Saturday, October 3, 2015

vSphere 6 Update 1 - Veeam NFC storage connection is unavailable

vSphere 6 strikes again.

After an upgrade from vSphere 6 to vSphere 6 Update 1 all of our Veeam backups were failing with the message

"Processing VirtualMachineName Error: NFC storage connection is unavailable. Storage: [stg:datastore-42,nfchost:host-174,conn:vCenterServer]. Storage display name: [datastore]. Failed to create NFC download stream. NFC path....."

Here are a couple of write ups I found after the fact.  Had I known, I probably would have held off a few more weeks before upgrading.

Friday, October 2, 2015

ESXi /var/log/hpHelper.log growing

As a follow up to my previous post (

I found how to disable the HP Service that came in a custom ESXi image. We don't use the iLO connection between VMWare and iLO.  Here is a KB Article from VMWare.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ramdisk 'var' is full and vMotion Fails

I recently had a couple of odd events in a VM cluster.  I started looking one particular host and found the some odd entries in the Events tab in the vSphere Client.  Mostly it was

  • The ramdisk 'var' is full.  As a result, the file /var/run/vmware/tickets/vmtck-<id> could not be written.

I couldn't find the particular error in VMWare KBs, but I found my problem in an article at

Here's an excerpt from that post.