How to update any VMware ESXi Hypervisor to the latest using ESXCLI for easy download and install

The below list of one-liner SSH commands allow all ESXi enthusiasts to get to the very latest ESXi version (or any particular version) at any time. Seriously easy, much like apt get in Linux. Yes, even these folks: users of the Free Hypervisor (limited functionality) sysadmins for small labs with…

Aug 14 2018

How to download your VMUG Advantage EVALExperience VMware vSphere 6.7 VCSA and ESXi ISOs and 365 day license keys

If you are wondering exactly where to find your coveted, legitimate VCSA 6.7 and ESXi 6.7 ISOs VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0-8169922.x86_64.iso and license keys for your non-production home lab, then you've come to the right place! I've done the hardest part for…

May 4 2018

VMware Product Interoperability Matrices for VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)

I haven't spotted this table out there recently, with all the vSphere 6.7 discussion these past few days since launch on Tue Apr 17 2018. So I figured I'd give it some visibility, since you may not have read these three documents carefully enough: Important information before upgrading to vSphere…

Apr 22 2018

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.7 (ESXi 6.7 Build 8169922) using ESXCLI or VUM

This article has largely been superceded/replaced by the newer version, see: How to easily update your VMware ESXi Hypervisor to the latest version with one ESXCLI command Aug 14 2018 See also Eric Siebert's Important information to know before upgrading to vSphere 6.7 and Brandon Lee's VMware…

Apr 18 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.x to 6.7 (VCSA 6.7 Build 8217866)

This article is a work-in-progress DRAFT, meanwhile, you can see how easy an upgrade is from 6.5 to 6.7 in this step-by-step article (spoiler, it's not VAMI, it's using a GUI wizard): How To Upgrade VCSA 6.5 to VCSA 6.7 Jul 12 2018 by Mayur Parmar at Mastering VMware As always, you need to…

Apr 18 2018

How to easily install VMware ESXi 6.7 on an Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer

This is a basic overview document, highlighting the steps that I walk you right through in the accompanying video below. The video features my live recording done on the very day vSphere 6.7 was announced and released, so it's a bit rough around the edges and completely unrehearsed. All that aside,…

Apr 17 2018

How to use GRC's new DNS Benchmark, noting that malware protection is likely the primary benefit of avoiding your ISP's default DNS

What is DNS? THE GLUE THAT HOLDS THE INTERNET TOGETHER The Domain Name System (or DNS) converts human readable domain names (like: www.google.com) into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (like: 173.194.39.78). Computers can only communicate using series of numbers, so DNS was developed as a sort of…

Apr 4 2018

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 is another Google Public DNS alternative promising better privacy, with tested faster DNS Benchmark speeds

Cloudflare's announcement: Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service ... Seriously, April 1? The only question that remained was when to launch the new service? This is the first consumer product Cloudflare has ever launched, so we wanted to reach a wider audience. At…

Apr 1 2018

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.5 Update 1 Patch Release ESXi-6.5.0-20180304001-standard (ESXi Build 7967591) with Spectre mitigation

As covered earlier at TinkerTry, patching for the branch target injection vulnerability known as Spectre-2 requires you to patch your: My own home lab tests of these patches are going well so far. VCSA/vCenter ESXi server(s) (this article) Each VM operating system Each server('s) BIOS/firmware …

Mar 20 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1g (VCSA 6.5 U1g) with Spectre mitigation

As covered earlier at TinkerTry, patching for the branch target injection vulnerability known as Spectre-2 requires you to patch your: VCSA/vCenter (this article) ESXi server(s) Each VM operating system Each server(s) BIOS/firmware This article is an update to my recent article that has the full…

Mar 20 2018

How to replace your Windows 10 certificate so browser security warnings go away after replacing your VMware VCSA

I recently bumped into an issue after a public demonstration of my home lab. After the successful day, I routinely replaced the VCSA appliance I had been messing around with by deleting the old one and installing a new one. I re-used the same DNS name, which for my home lab is vcsa.lab.local,…

Mar 4 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1f (VCSA 6.5 U1f) for Meltdown/Spectre-1 mitigation

Important Update - On Mar 20 2018, VMware VMSA-2018-0004.3 announced that CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre-2) mitigation is now included in the latest patch that you should be using instead of the older patch featured in the original article below. You'll find the newer article here: How to easily update…

Feb 20 2018

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.5 Update 1 Patch Release ESXi650-201801001 (ESXi Build 7388607) for Meltdown/Spectre remediation (patch has been pulled)

*Jan 14 2018 Update - This patch has been pulled, details here. Important Update - On Mar 20 2018, VMware VMSA-2018-0004.3 announced that CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre-2) mitigation is now included in the latest patch that you should be using instead of the older patch featured in the original article…

Jan 13 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1e (VCSA 6.5 U1e)

Important Update - On Mar 20 2018, VMware VMSA-2018-0004.3 announced that CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre-2) mitigation is now included in the latest patch that you should be using instead of the older patch featured in the original article below. You'll find the newer article here: How to easily update…

Jan 13 2018

Workaround and fix for intermittent Intel X552/X557 10GbE/1GbE network outages on Xeon D-1521/1540 and pre-2018 1567/1587; popular E300-8D/E200-8D 1518/1528 and 1541 never had the issue

If you really want to skip the interesting backstory, jump right down to the symptom, the workaround, the proposed fix, and the actual fix done at Supermicro. This issue never affected the popular Xeon D-1541 systems with 8 cores. Backstory Yeah, it's a bit long, and somewhat complicated. At least…

Dec 26 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.5 Update 1 Patch 02 (ESXi Build 7388607)

Important Update - On Mar 20 2018, VMware VMSA-2018-0004.3 announced that CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre-2) mitigation is now included in the latest patch that you should be using instead of the older patch featured in the original article below. You'll find the newer article that features an even easier…

Dec 23 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1d (VCSA 6.5 U1d)

Important Update - On Mar 20 2018, VMware VMSA-2018-0004.3 announced that CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre-2) mitigation is now included in the latest patch that you should be using instead of the older patch featured in the original article below. You'll find the newer article here: How to easily update…

Dec 23 2017

Quad9 is a good Google Public DNS alternative with DNSSEC, better privacy, and faster DNS Benchmark speeds

"How DNS Works" published at "Quad9 DNS" on Nov 15, 2017. There's a new DNS on this planet's interwebs, see the big announcement made yesterday over at IBM: IBM, Packet Clearing House and Global Cyber Alliance Collaborate to Protect Businesses and Consumers from Internet Threats New Quad9 DNS…

Nov 17 2017

How to check network driver and NIC firmware details in VMware ESXi

When working on my recent article, How to check that your TCP Segmentation Offload is turned on in both your VMware ESXi server and your VMs I quickly discovered that there seemed to be some shortcomings when checking the device driver versions for some network adapters, such as those that are…

Oct 31 2017

How to check that your TCP Segmentation Offload is turned on in both your VMware ESXi server and your VM

Available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback. It's likely you've heard many folks rave about Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort's VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive book (on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback). I can only imagine the amount of time and dedication it took for them to get this…

Oct 29 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces GPU monitoring features built right into Task Manager

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Version 1709 Build 16299 If you already: have a laptop or desktop PC with a WDDMv2 driver upgraded to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update using the Microsoft Update now or Download tool now buttons, or just using Windows Update (mine came flying down at 350Mbps!) then…

Oct 20 2017

VMUG Advantage EVALExperience includes latest VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.5 syslog server appliance for easy vSphere, vSAN, IoT, and networking gear log file analysis

Main Dashboard looks pretty cool, click the image to zoom in and have a look around. My 10GbE network has fallen to 1GbE and can't get up I was working with Netgear ProSUPPORT Services for Business Users on an issue I was having with one of my 2 Xeon D SuperServers this past summer. Specifically,…

Oct 16 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1 Express Patch 4 (ESXi 6.5 U1 EP4)

Important Update - On Mar 20 2018, VMware VMSA-2018-0004.3 announced that CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre-2) mitigation is now included in the latest patch that you should be using instead of the older patch featured in the original article below. You'll find the newer article that features an even easier…

Oct 8 2017

How to configure VMware ESXi 6.5.x for VMDirectPath I/O pass-through of any NVMe SSD, such as Windows Server 2016 installed directly on an Intel Optane P4800X booted in an EFI VM

There was a little-discussed and finally mature capability that arrived with VMware ESXi 6.5, back in November of 2016. With last month's release of ESXi 6.5 Update 1, it's only gotten easier to configure your ESXi server to allow you to pass a single NVMe storage device, such as an Intel Optane…

Aug 24 2017