vCF validation fails – Found zero SSD devices

Following my first tests in a nested environment, I wanted to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation 3.7 on physical machines this time. I received a couple of prepared ESXi hosts on which I planned to deploy vCF. During the configuration file validation however I received following message: “Host <HOST-IP> found zero SSD devices for SSD cache … Read morevCF validation fails – Found zero SSD devices

Download vCF Upgrade Bundles using a proxy server

The usual way to download the upgrade bundles in VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 is in the SDDC Manager Dashboard. After entering the credentials of your My VMware account under Administration –> Repository Settings in the SDDC Manager, you will find the bundles in Repository –> Bundles as described in the official documentation. I won’t describe the whole … Read moreDownload vCF Upgrade Bundles using a proxy server

VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 Nested Deployment – Part 2

vCF deployment preparation In the last article I described how I prepared my underlying infrastructure for the deployment of vCF. This one details the preparation steps required to deploy vCF. Before starting the deployment process, following tasks are required: Download Deployment VM (I used version 3.5 – vcf-cloudbuild-3.5.0.0-11215871_OVF10.ova) Download Deployment Parameter Sheet (vcf-ems-deployment-parameter_3.5.xlsx) Complete Deployment … Read moreVMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 Nested Deployment – Part 2

VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 Nested Deployment – Part 1

Introduction  After attending a couple of sessions about VMware Cloud Foundation at VMworld I wanted to try deploying it myself and see how it works. I prepared myself, read a couple of documents like the Architecture and Deployment Guide and the Operations and Administrations Guide and started planning my first deployment. I managed to get … Read moreVMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 Nested Deployment – Part 1

My VMworld 2018 Europe review and experience

Between 5th and 8th November VMware organized again the European Edition of its famous VMworld conference at the Fira in Barcelona. This time, for VMware’s 20th anniversary there were according to VMware about 12.000 visitors, which is a new record for the European version of VMworld. Like last year I found it very interesting and … Read moreMy VMworld 2018 Europe review and experience

Restoring vCenter access after being blocked by a Deny All rule in NSX DFW

The issue I recently had an issue to solve with an NSX(-v) instance in which the default firewall rule had been set to reject without an exception defined for the vCenter Server. As a result, the communication between the vCenter Server appliance and NSX Manager was interrupted, which blocked vCenter Server completely from accessing the … Read moreRestoring vCenter access after being blocked by a Deny All rule in NSX DFW

Repair disconnected vCenter Server when no ephemeral portgroup is available

The problem I had the issue with a crashed vCenter Server which was configured on an non-ephemeral portgroup and was disconnected. As the vCenter Server was down, and the portgroup was a non-ephemeral one, no new ports could be allocated. In that particular case a new standard vSwitch has to be created, vCenter needs to … Read moreRepair disconnected vCenter Server when no ephemeral portgroup is available

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