vSphere 8 productizes Community Networking…

vSphere 8 productizes Community Networking…

Back in July with the release of vSphere 7.0 Update 3f, I had shared that all Intel i219 devices from the Community Networking Driver Fling for ESXi is now part of default ESXi 7.0 Update 3f installation. This simplified the ESXi installation process as customers no longer needed to create […]


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Quick Tip – Changes to building custom ESXi…

Quick Tip – Changes to building custom ESXi…

Historically, when a new version of ESXi is released, customers will use vSphere Image Builder either through the vSphere Image Builder UI or PowerCLI Image Builder cmdlets to create a custom ESXi image to include additional drivers such as the USB Network Native Driver for ESXi Fling. Note: […]


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New ESXCLI Commands in vSphere 8.0

In ESXi 8 / vSphere 8.0 the command line interface esxcli has been extended with new features.

Here is list with new and extended namespaces:

NEW ESXi 8.0 ESXCLI Command Reference

The ESXCLI command set allows you to run common system administration commands against vSphere systems from an administration server of your choice. The actual list of commands depends on the system that you are running on. Run esxcli --help for a list of commands on your system.
NamespaceCommandDescriptionNEW
daemon entitlementaddAdd Partner REST entitlements to the partner user.1
daemon entitlementlistList the installed DSDK built daemons.1
daemon entitlementremoveRemove Partner REST entitlments from the partner user.1
hardware devicecomponentlistList all device components on this host.1
network ip hostsaddAdd association of IP addresses with host names.1
network ip hostslistList the user specified associations of IP addresses with host names.1
network ip hostsremoveRemove association of IP addresses with host names.1
nvme device configlistList the configurable parameters for this plugin1
nvme device configsetSet the plugin's parameter1
nvme device loggetGet NVMe log page1
nvme device log persistenteventgetGet NVMe persistent event log1
nvme device log telemetry controllergetGet NVMe telemetry controller-initiated data1
nvme device log telemetry hostgetGet NVMe telemetry host-initiated data1
storage core nvme devicelistList the NVMe devices currently registered with the PSA.1
storage core nvme pathlistList all the NVMe paths on the system.1
storage core scsi devicelistList the SCSI devices currently registered with the PSA.1
storage core scsi pathlistList all the SCSI paths on the system.1
storage osdatacreateCreate an OSData partition on a disk.1
storage vvol statsaddAdd entity for stats tracking1
storage vvol statsdisableDisable stats for complete namespace1
storage vvol statsenableEnable stats for complete namespace1
storage vvol statsgetGet stats for given stats namespace1
storage vvol statslistList all supported stats1
storage vvol statsremoveRemove tracked entity1
storage vvol statsresetReset stats for given namespace1
storage vvol vmstatsgetGet the VVol information and statistics for a specific virtual machine.1
system health reportgetDisplays one or more health reports1
system health reportlistList all the health reports currently generated.1
system ntp statsgetReport operational state of Network Time Protocol Daemon1
system security keypersistencedisableDisable key persistence daemon.1
system security keypersistenceenableEnable key persistence daemon.1
system settings encryptiongetGet the encryption mode and policy.1
system settings encryption recoverylistList recovery keys.1
system settings encryption recoveryrotateRotate the recover key.1
system settings encryptionsetSet the encryption mode and policy.1
system settings gueststore repositorygetGet GuestStore repository.1
system settings gueststore repositorysetSet or clear GuestStore repository.1
system syslog config logfilteraddAdd a log filter.1
system syslog config logfiltergetShow the current log filter configuration values.1
system syslog config logfilterlistShow the added log filters.1
system syslog config logfilterremoveRemove a log filter.1
system syslog config logfiltersetSet log filtering configuration options.1
vsan hardware vcgaddMap unidentified vSAN hardware device with VCG ID.1
vsan hardware vcggetGet the vSAN VCG ID for a vSAN hardware device. Output is VCG ID while "N/A" means device ID is not mapped.1
vsan storagepooladdAdd physical disk for vSAN usage.1
vsan storagepoollistList vSAN storage pool configuration.1
vsan storagepoolmountMount vSAN disk from storage pool.1
vsan storagepoolrebuildRebuild vSAN storage pool disks.1
vsan storagepoolremoveRemove physical disk from storage pool usage. Exactly one of --disk or --uuid param is required.1
vsan storagepoolunmountUnmount vSAN disk from storage pool.1

VMware Cohesity vExpert Gift VMware EXPLORE 2022 Barcelona

During VMware Explore 2022 Barcelona, I’ve been given a gift as a vExpert.

We could start start popcorn party with NX6412 …

A huge shout out to the vExpert program and to Cohesity for supporting with such an amazing gift – a small but powerful quad-CPU Intel NUC. It’s fanless so it will be quiet too. Thank You

NX6412 Specification:

  • CPU: Intel Elkhart Lake J6412 Processor
  • Memory: Dual Channel SO-DIMM DDR4 up to 32GB – 64GB could run – I will have to confirm it lately ….
  • Display via: Intel Integrated Graphics display via 2xHDMI2.0
  • I/O Ports: 2xLAN, 2xUSB3.2, 2xUSB2.0, Type-C, SIM
  • Ethernet: 10/100/1000Mbps
  • Storage: 1x M.2 2242/2280 SSD, SATA optional
  • Power: 12V DC-in
​Hardware: MaxTang N6412,  32gig memory, 512gig SSD, Quad Core Dual Gigabit Ethernet, Dual HDMI2

Based on small form factors, the compact design at 127mm x 127mm x 37mm makes it great for space-saving.

Intel Elkhart Lake J6412 Processor

Powered by Intel Elkhart Lake Celeron J6412 processor, the NX6412 provides you excellent performance with long life expectancies. The processor has 4cores 4threads, 1.5MB L2 Cache, up to 2.60GHz with a 10W TDP rate. It has a 1.7x improvement in single-thread performance and 1.5x improvement in multi-thread performance generation over generation, 2x performance improvement in graphics over the previous generation

CODE2769US Intel NUC Home Lab with Smart Sensors & Tanzu

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VMware Explore 2022 Europe | Day 2 Recap

VMware Explore 2022 Europe | Day 2 Recap

It was another beautiful sunny day in Barcelona, and we’re glad to see so much exploration taking place. Day 2 is over and you crushed it. We packed in 5 solution keynotes, 101 breakout sessions, 3 VMware {code} theater sessions, 34 meet the expert roundtables, 6 Design with Us interactive sessions.


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Quick Tip – Automating ESXi 8.0 install using…

Quick Tip – Automating ESXi 8.0 install using…

For those looking to install ESXi 8.0 but have an unsupported CPU, the following kernel boot option allowLegacyCPU=true can be added which would bypass the installer pre-check as shown in the screenshot below. When the ESXi installer bypass happens, instead of an error which forces you to reboot,[…]


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Quick Tip – Accessing new custom theme editor…

Quick Tip – Accessing new custom theme editor…

While looking over the vSphere 8 release notes, I had noticed there was also release notes for new version of the ESXi Embedded Host Client, which is an HTML 5 UI for accessing standalone ESXi host. The really interesting feature that stood out to me was the following: Ability to change the […]


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