VIRTUAL MACHINE, STORAGE

We ran Best Practice analyzer test on one mailbox server which is VM

we found Outdated NIC and storage driver.

what should be checked on VM level here? which ESX hosts or anything.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Best Practice analyzer test on one mailbox server which is VM

Best Practice Analyser can only detect network interfaces in the VM.

So are you using the VMXNET3 interface and latest version of VMware Tools in the VM.

What version of ESXi are you using ?
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pramod1Author Commented:
I don't know I am exchange person  what questions should I ask the vm person to look?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Network interface in the virtual machine.

2. version of network interface in the virtual machine.

3. build version of VMware Tools.

4. build version of ESXi.
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pramod1Author Commented:
so should I check whether the vm guy has
updated version of version of network interface in the virtual machine.

build version of VMware Tools.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Please send that list to him, and ask him to fill in the blanks
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pramod1Author Commented:
ok I have send him wil post here as soon as I get the info.
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pramod1Author Commented:
Network interface in the virtual machine. (VMXNET 3 – Latest adapter type in any ESXi)
 

2. version of network interface in the virtual machine. (VMXNET 3 – Latest adapter type in any ESXi

3. build version of VMware Tools. (Current – There is no version as such as it depends on ESXi build)
 

4. build version of ESXi. ( ESXi 5.5, Build 2068190)
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pramod1Author Commented:
Attached error I am getting,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay then Best Analyzer software thinks the Server is a real machine it's not it's a VM

So what basis does it think the drivers are out of date!

Anyway update ESXi 5.5 to latest build and then update VMware Tools
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pramod1Author Commented:
but it says VMware tools -current, what version can we upgrade to
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pramod1Author Commented:
u mean bpa thinks it is physical machine so how it is showing old drivers when everything is current
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Update Host and then you have new VMware Tools to install from host

BUT are new drivers really going to make your Server better!

Or red herring !
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct everything is as current as it could be unless you upgrade Hostvto 5.5 latest or 6.0 or 6.5!
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pramod1Author Commented:
but any reason how old drivers are indicated in report
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It looks at the date of installed driver....

I've just quickly checked, and driver version number is 1.7.3.2 - 24 April 2017 for one our VMs, is that later or newer than your driver ?

VMXNET3
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pramod1Author Commented:
what should I ask the vm guy the version of which driver which should be 1.7.3.2 ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Just ask him what version is installed.

that version if from a Host using ESXi 6.0  Build 6921384.... (latest version) hosting a Windows 2012 server, so you see it's not likely to be that late a version, if you really want your BPA to come back with no warnings, I thin you'lll need to update your ESXi Host and VMware Tools.

Is the network interface or storage driver causing you an issue ?

Let me look at your question again:-


We ran Best Practice analyzer test on one mailbox server which is VM

we found Outdated NIC and storage driver.

what should be checked on VM level here? which ESX hosts or anything.

To be expected your host is over two years old!

You should check nothing, but an ESXi host upgrade would be beneficial to protect you against security and critical updates in the host.

and you may benefit by an updated VMware Tools, which updates these drivers, and BPA does not warn you they are old!

Your HOST software is over THREE years old.... which is 24 Patches OLD!

So i think I would be more concerned with the outdated software running on your HOST!
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pramod1Author Commented:
RPC fails sometimes on the exchange server
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Not sure thats conclusively due to VMXNET3 interface or Storage driver!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If it is update Host and then VMware Tools from new host software
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pramod1Author Commented:
so storage driver and vmnet3 interface are 2 different things?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, two different drivers installed in the OS.
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pramod1Author Commented:
u mean 1 driver for vmnet and one for storage
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
correct
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