Recently I’ve been sorting through VVols on vSphere 6.5 with a few storage vendors . Below are some items to be aware of as you are testing or rolling out VVols in your own environment.
DRS vMotion Failure Due to EVC incompatibilities from Spectre/Meltdown Patching
I ran into an issue recently where DRS was failing to move some VMs between 1 of 3 hosts.
To test the compatibility states I manually attempted a vMotion of one of the affected VMs to each host to see what the recommendations would say in the vCenter Web Client. In this case one of the hosts was failing to provide the following CPU instructions:
VCSA 6.5 vCenter Failing to Check for Updates with error “Stage failed”
While we were upgrading one of our VCSA 6.5 vCenter appliances to 6.5 Update 1, I ran into an error Stage failed when trying to check for updates within the port 5480 admin interface.
vCenter Appliance 6.5/6.5U1 Email Alerts Not Working
Since migrating to the new Photon OS based vCenter 6.5 VCSA Appliance, we’ve had issues with alerts not being sent to email.
As it turns out, there’s a problem with the internal configuration not being updated properly. VMware is aware of it and should hopefully fix it at some stage.
For now you can follow the workaround below.