Deprecated VMFS volumes found on the host Warning on ESXi after adding a datastore with Dell VSM

I’m running ESXi version 6.1 U1 and Dell Virtual Storage Manager  (VSM)version 4.5.2.974. I added a datastore to  the cluster using VSM and on 2 of my hosts I got the following alert:

vsmversion

deprecatedvmfs

Enables SSH on the host and check out the logs.

In /var/log/hostd.log , I found the error:

 

 warning hostd[xXxXxX] [Originator@6876 sub=Hostsvc.DatastoreSystem opID=123456-789-abc-def user=vpxuser] UpdateConfigIssues: Deprecated VMFS filesystems detected. These volumes should be upgraded to the latest version.

When I created the datastore, I did select VMFS 5, so I wasn’t sure why this error appeared.

selectedvmfs5

According to vmware KB2109735, this is a known issue in version 6.0 and there is no resolution. Just restart the management services and the message goes away.

 

#  /etc/init.d/hostd restart
#  /etc/init.d/vpxa restart

Then the message goes away.

 

*note*

This only happens to me when I create a datastore with VSM. If I present a disk from my array, set up the iSCSI connections and rescan, I don’t get this message. Your mileage may vary.

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User Powershell to test a password

Sometimes you need to test to make sure you’re entering the correct the right password. Be it a service account while installing a app or testing a password reset.

The start-process cmdlet is used to start one or more processes on a local computer. Get-Credential gets an object based on username and password. Use it to open an application and test the credentials.

Open a Powershell prompt:

start-process notepad.exe -credential (Get-Credential acme\johnquser)

start-process

Enter the credentials you’re trying to test. If you’re correct, notepad will open.

enterpassword

notepad

If not, a password reset is in order.

 

 

When .NET wants to be 4.5.2

Someone in the application group said that they wanted .NET downgraded from 4.5.2 to 4.51. I did as I was asked and then in the next few days, I got another call telling me that 4.5.2 was back.  The application they are running is not supported in 4.5.2.

This system isn’t managed by WSUS so Windows update did what it was designed to do.

Here is a link to block the update of .NET to 4.5.2:

How to temporarily block the installation of the .NET Framework 4.5.2

Be sure to backup the registry before you begin.

Browse to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\

Add a new Key called WU, then add a new DWORD value named BlockNetFramework452
Modify it and set it to 1.
Exit the registry.

 

 

Powershell Script with Spaces in the Path

I’ve been trying to write this script that has a path to a .dll with a space in it. Every example I came upon either used single quotes, double quotes or nothing at all.

I tried

Import-Module -name 'c:\program files\EqualLogic\bin\EqlPSTools.dll'

and

Import-Module -name "c:\program files\EqualLogic\bin\EqlPSTools.dll"

There are 2 ways that worked:

Import-Module -name c:\program` files\EqualLogic\bin\EqlPSTools.dll

Using the back tick character, below the tilde on a Windows keyboard. Not to be confused with the opening single quote.

keyboard

and

Import-Module -name ("c:\program files\EqualLogic\bin\EqlPSTools.dll")

For more on commonly confused characters, check out this page.

VDP backup fails due to error consolidating disks on VM

We are running VDP 5.8 on vSphere 5.5. One of the appliances failed to backup a VM last night. Checking the VM in the client, there is a message to consolidate the disks. I attempt to consolidate by right-clicking on the VM > Snapshot > Consolidate and it failed with this error:
locked

I checked the vmware.log file for the VM and saw this error:
2015-09-15T03:00:29.146Z| vcpu-0| I120: DISK: Failed to open disk for consolidate '/vmfs/volumes/5490a09a-eb6682ee-affb-bc305bef5520/mobxxxxxx/mobxxxxxx-000002.vmdk' : Failed to lock the file (16392) 8162

I check the settings on the VDP appliance and notice that the VMDK that belongs to the vm is attached.

extra-vdp-disk

Shut down the VDP appliance and remove the disk. Making sure to only remove from virtual machine and NOT remove from virtual machine and delete files from disk.

remove-extra-vdp-disk

Run the consolidation and if it succeeds, re-run the VDP backup on out of date sources to remediate your failed backup.

VMworld 2015 in the books

I’m coming off another vmworld and this one was pretty good. This year, we were back in San Fransisco at the Moscone Center. There were plenty great sessions, engaging speakers, opportunities to meet up with folks from past vmworld’s, networking, vendor parties and the party in AT&T park was the icing on the cake. The VWoman session was really enlightening as usual, but it was the same time as the hall crawl and it was not easy to blow that off. I really don’t like that they put both up against each other. It’s like they wanted the men to have the hall crawl all to themselves. #fail

One key highlight was seeing a woman I met at VMworld 2 years ago present a session this year. Sonya Ryherd from Cox Automotive did a session with her colleague, Chris Nakagaki, called, Introduction to Monitoring the Public Cloud with vRealize Operations Manager. They did a great job. It was one of those sessions where you walked away knowing something you didn’t know before. I was very intrigued and learned even more about what vRealize Operations could do. I’m installing it ASAP!

It’s very invigorating to walk away from the conferences with a renewed sense of direction and passion in what I do. Along with finding out about the new technologies and direction they’re headed, you discover features, flings, tips and tools that you’ve never knew existed. That’s like finding the prize in the cracker jack box. You knew it was there, but you didn’t know what that little gem would be.

The 1st things I’ll do when I get back to the office.

  • Plan for the upgrade to vSphere 6.0.
  • Upgrade tools to v10 before the sphere upgrade.
  • Deploy my ESXi lab in the cloud using Ravello & get ready for the VCP6 exam in 2016.
  • Install our newly purchased vRealize Operations

All in all,  a really good time this year, dare I say the best VMworld yet for me.  I ate at a number of wonderful restaurants:

  • The Cavalier
  • Flour + Water
  • Shalimar
  • Brenda’s Soul Food
  • Green Papaya (not wonderful, but I got my sushi fix)
  • Chipotle (like, who doesn’t eat here when at VMworld?)
  • Scoma’s
  • Ghirardelli’s

I won some cool swag:

  • Signed Tour de France jersey
  • $40 VMworld store gift card
  • 2 Starbuck’s gift cards
  • FitBit HR

And got plenty of t-shirts and swag to drag back to the east coast.

I have a ton of photos, but I’ll post just one.

A great way to end a day at VMworld

One sad note about the conference….I’m sad that It’ll be in Las Vegas next year, but I’ll try to be there. I’m not a woman that likes Hades very much.

See you next year (maybe)!