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Dump Collector

ESXCLI Basics: Configure Dump Collector Host

Another basic command, but may be useful in stateless environments with no local disk usable for a diagnostic partition. Here is a quick how-to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the VMkernel interface, remote server IP address and port: # esxcli system coredump network set -v vmk0 -i 10.10.10.10 -o 6500 Enable the remote dump collector host: # esxcli system coredump network set -e true Verify the settings: # esxcli […]

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ESXCLI

ESXCLI Basics: Configure Syslog Host

Another basic command, but essential for health monitoring of your hosts when using a Syslog Server. Here is a quick how-to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the target Syslog Server and place logs in an unique subdirectory: # esxcli system syslog config set –logdir-unique true –loghost=udp://10.10.10.10:514 Open the ports for Syslog on the firewall: # esxcli network firewall ruleset set –e true –r syslog Apply the configuration with: # […]

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ESXCLI

ESXCLI Basics: Setup SNMP on ESXi 5.x

This is really basics stuff, but here is a quick how to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the target SNMP server, port and community string: # esxcli system snmp set –t <ip_or_fqdn>@/<community_string> Enable SNMP: # esxcli system snmp set –e yes Logout. Done! 🙂 Verify the snmpd service is running and check if the ports are open on the host though vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client. Please note […]

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ESXCLI

ESXCLI Basics: Troubleshooting Management Network Connection on ESXi 5.x

Another quick post about ESXCLI basics. Here is a procedure how to quickly recover the Management Network functionality on your ESXi host. First, login through iLO or iDRAC or iRMC, whatever remote management solution your server is equipped with. Press F2 on Direct Console UI, provide the root password and enable ESXi Shell via Troubleshooting Options. Press ALT+F1 and log in. List vmkernel interfaces: # esxcli network ip interface list Remove vmkernel interface(s): # esxcli […]

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ESXCLI

ESXCLI Basics: Installing a custom CIM provider on ESXi 5.x

A quick blog post on how to install a custom CIM provider on an ESXi 5.x host. Command reference can be found here. In this example I will use an Emulex vib CIM provider for ESXi which is necessary if you using Emulex OneCommand vCenter plug-in in your environment. Install custom CIM provider First, enable SSH on the host. Upload the vib to the tmp directory on the ESXi host. Login to host via SSH […]

ESXi 5

Upgrading from ESXi 5.x to ESXi 5.1 using VMware Update Manager

In-place upgrade of ESXi hosts is quick and simple and well suitable for small environments. However, if you want to upgrade a large number of ESXi hosts without any downtime, you can simply use VMware Update Manager to do the job which is provided with the vCenter Server installation ISO. Before you can upgrade your ESXi hosts make sure that you upgrade the vCenter Server and VMware Update Manager to version 5.1 first. Also, make […]

ESXi 5

Upgrading ESXi 5.0 host to ESXi 5.1

In the last article I have covered the upgrade process from vCenter Server 5.0 to vCenter server 5.1. In this article I will cover a quick how to on upgrading your ESXi host to version 5.1. In this case, I will perform an in place upgrade of the host. Before you proceed with upgrade in your production environment, please read chapter 6 “Upgrading and Migrating Your Hosts” from the vSphere Upgrade guide. Boot your server […]

ESXi 5

Upgrade vCenter Server 5.x to vCenter Server 5.1

As you probably all know, the vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Suite binaries have been made available for download yesterday. The vCenter Server ISO is now about 3,4 GB in size which is quite significant compared to 2,4 GB in version 5.0 Update 1. The size of ESXi hypervisor is now about 307 MB which is about 10 MB more than the version 5.0 Update 1. Before you begin with upgrading your production environment, make sure […]