Looks like ESXi 6.5 installer cannot find USB stick

Written by employee #33. Posted in just going through the motions

Looks like VMware change the USB driver method and only put vmkusb driver instead of XHCI/EHCI/UHCI/OHCI.

Vmware KB: Important information about the new ESXi 6.5 USB driver vmkusb, and the legacy USB drivers (2147650)

virtuallyghetto: No suitable disk was found when upgrading to ESXi 6.5 on USB?

Upgrade ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 from command line, if web traffic is OK with the host.

Something went amiss here: For one of the hosts (an old Dell PowerEdge) the update did not succeed. After reboot the host was back on 6.0.0. Looks like 6.5 was installed on a disk drive (and not the USB stick). After reboot, logs shows not evidence of the update (for the 6.0.0 installation on the USB stick).

If anybody is using the online update (as described below) to update an 6.0.0 on a (USB) stick - please let me know.

Visual Studio 2015 with Bitbucket repo

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Visual Studio 2015 with Bitbucket

Using Visual Studio 2015 Community (14 update 3) with remote repo on Bitbucket (not github)

Not an expert on this, just need a Bitbucket repo for VS. Based on http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18836351/visual-studio-2013-and-bitbucket

ERROR: failed to locate and extract VM_ID

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ghettoVCB is a little sensitive about vm names and editors. Special danish caracteres is absolutely a no-go in ghettoVCB - but you wouldn't do that anyway. Spaces and brackets is also an issue. Basically you should be using basic all-americans 8 characters names to be on the safe side. But if you do keep getting the "ERROR: failed to locate and extract VM_ID for" it is not necessary your names which is the problem. It could be a issue with the difference between linux and windows text editors instead. I’m not absolutely sure what the difference actually is, but the problem arise with line breaks. If you can do the following, it’s not a problem with the name, but a problem with your editor and you will need the dreaded vi editor. VMware ESXi includes the open source terminal-based editors nano and vi.

No coredump target has been configured

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No coredump target has been configured. Host dumps cannot be saved (ESXi 5.5)

Stupid little me - removed a storage device on which the coredump target partition was defined. Therefore: "No coredump target has been configured. Host coredump cannot be saved". No idea what to do with such a dump, but I do not like issues with my ESXi hosts, so I set out to fix it. The specific problem I was facing, is not a missing definition of the diagnostics coredump target, but that my target was pointing at a missing storage device.

Public/Private keys for authentication

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This txt is about using encrypted keys for authentication on a CentOS box using putty. Tested on CentOS 6.6. I use PuTTY Key Generator for Windows (as I connect from Windows). If that not a option, please have a look at "ssh-keygen -t rsa". You can use public/private keys authentication for WinSCP also if you like.

Install vCenter 5.0 plus update manager trial on Windows 2008 R2

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For the server part you only need .NET framework 3.5. Make sure it is installed and patched.

Domain it not mandatory. i.e. you can run this vCenter installation in a workgroup if you like. For a home lab setup, a single disk should be fine, but as we need to install MS SQL, a separate disk for the SQL server is perhaps a good idea.

For this run i will install the database separately, and when the db is up and running, i will install vCenter 5.0. I shouldn't be necessary - but for some reason, the default vCenter installation seems to do a fairly poor job with the SQL setup. Or at least I don’t understand the setup and consequently Update Manager fails.