Create snapshot including memory on ESXi command line

Categories: Virtualisation, VMware, vSphere

Today I have been asked how to create a snapshot directly on the ESXi host using vim-cmd including virtual machine memory. Quick example from my lab: Get the VMID of the virtual machine [root@esxi:~] vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms Sample output: Create snapshot including memory [root@esxi:~] vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create 124 “SnapshotName” “Snapshot Description” true true Create Snapshot: [root@esxi:~] Result: […]

ESX IP STORAGE TROUBLESHOOTING BEST PRACTICE

Categories: Documentation, ESXi, Storage, Troubleshooting, VMware, vSphere

VMware has released a new White paper about ESXi IP storage troubleshooting. In this paper, we: • Describe how you can analyze packet traces to identify functional and performance issues in an ESX IP storage environment. • Compare packet capture alternatives, and explain why we recommend an inline optical network tap connected to a packet […]

Show ESXi build details on command line

Categories: ESXi, Virtualisation, VMware

If you are logged into an ESXi per SSH you can display details about the build version using 2 simple commands. * vmware -vl * cat /etc/vmware/.buildInfo Example output: Using username “root”. The time and date of this login have been sent to the system logs. VMware offers supported, powerful system administration tools. Please see […]

Time to replace my Homelab – Part 1

Categories: ESXi, Homelab, HP, Virtualisation, VMware, vSphere

My current homelab contains 2x HP ML10v2, 1x HP Microserver Gen8 and 2 Switches (1 Mikrotik Cloud Switch 24 Port, Zyxcel 16 Port). This setup was sufficient for a long time. But due to the increased resource requirements of some VMware products and my activities with vROPs, Log Insight and other solutions I require more […]

NetApp NFS APD issues – reduction of MaxQueueDepth

Categories: ESXi, Troubleshooting, VMware, vSphere

If you face APD’s in your environment you can follow the KB below to possible improve the situation. http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2016122 https://kb.netapp.com/support/index?page=content&id=1014696 When using NFS datastores on some NetApp NFS filer models on an ESXi/ESX host, you experience these symptoms: * The NFS datastores appear to be unavailable (grayed out) in vCenter Server, or when accessed through […]

Homelab upgrade and Options to install a SSD into the HP Microserver Gen8

Categories: ESXi, Homelab, HP, Uncategorized, Virtualisation, VMware, vSphere

I started to plan the upgrade my current homelab from 1x HP Microserver Gen8, 2x HP Microserver N40L and a Netgear 24 port switch. The only part which I will keep is the HP Microserver Gen8 it has already 16GB of memory and a HP SmartArray P410 with 512MB Cache module incl. battery. This machine […]