DRS in Maintenance Mode feature not supported by license

I was helping a customer with a question they ran into after upgrading from vSphere 6.7 to 7.0 U3.  Their VMware vSphere environment upgrade was complete. They had just upgraded their licenses in the VMware Customer Connect portal.  When they applied these license keys to their vSphere hosts they received…

Support ending for vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 in Six Months

It may be hard to read; but the end of the road is coming for vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 in terms of General Support. These versions were released in 2016 and 2018.  vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 will run into End of General Support on 10/15/2022.  You can search for end…

VMware vSphere Upgrade Planning

It’s that time – VMworld has come and gone.  Now there are new ideas and new releases that need explored.    No better time to start your VMware vSphere Upgrade Planning! Taking the time to plan your upgrade can lead to better results.  This can lead to less hassle and stress…

Adding Async VMware Tools versions to Update Manager

Why aren’t VMware Tools at the right version on patched hosts? A customer called with a question about updating VMware Tools as part of a recent security patch (https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2019-0009.html).    The patch resolves an address out-of-bounds vulnerability in VMware Tools that was present in certain versions of the software (10.2.x and…

Back up the vCenter Server Appliance

Update: If you are running vCenter Server 7 and need to configure VCSA Backups – checkout my Backing Up vCenter Server 7 video on Youtube! Now that you have migrated to the vCenter Server Appliance (or VCSA), you should start exploring some of the features included in the 6.5 version…

Changes in VMware Tools Bundling for vSphere 6.5 Update 1

One of the changes with vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is how VMware Tools are bundled.  This will primarily affect those who have older Windows systems, or are running operating systems outside of Windows or Linux. Quick Review Each build of ESXi contains ISO images for the current VMware tools installer…

VMware Updates – vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is now GA

A number of VMware updates were released last night.  This includes the highly anticipated Update 1 for vSphere 6.5.  This will allow upgrades from vSphere 6.0 Update 3. Lets get right to the details… vSphere 6.5 Update 1 This is the much awaited release that will allow anyone running vSphere…