Category Archives: VMWare ESX

Veeam 8.0: How to remove a restore point manually

Veeam is a good tool to backup and restore virtual machines. After you remove a server from backup (because you have decommissioned it, for example) you might get the following warning:

01.06.2016 11:04:33 :: Server01 is no longer processed by this job. Make sure this change is intentional.

This is happening because Veeam still has one or more restore points of this server. If you are sure you never want to restore this server again, you can delete the restore point manually:

Backup & Replication > Backups > Disk

Go to the job name that gives you the warning, locate the decommissioned server and right-click it. Choose

Remove from disk

You might get the following error:

Unable to perform the operation while primary backup job, or SQL transaction log backup jobs is running.

Make sure to stop and disable all jobs. I my case it was a "Backup Copy to WAN" job. Although it was idle, I had to disable it. Once disabled, I could remove the restore point.

ESXI 5.5: How to install the vCenter Appliance on an existing Host

If you just have ESXi 5.5 installed and you manage it with the vSphere client, you might want to install vCenter, which has some benefits (vSphere Web Client, get ESX alert emails and many others). Be aware that while ESXi 5.5 is free, the vCenter has a license cost. Also, make sure that the vCenter you install is always a newer or the same version than the ESXi you have.

You can either install the vCenter to run on an existing Windows Server or you can just import a virtual appliance (based on Linux). In this post, I describe the import of the virtual appliance.

  1. Download the vCenter .ova file from the myvmware.com page (you must create an account and apply for a 60 day evaluation). The file name is, for example: VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-5.5.0.30400-3730881_OVF10.ova
  2. Start the vSphere Client and choose File > Deploy OVF Template
  3. Browse to the .ova file you just downloaded and click Next
  4. Leave all the defaults and click Finish at the end. The VM will now be deployed (this can taka a while).
  5. Start the new VM (it is called "VMWare vCenter Server Appliance" by default).
  6. Open a console to the VM.
  7. First you have to login to the Unix shell. Use
    User name: root
    Password: vmware
  8. To change the IP address, type
    /opt/vmware/share/vami/vami_config_net
  9. Once networking is setup, you can do the further configuration via web browser:
    https://192.168.1.2:5480
    (of course, you must take the IP address you have just configured)
  10. Login to the web page with the same credentials as under point 7.
  11. Configure vServer via web page (leave the defaults for most of the things).
  12. Once completed, use the vSphere Client and connect it to your vCenter IP address (not the ESX host directly anymore).
  13. You are now guided through the data center setup.
  14. That's it.

ESXi 5.5: How to install an update via SSH Online

In this previous post, I have explained how to install an update to ESXi when you are offline.

Find below the instructions to use when your ESX host is connected to the internet:

Login to ESX via SSH (e.g. with PuTTY)

Run the command to allow the traffic to the Internet

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

Run the command to install the update

esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-5.5.0-20140902001-standard

Wait until this completes successfully (this can take a while).

Shut down all guests.

Put host in Maintenance Mode.

Reboot VMWare ESXi

ESXi 5.5: How to install an update via SSH Offline

Download the current update (i.e. ESXi 5.5 Update 2) from MyVMWare. For HP Servers, download the special HP Version. Download the .zip file, not the .iso file.

Copy the .zip file to the datastore via vSphere client.

Login to ESX via SSH (e.g. with PuTTY)

Run the command to install the update

esxcli software vib update -d "/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/Install/VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-Update2-2068190-HP-5.77.3-Nov2014-depot.zip"

Shut down all guests.

Put host in Maintenance Mode.

Reboot VMWare ESXi