Category Archives: VMWare ESX

Veeam 8.0: How to remove a restore point manually

Veeam is a good tool to backup and restore virtual machines. After you remove a server from backup (because you have decommissioned it, for example) you might get the following warning: 01.06.2016 11:04:33 :: Server01 is no longer processed by this job. Make sure this change is intentional. This is happening because Veeam still has one or more restore points of this server. If you are sure you never want to restore this server again, you can delete the restore point manually: Backup & Replication Read more [...]

ESXI 5.5: How to install the vCenter Appliance on an existing Host

If you just have ESXi 5.5 installed and you manage it with the vSphere client, you might want to install vCenter, which has some benefits (vSphere Web Client, get ESX alert emails and many others). Be aware that while ESXi 5.5 is free, the vCenter has a license cost. Also, make sure that the vCenter you install is always a newer or the same version than the ESXi you have. You can either install the vCenter to run on an existing Windows Server or you can just import a virtual appliance (based on Read more [...]

ESXi 5.5: How to install an update via SSH Online

In this previous post, I have explained how to install an update to ESXi when you are offline. Find below the instructions to use when your ESX host is connected to the internet: Login to ESX via SSH (e.g. with PuTTY) Run the command to allow the traffic to the Internet esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient Run the command to install the update esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-5.5.0-20140902001-standard Wait Read more [...]

ESXi 5.5: How to install an update via SSH Offline

Download the current update (i.e. ESXi 5.5 Update 2) from MyVMWare. For HP Servers, download the special HP Version. Download the .zip file, not the .iso file. Copy the .zip file to the datastore via vSphere client. Login to ESX via SSH (e.g. with PuTTY) Run the command to install the update esxcli software vib update -d "/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/Install/VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-Update2-2068190-HP-5.77.3-Nov2014-depot.zip" Shut down all guests. Put host in Maintenance Mode. Reboot VMWare Read more [...]