Quick Tip - vSphere MOB is disabled by default in ESXi 6.0

Yesterday, I noticed an interesting error when trying to connect directly to the vSphere MOB on an ESXi 6.0 host. The following error message was displayed on the browser: 503 Service Unavailable (Failed to connect to endpoint: [N7Vmacore4Http20NamedPipeServiceSpecE:0x4bf02038] _serverNamespace = /mob _isRedirect = false _pipeName =/var/run/vmware/proxy-mob) This was the first time I had noticed this […]

How To Backup & Restore Free ESXi Host Configuration

ESXi host configurations can easily be backed up and restored using either the vCLI’s vicfg-cfgbackup or PowerCLI’s Get-VMHostFirmware cmdlet. These commands along with others that perform “write” operations are only supported when you have a (paid) licensed version of ESXi. If you are using free ESXi, the remote commands are only available for “read-only” operations. […]

New Parameter in vim-cmd snapshot.remove for ESX(i) 4.1 Update 2

While going through my ghettoVCB backlog this past weekend, I came across an issue reported by a user with snapshot removal using vim-cmd in ghettoVCB. It looks like with the recent release of ESX(i) 4.1 Update 2, the “snapshot.remove” required parameters have changed. Prior to 4.1 Update 2, the command would just require a virtual […]

HBR (Host Based Replication) CLI for SRM 5

Host based replication (HBR) is a new feature in the upcoming SRM 5.0 which gives user the ability to replicate VM’s between dissimilar storage. Traditionally, SRM mainly relied on array-based replication to backup and recover virtual machines residing on set of LUN(s). This required all virtual machines to be backed up to be in a set of protected […]

How to Create Custom Roles on Standalone ESX(i) Host

There was an interesting question on the VMTN forums that caught my eye this week in which a user posted a question about controlling access to a limited set of virtual machines for users on a standalone ESX(i) host. For those of you who are familiar with vCenter Server know that this can easily be […]