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Enable Lockdown Mode ESXi 5.0

This question is asked a lot.  How do I enable lock down mode and what does it do. To enable lock down mode, there are two options. From the DCUI (Direct Console User Interface) From within vCenter My preffered option is through vCenter, it is very easy and you dont need to be in front of the host or have remote console access. To enable lock down mode through vCenter follow these steps: Login to vCenter Select the host Select the configuration tab Select Security Profile under software Scroll down to Lockdown mode Click Edit Tick Enable Lockdown Mode Click OK Lockdown mode is now enabled Please Note: Enabling Lockdown mode on an ESXi 5 host will force all users to login via the vCenter Server in order to manage their ESXi hosts. The table below shows what features are enabled and disabled with Lockdown mode (this was taken from Yellow-bricks) […]

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Restart all services on ESXi through SSH

I had an issue on one of my ESXi hosts in my home lab this morning, where it seemed the host had become completely un-responsive. SSH was still working, so I restarted all the services on that host using the command listed below. This works on ESXi 4 and 5, but I don’t know if it is a supported method. Note: This command stops all services on the host and restarts them.  There is no guarantee this will not affect VMs running on that host. ./sbin/services.sh restart You will then see the following output as all the services stop and restart Running vmware-fdm stop Stopping vmware-fdm:success Running vslad stop Stopping vslad… Success. Running svm-autostart stop Running sfcbd-watchdog stop Running usbarbitrator stop watchdog-usbarbitrator: Terminating watchdog with PID 5625 usbarbitrator stopped. Running vmware-vpxa stop Stopping vmware-vpxa:success Running wsman stop Stopping openwsmand Running slpd stop Stopping slpd Running vprobed stop watchdog-vprobed: Terminating watchdog […]

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VMware vSphere 4.1 Update 2 released

Just noticed that vSphere 4.1 Update 2 was released yesterday. Excerpt from the release notes: Whats New Support for new processors – ESXi 4.1 Update 2 supports AMD Opteron 6200 series (Interlagos) and AMD Opteron 4200 series (Valencia). Support for additional guest operating system – ESX 4.1 Update 2 adds support for Ubuntu 11.10 guest operating system. For a complete list of guest operating systems supported with this release. To read the full release notes click here

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