Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1 fails due to conflicting VIBs

If you have installed updated version(s) of network and/or storage HBA’s at any time, you will find yourself hitting the wall one you want to upgrade your ESXi server to v5.5 Update 1. Reason for that is that the newer driver(s) are not part of the upgrade installation, and as such it must be updated manually before you can upgrade your ESXi server. When you attach custom ISO in your Update Manager, and scan host for upgrades, you will be presented with the result “Incompatible” and in the error detail, there will be message: Continue reading “Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1 fails due to conflicting VIBs”

Retrieve your lost vSphere 5.1 SSO password

Unfortunately very few IT administrators have their documentation in order. Even worse, very few of them that have documentation in order, have their password lists up to date and secure. Today I was about to upgrade a vCenter server to one of my colleagues, and was (not) surprised to learn that their password list does not contain neither the username nor password for the SSO admin on the vCenter server. However, there is a way to retrieve the password without having to go through VMware recommended procedure of resetting both SSO admin and master password. Continue reading “Retrieve your lost vSphere 5.1 SSO password”