Category Archives: 6.5

HA Admission control: How can I check how much reserved resources are used?


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I had this question twice in the past three months, so somehow this is something which isn’t clear to everyone. With HA Admission Control you set aside capacity for fail-over scenarios, this is capacity which is reserved. But of course VMs also use reservations, how can you see what the total combined used reserved capacity […]

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What happened to MaxCostPerEsx41DS? It doesn’t seem to work in vSphere 6.x?


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Today I received a question which also caught me by surprise, someone updated from vSphere 5.0 and he noticed that when doing an SDRS Maintenance Mode that the setting MaxCostPerEsx41DS did not work. This setting actually limits the number of active SvMotions on a single datastore. You can imagine that this can be desired when […]

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Insufficient configured resources to satisfy the desired vSphere HA failover level on the cluster


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I was talking to the HA team this week, specifically about the upcoming HA book. One thing they mentioned is that people still seem to struggle with the concept of admission control. This is the reason I wrote a whole chapter on it years ago, yet there still seems to be a lot of confusion. […]

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vSphere 6.5 and limits, do they still apply to SvMotion?


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I had a question this week and I thought I wrote about this before but apparently, I did not. Hopefully by now most of you the I/O scheduler has changed over the past couple of years. Within ESXi, we moved to a new scheduler, which often is referred to as mClock. This new scheduler, and a […]

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Adding a fifth (virtual) ESXi host to vCenter Foundation


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When running a 4 node stretched cluster environment it should be possible to use “cheaper” vCenter Server licenses, namely vCenter Foundation. One of the limitations of vCenter Foundation is that you can only manage 4 hosts with it. This is where some customers who wanted to manage a stretched cluster hit some issues. The issue […]

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Trigger APD on iSCSI LUN on vSphere


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I was testing various failure scenarios in my lab today for the vSphere Clustering Deepdive session I have scheduled for VMworld. I needed some screenshots and log files of when a datastore hit an APD scenario, for those who don’t know APD stands for all paths down. In other words: the storage is inaccessible and […]

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Module MonitorLoop power on failed error when powering on VM on vSphere


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I was playing in the lab for our upcoming vSphere Clustering Deepdive book and I ran in to this error when powering on a VM. I had never seen it before myself, so I was kind of surprised when I figured out what it was referring to. The error message is the following: Module MonitorLoop […]

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Customer Experience Improvement Program: where, when and what?


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I got a question on my post about the Customer Experience Improvement Program (ceip) demo, the questions boiled down to the following: What is being send to VMware Where is the data stored by VMware When is the data send to VMware (how often) The “what” question was easy to answer, as this was documented […]

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vSphere HA Restart Priority


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I’ve seen more and more questions popping up about vSphere HA Restart Priority lately. I figured I would write something about it. I already did in this post about what’s new in vSphere 6.5 and I did so in the Stretched Cluster guide. It has always been possible to set a restart priority for VMs, […]

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Disable DRS for a VM


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I have been having discussions with a customer who needs to disable DRS on a particular VM. I have written about disabling DRS for a host in the past, but not for a VM, well I probably have at some point but that was years ago. The goal here is to ensure that DRS won’t […]

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