The new vCenter 6.5 Server Appliance comes with a backup function, but it is not possible to schedule the backup out of the box.
But there are several ways that you can do this yourself. Continue reading VMware vCSA 6.5 Scheduled Backup
I ran into an error the other day, when updating an IBM based vSphere 6.0 environment using Update Manager, and I want to share my solution with you and myself, so I do not need to find it the next time I run into it.
ERROR: The host returns esxupdate error code:15. The package manager transactions is not successful. Check the update Manager log files and esxupdate.log files for more details.
Network health check is a very useful feature that was introduced with vSphere 5.1 vDS.
The purpose is to test if the VLANs, MTU and Load Balancing settings you defined are actually working. The old way of doing this would be to disconnect all port except one, by either doing a shutdown on the switch port, or pulling out the cable, and then testing, with a VM, if every VLAN still works. This can be a very lengthy process if you have many adapters, but also a necessary step if you want a stable environment.
If you want to know more about how it check the different settings, Joseph Griffiths did a good article on this you can read here: http://blog.jgriffiths.org/?p=877
Well the health check feature generates a lot of mac table entries as explained in VMware KB 2034795.
An example given is that you have 35 Hosts with 2 Network Adapters each, and 60 VLANs. This will generate (35 * 2 * 60) 4200 mac table entries in your physical switches. And as you can see, this quickly increases. Some switches only has room for 32.000 records or less. Continue reading Should you enable Network health check for your Distributed Virtual Switches
If you need to search your vSphere Datastores for orphaned VMDK files, Luc Dekens made a script that can help you.
Another possibility is to use rvTools.
Today we will look at how to enable REST on phpIPAM. This is an essential part when integrating with vRealize Orchestrator, since REST is an excellent interface for automation.
REST might scare you at first, but don’t loose faith, you will soon enough begin to like it, when you vRealize the power it brings.