Alerting on “Bootbank cannot be found at path ‘/bootbank’” in vRealize Operations

If you boot your ESXi hosts from SD-cards or USB you might have run into this issue. Suddenly your host(s) displays the following under events:
“Bootbank cannot be found at path ‘/bootbank’.”

Usually this means that the boot device has been corrupted somehow, either due to a device failure or other issues. Normally the host continues to run, until it’s rebooted that is…

For some reason, vRealize Operations doesn’t pick this up as a host issue that it alerts on, so if your alerting regime is based on vROps alerts, you might not get alerted immediately. Thankfully there is a way to remedy this, and have vROps and vRealize Log Insight work together at the same time.

On order for this to work, you need to have configured the vRealize Log Insight Integration with vRealize Operations first.

Log in to Log Insight and search for “Bootbank cannot be found at path ‘/bootbank’.”. If you want to restrict it even more, use two filters. One for vc_event_type = exists, and one for the text search itself.

Click on the little red bell icon and select “Create Alert from Query”.

This will bring up the “Edit Alert” window, where you can define your information.

Create a proper Description and Recommendation for the alert, and enable “Send to vRealize Operations Manager”. You also need to specify a Fallback Option. The Fallback Option is basically which object Log Insight should attach the alert to, if the originating object isn’t found in vRealize Operations.

And that’s it really, as long as the vLI and vROps integration is configured and working, it’s easy add your own custom alerts in vRLI, and have them pop up in vROps.

If you want to copy my Description and Recommendations, here they are:

Description:

“The device containing the VMware ESXi bootbank can not be found. This may be because of a boot device failure. Specific details should be available in the symptom details. For more information, check the Tasks & Events pane for the host in the vSphere Web Client”

Recommendation:

“Change or replace the boot device, if necessary. Contact the hardware vendor for assistance. After the problem is resolved, the alert will be canceled when the sensor that reported the problem indicates that the problem no longer exists.”

 

Hindsight is 20/20: Evaluating 2017

Keeping up with tradition (you thought I was going to say Kardashians there, didn’t you?), it’s time to evaluate 2017.

My list of goals for 2017 and the verdict is as follows:

  • Get that VCAP6-DCV Design exam out of the way
    Done and dusted (for 6.5 that is, not 6.0). I’ve also updated my VCP to 6.5, and I’m currently waiting for the VCAP6.5-DCV Deploy exam.
    Score: 10/10
  • AWS Associate Certifications
    Didn’t happen. Haven’t done any of these, nor really studied for any of them (yet). Other certifications or time sinks have completely eradicated these.
    Score: 0/10
  • Learn something new
    This one is hard to gauge, but 2017 has definitely been a learning experience in many ways. Not all that much tangible and measurable items here, bit I’ll still rate it as medium. This category needs to be easier to assess for 2017.
    Score: 5/10
  • Attend an industry conference
    VMworld 2017 in Barcelona was awesome, as I expected.
    Score: 10/10
  • vNinja.net
    Well, the In The Bag series didn’t last that long, which was one of the main goals. I have kept posting whenever I feel like it, without any pressure, and in total I’ve posted more in 2017 than I did in 2016. I have a theory as to why there isn’t as much technical VMware posts though, but I’ll keep that as a separate post for later. All in all, not bad.
    Score: 5/10
  • Photography
    I’m still not really happy with the amount of photography done in 2017, but I’m really happy with a few of the shots I did manage to take and publish. Huge improvement from 2016.
    Score: 8/10

As far as my more “soft” goals for 2017:

  • I need to get better at planning things out — I think I’ve managed to do this, to a degree. I’ve become much better at breaking larger tasks into smaller ones, and follow them through. Productivity is always an ongoing process, but I notice that compared to many I interact with, I seem to have a better grasp of the tasks I need to complete, and don’t forget nearly as much as I used to do. It’s an ongoing process, but I’m definitely moving in the right direction.
  • Clearer focus — Close correlation to the point above, but I’ve improved in this area as well.
  • Get more sleep — I still sleep less than I think I should, but it’s better than it has been for years.

All in all that gives me a personal score of 38 of a possible 60. Not quite what I wanted, but it’s an improvement of the 28 rating for 2016. One of the major categories did get a 0/10, which really puts a dent in the score. I should have put in a general certification category instead, that would have helped bring the score up as I did a few ones I didn’t plan on initially.

All in all, 2017 has been pretty good both professionally and personally. Now it’s time to breathe, relax and make sure 2018 will be even better.

Nordic VMUG Conference 2018

My good friends, and fellow VMUGgers, in Denmark is once again arranging the largest VMUG event in the Nordics in January 2018.

The Nordic VMUG Conference promises to be just as awesome as previous versions, just have a look at this speaker list:

  • Opening Keynote: Kit Colbert
  • Breakout sessions: Ole Agesen, Duncan Epping, Myles Gray, Frank Denneman, Niels Hagoort, Grant Orchard and Joerg Lew
  • Closing Keynote: Ken Westin

Community Sessions:

  • Michael Armstrong – A sneak peak behind the scenes of running the VMworld Hands On Labs
  • Steffen Christensen – From The Field: Most Common vRA/vRO Use Cases from The Real World.
  • Thomas Poppelgaard – Horizon in Azure all you need to know
  • Johan van Amersfoort – VMware Workspace ONE: How to secure a workplace without consessions?
  • Jacob Styrup Bang – A bottom up presentation of Aarhus University’s new SDDC.
  • Michael Monberg – Tips & Tricks in vRops
  • Mads Fog Albrechtslund – Create scalable and reusable code in vRealize Orchestrator
  • Stefan Pahrmann – NSX micro segmenting in the real World
  • Simon Eady – Roundtable: vROps Clinic / Workshop
    Come and discuss all things vROps. Design, Alerts, policies etc.

Startup Session:

  • Per Buer – IncludeOS

In addition to the incredible list of speakers, the Danish VMUG has reserved the whole of the Fields movie theater, for this all-day event which promises to be full-on awesome in every way.

Reserve January 11th, and register now! I can guarantee you won’t regret it!