VSphere 5.5 Health Check

Hi everyone

I am wondering if there is a simple way to test the "health" of my vSphere/ESXi 5.5 environment.  I have fairly recently replaced the previous IT manager.  Since then I am looking to put things such as automatic back up of VMs, which we never previously had, relying solely on shadow copy for file restores.

I have been trialling a version of Altaro, which seems to fit the bill, however, I am getting error messages and failed backups.  I have been in contact with Altaro who have been really good, but they are saying they can lots of errors in the vmkwarning.log which could be causing issues with the backups and which may affect the VMs in general.

2015-10-23T06:25:19.353Z cpu8:14118080) WARNING: HBX: 1713: HB [HB state abcdef02 offset 3907584 gen 9 stampUS 8194248481598 uuid 55acca9d-c70ed854-c888-0024e863b7f8 jrnl <FB 15660400> drv 14.60] was aborted on vol ‘Drobo’, disk contents unknown

2015-10-23T06:26:03.353Z cpu8:14118080) WARNING: NMP: nmp_DeviceRequestFastDeviceProbe:237: NMP device “naa.6001a620000033343031303030313035” state in doubt; requested fast path state update…

I am not confident that the vSphere environment has ever been 100 % right, so trying to get an idea of where to start.

Any assistance would be great.

Matthew HinchliffeIT EngineerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
there are lots of free tools here


Do you know a partner, which can guide you through their assessment tools, and provide health checks.

Or you could use Sonar by http://xtravirt.com/company-news/9030-2

or you could also use Opvizor trial

Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:

you could check some things by yourself :

- check that support matrix is respected in your environment (HBA driver, San version, multipathing policy)

- by the way, do you have a San, and if yes does it have a good and working system version ? Is it FC or iSCSI ?

- check (or maybe you know that well) if all your ESXi are the same (hardware and version) in the same cluster ; this is the better configuration, but you could have different hardware e.g. different cpu and in this case EVC (enhanced vmotion compatibility) enabled at the good level

- do all your hardware are supported for your ESXi version? check VMware HCL

- check the performances tab you have in vCenter in order to see if there is something wrong too here

- is your virtual switches well configured (maybe you could provide screenshots and some info for us to answer)

Well, that's a really good idea to have scheduled and working VM backups  ;-)
Obviously your predecessor was not well concerned or did not have time for some critical priorities..
I don't know Altaro, but it seems your error is more around the storage, so if I were you I would check all I can about that first.
If you have a San and give me the brand / model / version I can help you check that the versions chain is fine.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and finally, you could also use this for FREE...

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Matthew HinchliffeIT EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions, I'm about to set up the vSphere Optimization Assesment and see what comes out from that.

With regards to our SANs we have 3 Drobo B1200i which are iSCSI - They are on Firmware version 1.2.0.

The version of ESXi that we are currently running is 5.5.0 (1623387).  I know there have been updates to this, but I am reluctant to update at the moment as I believe there have been problems with the latest ESXi patch.

I will check through the other things as well and see what the vSphere optimizer comes back with.

Thanks again for all your great suggestions.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You'll get lots of things to check, after it's been run.
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