Performance impact on VMware appliances after patching for Spectre/Meltdown

In this article I would like to share my latest experience with the Spectre/Meltdown patching and the performance impact it can have on the VMware appliances such as the vCenter Server. A customer followed exactly the VMware procedures by applying the latest patches and workarounds once published. The vCenter Server appliance had to be patched … Read morePerformance impact on VMware appliances after patching for Spectre/Meltdown

VMware vCenter Appliance 6.5 Update 1d available

This week VMware published a new product patch for the vCenter Server 6.5 which is upgrading the vCenter to version 6.5 Update 1d. What does it change? The new patch is fixing security issues and comes with a couple of bug fixes for known issues. Detailed information can be found in the VMware KB 2151314. … Read moreVMware vCenter Appliance 6.5 Update 1d available

Update the vCenter Appliance 6.5 through a proxy

The issue Recently I had an issue while trying to update the vCenter Server appliance. Although the proxy server information was set in the VAMI, checking for available updates online failed. As this was an update and no upgrade, I had the choice to perform the operation through the VAMI or in the CLI, and … Read moreUpdate the vCenter Appliance 6.5 through a proxy

VMware Enhanced Authentication Plug-in 6.5 conflicts

The issue After deploying vCenter 6.5 in a test environment I had to install the VMware Enhanced Authentication Plug-in (EAP). The EAP is the successor of the Client Integration plug-in (CIP) used for the Web Client in vSphere 6. I had trouble to get the EAP to work, and it finally worked after I removed … Read moreVMware Enhanced Authentication Plug-in 6.5 conflicts