Category Archives: 6.5

Unable to query vSphere health information. Check vSphere Client logs for details.


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After an upgrade from 6.5 U1 to 6.5 U2 a customer received the following error in vCenter: Unable to query vSphere health information. Check vSphere Client logs for details. They looked at the log files but couldn’t get an indication of what was wrong. In this case, it was pretty simple, one of the required […]

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DRS Advanced Setting IsClusterManaged


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On Reddit, someone asked what DRS advanced setting IsClusterManaged does and if it is even legit. I can confirm it is legit, it is a setting which was introduced to prevent customers from disabling DRS while the cluster is managed by vCloud Director for instance. As disabling DRS would lead to deleting resource pools for […]

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I want vSphere HA to use a specific Management VMkernel interface


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This comes up occasionally, customers have multiple Management VMkernel interfaces and see vSphere HA traffic on both of the interfaces, or on the incorrect interface. In some cases, customers use the IP address of the first management VMkernel interface to connect the host to vCenter and then set an isolation address that is on the […]

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Mixing versions of ESXi in the same vSphere / vSAN cluster?


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I have seen this question being asked a couple of times in the past months, and to be honest I was a bit surprised people asked about this. Various customers were wondering if it is supported to mix versions of ESXi in the same vSphere or vSAN Cluster? I can be short whether this is […]

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vSphere HA virtual machine failed to failover error on VMs in a partitioned cluster


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I received two questions this week around partition scenarios where after the failure has been lifted some VMs display the error message “vSphere HA virtual machine failed to failover”. The question that then arises is: why did HA try to restart it, and why did it fail? Well, first of all, this is an error […]

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Device X is not listed on the vSAN Compatability Guide, can I still use it?


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I get this question almost daily, and I am pretty sure I have said this various times, but just in case it wasn’t clear I figured I would share the answer to the question whether a device should be used in a vSAN cluster when it is not listed on the vSAN Compatibility Guide? if you […]

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This host has no isolation addresses defined as required by vSphere HA


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I had a comment on one of my 2-node vSAN cluster articles that there was an issue with HA when disabling the Isolation Response. The isolation response is not required for 2-node as it is impossible to properly detect an isolation event and vSAN has a mechanism to do exactly what the Isolation Response does: kill the […]

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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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