Author Archives: Kyle McDonald

vSAN and memory usage alerts for home labs

After using NFS-based storage in my home lab for a number of years, I wanted to try out vSAN. This was to play with the technology itself, as well as to make my storage a little faster where needed for … Continue reading

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Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.x to 6.7

I’ve been running a vCenter 6.0u2 appliance (VCSA) since my home lab was built in 2016. Its been very stable, and with the issues of the early 6.5 versions I’ve been reluctant to upgrade. With 6.7 being released earlier this … Continue reading

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Upgrade vRealize Log Insight from 4.5 to 4.6

VMware vRealize Log Insight provides advanced log management for infrastructure and applications, and can be thought of as syslog on steroids. The main benefit of vRealize Log Insight over other solutions is the deep integration with VMware products and pre-built … Continue reading

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Native Australian support for Alexa

For those of us who have been using Amazon Alexa within Australia for a while, I imagine most of us have been using a US-based account so that we can use the Amazon Echo devices. While this works for the … Continue reading

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VMware vSphere Replication – com.vmware.vcHms continuously installing vr2c-firewall.vib

Having recently installed VMware vSphere Replication 6.5.1.2243 (Build 7184803) for a customer, I was surprised to see the Recent Tasks window pane filling up with “install” tasks with com.vmware.vcHms listed as the initiator. These tasks were occurring every minute for … Continue reading

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