Category Archives: KBTV

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using DCUI

This video demonstrates how to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using the Direct User Console Interface (DCUI). VMware recommends that you back up the configuration data before proceeding with any changes. Reverting an ESXi host is only available if the host was updated using one of the following methods: VIB installation or […]

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Purging old data from the vCenter Server database

This video demonstrates how to purge old data from the SQL Server database used by vCenter Server. You would need to perform task if your vCenter database is full. When the vCenter Server database if full: You cannot log in to vCenter Server VMware VirtualCenter Server service may start and stop immediately. To resolve this […]

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Updating patches on an ESXi host using “esxcli software vib” commands

This video demonstrates how to update patches on an ESXi 5.x/6.x host using “esxcli software vib” commands. Patches can either be installed or updated on an ESXi host using esxcli vib commands. Caution: The install method has the possibility of overwriting existing drivers. If you are using third-party ESXi images, VMware recommends using the update […]

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How to backup and restore the embedded vCenter Server 6.0 vPostgres database

This video demonstrates how to backup and restore an embedded vCenter Server 6.0 vPostgres database. Backing up your database protects the data stored in your database. Of course, restoring a backup is an essential part of that function. This follows up on our recent blog & video: How to backup and restore the embedded vCenter […]

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How to backup and restore the embedded vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 vPostgres database

This video demonstrates how to backup and restore an embedded vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 vPostgres database. Backing up your database protects the data stored in your database. Of course, Restoring a backup is an essential part of that function. Note: This video is only supported for backup and restore of the vPostgres database to the […]

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Troubleshooting “SSO log directory full” in vCenter Server Appliance 6.0

This video demonstrates how to troubleshoot “SSO log directory full” warnings in vCenter Server Appliance 6.0. This is a known issue affecting vCenter Server Appliance 6.0, and currently, there is no resolution. You see that the /storage/log directory is highly utilized in an Embedded vCenter Server Appliance or Platform Controller Server Appliance 6.0. To work […]

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How to recreate a missing vmdk AKA virtual machine disk descriptor file

This video tells you how to recreate a missing virtual machine disk descriptor, also know as the vmdk file. Note: VMware recommends to attempt to restore the missing descriptor file from backups if possible. If this is not possible, proceed with recreating the virtual machine disk descriptor file. Watch the video to see the steps taken […]

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How to install Windows in VMware Fusion using Easy Install

This video demonstrates how to install Windows guest operating system using the Easy Install feature in VMware Fusion. Before creating a virtual machine, you must obtain the operating system and any necessary product keys for installation in that virtual machine. VMware Fusion does not come with any operating systems to install in virtual machines you […]

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Troubleshooting Virtual SAN Providers status- Disconnected

This video demonstrates how to troubleshoot Virtual SAN Providers which display the status as disconnected in the vSphere Web Client. This issue occurs if the SMS certificate for vCenter server is expired. To resolve this issue, expired certificate will be removed and a new certificate will be generated.

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Troubleshooting Virtual SAN on-disk format upgrade to 3.0 failures

This video demonstrates how to troubleshoot Virtual SAN on-disk format upgrade to 3.0, which may fail in small Virtual SAN clusters or ROBO/stretched clusters. Attempting an on-disk upgrade in certain VSAN configurations may result in failure. Configurations that can cause these errors include: The stretched VSAN Cluster consists of two ESXi Hosts and the Witness […]

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