VMware General Notes

Below is a collection of general VMware notes. Some of it references functions from the VMware Module Library. Table of Contents Fix – Identifying Mismatched HBA zoning Fix – vMotion “Operation Timed Out” error (ESX 4.1 Classic) Fix – Datastore mismatches (showing “[]” as the VMDK path in the VM properties) – ESX 4.1 Fix […]

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VMware Module Library

This is a collection of useful PowerCLI functions that various people have created. Below is a summary. I plan on updating this over time so feel free to bookmark it if you find it useful. VMware Module Library Table of Contents “Function Get-MotionHistory” Returns the vMotion/svMotion history “Function Get-VIEventPlus” Returns vSphere events “Function Get-VMAdvancedConfiguration” Lists […]

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vSphere 5.0 Backup and Restore

List of what should be backed up There is some overlap between components listed below – some are within the vCenter database, but should still be exported separately (such as vDS’s). Other components can be disregarded if you have VM-level backups that can perform file-level restores. This is not a complete list, but it might […]

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ESXi Dump Collector Setup

Install the ESXi Dump Collector from the vCenter installation media Configure ESXi Dump Collector (link) Log into the host using SSH/Putty esxcli system coredump network get esxcli system coredump network set –interface-name vmk0 –server-ipv4 <ip address> –server-port 6500 esxcli system coredump network set –enable true esxcli system coredump network get Force a linux kernel panic […]

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ESXi Snapshots

Snapshots can create 1-2 files within the virtual machine’s folder for each individual snapshot: /vmfs/volumes/4e41f7fc-e22ffd7d-ae49-001b214182b0/VMNAME # ls -laterh -rw——- 1 root root 72.0G Sun Oct 7 14:59:22 2012 VMNAME-flat.vmdk -rw——- 1 root root 4.0G Sun Oct 7 15:05:54 2012 VMNAME-Snapshot84.vmsn -rw——- 1 root root 16.1M Sun Oct 7 15:15:14 2012 VMNAME-000001-delta.vmdk /vmfs/volumes/4e41f7fc-e22ffd7d-ae49-001b214182b0/VMNAME # The “*.vmsn” […]

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Validating ESXi Storage Array Multipathing

Your storage array needs to be configured based on what VMware recommends/supports. The steps below will go through the process of validating that your storage array Multipathing MEM (MPM) is configured according to VMware’s recommendations. 1) Open the VI Client and navigate to an ESXi host > Configuration > Storage > Right click on a […]

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ESXi and NUMA Locality

This article assumes that there is a basic understanding of what NUMA locality is and how that relates to an ESX(i) host. The tests below were performed with an ESXi host running version 4.1 Update 1, using 96 GB of memory and two pCPU’s. As shown below, there are two NUMA nodes. The virtual machines […]

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