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Monthly Archives: December 2009

New articles published for week ending 12/27/2009

How to setup basic software iSCSI for VMware vSphere

This videos provides an overview of how to setup software iSCSI in VMware vSphere (VMware ESX 4 and VMware vCenter Server 4).

The steps are essentially the same for ESX 3.5 and vCenter Server 2.5 so this applies to those versions as well.

The steps are performed using the vSphere Client. For earlier versions of ESX/vCenter Server, you’ll use the VMware Infrastructure Client to perform the steps.

How to setup basic software iSCSI for VMware vSphere

Continue on to read KB article: Configuring and troubleshooting basic software iSCSI setup for the video and full text.

What customers say about VMware Support

Here’s a 3 minute video about what VMware customers say about our Technical Support staff. This isn’t a KBTV production, but comes from vmwarerocks. It’s a very nice plug for the guys and girls on the front lines, answering your calls.

VMware: Services & Support

New articles published for week ending 12/20/2009

VMware Consolidated Backup
VMware Consolidated Backup fails on Windows 2008 (1015993)
Date Published: 12/17/2009
VMware ESX
Security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Active Template Library might affect VMware Web Access (1014612)
Date Published: 12/18/2009
Invalid VMware HA cluster resulting from reversion to snapshot (1015908)
Date Published: 12/17/2009
Configuring tape drives and media changers on ESX 4.x (1016407)
Date Published: 12/17/2009
WSMan modules missing in vSphere CLI Linux installations (1016592)
Date Published: 12/17/2009
Integrating a Build System with VMware Studio (1016333)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
Networking performance data is missing when the VMXNET3 adapter is used (1015402)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
The Performance Overview tab fails to display with the error: Navigation to the webpage was canceled (1014454)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
Upgrading ESX fails with the error: Unable to enable interface. This address may be in use by an other host. (1014413)
Date Published: 12/15/2009
A Microsoft Windows kernel bug causes the Windows system to fail, often issuing the error STOP 0x50 (1016460)
Date Published: 12/18/2009
VMware Fusion
Installing and activating McAfee Security Center for VMware Fusion (1016605)
Date Published: 12/14/2009
VMware Server
Remediation of CVE-2009-3731 on VMware Server 2.0.2 (1016594)
Date Published: 12/15/2009
VMware ThinApp
mscorsvw.exe process in a vSphere Client package blocks ThinApp sandbox deletion (1016627)
Date Published: 12/15/2009
wscript. Calls Fail in ThinApp Visual Basic Scripts (1015944)
Date Published: 12/14/2009
VMware vCenter AppSpeed
Maintenance mode of AppSppeed Server's host hangs (1016603)
Date Published: 12/17/2009
Exporting transaction list with commas in the transaction name shifts columns (1016604)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
Changing the default port for vCenter and AppSpeed Server communication (1016601)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
Syncing AppSpeed with vCenter's username or password changes (1016599)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
Deploying a probe with non ascii characters fails (1016600)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
Unable to connect to AppSpeed user interface after upgrading vSphere 4.0 Update 1 (1016353)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
Upgrading AppSpeed or rerunning the AppSpeed setup fails if the vCenter Server port is changed (1016399)
Date Published: 12/16/2009
VMware vCenter Converter
Exporting a virtual machine fails with the error: vCenter Converter Agent System Error (1014421)
Date Published: 12/18/2009
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
Installing vCenter Converter Standalone on a localized Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 might fail (1016632)
Date Published: 12/18/2009
VMware vCenter Server
VirtualCenter Server Service fails to start after upgrading to vCenter Server 4 Update 1 (1016116)
Date Published: 12/18/2009
Upgrading to vCenter Server 4.0 fails with the error: Setup cannot create vCenter Server Directory Services (1015887)
Date Published: 12/17/2009
Variable value messages when starting vSphere Client (1015523)
Date Published: 12/15/2009
VMware View Manager
Connection errors and blank screen when connecting to a View desktop using PCoIP (1016753)
Date Published: 12/17/2009
VMware Workstation
VMware Tools installation on Windows guest might fail with an error message,The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation (1016563)
Date Published: 12/17/2009

How to enable SSH login for a root user in VMware ESX

This video demonstrates how to enable SSH logins for the root user in VMware ESX. For security reasons, access for root users using SSH is disabled by default.

How to enable SSH login for a root user in VMware ESX

Read the full KB article: Enabling root SSH login on an ESX host (8375637)

The Faces behind KBTV

Here is Kevin Mitts, producer of VMware KBTV, introduced by Rick Blythe (vmwarecares). Click the image to view a short introduction.

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How to work with VMware snapshots using the GUI

This video provides an overview of snapshots in VMware products and details how to take a snapshot, revert a snapshot, go to a snapshot, delete a snapshot, and delete all snapshots. The video also explains what each of these features means. The video uses vSphere, but the basic principles apply to all VMware products that are capable of taking snapshots.

How to work with VMware snapshots using the GUI

Read the full KB article: Working with snapshots (1009402)

New articles published for week ending 12/13/2009

VMware ESX
Connection failure message when running the esxcli vSphere CLI under Linux (1015789)
Date Published: 12/11/2009
Unable to run esxupdate update command after removing a bulletin that has hostd VIB (1016402)
Date Published: 12/11/2009
Installing a patch on ESX 4.0 with EMC Power Path installed prevents the rpowermt utility from discovering LUNs (1016421)
Date Published: 12/10/2009
OpenSSL security vulnerability with CVE-2009-3555 identifier does not affect vCenter, ESX, and ESXi (1016357)
Date Published: 12/10/2009
On a Windows XP Professional 32-bit guest, the e1000 NIC driver is not automatically available even though the e1000 vNIC is supported (1016456)
Date Published: 12/10/2009
Configuring HP StorageWorks D2D & VLS virtual tape libraries on ESX 3.x (1016289)
Date Published: 12/8/2009
KRB5 error code 68 while setting Active Directory authentication on ESX 3.5 and 4.0 hosts (1016237)
Date Published: 12/7/2009
VMware vCenter Server
vSphere client disconnects from vSphere Server 4.0 and Windows event log shows "Event description for event id 1000 from source vmware virtualcenter server" (1015101)
Date Published: 12/11/2009
VMware View Manager
View Client for Linux thin clients does not return a redirected USB device to the client machine (1016453)
Date Published: 12/10/2009
VMware Workstation
Installing Workstation outside the 64-bit Windows 7 default directory causes the installation to fail (1016348)
Date Published: 12/10/2009

Announcing VMware KBTV

Our new video KB articles have been received so well by our customers that we have created a new blog just for video content.  The videos are great for how-to types of topics, or for doing white-board chats. Some folks are just happier having something shown to them rather than having to read through pages of steps.

Announcing:

KBTV

So far we have about a dozen videos, but watch for this list to grow dramatically. You’ll want to subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss anything.

Hey, maybe you have an idea for us? Don’t be shy, just drop us a request in the comment section below.

ESXi 4.0 hosts not adding or reconnecting to vCenter Server

We've become aware of an issue where you can't add or reconnect an ESXi 4.0 host to a vCenter Server 4.0 or 4.0 Update 1. Specifically, the issue occurs if you remove and try to re-add the host or if you upgrade from vCenter Server 4.0 to vCenter Server 4.0 update 1. This is because the vCenter agent service does not install or upgrade on ESXi 4.0 hosts.

For up-to-date information on the issue, check out vCenter agent service does not install or upgrade on ESXi hosts (1016262).

The symptoms are:

  • vCenter Server reports the following error:

    Cannot install the vCenter agent service. Unknown Installer error
     

  • After the error, the ESXi host does not display in vCenter Server or stays disconnected.
  • All attempts to add or reconnect ESXi hosts to vCenter Server fail.

  • The /var/log/vmware/vpx-iupgrade.log file on the ESXi 4.0 host contains the error: 

    Acquiring lock /tmp/bootbank.lck
    Copying vpxa.vgz to /bootbank/vpxa.vgz
    Editing /bootbank/boot.cfg to add module vpxa.vgz
    [90597] 2009-11-30 15:21:49: status = 0
    [90597] 2009-11-30 15:21:49: exec /sbin/vmkramdisk vpxa.vgz
    Failed to mount archive: Out of memory