Last year in June I wrote about an issue which we encountered while trying to do cross-site vMotion in vCenter 6.5 – Cross Site vMotion valitation error: Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password.

After upgrading vCenter to vCenter Server 6.5 Update 2d (build 10964411) the issue has disappeared. Seems VMware has fixed the issue.

vSphere vCenter HTML5 Web Client buttons and icons all wrong after patching

Recently we patched our vSphere vCenter 6.5  to latest version and we noticed that after upgrade most of icons were weird and some of the buttons were wrong.

At first my heart missed a beat since all green icons were suddenly red. After closer look we saw that the status was OK but icon was wrong. I’m not gonna list all the things we tried to fix the issue but eventually we figured out the solution – clear Chrome cache. After clearing the cache the HTML5 GUI was “green” again.

VMware ESXi HA State Uninitialized after exiting maintenance mode

Some time ago I had issue with on ESXi 6.5 host. After exiting ESXi 6.5 hosts from maintenance mode HA state was “Uninitialized”. It was OK before entering maintenance mode.  That host was running build 10884925. All the other hosts including HA master were running build 11925212. I tried to “Reconfigure for VMware HA” – didn’t help. After upgrading the host to build 11925212 HA worked. My colleague also saw similar issue on another cluster with mixed ESXi builds.

Dell software repository for VMware Update Manager

I have written in the past about HPE software and driver repositories – Automatically download HP drivers to VMware Update Manager and New URLs for HP(E) Online Depot for VMWare

There is also similar repository for Dell – https://vmwaredepot.dell.com/index.xml. By adding this to Update Manager it will download additional Dell software – Dell EMC OpenManage Server Administrator and Dell EMC iDRAC Service Module.

We have found the Dell EMC iDRAC Service Module very useful. It provides OS information to iDRAC and also installs binaries which you can use to reset iDRAC from ESXi if it becomes unresponsive (command: /opt/dell/srvadmin/iSM/bin/Invoke-iDRACHardReset -f )