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
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
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.
In this post, I'm going to go over the quickest way to get your Nimble SAN connected to a VMware ESXi environment through vCenter. This method will give you a volume where you can store VMDK attached storage for your guests. Some of these steps will be for vCenter 4. Please pay close attention to my notations as some items will not be necessary with later versions of VMware, or later versions will have options in the GUI instead of in the CLI. This tutorial assumes you have healthy environments … [Read more...] about Connect VMware to Nimble SAN
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
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