VMWare Workstation does not support nested virtualization on this host

VMWare Workstation just popped-up this message to you when trying to start a VM? Then read further to find the fix. According to Microsoft – Many third-party virtualization applications don’t work together with Hyper-V. Affected applications include VMware Workstation and VirtualBox. These applications might not start virtual machines, or they may fall back to a slower, emulated mode. To make the VM start in VMWare Workstation, you have to disable

Fix Migration option for a VM is greyed out

This morning I had to do an ESXi software upgrade within 1h service window. The ESXi Host was configured in a Cluster (3 Hosts) with vMotion active, but no DRS. I was able to move all the VMs running on the host to other hosts, except one. This VM was having an USB Dongle connected to it and stuck to the ESXi Host. The plan was to shut it down

Upgrade VMWare vSphere from version 6.7 to 8

Today I’ve decided to upgrade my VMWare LAB from version 6.7 to version 8. Even it is a straightforward process, I would like to share it, maybe it can help someone in some way. If you are having only a customer account at VMWare, you have to register first to be able to evaluate vSphere8. So looks my evaluations board on VMWare portal. After registering, you will be able to

Changing your vCenter Server’s FQDN

In this post I would like to show you how you can change your vCenter Server’s FQDN. You can have different reasons for doing this. I have to do it because I had some problems when upgrading vCSA from version 6.7 to 8. My FQDN was vcsa.lab.local and I reconfigured it to vcsa.vsphere.local. For more details you can also check this link. Please note that the reconfiguration of FQDN is

Reset or Configure HPE iLO directly from ESXi Host

Have you ever upgraded the ESXi software on HPE Servers and after reboot iLO did not come up anymore? Well, this is what happened to me after installation of ESXi software patches on a couple of HPE servers. Even the ESXi patches were installed successfully and the ESXi hypervisor started correctly, the iLO interface couldn’t be reached anymore. All the installation was done remotely, so there was no physical access

How to add a USB Disk as VMFS Datastore in ESXi 6.7

After some time using VMWare Workstation as a playground for my VM home lab environment, and after learning and testing with VM ESXi Hosts, I decided that is time to move to a hardware lab. So I achieved, for the start, 2 servers for the ESXi hosts, and because there is no HDD on the servers, I have installed the ESXi software on an USB Stick. For the storage I

How to enable EVC (Enhanced vMotion Compatibility) on VMWare cluster v6.0

In today’s post we’ll see what is EVC, in which case is needed and how we can enable it on VMWare cluster. What is EVC Let’s see first what is EVC – source VMWare: EVC stands for Enhanced vMotion Compatibility. This is a vCenter cluster feature which simplifies vMotion compatibility issues across CPU generations. EVC automatically configures server CPUs with Intel FlexMigration or AMD-V Extended Migration technologies to be compatible

VMWare: vCenter 6.5 Upgrade Fails with VIX error

I had to upgrade vCenter from 6.0 to 6.5. It’s not the first one, I made a few recently cause we have a client with many sites that should be upgraded. Everything was good prepared or at least I was thinking so and I was ready to start. In the evening, after the working hours as it was planned, I’ve started and quite soon, at the 3rd step of stage

How to enable execution of PowerShell scripts and enable VMWare vSphere PowerCLI.

As a System Administrator, you can reduce sometimes a considerably amount of time by running PowerShell scripts across your Windows Systems. Most of the scripts that you find online will not run if you haven’t configured previously PowerShell, and will throw you an unpleasant error in red fonts.My Windows is in German, so the error could look even scarier. As you can see, my problem is with VMWare vSphere PowerCLI