Back-up for virtual environments (TSMVE) is still underestimated by IBM!

When you are using IBM equipment there is a big chance that you will use IBM related software to manage the environment. In a large  environment you can use IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for Virtual Environments to make back-ups of your virtual machines. IBM says that:

Tivoli® Storage Manager software provides a wide range of storage management capabilities from a single point of control, helping companies ride the information tidal wave.

Early this year they’ve added a new product to the Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM storage management software called IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (TSMVE). This is their product for making back-ups and to recover virtual machines.

You would think that a big company like IBM jumped on the train of virtualisation when it was leaving the train station but in my opinion that’s not what they have done!

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vCenter server services won’t start.

Sometimes it happened that you’re vCenter server service (vpxd.exe) stops working or won’t start and you are the one to find out why.  It is possible to dig in to the log files and try to find out what went wrong at a certain point in time. But the vpxd-*.log ( * =0 to 9) can be a 5 MB log file to go trough. The vpxd.exe is the executable that is running as a service (VMware VirtualCenter Server)  on the vCenter server. When I get a error starting this server I directly go to the location of the file and start it by hand. The default when location of the file  is :C:Program Files (x86)VMwareInfrastructureVirtualCenter Server . There are some options(Flags)  to start the vpxd.exe

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VMware ESX 3.5 en Virtual Center 2.5 Update 2 HA problemen

Bijna twee weken nadat Update 2 is uitgekomen hebben we besloten om deze te implementeren om wat openstaande issues met VCB het hoofd te bieden. Update 2 biedt zoals iedere update van VMware niet alleen bug fixes maar ook nieuwe functionaliteit (en of zulke grote wijzigingen thuis horen in een “Update twee cijfers achter de comma” of in een nieuwe versie zoals 3.0 => 3.5 is een onderwerp wat we misschien nog wel een andere keer bespreken).

De eerste stap is zoals de release notes aangeven het upgraden van de Virtual Center. Dit ging niet helemaal foutloos (zeker de Update Manager niet) maar na enig aandringen werkt de VC 2.5 U2! Na het aanmelden met de VC client zijn er HA errors op cluster en host niveau:

 HA agent on <server>.<domain> in cluster <cluster> has an error.

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