A different take on the SRM upgrade order

March 3, 2017 Kim Bottu 0

Upgrading a vSphere environment with SRM can be tricky. If you follow the official best practice on how to upgrade vSphere and SRM you might find yourself in a position where SRM is out of commission because the last part of the upgrade process,  the part where you upgrade the DR site, fails. The official recommended way to upgrade SRM The official recommended way to upgrade SRM connected sites is to upgrade all components in the Primary sites first and then upgrade the components in the DR site. This means that you upgrade vCenter components followed by the SRM components in Primary Site A first, followed by vCenter components and the SRM components in Primary Site B and then by the vCenter components […]

ERROR vCenter 5.5U2 upgrade to vCenter 6.0U2a: 1603, A change must be made to this systems time and many others

March 3, 2017 Kim Bottu 0

Recently I had several problems upgrading vCenter server 5.5U2 to vCenter server 6.0U2a. Luckily all has been solved now and I owe a huge thank you to  Ciaran McE from VMware Support who has stood by me and helped me to solve this vCenter upgrade problem. Below I am listing a handful of the errors we have seen, how you can spot them and how you can solve them. Error 1: Error 1603. Because SSO appeared to be somehow corrupt [As a test to check if SSO was intact I deleted of a local SSO group resulted in the unavailability of SSO as a whole], I had to install a new external SSO server,  remove and reinstall vCenter server and re-point […]

HPE TSS, Cannes 2017 – Day 1 and 2

February 15, 2017 Graeme Vermeulen 0

I’ve had the privilege of being invited to the Tech Summit run by HPE. The venue this year – Cannes. It’s the same venue that the film festivals run from, so naturally, a lot of local speakers have expressed humility and gratitude to be standing on such a prestigious stage – the Grand Auditorium here at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes. I’m here with my colleague, Rich Dunthorne. Rich runs the presales function at AN and is well known for his ability to get his hands dirty when necessary – some might say he even enjoys it! Well firstly, the security at this gig is tight. It definitely feels like we’re celebrities being herded around wearing badges […]

Site Recovery Manager 5.8.1 SRM and VR Protection Advanced Settings Riddle

February 7, 2017 Bilal Ahmed 0

When you use SRM (in my case SRM version 5.8.1) in combination with VR to protect your VMs, SRM will own these VMs. You will not be able to recover these protected VMs using vSphere Replication on its own, as long as they are SRM protected.  This became an issue for us, simply because we had an issue where the SRM service would fail to start at the DR site. Working with VMware support we got it working again but neither VMware Support or myself really knew what the root cause was. A little SRA and SRM history We are using SRM in combination with SRA’s and had a Recovery Plan that was stuck in partial re-protect mode and no amount […]

vSphere Replication when using vRDMS

January 31, 2017 Bilal Ahmed 0

So you can use vRDMs with vSphere Replication: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/07/vsphere-replication-virtual-rdm.html There aren’t many use cases for it and it isn’t documented very well. So I have just been pondering over something: vSphere replication supports VMs that have vRDMs but not pRDMs. ESXi5.5 now supports vRDMs up to 62TB. What it does, is it will bring the vRDM up as a VMDK file at the DR site. I am throwing this out there as a possible option for replication of our VMs that have RDMs attached, since we have a few VMs that have RDMs attached to them and which need to be replicated too. “If you wish to maintain the use of a virtual RDM at the target location, it is possible to […]

Why I gave up attempting the VCDX

January 14, 2017 Graeme Vermeulen 2

Note: I’d like to preface this post by stating that I have utmost respect for any individual who’s achieved VCDX-level certification or is in the process of doing so. I wrote this post here a while ago on why I will become a VCDX, and why it’s worth it.  I feel that I need to write this post out, if anything, for myself so that I can finally move on from the VCDX and not feel so guilty about dropping it! I’ve been working in the background on a design to submit, despite having a very busy life with my fair share of issues to deal with, all the while still doing my usual day job of consulting. I’ve really found that […]

VCAP6-DCV Design Objective 1.1 on the #vBrownbag

January 12, 2017 Jason Grierson 1

The other week I saw the call to all VCDX volunteers for the vBrownbag series around the new VCAP6-DCV Design exam, so with exam closet to my heart I have volunteered for a few sections.  The first section I really wanted to cover was the Objective 1.1 as this was one of the sections that I really struggled with when I wrote the DCD 5.1/5.5 exam, however the due date didn’t leave me much time to prep a presentation deck.  So over the weekend I gave it the good old college try but was only able to get half way through the presentation due to the length of the chapter.  With that in mind I messaged Gregg letting him know […]

Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.8.1 Unable to Export Recovery Plan History

January 10, 2017 Bilal Ahmed 0

Basically, I had a recovery plan and I had done tests/cleanups/migrations/re-protects and it all worked exactly as expected,. But each time when I wanted to export the history reports it wouldn’t do anything! I would pick the type of report I wanted (html/doc etc), I would click generate report. It would generate it fine. But when I clicked download…I would get nothing. I click it and click it and nothing would happen?! I tried Chrome and Firefox, I had rebooted the SRM  service at both sites, the Web Client service at both sites. I had tried a different user account, I simply could not get the report to export. But every other plan exported fine. Then I was asking in the […]

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