VMware Skyline

VMware Skyline was announced at VMworld US 2017, however it did not get much press. I was listening to the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast from this week, where Skyline was the subject. I was impressed with the vision of Skyline to be a pro-active and predictive support platform for VMware customers.

What caught my attention, was the intention to leverage analytics and a VVD rules engine to notify customers if they are straying from the flock from a configuration and design perspective. Skyline is deployed as a virtual appliance (Skyline Collector) which securely feeds information and logs back to the VMware mothership.

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Directly modifying ESXi host managed by vCenter Server

In the world of Nutanix HCI on vSphere, you sometimes do not have access to the vCenter Server, but you do have the root credentials of the ESXi host. However, when you try to make your changes, the ESXi host returns the message, “Access to resource settings on the host is restricted to the server that is managing it”.

There is one particular administrator task where this workaround comes into play: the Nutanix CVM resizing procedure to increase/decrease vCPU and RAM. I always forget the exact details of this workaround and then spend 30 minutes searching for it, so here it is. If this was a Production system, then obviously you would have an approved Change Request before you executed the workaround.

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