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Configuring iSCSI on ESXi using host client GUI

Recently we have implemented a new storage solution by Pure Storage so we were moving from presenting datastore/s via NFS to iSCSI. In the past, it was quite simple to create VMKernel ports for NFS and you just mount the NFS volumes, no need to format disk or create targets, etc. In this post, I will show you the steps using the built in ESXi host client GUI (ESXi 6.0 U2, ESXi 6.5) to create a standard vSwitch, configure the basics of iSCSI and to configure port binding. If you are unsure if you need to use port binding then please refer to this documentation kb2038869 .  First document what you will name the new standard vSwitch and the names of the two physical network cards that you would be used in this vSwitch. You will require two port groups so we will need to have two port group names. We are using port binding so in each port group there will only be one active network card so we will document those and also the IP addresses assigned for each of the physical network ca

Suppress ESXi SSH and Shell Warning

By default whenever I build a new ESXi host I tend to enable both SSH and ESXi Shell so that I can troubleshoot my ESXi server via SSH or shell on the console itself if I need to. As soon as you enable either one of them you will start to get these messages within the web client or vSphere C# client The host health also changes to give you a heath warning to tell you that it has detected some issues and it is understandable that is should alert you if SSH or Shell access has been enabled. The manual way to change this is either to selec the "suppress warning" on the error message to disable the warning or via the web client to set the value. First you select the host then go to "Manage > Settings > Advanced System Settings". From there look for "UserVars.SuppressShellWarning" and change the value from "0" to "1". But as I have already scripted most of my host build I wanted my script to also change this val

VMware Software Manager Tool

There is a little free tool from VMware call VMware Software Manager (VSM) which you can use to help download and manage your VMware products installation media files into one central location. It has a simple interface where you can just browse for the product and version of the software that you would like to download which I think is far simpler than at the website. There are some pre-requisites before starting this: Plenty of disk space if you have a lot of VMware products and need various version of them   Using one of the following operating system for where you will be installing this product;   Windows 8.1 (Pro or Enterprise edition) 64-bit   Windows 7 SP1 (Professional or Enterprise edition) 64-bit   Windows Server 2012 R2 (Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter edition) 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter edition) 64-bit   The following browsers are supported and one of them needs to be installed where software manager is insta