VCSA 6.7 Upgrade error – The mystery of how the installer connected to the wrong VM

When trying to upgrade our lab vcenter from 6.5 to 6.7 this week we encountered a strange error.

Our lab environement is running vSphere 6.5 on VCSA and we are running with an external PSC. So when starting the upgrade of the PSC I got an error early in the process, while connecting to the source VCSA.

Error when deploying appliance

 

I had remembered that I’ve seen some strange errors before if the root password of the appliance was expired. This was not the case here, but I did change the password and reboot the appliance to see if that solved the problem.

As I got the same error on the next try I tested an earlier 6.7 (the GA) version to see if that had the same error and it failed on that as well.… continue reading

Upgrading to HPE OneView 4.1 – Failed!

After the release of the new and shiny version 4.1 of HPE OneView we have tried to upgrade one of our (smaller) OneView instances.

The update process is usually quite straight forward and it gets better in every release. The upgrade to 4.0 from 3.x had some issues with certificate handling post-upgrade, but it was manageable.

The upgrade from 4.0 to 4.1 should not be affected by the same so I had great hopes about a smooth upgrade.

After reading up on the Release notes and Install/upgrade instructions we proceeded with the upgrade process. We are upgrading from 4.0.07.

First of is to do a backup of the appliance.… continue reading

Automating disk limits in vSphere

Following up on my last post on Limiting disk i/o in vSphere we will now see how to automate this.

First off we need some way to identify what limit a specific disk should have.

You can do this in multiple ways, you could use an external source, you can use Tags or as we’ve done, Storage Policies.

All our VMs and VMDKs have a Storage Policy to control the Storage it will be compliant with. We have named our policies so we can identify what kind of limit it should have.
We can now use this to set the limit corresponding to the policy.… continue reading

Release of HPE OneView 4.1

Recently HPE released version 4.1 of their management platform, OneView.

We use OneView extensively in our environment and are always looking out for new functionality and features in the product.

Version 4.1 comes with some new promising features.

  • Secure remote troubleshooting with Remote Technician
  • Reduced downtime for firmware and driver updates for HPE ProLiant servers
  • Simplified cluster management and rolling updates

Especially the ability to schedule firmware upgrades and rolling updates on a vSphere cluster sounds exiting and are very welcome. I have hoped and asked for scheduling of firmware directly in OneView for a long time without the need for external componens like the Smart Update Tools (SUT) VM.… continue reading