ESXi Host Disconnecting Alarm

On occasion hosts can disconnect due to losing network heartbeats.  Shouldn’t happen often, but sometimes it does.  There is a default alarm for this “Host Connection State”, but it does not have email already setup.  Therefore, in a larger environment you may not be able to pinpoint exactly when your host disconnected.  This can cause issues including DRS failures, backup failures if using snapshots, and possibly even HA issues if the host failed.

Now, this alarm will trigger any time a host is disconnected.  So, I recommend only enabling email alerts if you are troubleshooting frequent disconnect issues.

Here is how to enable this type of alarm:

1.  Click on your Vcenter Object under host and clusters view.  Click Alarms and Definitions.

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RVtools 3.6 Released

For anyone that has never used or seen RVtools from Rob de Veij you are missing out! It is an awesome freeware tool that gathers just about any kind of information you would want for your environment into a single app.  The best part is you can export the information into CSV’s to use however you like. It is a must have for any Vmware Admin.

The new version supports 5.5!

Download it here:

http://www.robware.net/

2014 Top Blog from Vsphere-Land

First, thanks to all the efforts by Eric Siebert for putting all this together.  I am nominated for the best new blog.  So, any votes would be greatly appreciated if you enjoyed my first year blogging!

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1553027/Top-VMware-virtualization-blogs-2014

Vcenter 5.5 and SRM 5.5 upgrade coming soon

Been a while since I have posted, been highly busy at work. I hope to have SRM and Vcenter 5.5 custom upgrade up in the next week or 2!