I’ve been working with VMware vSphere 6.5 recently on a few projects and had to make some minor tweaks to the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to configure NTP and time synchronization. Here is a quick guide on how to change the NTP settings.
The change can’t be made from logging into the normal vCenter Server Appliance web client you would use for managing the cluster, you have to log directly into the vCenter appliance.
I’ve been doing a fair bit of VMware patching recently so thought it would be useful to highlight the current and past versions of ESXi and how to check which version you are running. The latest version is 6.5 released 15th November, 2016. Since then there have been a few patches.
Below is a snapshot of the current versions as of 22 March 2017.
As with any new software test in a development environment first before upgrading to a new major version, let others lead the way on the bleeding edge and wait for Patch 1 to be released.
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I was investigating some VM issues recently, and needed to find out when an ESXi host last rebooted to see if I could correlate logs with events to discover the source of the issue.
There are a few of easy ways to find out the last time an ESXi host booted, there are probably more, but these should be enough for a quick check. Continue reading