Runecast Analyzer – Getting started Guide part 1

Part 1 – Deployment and Setup

Runecast Analyzer is a very useful tool to locate configuration issues within a vSphere cluster. It compares your installation against security hardening guides, best practices guides and the VMware Knowledge-Base (KB). Once you’ve set up your cluster everything might have been ok. Since then new issues might arise, problems get discovered and security guidelines can change. But your setup is still the same. It’s hard to read through VMware KB on a weekly or daily base. I would say it’s almost impossible. Some issues only occur in certain combinations of hardware, patch-level and firmware-level. That’s where Runecast kicks in. They check your setup against most recent information in the KB and hardening guides and present you a filtered subset of information with potential issues in your environment. So you can concentrate on fixing issues and don’t waste time in reading hundreds of new KB articles.

I’ve written a hands-on  introduction earlier this year. This time I’d like to focus on the product from an administrative point of view.


Runecast offers a 15 day trial license without buying anything. But you’ll see only a limited subset of results.

As a vExpert there’s a special offer by Runecast. You’ll get a one year NFR license for up to 3 hosts without limitation. That’s the one I will use in the following sections. But even the 15 day trial will give a very good impression about the quality and usability of the product. Continue reading “Runecast Analyzer – Getting started Guide part 1”

How to declare an ESXi host dead

Recently we had to shut down an entire datacenter for maintenance. The companys main power supply had a scheduled maintenance window of 5 hours and one of the requirements was that every single power consumer had to be shut off and disconnected.

So all VMs had been shut down, hosts were put in maintenance mode and shut down, also storages, fabrics, switches, climate control, ups – everything. Continue reading “How to declare an ESXi host dead”

VeeamON Tour Virtual

Safe the date – 5. Dezember 2017

VeeamON Tour kommt auf den Desktop.

Am 5. Dezember 2017 zwischen 11 und 17 Uhr können alle Vorträge online abgerufen werden – kostenfrei und ohne Reiseplanung. Die Agenda enthält einen Business-, Cloud- und einen Technischen Teil. Es genügt eine Online-Anmeldung, um an der VeeamON Tour Virtual teilzunehmen.

VeeamON Tour on your Desktop

On Dec. 5th 2017 between 11 am and 5pm CET you can watch all sessions online for free.

The biggest online Availability event in EMEA — VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017 — is once again coming to your desktop! No need to leave your chair — Experience Availability simply by joining us for an ultimate digital journey!

See full Agenda for details. Claim your free virtual seat now and register for VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017.

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VMworld 2017 – day 2 part 1

It’s another beautiful day in Barcelona. VMworld day two is about to start. Let the games begin!

  • Q&A Session with Pat Gelsinger to answer questions sent in by partners the day before.
  • Largest part of the general session was about a fictional company named “Elasticsky Pizza” (not related in any way with this website). 😉 This company urgently needs help to perform the digital transformation, to deliver apps to their customers and to monitor any kind of problem and track down the cause of it. A collection if short and funny clips showed the problem of the company and the presenters showed how to solve them with VMware Cloud products like Pivotal Container Service, AppDefence, NSX, IoT Pulse. To round up the whole story a pizza delivery truck drove into the audience hall and delivered a box of pizza to the presenter. Very entertaining. 🙂