VMware ESXi 5.5/6 installation on Cisco FlexFlash drive fails with “Can’t have a a partition outside the disk!” error

I’m trying to install VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 on Cisco UCS C220 M3 server. The local storage is Cisco Flexible Flash (FlexFlash) internal 32GB SD Card.

I repartitioned the whole SD card as one HV (Hypervisor) bootable 29GB partition:

Please refer to ‘Cisco FlexFlash: Use and Manage Cisco Flexible Flash Internal SD Card […]

HOW TO: Configure Cisco UCS power management for VMware DPM

Login to Cisco UCS Manager Configure Service Profile Management IP address Servers – Service Profile – Actions – Change Management IP address Change/Create IPMI user Servers – Policies – IPMI Access Policies IPMI over LAN – Enable Create IPMI user. The user name is CaseSENSITIVE! Check the policy is associated to the Service Profile […]

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware vSphere Replication Appliance

You upgrade the vSphere Replication appliance and any additional vSphere Replication servers by using a downloaded ISO image. The downloadable ISO image is the only means of upgrading from vSphere Replication 5.5.x or 5.6 to vSphere Replication 5.8. You cannot use vSphere Update Manager or the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI) of the vSphere […]

VCE Vision vCenter Plug-In upgrade for vCenters in Linked Mode

VCE Vision 2.x has one-to-one relationship with Vblock / vCenter ie if you have two Vblocks / vCenters, you need to install two VCE Vision appliances and link them to the appropriate vCenter.

In my environment I have two Vblocks and their vCenters are configured in Linked Mode for ease of management.

I recently upgraded […]

HOW TO: Upgrade EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance:

is installed separately from the EMC PowerPath/VE for VMware vSphere multipathing product provides a simplified RTOOLS deployment provides enhanced license management provides REST API to retrieve content from PowerPath

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 has been released:

PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 Release Notes PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 Installation and Configuration Guide […]

Cannot open vRealize Automation console after IP address change

Once you change the IP of the vRealise Automation Appliance you may observe an issue where although you can reach the VCAC splash page i.e. https://<hostname>/ you may not be able to reach the vRealize Automation console i.e. https://<hostname>/vcac

On the VCAC appliance:

Ssh to the appliance and modify the /etc/hosts file to reflect the […]

EMC World 2015: Exam discounts and special offers

EMC World 2015 returns to The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV on May 4-7.


There are special offers and discount available to those who will be taking exams at the EMC World:

EMC Customers and Partners

Take an EMC Proven Professional exam ($200 value) for free. This exclusive offer can be applied toward your […]

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware vCenter Operations Manager

In my “The Diary of a Keen Upgrader” post I already mentioned the steps required to upgrade vCenter Operations Manager. I have another environment where vCOPs upgrade was required and I thought I should document it.

The procedure consists of two steps (here):

Upgrade vCenter Operations Manager vApp; Upgrade the OS to SUSE Linux Enterprise […] in 2014: Thank you for your support!

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HOW TO: Use VMware vCenter Update Manager to Upgrade VMware ESXi hosts

I recently upgraded VMware environment from vSphere 5.0 to vSphere 5.5 and thought I should document the host upgrade process.

For detailed instructions please refer to the “Upgrading and Migrating Your Hosts” topic of the vSphere Upgrade Guide.

Connect the vSphere Client to a vCenter Server with which Update Manager is registered; Open Update Manager, […]