealize Operations

vRealise Orchestrator 8.0.1 installation errors

vRealise Orchestrator 8.0.1 installation errors As part of something else that I’ve been working on I needed to install vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) into the lab.  I’d not installed the latest versions of vRO but I was aware that the architecture had changed from earlier versions, and was now built upon kubernetes. vRO Deployment vRO is deployed from an OVA downloaded from the MyVMware portal, the file for vRO 8.0.1 has the catch name of “O11N_VA-8.0.1.7355-15296158_OVF10.ova”. … Read More »vRealise Orchestrator 8.0.1 installation errors

Windows 10 Packet Loss – vSphere 7 and NSX-T 3

  • simon 

Windows 10 Packet Loss – vSphere 7 and NSX-T 3 I was recently working with a customer that was experiencing some interesting network packet loss in their environment – insofar as any packet loss can be interesting. The reported issue was that any Windows 10 virtual machine was impacted with up to 60% packet loss when testing with ICMP packets.  This impact was not observed with any other operating system. Having torn apart the NSX-T… Read More »Windows 10 Packet Loss – vSphere 7 and NSX-T 3

VMware PowerShell – VM Advanced Settings – ‘guestinfo.ignition.config.data’

VMware PowerShell – VM Advanced Settings – ‘guestinfo.ignition.config.data’ Working this evening with my colleague Dean this evening he asked me to create a quick PowerShell script to help him with an OpenShift 4 installation.  What he needed to do was to edit the advanced setting ‘guest.ignition.config.data’ with a base64 encoding value. The quick and dirty version of the script is below; #Edit ‘Base64_64’ values to the bootstrap, master and worker variables below $bootstrap = ‘Base64_Value’… Read More »VMware PowerShell – VM Advanced Settings – ‘guestinfo.ignition.config.data’