Going back to the basics….moving out of Amazon Drive!

As of June 8, 2017, it was announced that when when users try to sign up for Amazon Drive they will not be able to select an unlimited cloud storage option. Instead they can choose either 100 GB for $11.99 per year, or 1 TB for $59.99, with up to 30 TB available for an … Read more

How to Configure Time Server (NTP Server) on Centos 7?

Prerequisites: VM/ Physical – It is recommended to have the time server as a physical server, but VMs should be okay depending on your setup and requirement. My virtual lab environment is VMware based so here’s the guide for a VM. Once the CentOS Minimal is installed on the VM make sure to install open-vm-tools. … Read more

Configure SNMP on an ESXi Host or multiple Hosts

Recently I needed to configure all of our 40 or so ESXi hosts to forward SNMP traps to our corporate monitoring solution. This meant enabling and configuring SNMP on each of the hosts. Naturally, I wrote a script for this as 40 hosts is way too many to do manually. This article shows you how … Read more

ESXi 6.0 not detecting BROCADE HBA adapter

Steps: Make sure HBA is connected on the PCI slot and visible under esx hardware list:

Check if VMKernel can detect any storage via Fibre Channel

(output will be blank line if HBA driver is missing but HBA appears to be in PCI card determined from step 1)

Search and download the … Read more

“Host SMBus controller not enabled!”

CentOS guest instances in VMware sometimes come up with the boot error message:

This error is being caused because VMware doesn’t actually provide that level interface for CPU access, but Ubuntu try to load the kernel module anyway. How to fix it:

add the line:

Reboot. NOTE: for older versions use blacklist i2c_piix4 … Read more

How to Install VMware Tools on RHEL 7/CentOS 7

VMware Tools is one of important components for virtual machine (VM) in order get excellent performance. It is a group of utilities that help to enhances the overall performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system (OS) and improves management of the VM. Without the VMware Tools, guest OS performance will lacks some of the … Read more