A while back I posted a fix for a small issue I was having in my vCenter regarding dozens of queued tasks with the name "Check new notifications." While restarting WUM and cleaning the tasks fixes the issue for a small time, eventually the issue returns. While the trouble still lies with the Update Manager, you'll want to look into the plug-ins on your vCenter server instead of the services. The short answer: Install the VMware vCenter Update Manager Plug-In. You'll find the Plug-In section … [Read more...] about vCenter has “check for notifications” queued many times for Update Manager Plug-In
VMware's Community Forum and website has always been super helpful in providing technology resources and information quickly and easier. The lagging side has consistently been the tough to find downloads that you need in order to upgrade or install new products. VMware Tools can be downloaded quickly and easily using a web browser to review the file structure, instead of heading to the website and navigating through the links. Here's the site: http://packages.vmware.com/tools VMware calls … [Read more...] about VMware Tools Download
I was recently looking over an environment running VMware vCenter 4.1 and saw in the tasks that a task called "check new notifications" was queued about a dozen time or so. The schedule for the tasks varied. Some of the tasks were before the current time and others were afterwards. Either way, there were about a dozen or so of them and they needed to be dealt with. … [Read more...] about vCenter 4.1 has “check new notifications” task queued multiple times
I was recently moving large VEEAM backup files from one site to another. They were so large that I first needed to compress them. A small side note: VEEAM backup files, which are already almost 45% compressed VMs, compress again very nicely using WinRAR or other compression tools. My backups are separated between Windows and Linux servers, which helps with similar data. I manage roughly 7TB of data for a mid sized company. VEEAM's backups compress that data to about 3.7 TB of backups files in … [Read more...] about WinRAR Access is Denied Error
vSphere Client Version: 4.0.0 vCenter Version: 4.0.0 TL:DR - Highlight your Cluster > Storage Views Tab > Reports button > Check the snapshot space. You can't. You can't just get a nice map or an overview of every snapshot listed for every VM. vSphere just doesn't have the capability to do that for you, no matter how convenient it would be for you. If you're doing anything like our ideal environment, we backup our VMs at a vmdk level using snapshot technology through VEEAM. It's … [Read more...] about VMware – how to see all snapshots taken using vSphere
Console access is only needed at the worst of times. Once our hosts are configured and added to the cluster, if we are logging into the console we're either making changes because something went wrong or getting logs because something went really wrong. No one enjoys having to log into an iLO and toggling between ALT+F1 and ALT+F2 to hop into unsupported mode. SSH mode may not make our woes disappear, but it's one less thing we have to deal with in the most stressful of times. The vSphere … [Read more...] about Enable SSH on vSphere Management Assistant
I came across an interesting error attempting to delete am empty datastore from one of my VMware environments. Here's the error I get: The resource [datastore name] is in use. Version: ESXi 4.1 Pesky Datastore: iSCSI SAN Volume In use? But I moved everything off of the datastore and deleted the rest of the snapshot data and rubbish spread about the left over directories. What gives? Datastores will still be in use if something is still pointing or mounted to them Although you may … [Read more...] about VMware – The resource [datastore name] is in use.