Location of VMware vCenter Server 6.0 log files

Purpose

This article provides the default location of the VMware vCenter Server logs.

Resolution

The VMware vCenter Server 6.0 logs are located in the %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMWare\vCenterServer\logs folder.
The VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 logs are located in the /var/log/vmware/ folder.
vCenter Server logs are grouped by component and purpose in these sub-directories:
vCenter Server
vCenter Server Appliance
Description
vmware-vpx\vpxd.log
vpxd/vpxd.log
The main vCenter Serverlog
vmware-vpx\vpxd-profiler.log
vpxd/vpxd-profiler.log
Profile metrics for operations performed in vCenter Server
vmware-vpx\vpxd-alert.log
vpxd/vpxd-alert.log
Non-fatal information logged about the vpxd process
perfcharts\stats.log
perfcharts/stats.log
VMware Performance Charts
eam\eam.log
eam/eam.log
VMware ESX Agent Manager
invsvc
invsvc
VMware Inventory Service
netdump
netdumper
VMware vSphere ESXi Dump Collector
vapi vapi VMware vAPI Endpoint
vmdird
vmdird
VMware Directory Service daemon
vmsyslogcollector
syslog
vSphere Syslog Collector
vmware-sps\sps.log
vmware-sps/sps.log
VMware vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Service
vpostgres
vpostgres
vFabric Postgres database service
vsphere-client
vsphere-client
VMware vSphere Web Client
vws
vws
VMware System and Hardware Health Manager
workflow
workflow
VMware vCenter Workflow Manger
SSO SSO VMware Single Sign-On

For more information, please read VMware KB (2110014)


Important Updates to NSX for vSphere KB Articles

Here is a list of currently trending KB articles for NSX for vSphere.

NSX Distributed Firewall unfiltered rules may be deleted during the firewall rule publish operation in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2141155)
Symptoms:

  • In Distributed Firewall Apply Filter mode in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x, when filtered rules belonging to only one firewall section is modified and published by either Publish Section or Publish Changes or filtered rules belonging to multiple firewall sections are modified, you experienced these symptoms:
  • The publish operation may publish only the filtered rules
  • All the unfiltered rules within that section may be removed

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.1 supportability with vRealize Log Insight Reporting (2143058)
Symptoms:

  • NSX for vSphere Log Insight Content Pack (both 1.0, and 2.0) does not work with NSX for vSphere 6.2 infrastructure release

The netcpa agent on an ESXi host fails to communicate with NSX controller(s) in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2137011)
Symptoms:

  • Routes from dynamic routing protocols may not be present in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x Edge Services Gateway (ESG) or Distributed Logical Router (DLR) when the Control VM is running on affected ESXi host
  • Virtual machines on the affected ESXi host fails to communicate with other virtual machines running on other ESXi hosts
  • Running the esxcli network vswitch dvs vmware vxlan network list –vds-name=Name_VDS command on the ESXi host displays the VNIs as down

NSX User Interface (UI) is grayed out for several seconds and exhibits slow performance on NSX for vSphere 6.2.0 (2141919)
Symptoms:

  • Selecting an item on the vSphere Web client for NSX appears to be slow. Specifically, the screen turns grey and pauses for roughly 10 seconds before a corresponding request from the Web client reaches NSX Manager and is captured in the NSX Manager logs (vsm.log)
  • After this initial slowness, performance works as expected
  • The NSX Manager logs display a roughly five-second lag to complete login and successful authentication between NSX Manager and Virtual Center

NSX is unavailable from the vSphere Web Client Plugin after backup of NSX Manager with quiesced snapshot (2142263)
Symptoms:

  • NSX is unavailable from the vSphere Web Client plug-in.
  • The NSX plug-in User Interface (UI) is reachable but the pages do not display content
  • A restart of the NSX Manager is required to recover from this situation

The post Important Updates to NSX for vSphere KB Articles appeared first on Support Insider.

Source: VMware Blogs


VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host not Compliant after updating VMware vCenter Server to 5.5 Update 2d (2442329).

Issue:

My VMware vSphere ESXi Host had Compliance Failures:
Config.GlobalSettings.guest.commands.sharedPolicyRefCount

Failures Against Host Profile:

The options Config.GlobalSettings.guest.commands.sharedPolicyRefCount have been changed from their expected default values.

On these VMware vSphere ESXi versions the default value was:

ESXi 5.5 Update 1 (1623387) was 0

ESXi 5.5 Update 2 (2068190) was 0

(Note):

But on VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2d this value changed to 100 from 0.

Fix:

We need to add a profile for this setting, using the Add Profile menu option.

Config.GlobalSettings.guest.commands.sharedPolicyRefCount

Step # 1

Select your Host Profile, under Host Profiles.

Right-Click on Host Profile, then select Edit Profile… on Context Menu.

Under your Profile Structure, select Advanced configuration option.

Next, Right-Click Advanced configuration option.

Then, Click Add Profile.

Step # 2

We first need to expand Advanced configuration option, using the Plus sign.

Scroll to the bottom, You will see a new Profile Setting called OptionProfile.

Next, Expand the OptionProfile setting, using the Plus Sign, until you see Advanced option.

Now, select Advanced option.

Step # 3

Next, within the Configuration Details section.

Click the drop down, and select Configure a fixed option.

You should now have two blank boxes with the following labels:

1) *The name of the option using dot notation to reflect the option’s position in a hierarchy.

2) The value of the option.

Step # 4

For the first option we are going to use this name for our option.

Config.GlobalSettings.guest.commands.sharedPolicyRefCount

Next, we will use this value for our value option.

100

Next, Click the OK button.

Step # 4

Once your Recent Tasks, shows that Update host profile Completed.

Step # 5

Select one of your VMware vSphere ESXi Host, which is currently showing as Noncompliant.

Next Right-Click, then Check Profile Compliance

This time your VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host should be Compliant.


VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host not Compliant, with these 3 Storage Policy Mismatches.

Issue: My VMware vSphere ESXi Host had Compliance Failures, with these 3 things:

1) Storage policy vmnamespace mismatch.

2) Storage policy vdisk mismatch

3) Storage policy cluster mismatch

Fix: Use these instructions ONLY:

If you are NOT currently using Virtual SAN (vSAN) on your VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host.

Step # 1

Select your profile under Host Profiles.

Right-Click and Select Enable/Disable Profile Configuration… on Context Menu.

Step # 2

Under Storage configuration Section.

Uncheck the 4th item from the top, Virtual SAN Configuration.

Next, Click the OK button.

Step # 3

Once your Recent Tasks, shows that Update host profile Completed.

Step # 4

Select one of your VMware vSphere ESXi Host, which is currently showing as Noncompliant.

Next Right-Click, then Check Profile Compliance

This time your VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host should be Compliant.

Fix: Use these instructions ONLY:

If you are currently using Virtual SAN (vSAN) on your VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host.

Step # 1

Select your profile under Host Profiles.

Right-Click and Select Edit Profile… on Context Menu.

Step # 2

Under Storage configuration Section.

Next, Virtual SAN Configuration.

Then, Storage option Policies.

Now we need to fill out these 3 items listed below.

1) Storage policy for cluster

Default Setting is ((“hostFailuresToTolerate” i1) (“forceProvisioning” i1))

2) Storage policy for vdisk

Default Setting is ((“hostFailuresToTolerate” i1) (“forceProvisioning” i1))

3) Storage policy for vmnamespace

Default Setting is ((“hostFailuresToTolerate” i1) (“forceProvisioning” i1))

Next, Click the OK button.

Step # 3

Once your Recent Tasks, shows that Update host profile Completed

Step # 4

Select one of your VMware vSphere ESXi Host, which is currently showing as Noncompliant.

Next Right-Click, then Check Profile Compliance

This time your VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host should be Compliant.


VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host not Compliant after updating to 5.5 Update 2 (2068190).

Issue: My host had Compliance Failures, with “SNMP Agent Configuration differs”.

 

Fix: Use these instructions ONLY:If you are not currently using SNMP Agent on your VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host.Step # 1Stop snmp Service Daemon.

Select Host>Configuration>Security Profile.

Next, Under Services, select Properties

Then, Under Label, select snmpd

Next, Click Options…

Step # 2

Under Startup Policy, select Start and stop manually

If service is started, Stop it using the Stop button.

Next, Click the OK button, then Click OK button again.

Note: With Update 2, this is set to Start and stop with host

Step # 3

Select your Host Profile, under Host Profiles.

Right-Click on Host Profile, then select Enable/Disable Profile Configuration…

Under your Profile Structure, select Firewall configuration

Next, under Ruleset Configuration, scroll down to snmp

Under Check the Check Box, snmp

Step # 4

Under your Profile Structure, within the main section.

Next, scroll down to SNMP Agent Configuration.

Under Check the Check Box, SNMP Agent Configuration, next Click OK button.

Step # 5

Re-Check Host Compliance, this time your VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Host should be Compliant.

 


VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi and vCenter/VirtualCenter Build Numbers Table

VMware Product Version Name Release Data Build Number Installer Build Number  VMware Software URL
ESXi 6.0 Information:
ESXi 6.0 GA 2015-03-12 2494585 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Information:
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 6 2015-02-05 2456374 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Patch 4 2015-01-27 2403361 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 5 2014-12-02 2302651 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Patch 3 2014-10-15 2143827 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Update 2 2014-09-09 2068190 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.5 Patch 2 2014-07-01 1892794 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 4 2014-06-11 1881737 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Update 1a 2014-04-19 1746018 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 3 2014-04-19 1746974 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Update 1 2014-03-11 1623387 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.5 Patch 1 2013-12-22 1474528 N/A
ESXi 5.5 GA 2013-09-22 1331820 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.1 Information:      
ESXi 5.1 Update 3 2014-12-04 2323236 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.1 Patch 6 2014-10-30 2191751 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Patch 5 2014-07-31 2000251 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Express Patch 5 2014-06-17 1900470 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Patch 4 2014-04-29 1743533 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Express Patch 4 2014-02-27 1612806 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Update 2 2014-01-16 1483097 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.1 Patch 3 2013-10-17 1312873 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Patch 2 2013-07-25 1157734 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Express Patch 3 2013-05-23 1117900 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Update 1 2013-04-25 1065491 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.1 Express Patch 2 2013-03-07 1021289 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Patch 1 2012-12-20 914609 N/A
ESXi 5.1.0a 2012-10-25 838463 N/A
ESXi 5.1.0 GA 2012-09-10 799733 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.0 Information:
ESXi 5.0 Patch 9 2014-08-28 2000308 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 6 2014-07-01 1918656 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Patch 8 2014-05-29 1851670 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Patch 7 2014-01-23 1489271 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Update 3 2013-10-17 1311175 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.0 Patch 6 2013-08-29 1254542 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 5 2013-05-15 1117897 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Patch 5 2013-03-28 1024429 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Update 2 2012-12-20 914586 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.0 Patch 4 2012-09-27 821926 822948
ESXi 5.0 Patch 3 2012-07-12 768111  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 4 2012-06-14 721882  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 3 2012-05-03 702118  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 2 2012-04-12 653509  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Update 1 2012-03-15 623860  N/A  Download
ESXi 5.0 Patch 2 2011-12-15 515841  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 1 2011-11-03 504890  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Patch 1 2011-09-13 474610 474643
ESXi 5.0 GA 2011-08-24 469965 469512  Download
ESX/ESXi 4.1 Information: N/A
ESX 4.1 Patch 11a 2014-10-01 2168595 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 11 2014-04-10 1682698 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 10 2013-12-05 1363503 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 9 2013-07-31 1198252 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 8 2013-04-30 1050704 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 7 2013-01-31 988178 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 6 2012-11-15 874690 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Express Patch 3 2012-06-14 721871 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Express Patch 2-1 2012-05-03 702113 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 5 2012-04-26 659051 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 4 2012-01-30 582267 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Update 3 2012-08-30 800380 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Update 2 2011-10-27 502767 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 3 2011-07-28 433742 N/A
ESXi 4.1 Patch 2 2011-04-28 381591 382386
ESX 4.1 Patch 2 2011-04-28 381591 396960
ESXi 4.1 Update 1 2011-02-10 351620 348481
ESX 4.1 Update 1 2011-02-10 351621 348481
ESX 4.1 Express Patch 1 2010-11-30 320381 320137
ESX 4.1 Patch 1 2010-11-16 320092 N/A
ESX 4.1 GA 2010-07-13 260247 N/A
ESX/ESXi 4.0 Information:
ESX 4.0 Patch 15 2014-10-01 2167889 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 14 2013-10-24 1335992 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 13 2012-05-30 1070634 N/A
ESX 4.0 Express Patch 9 2013-02-07 989856 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 12 2012-09-14 787047 N/A
ESX 4.0 Express Patch 8 2012-06-14 721907 N/A
ESX 4.0 Express Patch 7 2012-05-03 702116 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 11 2012-03-30 660575 N/A
ESXi 4.0 Update 4 2011-11-17 523315 504850
ESX 4.0 Patch 10 2011-10-13 480973 N/A
ESXi 4.0 Update 3 2011-05-05 403554 398348
ESX 4.0 Update 3 2011-05-05 403553 398348
ESX 4.0 Patch 9 2011-03-07 360236 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 8 2011-01-04 332073 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 7 2010-09-30 294855 N/A
ESX 4.0 Update 2 2010-06-10 261974 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 6 2010-05-27 256968 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 5 2010-04-01 244038 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 4 2010-03-03 236512 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 3 2010-01-06 219382 N/A
ESX 4.0 Update 1 2009-11-19 208167 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 2 2009-09-24 193498 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 1 2009-07-09 175625 N/A
ESX 4.0 Eval & Free Download 171294 N/A
ESX 4.0 GA 2009-05-21 164009 N/A
ESX/ESXi 3.5 Information:
ESX 3.5 Patch 27 2013-02-21 988599 N/A
ESX 3.5 Express Patch 3 2012-06-14 725354 N/A
ESX 3.5 Express Patch 2 2012-05-03 702112 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 26 2012-03-09 604481 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 25 2011-06-30 391406 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 24 2010-12-07 317866 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 23 2010-08-31 283373 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 22 2010-06-24 259926 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 21 2010-03-30 238493 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 20 2010-02-16 226117 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 19 2009-12-29 213532 N/A
ESX 3.5 U5 2009-12-03 207095 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 18 2009-10-16 199239 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 17 2009-08-31 184236 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 16 2009-07-30 176894 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 15 2009-06-30 169697 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 14 2009-05-28 163429 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 13 2009-04-29 158874 N/A
ESX 3.5 U4 2009-03-30 153875 N/A
ESXi 3.5 U4 2009-03-30 153875 N/A
ESXi/ESX 3.5 U3 Patch 11.5 2009-03-20 153840 N/A
ESX 3.5i U3 Patch 11 2009-01-30 143129 N/A
ESX 3.5 U3 Patch 11 2009-01-30 143128 N/A
ESX 3.5 U3 Patch 10 2008-12-02 130756 N/A
ESX 3.5 U3 2008-11-06 123630 N/A
ESXi 3.5 U3 2008-11-06 123629 N/A
ESX 3.5 U2 Patch N/A 113339 N/A
ESX 3.5 U2a N/A 110268 N/A
ESX 3.5 U2+patch N/A 110181 N/A
ESXi 3.5 U2 2008-08-13 103909 N/A
ESX 3.5 U2 2008-08-13 103909 N/A
ESX 3.5.0 Patch 05 N/A 98103 N/A
ESX 3.5.0 Patch 04 N/A 95350 N/A
ESX 3.5/3i U1 2008-04-10 82663 N/A
ESX 3.5.0 GA 2008-02-20 64607 N/A
ESX 3.0 Information:
ESX 3.0.3 P13 2011-02-15 312855 N/A
ESX 3.0.3 P10 N/A 184235 N/A
ESX 3.0.3 GA 2008-07-14 104629 N/A
ESX 3.0.2 U1 2007-10-25 61618 N/A
ESX 3.0.2 GA 2007-07-26 52542 N/A
ESX 3.0.1 GA 2006-09-25 32039 N/A
ESX 3.0.0 GA 2006-06-16 27701 N/A
ESX 2.5 Information:
ESX 2.5.5 P14 N/A 184659 N/A
ESX 2.5.5. GA 2007-09-17 57619 N/A
vCenter 5.5 Information (Microsoft Windows):
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2d 2015-01-27 2442329 2442328
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2b 2014-10-09 2183111 2183112
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2 2014-09-09 2001466 2105955
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1c 2014-07-22 1945274 1945270
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b 2014-06-12 1891313 1891310
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1a 2014-04-19 1750787 1750795
vCenter Server 5.5.0c 2014-04-19 1750596 1750597
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 2014-03-11 1623099 1623101
vCenter Server 5.5.0b 2013-12-22 1476327 1476387
vCenter Server 5.5.0a 2013-10-31 1378903 1378901
vCenter Server 5.5 GA 2013-09-22 1312299 N/A
vCenter 5.5 Information (Appliance):
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2d 2015-01-27 2442329 2442330
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2b 2014-10-09 2183111 2183109
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2a 2014-10-01 2001466 2170515
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2 2014-09-09 2001466 2063318
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1c 2014-07-22 1945274 1945271
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1b 2014-06-12 1891313 1891314
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1a 2014-04-19 1750787 1750781
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0c 2014-04-19 1750596 1750593
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1 2014-03-11 1623101 1624811
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0b 2013-12-22 1476327 1476389
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0a 2013-10-31 1398495 1398493
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 GA 2013-09-22 1312298 1312297
vCenter 5.1 Information (Microsoft Windows):
 VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Update 2c 2014-10-30 2207772 2212977
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 3 2014-12-04 2306353 2308386
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 2a 2014-07-01 1882349 1917403
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 2 2014-01-16 1473063 1474365
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1c 2013-10-17 1364037 1364079
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1b 2013-08-01 1235232 1235309
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1a 2013-05-22 1123961 1123966
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1 2013-04-25 1064983 1065152
 vCenter Server 5.1.0b 2012-12-20 947673 947939
 vCenter Server 5.1.0a 2012-10-25 880146 880471
vCenter Server 5.1 GA 2012-09-10 799731 799735
vCenter 5.1 Information (Appliance):
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 2014-12-04 2306353 2308385
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 2b 2014-10-01 1882349 2170517
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 2a 2014-07-01 1882349 1917404
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 2 2014-01-16 1474364 1474365
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1c 2013-10-17 1364042 N/A
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1b 2013-08-01 1235232 1235310
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1a 2013-05-22 1123961 1123965
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1 2013-04-25 1065184 1064983
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1.0b 2012-12-20 947673 947940
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1.0a 2012-10-25 880472 880146
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1GA 2012-08-13 799730 799731
vCenter 5.0 Information (Microsoft Windows):
vCenter Server 5.0 U3c 2014-11-20 2210222 2215678
vCenter Server 5.0 U3a 2014-07-01 1917469 1923446
vCenter Server 5.0 U3 2013-10-17 1300600 1343691
vCenter Server 5.0 U2 2012-12-20 913577 923238
vCenter Server 5.0 U1b 2012-08-16 804277 804276
vCenter Server 5.0 U1a* 2012-07-12 755629 757163
vCenter Server 5.0 U1 2012-03-15 623373 639890
vCenter Server 5.0 GA 2011-08-24 455964 456005
vCenter 5.0 Information (Appliance):
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U3c 2014-11-20 2210222 2213719
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U3b 2014-10-01 1917469 2170782
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U3a 2014-07-01 1917469 1923445
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U3 2013-10-17 1302764 N/A
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U2 2012-12-20 920217 N/A
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U1b 2012-08-16 804277 804279
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U1a 2012-07-12 759855 N/A
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 GA 2011-08-24 455964 472350
vCenter 4.1 Information (Microsoft Windows):
vCenter Server 4.1 U3a 2013-01-31 925676 978694
vCenter Server 4.1 U3 2012-08-30 816786 799345
vCenter Server 4.1 U2 2011-10-27 491557 493063
vCenter Server 4.1 U1 2011-02-10 345043 345042
vCenter Server 4.1 GA 2010-07-13 258902 259021
vCenter 4.0 Information (Microsoft Windows):
vCenter Server 4.0 Update 4b 2013-02-17 934016 934018
vCenter Server 4.0 Update 4a 2012-09-13 818020 792836
vCenter Server 4.0 U4 2011-11-17 496403 502539
vCenter Server 4.0 U3 2011-05-05 385281 387869
vCenter Server 4.0 U2 2010-06-10 258672 264050
vCenter Server 4.0 U1 2010-11-19 208111 208156
vCenter Server 4.0 Patch 1 2010-02-25 183347 N/A
vCenter Server 4.0 GA 2009-05-21 162856 162902
VirtualCenter 2.5 Information (Microsoft Windows):
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6c 2013-02-21 988588 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6b 2012-03-08 598800 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6a# 2011-05-05 341471 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6 Localized 2010-01-29 227640 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6 English 2010-01-29 227637 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U5 Localized 2009-07-10 174835 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U5 English 2009-07-10 174768 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U4 Localized 2009-02-23 147704 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U4 German 2009-02-23 147697 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U4 English 2009-02-23 147633 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U3 2008-10-03 119598 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U2 2008-07-25 104215 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U1 2008-04-10 84767 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 GA 2007-12-10 64192 N/A

PowerCLI 5.8r1 Reference Poster Now Available!

If you were looking for the latest VMware PowerCLI Poster covering the latest version. You found the right Blog Article.

They have added in all of the new and latest cmdlets to the upper-half of the poster, organized by task or object.

The lower-half has examples of commands or tasks that we see are being used frequently, or that are just handy to have for reference.

 

You can download this poster directly from http://bit.ly/PowerCLIPosterv2 or visit http://vmware.com/go/posters

For best printing results, this should be printed with dimensions 42″ x 20″ and the PDF should be scaled for 42″ x 20″ as well.

 

And remember to say a special thanks to Alan Renouf (@alanrenouf) and Luc Dekens (@LucD22) for their contributions as well, if you post to the VMware vSphere™ PowerCLI VMware Community.

 

-Troy


Re-Ordering VMware Network Adapters the Right Way – Existing Installation Process

Note: Changing VMNIC names by editing the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file is not supported by VMware.We are not going to make any changes to the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file manually.

Using this method we will let VMware ESXi/ESX do it automatically.

These instructions are for VMware ESXi hosts with vSwitches or Port Groups already configured.

You can also use these instructions for many situation like any of these:

1) If you lost host network connectivity either after:
a) System BIOS update
b) Firmware update
c) Patch Upgrade/update
d) Add a new Network Card

Step # 1
Place the ESXi/ESX host into Maintenance Mode.
Step # 2
Remove all VMNICs from the virtual switches except vmnic0, which is used for management.(Note: Make a note and/or diagram of which VMNICs are assigned to which vSwitches.)
Step # 3
Shut down the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 4
Remove/disable all NICs except vmnic0.a) On-board NICs can be disabled in the System BIOS.

b) NICs installed in PCI slots should be physically removed.

(Note: Make a note and/or diagram from which slot each Network Card was installed.)

Step # 5
Boot the server. At boot time, all removed/disabled VMNICs are removed from the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file.
Step # 6
Shut down the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 7
Add/enable all required NICs.a) Enable the On-Board NICs in the BIOS.
b) Re-insert the PCI bus NICs into the slots they came from.
(Note: I do this one at a time, shutting down and restarting the ESXi host after adding back each NIC.

This way I can check that my order is correct. You can use this process to check after adding each NIC.)

(Note: You can verify this by going into the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) Console.)

Step # 1 Login to the DCUI.
Step # 2 Under System Customization, select Configure Management Network.

Step # 3 Under Configure Management Network, select Network Adapters.

Step # 8
Boot the ESXi/ESX host.All VMNICs are assigned per segment, bus, slot, and function ID, and are ordered correctly.
Step # 9
Assign VMNICs back to the virtual switches they were assigned to before.
Step # 10
Exit maintenance mode on the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 11
Now all of your Network Cards should be back into the system and correctly ordered.
More Information on how VMware ESXi/ESX deals with the Network Card ordering.
The PCI ID to VMNIC numbering relationship is determined at boot time and is automatically entered into the esx.conf file for persistence.

The ESXi/ESX host first scans the segment number, then the bus number, the slot number, and finally the function number. This order ensures that ports on the same multi-port NIC are numbered sequentially.

Initially, when ESXi/ESX is installed, the VMNIC order will be sequential. This may change over time as NICs are removed and other NICS are added. This can result in VMNIC ordering that is undesirable and not in sync with the naming convention on other ESXi/ESX hosts.


Re-Ordering VMware Network Adapters the Right Way – Fresh Installation Process

Note: Changing VMNIC names by editing the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file is not supported by VMware.We are not going to make any changes to the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file manually.Using this method we will let VMware ESXi/ESX do it automatically.

These instructions are for a VMware ESXi hosts without vSwitches or Port Groups configured.
This is a freshly installed ESXi host that does not have the Network Adapters in the correct order.

If you are not using a Dell iDRAC/HP iLO or other Remote Management Interface, you need to follow my other process “Existing Installation Process”, because we disable all Network Cards and you will not be able to access your ESXi host.

I have another Blog post on doing this process if you already have your vSwitches or Port Groups setup and configured.

Step # 1
Place the ESXi/ESX host into Maintenance Mode.(Note: If ESXi/ESX host has already been added to vCenter, if not then you can safely skip this step.)
Step # 2
Shutdown the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 3
Physical Network Cards need to be physically remove from the system.(Note: Make a note and/or diagram from which slot each Network Card was installed.)
Step # 4
1) Boot into System BIOS to disable the On-Board Network Cards.
(Note: We disabled even our Mezzanine Card Slots, if using Blade Technology.)
2) Shutdown ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 5
Boot the ESXi/ESX host.(Note: At boot time, VMware ESXi/ESX will remove all removed and/or disabled Network Cards from the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file.)
Step # 6
Shutdown the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 7
Add/Enable ESXi/ESX host Network Cards in the required order.1) Enable the On-Board Network Cards.Re-start the ESXi/ESX host.(Note: You can verify this by going into the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) Console.)Step # 1 Login to the DCUI.
Step # 2 Under System Customization, select Configure Management Network.Step # 3 Under Configure Management Network, select Network Adapters.
Step # 8
Add your Physical Network Cards back into the same slots from which they were installed.(Note: You can add them back into the system one at a time. This way you can re-check them using the DCUI Console process.)Continue this process until you have all of your Network Cards back into the system.
Step # 9
Now all of your Network Cards should be back into the system and correctly ordered.
More Information on how VMware ESXi/ESX deals with the Network Card ordering.
The PCI ID to VMNIC numbering relationship is determined at boot time and is automatically entered into the esx.conf file for persistence.

The ESXi/ESX host first scans the segment number, then the bus number, the slot number, and finally the function number. This order ensures that ports on the same multi-port NIC are numbered sequentially.

Initially, when ESXi/ESX is installed, the VMNIC order will be sequential. This may change over time as NICs are removed and other NICS are added. This can result in VMNIC ordering that is undesirable and not in sync with the naming convention on other ESXi/ESX hosts.


Error Connecting to vCenter Server, using the vSphere Client after initial installation.

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Full Error Message:

The vSphere Client could not connect to “your vCenter Server”.
You do not have permission to login to the server: your vCenter Server FQDN.

You will need to grant permissions for you domain account/group, before you can connect using your Domain Login credentials.
Step # 1
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Login using Administrator@vsphere.local with your password that you created during installation.
Step # 2
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Now that you are logged into your vCenter Server.

1) Click on your vCenter in the left pane, in my lab it is vc02.lab.local

2) Next, click on the Permissions tab.

3) Within the Permissions tab, you should see a VSPHERE.LOCAL\Administrator Account.

4) Right-Click anywhere on the white space, and select Add Permission…

Step # 3
In the Assigned Role Section, Click on the drop down box and select Administrator.

Leave Propagate to Child Objects “Checked”

Step # 4
In the Assign Permissions Section, click on the Add button.

On the Select Users and Groups, Click on the drop down box and select your current Domain.

In my case, I selected Administrator for my LAB domain.  If I were doing this in my production environment, I would select an VMware Administrator group and not an individual domain account.

Next, click the Add button, now you should see it in the Users: textbox area.

Then, click on the Check Names, and if you do not encounter any problems, click on the Ok button.

Once you click on the Check Names button, it will start validating users and groups.

Now, click on the Ok button again to exit.

Step # 5
Click File and Exit, so that you can logout of the VMware vSphere Client.

Now, try to log back in to vCenter, but this time use your Domain Login credentials.

If everything went perfect, you are now logged into vCenter with your Domain Credentials.

At this point I would start assigning my vCenter Permissions.