Upgrade ESXi 6.5 to 6.7

 Download and Mount 6.7 ISO.  In my case its via SuperMicro iKVM 2. Boot from the Media 3. Follow the Installer 4. Select the Media that contains the ESXi 6.5 Install and hit Enter 5. Select Upgrade and press F11 6. Press F11 to reboot to the new install

No Space Left on Device – ESXi Patching

Encountered a new error that I have not seen before working with ESXi 6.5.  I was upgrading from the base VMUG ESXi 6.5 image to the latest patched and received the following error [InstallationError] [Errno 28] No space left on device vibs = VMware_locker_tools-light_6.5.0-1.33.7273056 Please refer to the log file for more details. The datastore …

How to Install vRealize Operations

First step is to obtain the vRealize Operations Manager Appliance and install it via your VMware server.  Once the Appliance is uploaded and the installation is complete you will see the below screen on your VM. Once you go to the URL you will find the Initial Setup screen. I chose new Installation and started …

How to Install VSphere Appliance 6.0

There is only so many installations of a Windows or Linux box you can do before you ask yourself if there is any easier way to do this.  In order to use templates and automate your VM building tasks, one of the choices is to use Vsphere with a variety of tools that plug in …

No 10gbe NICs showing in VMware 6.X with X10SDV-7TP4F

When I started building my VMware ESXi server, I did not have a Switch that could handle 10Gbe SFP+.  Now that I have a Dell X1052, I figured I would cable up a 10Gbe DAC and get moving.  Much to my surprise, I received a link light on the switch, but not on the motherboard. …

Easy ESXi Patch Updates

If you are not familiar with v-front.de and you have a ESXi servers, you are really doing yourself a dis-service.  v-front.de maintains a repository of all ESXi updates and makes it very easy for you to update your servers when the newest patches come out. Lately I have been having a series of interested GUI crashes …

VMWare ESXi Passthrough and Freenas

I recently had user colicstew comment that they could not get Freenas 9.10.2 U3 to see drives on his LSI2116.  Luckily I have some unused 2TB Drives and LSI 2116 Controller as part of my Xeon D Lab. First step was to passthrough my LSI2116 Controller and Reboot the Server.  You should see Enabled/Active for …

How to Enable SNMPD on ESXi 6.5

I had some difficulties enabling SNMPD from the GUI on ESXi 6.5 and kept recieving the following error Failed – An error occurred during host configuration Quick search let me here. Running the below steps listed at the above link allowed me to start SNMPD in the EXSi GUI without issue esxcli system snmp set …

Software Raid in Windows and NVMe U.2 Drive Benchmark

I have recently acquired a couple Intel 750 NVMe U.2 Drives to play around with.  In order to utilize these drives you need to source a SuperMicro AOC-SLG3-2E4 NVMe PCIe card or similar variant.  I good write up on the HBAs available is from our good friends at ServerTheHome. In my VMware Server, I have passed through …

How to Setup Swap in ESXi 6.5

Another VMware basics post and this time I will teach you how to set up Swap for an ESXi Host.  The Swap here is for the VMKernel, and basically can create performance boost for those hosts that are heavily utilized.  For myself, I created a RAID 1 Volume of two Intel DC3710 800GB SSDs to …