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Using Small Magnetic Disks for vSAN Might Result in VM Failures

If you have small hard drives (smaller than 255 gb), and you use them for vSAN capacity drives, you might be affected by KB2080503.

End of General Support for NSX-v 6.2

NSX for vSphere 6.2 was released on 20th of August 2015. It follows the Application Platform lifecycle policy which ensures 3 years of General Support and additional 1 year Technical Guidance. Based on the Product Lifecycle Matrix that means that General Support will end on August 20, 2018 and Technical Guidance will end on August 20, 2019.

KB2151749 - ESXi Host Fails With PSOD After Upgrading to 6.5

Sometimes the upgrades pose problems...

Runecast Analyzer v1.8 General Announcement

Runecast Solutions is thrilled to announce the General Availability of Runecast Analyzer v1.8. This major update brings support for VMware’s NSX-V product. We had significant feedback from our user base who wanted to see NSX vSphere (NSX-V) incorporated within the Analyzer.

Top 5 PSOD Causes

One of the most severe issues for VMware environments is the Purple Screen of Death (PSOD). When this happens your ESXi host “dies” and with it all the VMs and services running on it. Most VMware admins have experienced it at least once and know that the troubleshooting process will almost certainly land on you and will be resolved through finding the relevant VMware Knowledge Base(KB) article. 

IPv6 Disabled Causes ESXi 6.5 and ESXi 6.7 to Fail with PSOD

If you are running ESXi 6.5 with IPv6 disabled, you are at risk of a host failure with PSOD.

How To Deal With PSOD - The Purple Screen of Death

Everything you need to know about PSOD.

What’s New in Runecast Analyzer vRO Plugin Version 1.0.2

These new capabilities of the Runecast Plugin for vRO make it much easier for vSphere administrators to automate remediation tasks, and remove the need for developing lots of custom code.

NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget - Part 2

In this post I’ll go through how you can create a widget with drilldown.

KB2149592 - ESXi IO Connectivity Issues or PSOD with VT-d Interrupt Remapper Disabled

What is VT-d remapper and which issues are related to it?

Runecast Analyzer NSX-V Beta Ready for Testing

Runecast is excited to share the first public beta version of the Analyzer software, this time with support for VMware's NSX-V product.

Automating PCI DSS v3.2.1 in VMware Virtual Data Centers: Part 1 - Vulnerability Management

The Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI DSS v3.2.1) has recently been updated (May 2018). The standard is crucial for averting breaches and credit card fraud, so preventing serious damages for businesses and customers.

SolarWinds VMAN Integrates with Runecast

Once integrated, the solution offers predictive issue detection together with detailed configuration, best practices, and security analysis. Admins are presented with easy ‘how-to’ guides to prevent all the issues.

Announcing Runecast Analyzer 1.7.5

Today we are excited to share that Runecast is announcing Runecast Analyzer 1.7.5, a patent pending proactive VMware vSphere management solution. The release brings full support of the automated knowledge base and best practice checks for the recently released vSphere 6.7.

NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget

NSX for vSphere 6.4 was released a few months back (January 16, 2018) bringing many improvements. One of which is a new NSX default homepage, known as Dashboard.

How to Fix Spectre and Meltdown in VMware vSphere

Spectre and Meltdown are security vulnerabilities that are now familiar to the VMware community.

March UserCons and VMUG Meetings

In less than two weeks our engineers traveled to three different continents.

Runecast Analyzer Release v1.7.1

This release brings "Knowledge Definition" updates (a slick mechanism enabling rapid updates for all new/updated vSphere and vSAN knowledge). Previously, users updated the virtual appliance with each new release (including knowledge definitions) meaning a slower release cycle for updates.

Five Star Product Ranking from a VMware vExpert Aruna Lakmal

Runecast Analyzer review and comparison against VMware Skyline service

How to Avoid PSOD - VMware Purple Screen of Death

The Purple Screen of Death (PSOD) is a fatal crash of VMware ESX/ESXi hosts which kills all active Virtual Machines.

Announcing Runecast Analyzer v1.7

Introducing VMware vSAN and VMware "stack" in Runecast Analyzer v1.7

Runecast won Techtrailblazers Awards 2017!

Runecast won Virtualization category in TechtrailBlazers awards for 2017

Free Mobile App - Runecast Offline VMware Knowledge Base

Sometimes a simple tool is the most powerful one.

Where are we with Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in VMware environments

Since these vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed, there have been several articles (Security Advisories and KBs) and recommendations on how to patch VMware environments.