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Environment Dell M630 Blade vCenter 6.7.0.400000 ESXi 6.7.0update03-14320388.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A00 Problem When upgrading VMware vSphere and your ESXi hosts to version 6.7u3 you may experience an error similar to: The upgrade contains the following set of conflicting: LSI_bootbank_scsi-mpt3sas_04.00.00.00.00.lvmw-10EM.500.0.0.472560 Remove the conflicting VIBs or use Image Builder to create a custom ISO.” – Funny i am using the custom Dell ISO which is strange as it works on other hosts in the cluster… i have noticed that it could be to do with the fact that my local disks are not showing I’ve not had chance to circle back on this yet. Resolution Always have a backup of your configuration just in case! […]

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A problem occurred while – Starting VMware Authentication Framework…2%

Environment vCenter 6.7u3 Problem I am trying to deploy a 2nd VCSA to an exisiting SSO Domain I get the following error A problem occurred while – Starting VMware Authentication Framework…2%   Resolution (workaround) Follow the steps in the following KB from VMware Ensure you have a Snap Shot! https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/74678?lang=en_US&queryTerm=join+existing+sso+domain ethtool -K eth0 gso off ethtool -K eth0 tso off i did this on both source and destination servers just to be safe Proceed with your deployment!       If you run into problems i would suggest opening a SR with VMware support as i have had nothing but problems personally    


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A general system error occurred: vim.fault.GenericVmConfigFault

Environment vCenter 6.7u3 Veeam 9.5.4.2753 Tintri EC6070 Windows Server 2012 R2 Client Machine Problem So i have had a few Veeam backup jobs fail with the following error: Processing <Virtual Machine> Error: A general system error occurred: vim.fault.GenericVmConfigFault Within vCenter i also see the same error when trying to delete the snapshot. I tried creating and deleting a snapshot and i got the same error: Resolution WARNING: be careful of the files you are dealing with! Open the Datastore where your Virtual Machine is hosted and create a new folder i called my _JB_Temp Open your virtual machine directory Move the following files to the temp folder *.vmsd *.vmsn (VM […]


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Veeam Error – The Specified item was already backed up or backup was not completed

Environment: Veeam 9.5 Update 4 Virtual Machines: Windows Server 2012 R2 Problem Hopefully this will help others. I received the following error when performing a backup of two VM’s.  At this point nothing had changed and typically a retry or active full will resolve the issue. Not in this case Processing <vm> Error: the specified item was already backed up or backup was not completed. Failed to download disk. Reconnectable protocol device was closed. Failed to upload disk. Agent failed to process method {DataTransfer.SyncDisk} Error: the specified item was already backed up or backup was not completed. Failed to download disk. Reconnectable protocol device was closed. Failed to upload disk. Agent failed […]


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Windows Server 2016 Core Build Notes

Lasted Updated: March.29.2019 This post will document my settings for a fresh Windows Server 2016 Core Build These notes will hopefully serve as the basis for complete automation in the future Building a new Windows Server 2016 Virtual Template Begin the installation process by creating a new virtual machine instance using vCenter Web Client and booting into the Windows Server 2016 installation media. Login to the vCenter Client or Web Client – Select Home\Inventory\VMs and Templates view Expand and select <vCenter>\<datacenter>\<Folder>\1.Templates\ folder Right-click, select New Virtual Machine, select Custom, and click Next Type Virtual Machine Name: TMPL-Windows 2016 STD Core, click Next Select Host\Cluster location: CLUSTER01, click Next Select Root of […]


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Windows 2016 – GISvc service not starting

Problem After deploying some new Virtual Machines based on Microsoft Windows 2016 i noticed the following error in the Server Manager Dashboard Resolution This turned out to the new VMware AppDefense that is found within VMware Tools 10.3.2 Since i am not using AppDefense i simply uninstalled that module


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A general system occured: PBM error occurred during PreMigrateCheckCallback: Connection refused

Good day! I recently received multiple errors within my home lab when trying to vMotion Machines. A general system occured: PBM error occurred during PreMigrateCheckCallback: Connection refused  This is the first time i have seen this error in 6 years of Administrating a vSphere environment! Resolution: Various community posts pointed in the direction of a failed or not running service. in this case Profile-Drive Storage Service (I am using the VCSA 6.0) ssh into the VCSA Run the following command to check the status sure enough the service was not running service vmware-sps status To start the service: service vmware-sps start Once again all VM’s are happily vmotioning around! EDIT […]


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Configure NTP on the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) or Platform Service Controller (PSC)

If like me you forgot to set the NTP server correctly when deploying the appliances The following demonstrates how to add\change\modify an NTP source. As this is for my home lab i will be using the following – http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/ Open a console or SSH to the vCenter Server Appliance Login with Root Credentials Run the following to add an NTP Server ntp.server.add –servers ntp.pool.org Run the command to enable the NTP Server timesync.set –mode NTP To remove a configure NTP Server ntp.server.delete –servers ntp.pool.org To verify the settings ntp.get Note: that the command uses double dashes (- -) however they may show as a single line on my blog. Below […]