Time servers can be a pain. In this case, once completing a vCenter upgrade from 6.5 to 6.7, I noticed the time wasn't syncing. It took a bit to find where to update the NTP servers and enable the NTP service for vCenter. Here's how to do that: Log into vCenter and head to Menu > Administration > Deployment > System Configuration. Click on the LOGIN button for the vCenter you'd like to administer. This will take you to the Appliance settings. Log into the Appliance Head to … [Read more...] about Updating NTP Servers in vCenter 6.7
By default, being able to copy and paste items from your machine through the console of a VM is disabled. This makes sense, there are security implications here. However, if you're in an environment where you trust your users and you're constantly moving files or managing VMs, having the ability to copy and paste is huge. So here's how to enable it: To enable Copy & Paste on one machine Log in to a vCenter Server system using the vSphere Client and power off the virtual machine. … [Read more...] about Adding Copy and Paste Functions to vSphere VMs or in vCenter
If you want to move backups from one location to another, you're going to need to make sure you have some things configured properly. Here are a few things I learned while migrating to a larger storage area for my data. It's definitely easier, arguably faster, to migrate data using ROBOCOPY. Even though you'll have more thread available to migrate data using ROBOCOPY, you're only as fast as your storage and your processing power. A big copy and paste of your data using windows won't be much … [Read more...] about Migrating VEEAM Backup Data
If you're manually upgrading vCenter, you might run into this error. VMware tells you it's either the media or the Agent that needs to be started. But in my issue, when upgrading from vCenter 5.5 to vCenter 5.5 Update 3, I needed to enable the SQL Agent Service in Services in order to get it to work. Here's my fix: Go to Services Find SQL Server Agent Service and see that it is disabled Right click the service and change it to Automatic in properties Start the service … [Read more...] about Please make sure SQL Server Agent service is running on the Database Server
I ran an updated to Windows 10 and all of a sudden my VMs in VMware Workstations were showing "Network Cable Unplugged" when I tried to use them. Here's what I did to fix that: Power off all your VMs In VMware Workstation go to Edit > Virtual Network Editor Choose to change settings and say OK to run as admin If you have static IPs or IP ranges you want to keep, note them Choose "Restore Defaults" at the bottom I didn't have to remove or add anything back to the VM. They came … [Read more...] about VMware Workstation VMs shows Network Cable Unplugged
We were doing a routine upgrade of the SQL Database that's tied to the vCenter server and got a new error in Storage Views on a host. The error is below: This issue is pretty straight forward to correct. By default, Vmware ESXi 5.5.0's VMware vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Service uses the Local System as the account to manage the service. Unlike your VMware VirtualCenter Server, which probably uses a service account you created, the Local System is not equipped to start and manage the … [Read more...] about VMware vCenter – The Storage Service is not initialized. Please try again later.
So you want add another datastore but you're getting the follow error: The short story is that the drive needs to be formatted but there are partitions on there that VMware just can't get rid of first. So, you'll need to delete the volumes on your own, you can do one of two things: Put the drive in a Windows machine and delete the volumes completely. Get all command prompt ham on the drive and delete the volumes via SSH. Here's the commands to do it via SSH: First list what … [Read more...] about Vim.Host.DiskPartitionInfo.spec – VMware can’t add extra drive.
With Horizon View, if you want to publish servers in desktop mode, such as publishing Server 2008 R2 as a desktop, you'll have to make some changes within ADSI Edit. The change is fairly straightforward. Here's a quick tutorial on how to get it done. To start, open up ADSI Edit on your VMware Connection server, or any server on the domain with access to your domain controller: From there, choose More Actions over on the right and choose Connect To. Enter the … [Read more...] about VMware Horizon View – Enable Servers in Desktop Mode
Here's how to quickly fix this error: I was upgrading a few machines to VEEAM 7 Patch 3 and I received the error "Not Enough Licenses" even though I clearly had plenty of licenses to go around. Licenses are applied by the IP Address of the system you're attaching the licenses to, also by the network name of the machine. You'll have to revoke the old licenses before you can continue with the new. Here's the VEEAM KB: http://www.veeam.com/kb1470 To Revoke Old Licenses: Go to Help > … [Read more...] about VEEAM Error: Not Enough Licenses
VEEAM 7 Patch 3 is here, fully supporting vSphere 5.5 and much more. Here's a link to KB1854, giving you everything you need to know about the release. You can download Veeam 7 Patch 3 here: http://www.veeam.com/download_add_packs/vmware-esx-backup/7.0patch3 Some quick details from the KB Article: KB ID: 1854 Product: Veeam Backup & Replication Version: 126.96.36.1999 Published: 2014-02-13 Created: 2014-02-11 Last Modified: 2014-02-28 There are some updates that are really … [Read more...] about VEEAM 7 Patch 3 Released