Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Are you backing up the vSphere Inventory Database?

The Inventory service came about as a separate item in vSphere 5.x and is the place where all of your web client tags get stored (you ARE using tags, right?) but it also gets used to cache queries destined for the vCenter database from the web client, which reduces the load on the vCenter server database. It's also a database that grows substantially if you ever recover a load of VMs with SRM or similar, but that's another story.

The upshot of all this is that there's data in here that does not exist anywhere else and that means that you should be able to backup and restore that data as required.

I was rebuilding a vCenter server recently, which got me thinking about this task as I ran down my post-install checklist. It's one of those hidden tasks that doesn't quite get the attention that it deserves, especially since it is so easy to do, as we will discover here...

Saturday, 12 December 2015

New blood in the London VMUG Committee

I attended my third UK VMUG Conference on the 19th of November (again at the National Motorcycle Museum) an event which is put on by the London VMUG Committee. As planned, I spent the majority of the day in the Community Track, lending my support to all the folks from this amazing community who'd come from near and far to present sessions. What with the vCurry and the vQuiz the night before, which gives folks a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, the UK's National VMUG conference is always a great event.

 The days sessions were bookended by the ever-supportive Joe Baguley and the well travelled John Troyer, both of whom are particularly well known in the community and are always worth listening to. Neither disappointed. I also attended sessions by community stalwarts Eric Wright, Josh Atwell and Frank Buechsel, as well as learning more about Project Photon and CNA and mingling with all the vendors who turn out in force each year. So far, so good, all as expected.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

vSphere 5.5 u3b released December 8th - plus other VMware releases

6 new ESXi 5.5 patches came out overnight. Click here for the full release notes. Your post update 3 VUM baseline would now look like this...