Navigate to Storage and highlight the Volume you just created and Select create zVol
Enter a Volume name and the size, if using GB be sure to enter the g after the number. Select Add zvol
Navigate to Services on the top bar and turn on iSCSI by clicking on the Toggle
Part 2 – Basic Setup
Make sure the FreeNAS Server is shutdown
Add new Disk to the FreeNAS Server
Ensure SSH / Port 22 is open and the Services are started as per previous post Enabling SSH
Download the relevant VIB File from the Flings Website here:
Open up your SFTP / FTP Application; In my lab I am using WinSCP
Copy the VIB to a Datastore on the ESXi Server
PuTTy onto the host and run:
esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/[DATASTORE]/esx-tools-for-esxi-9.7.1-0.0.00000.i386.vib -f
After a short while you should receive the following Successful message:
Summary – From the Official FLINGs Website: https://labs.vmware.com/flings
Note: See Instructions tab for downloads.
This VIB package provides a VMware Tools service (vmtoolsd) for running inside a nested ESXi virtual machine. The following capabilities are exposed through VMware Tools:
- Provides guest OS information of the nested ESXi Hypervisor (eg. IP address, configured hostname, etc.).
- Allows the nested ESXi VM to be cleanly shut down or restarted when performing power operations with the vSphere Web/C# Client or vSphere APIs.
- Executes scripts that help automate ESXi guest OS operations when the guest’s power state changes.
- Supports the Guest Operations API (formally known as the VIX API).
Quick guide to enabling SSH on an ESXi Server
Navigate to the ESXi Server in vCenter and select the Configuration Tab and then Security Profile
Navigate to the Firewall Section and select Properties…
When running through the Setup Wizard in the vCenter Server Appliance version 5.5
Failed to execute ‘/usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg ‘db’ write’…..
This occurs for SSO and the Database Setup
Connect to the VCSA via Console and Stop the vmware.vpxd service
Once this is down – go back to the GUI and re-run the Setup Wizard
Recently, Ports on the Nexus1000v became blocked after performing a Nexus 1000v Upgrade.
After the upgrade a whole bunch of the VMs lost network connectivity, whilst IP Storage Etc.. Stayed up
In vCenter, Under Networking the Ports on the DvSwitch were showing as blocked
When no performance data is available on a single host, restart the hostd and vpxa services
From the Local Console or SSH:
- Log in to SSH or Local console as root.
- Run these commands:/etc/init.d/hostd restart
Note: In ESXi 4.x, run this command to restart the vpxa agent:
- Alternatively, to restart all management agents on the host, run the command:services.sh restart
As the title says – another issue with the vCenter Database becoming full on SQL Server
Go into the SQL Management Studio and navigate the vCenter Database
First check the Size of the DB – Right Click on the DB and select Properties – you see that the DB space available is too low
Now close this and stop the VMware vCenter Service (more…)
Run this in SQL Management Studio to see what is taking up space on vCenter SQL Express Database:
SELECT [Table Name],
(SELECT rows FROM sysindexes s WHERE s.indid < 2 AND s.id = OBJECT_ID(a.[Table Name])) AS [Row count], [Total space used (MB)] FROM ( SELECT QUOTENAME(USER_NAME(o.uid)) + ‘.’ + QUOTENAME(OBJECT_NAME(i.id)) AS [Table Name],
CONVERT(numeric(15,2),(((CONVERT(numeric(15,2),SUM(i.reserved)) * (SELECT low FROM master.dbo.spt_values (NOLOCK) WHERE number = 1 AND type = ‘E’)) / 1024.)/1024.)) AS [Total space used (MB)] FROM sysindexes i (NOLOCK) INNER JOIN sysobjects o (NOLOCK) ON i.id = o.id AND ((o.type IN (‘U’, ‘S’)) OR o.type = ‘U’) AND (OBJECTPROPERTY(i.id, ‘IsMSShipped’) = 0) WHERE indid IN (0, 1, 255) GROUP BY QUOTENAME(USER_NAME(o.uid)) + ‘.’ + QUOTENAME(OBJECT_NAME(i.id))
) as a
ORDER BY [Total space used (MB)] DESC
Recently came across an issue where a customers vCenter Server Services wouldn’t start. I read up on a few KB article stating to Start / Restart the SSO Service, this didn’t fix the problem. Even a couple of reboots of the vCenter Server failed.
After looking in the logs, found at C:\ ProgramData\VMWare\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs the latest Log Entry contained this:
Some of the plugins for vCenter don’t offer an uninstaller.
To unregister a plugin from vCenter follow this method provided by VMware KB1025360
To change the account that Unidesk uses you must first create an account in AD and assign the relevant permissions in vCenter. This guide assumes you have any account created in AD already, in this example the account will be UnideskAdmin
After installing the Apex 2800 Cards into your ESXi servers and installing the Drivers, you may need to go back in and change some of the Settings or check that offloading is taking place.