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New NSX for vSphere Troubleshooting Guides

NSXDid you know VMware now offers a series of troubleshooting KBs on NSX for vSphere 6.x? The series covers topics ranging from NSX Controllers, Distributed Firewall (DFW), VXLAN, Guest Introspection, and NSX Manager to Edge Services Gateway and its services, including IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, and High Availability.

We’ve created a master KB of sorts to serve as a starting point: Understanding and troubleshooting VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2122691) This article provides a master understanding and troubleshooting information regarding VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x and all functional services. This article is targeted towards VMware Technical Support, VMware Network Administrators, Virtualization and Network Architects providing additional troubleshooting assistance when dealing with issues encountered with VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x. Bookmark this one for sure.

Additionally, the following KBs are designed to assist VMware customers and partners with fast resolution to NSX for vSphere 6.x technical support issues by describing critical diagnostic information to collect and key known issues. Come check it out.

New KBs for new desktop products

As you have probably heard by now, VMware yesterday released shiny new versions for it’s desktop virtualization products: VMware Fusion 8 and VMware Fusion 8 Pro, and VMware Workstation 12 Pro & VMware Workstation 12 Player. To go along with these new versions, the Knowledge Experience Team has created some new Knowledgebase articles and/or updated existing articles. Here is a list of what you need to know.

Disk is already managed by View

Horizon ViewToday we will highlight one of our KB articles that is getting some traction with our Horizon View customers. The  issue can occur if the ADAM database contains an invalid entry for a persistent disk.

Symptoms:

  • Attempting to import the disk from vCenter Server fails with the error:
This disk is already managed by View
  • Cannot detach a Persistent User Data Disk in View Manager.
  • Cannot import a Persistent Disk from vCenter Server for a virtual machine that was deleted in View Administrator.
  • The Persistent disk is visible when the option to show incompatible files is selected.

If you are encountering any of these symptoms in your environment, please refer to KB article: Cannot detach a Persistent Disk in View Manager 4.5 and later (2007076). This article has a 5 star customer rating.

Note: This KB contains two Warnings. Be sure you completely understand the article, and as always check that your backups are working and are valid.

Database issues when upgrading vSphere

For today’s post, we’d like to focus on issues surrounding DB validation during upgrade. Many of you are running into one of the issues when moving to vSphere 6.0

Does anything here look familiar?

Invalid Linked Clones – revisited

Back in July we had a post about using the ViewDbChk command to remove invalid linked clone entries, which applied to Horizon View 5.3 and later. Apparently a similar situation can arise in earlier versions of the product as well, but the steps to fix it are different.

For users of View 5.2 or earlier, we have created KB article: Manually deleting linked clones or stale virtual desktop entries from the View Composer database in VMware View Manager and VMware Horizon View.

Symptoms include:

  • You cannot provision or recompose a linked clone desktop pool
  • You see the error:
Desktop Composer Fault: Virtual Machine with Input Specification already exists
  • Provisioning a linked clone desktop pool fails with the error:
Virtual machine with Input Specification already exists
  • The Connection Server shows that linked clone virtual machines are stuck in a deleting state
  • You cannot delete a pool from the View Administrator page
  • You are unable to delete linked clone virtual machines
  • When viewing a pools Inventory tab, the status of one or more virtual machines may be shown as missing

So remember, if you have 6.1 or later, you want to use KB article: Removing invalid linked clone entries automatically using the ViewDBChk tool in VMware Horizon View 5.3 and later versions (2118050)

If you have 5.2 or earlier, use: Manually deleting linked clones or stale virtual desktop entries from the View Composer database in VMware View Manager and VMware Horizon View (2015112)

Top 20 Articles for July 2015

Here is our Top 20 KB list for July 2015. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article.

  1. Installing Windows in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion Easy Install (1011677)
  2. Installing VMware Tools in a Fusion virtual machine running Windows (1003417)
  3. VMware ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx (2059053)
  4. Troubleshooting Fusion virtual machine performance issues (1015676)
  5. Installing async drivers on VMware ESXi 5.x and ESXi 6.0.x (2005205)
  6. Purging old data from the database used by VMware vCenter Server (1025914)
  7. Manually deleting linked clones or stale virtual desktop entries from the View Composer database in VMware View Manager and VMware Horizon View (2015112)
  8. Troubleshooting Fusion virtual machine startup issues (1014534)
  9. Commands to monitor snapshot deletion in VMware ESXi/ESX (1007566)
  10. Generating and importing a signed SSL certificate into VMware Horizon View 5.1/5.2/5.3/6.0 using Microsoft Certreq (2032400)
  11. ESXi host cannot initiate vMotion or enable services and reports the error: Heap globalCartel-1 already at its maximum size.Cannot expand (2085618)
  12. Uninstalling and manually installing VMware Tools in VMware Fusion (1014522)
  13. Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in ESXi/ESX 4.x, ESXi 5.x and ESXi 6.x (1027206)
  14. Troubleshooting networking and internet connection issues in VMware Fusion (1016466)
  15. Troubleshooting Fusion startup issues (1003484)
  16. Powering off a virtual machine on an ESXi host (1014165)
  17. Information about VMware vCloud Air (2052491)
  18. Recreating a missing virtual machine disk descriptor file (1002511)
  19. Accessing the vdp-configure or FLR portal page in VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.x and 6.0.x fails in modern versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox (2111900)
  20. Considerations for using software iSCSI port binding in ESX/ESXi (2038869)

VMware Portals Update

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Update – VMware portals issues (download products, get license keys, or other tasks) are resolved.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience with this Severity 1 issue.

 

Should you have any questions, please contact our Global Support & Services team at my.vmware.com.

Horizon View Connection Protocols

The primary main connection protocols that customers use to connect to their virtual desktop infrastructures include PCoIP, BLAST, and to a lesser extent, RDP. Our front line tech support engineers have compiled this list of articles which cover the most common issues with PCoIP and BLAST:

PCoIP

BLAST

Web Client issues in vSphere 6

Today we’d like to talk about some common issues that have been seen when customers were upgrading to the latest version of our vSphere Web Client.

Perhaps you, during an upgrade, missed some products that were no longer supported (ie: removing plugins that are no longer supported), and now are proving to be reluctant to be removed. Most of these are not production stopping, though they are problematic when it is not expected.

KBs 2111224 and 211292 For customers who have upgraded and may have not seen the documentation on what other products are no longer supported in vSphere 6.0.

KB 1025360 Helps with removing plugins that are no longer compatible with vCenter 6.0.

KB 2119011 To help introduce customers to the feature changes in the vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client in 6.0 and any corresponding errors.

KB 2121185 After upgrading to vSphere 6.0 you may run into items no longer appearing in your inventory. This KB assists in troubleshooting to the services to find the cause.

KB 2121717 Troubleshoots login issues that customers may see in the vSphere environment using the Use Windows Session Credentials check box.

 

How to confirm ESX and ESXi host hardware compatibility

We’ve just put the finishing touches on a new video which discusses how to confirm ESX and ESXi host hardware compatibility using the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guides, which are available here.

You can use the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guides to confirm whether or not your particular server, system, HBA, network card, or other peripheral devices are certified and compatible for use with specific vSphere ESX and ESXi versions.

Additional information is available at Confirming ESX/ESXi host hardware (System, Storage, and I/O) compatibility (1003916).