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Troubleshooting ESXi AutoDeploy

Troubleshooting ESXi AutoDeploy

As you start to use ESXi AutoDeploy more you will run into occasions where you want to look behind the scenes and see what is going on. There are a couple ways to do so: 1. In vCenter click on the “Auto Deploy” button under Administration and hit “Download AutoDeploy Log Files”. This will give you a ZIP file of the logs on the AutoDeploy Server and provides lots of information on what is going on or what might be…

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ESXi AutoDeploy–HP G7 Servers Hang on Boot

ESXi AutoDeploy–HP G7 Servers Hang on Boot

When I was first starting to use AutoDeploy I ran into an issue where my blades would start to load ESX and then hang just like the screen below shows. Inspection of the logs turned up very little data, including no errors. It was just like the server ceased to exist. Turns out if you go to HP’s site and download the new OneConnect Flash 4.1.450.7 and update the firmware on your Emulex NICs that will fix the issue. Also,…

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ESXi AutoDeploy Fails–No Image Profile Assigned

ESXi AutoDeploy Fails–No Image Profile Assigned

  I was migrating blades today that initially had ESXi 5.0 installed to the local disk and wanted them to be installed via AutoDeploy and found an interesting issue. Upon rebooting the blades and changing the boot order I got a very interested error: Upon further inspection I verified that the Deployment Rule was correct and that it was a member of a valid and active RuleSet and yet the blade would not boot via AutoDeploy. It kept telling me…

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Using ESXi Autodeploy

Using ESXi Autodeploy

I’m new to the ESXi Autodeploy bandwagon but I’ve got to say after using it for the first time I’m sold. If you are interested in what Autodeploy is a quick summary is that it allows you to dynamically install ESXi via PXE on servers and add them to your vSphere Infrastructure in an intelligent manner, all automatically. For this real life example I have 2 Clusters of 7 HP BL490c G7 Blades that I need to dynamically provision with…

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vSphere AutoDeploy Fails – License Error

vSphere AutoDeploy Fails – License Error

If you have a valid license assigned to your Datacenter using Bulk Licensing and yet when you boot a blade using AutoDeploy you get an error “License not Available to perform the operation. The Evaluation Mode license assigned to Host machine.sub.domain.com has expired” boot your servers into the BIOS and set the clock to the right time. Trust me… just do it… Coming Soon – New post on configuring AutoDeploy complete with custom driver install and host profiles. Also a…

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