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Create bootable USB from ISO file

I was planning to install VMware ESXi OS on newly purchased servers in my office, There was no remote console (ILO, DRAC, IPMI or IMM RSA) available, because networking was yet to be configured, till the time until network is up, being ahead of time, I wanted to install OS on the physical server, I …

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ESXi 6.0 update offline bundle via esxcli commandline: DependencyError VIB bootbank requires VSAN ImageProfile

After completing updating my most of the ESXi 6.5 hosts in the environment as shown in ESXi 6.5 upgrade bundle via command line: No Space Left On Device Error, I wanted few standalone ESXi server to update to 6.0 version, for same offline bundle can be downloaded from my.vmware.com. I uploaded cop…

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ESXi HP Blade start issue Enclosure power event detected, System Halted until power condition is corrected

Sometimes I receive below error on the HP Prolient Bladesystem ILO after server reboot, it refuses to complete post, shows message, 
Enclouse Power Even Detected
System Halted until Power Condition is Corrected

In most of the case to resolve it I reseat the blade in chassis enclosure (Remove …

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ESXi 6.5 upgrade bundle via command line: No Space Left On Device Error

I received few standalone ESXi 6.5 hosts for patching for branch office, I wanted to upgrade build number on server, As there was no option of VMWare update manager for standalone esxi. Here I upgraded them using offline bundle zip. These requires offline bundle zip to be be downloaded from url …

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Upload files to vmware ESXi datastore: Different methods

Copying files to VMware Datastores is an easy task. Here in this article, I am showing 3 different methods to upload files to VMware datastores, You can use these methods to copy offline bundle zip, VIB, VMDK or ISO files. Ifyou are using VMWare vSphere web client to upload files to datastore, make …

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Resolved: Reset Esxi forgotten root password using hiren bootCD step by step

Resolved syslog error: Call OptionManager.UpdateValues for object ha-adv-options on ESXi failed

I configured successfully syslog on esxi server around thousand of esxi server in my environment with Configure syslog on VMware ESXi hosts: VMware best practices. But while configuring syslog on few esxi server I receive below error. In the Esxi edit advanced option on Syslog.global.logHost it was …

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Adding and sharing RDM disk to multiple VMs in VMware step by step

I had a requirement to configure Two node Microsoft failover clustering on VMware VMs in my office, The plan was to configure clustered file server. Virtual machines has to be separated from each other and should be located on different esxi servers, My first task was to provide my colleague wintel …

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Reset HP ILO password from Esxi server

Recently I got some new VMware projects, there HP servers ILO Administrator password were poorly managed and documented. When I took handover I didn't know ILO Administrator passwords for most of the HP servers. I wanted to streamline the the same. As servers were at the remote location and few data…

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VMWare ESXi add and create NFS datastore

In the earlier article Microsoft Windows 2016 Install and configure NFS server for ESXi and Linux, I shown on installing and configuring NFS server on Microsoft Windows 2016 sever. NFS datastores is one of the file type of datastore to keep virtual machines on VMWare Esxi server, This is also good …

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Join domain ESXi to an Active Directory OU : Powercli

I received request from my internal team to provide a small solution on Esxi Domain join and created when pulled it in domain computer account should be created in specific OU (Organization Unit). To perform this task first, we need complete OU path, to find it open Active Directory Users and Comp…

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Resolved: Esxi Join domain failed-Error in Active Directory Operations

This is some times common, you document something and if don't implement it or use something since long, you might forget knowledge or the issues you resolved earlier. I was automating join domain ESXi servers, while trying joining I was keep getting error: Errors in Active directory operations. I a…

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Configure syslog on VMware ESXi hosts: VMware best practices

Syslog is a way for VMWare vSphere esxi servers or other network devices to send event messages to a logging server – usually known as a Syslog server (Inbuilt vSphere tool called as VMWare syslog collector). The Syslog protocol is supported by a wide range of devices and can be used to log differen…

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Reset forgotten ESXi root password on Domain joined Esxi using vSphere web client and Powercli

This article shows one of the reason why you always should follow best practices while configuring any environment. Here I will take a reference of my earlier blog . Few days back I received one personal project to work on, There was an issue, clients were wanted to perform some activity on ESXi ss…

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ESXI 6.5 UPGRADE INSTALLATION AND UI HTML WEB CLIENT

After upgrading my VMware vSphere management infrastructure to latest version 6.5, I decided to upgrade the last part Esxi server in my lab to version 6.5, While Upgradation/installation I didn't find any change or difference, All the steps are same as earlier shown in the article I wrote PART 1 :…

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ESXI VIB SOFTWARE INSTALLATION ERROR

One of my Dell server was facing faulty drive issue, which I can see in vsphere client > esxi server on the hardware status tab. To send the Dset report logs to Dell support it requires Dell openmanage tool installed or view additional information (As my server was older one it is missing some new f…

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PART 1 : INSTALL ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

Active Directory (AD) is an essential and must have in your lab, Even if you have single Domain Controller (DC) in your domain its enough for lab environment testing, This LDAP server can be used and integrated as a SSO server (single sign on) in multiple and different applications, Same Active dir…

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RESOLVED : FAIL TO DEPLOY OVF TEMPLATE - TASK CANCELED BY USER

Recently I setup my complete lab from scratch, and whenever I do it either I face some new issues or the old problems I faced earlier, now in this article I am going to document on the one of the old problem I always face in absence of DNS server. As my complete lab is on VMWare Workstation, and VMs…

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RESOLVED : ADDING VIRTUAL HARD DISK GRAYED OUT ON VIRTUAL MACHINE

Today I received one of the escalated task from my junior to extend existing virtual hard disk on one of the VMware VM using vSphere client, I explored VM settings by right clicking, but found virtual HDD settings are grayed out and it is disabled. At first it looks like Virtual Machine Hardware Ve…

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INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING ESXI EMBEDDED WEB CLIENT

VMWare has officially announced they will be discontinuing vSphere desktop client in their future version releases of vSphere software. Henceforth they want to promote HTML5 web client . For more and detailed information you can check this check this official blog here. Currently vCenter has its in…

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