Blog

Attending VMworld Las Vegas: 5 Quick Tips to Maximize Your Experience

Attending VMworld Las Vegas: 5 Quick Tips to Maximize Your Experience

 

VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas is just around the corner. It is a huge event and you can experience it in many different ways. Take a look at these 5 tips that will help you maximize your experience as an attendee.

more...

July 23, 2018

How to Troubleshoot VMware NSX

How to Troubleshoot VMware NSX

 

If you are reading this you have had or, worse, are having issues with your VMware NSX-V and are looking for solutions and troubleshooting best practices.

VMware announced 4,500 NSX users in Q2 2018, which is not a small number, but neither is it a huge number considering VMware's plans to expand NSX product to hundreds of thousands of deployments. It also means that NSX is not yet a commodity and, as such, supporting and more...

July 22, 2018

KB55845: hostd Crashing When VDS is Connected to 4 or More pNICs

KB55845: hostd Crashing When VDS is Connected to 4 or More pNICs

 

The hostd process of your ESXi 5.5 or 6.0 hosts may start crashing repeatedly if you configure a VDS (virtual distributed switch) with 4 or more physical NICs. The problem is documented in VMware KB55845.

more...

July 19, 2018

Using Small Magnetic Disks for vSAN Might Result in VM Failures

Using Small Magnetic Disks for vSAN Might Result in VM Failures

 

Small Disks and vSAN. What to Do About it?

If you have small hard drives (smaller than 255 gb), and you use them for vSAN capacity drives, you might be affected by KB2080503.

When the physical magnetic disks used for vSAN are smaller than 255 GB, virtual more...

July 18, 2018

End of General Support for NSX-v 6.2

End of General Support for NSX-v 6.2

 

NSX for vSphere 6.2 was released on 20th of August 2015. It follows the Application Platform lifecycle policy which ensures 3 years of General Support and additional 1 year Technical Guidance. Based on the Product Lifecycle Matrix that means that General Support will end on August 20, 2018 more...

July 16, 2018

KB2151749 - ESXi Host Fails With PSOD After Upgrading to 6.5

KB2151749 - ESXi Host Fails With PSOD After Upgrading to 6.5

 

Sometimes the upgrades pose problems

Operating systems evolve all the time. This also includes ESXi. The easiest way to keep up with the latest and greatest is to perform upgrades. Each time there is a custom risk that we can be affected, unfortunately, by new bugs that were not discovered before release. 

more...

June 28, 2018

How to be DISA STIG-compliant with Runecast Analyzer

How to be DISA STIG-compliant with Runecast Analyzer

 

What is DISA?

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is a combat support agency of United States Department of Defense (DoD). Their scope is to provide information technology and communications support to defense and federal agencies, government and coalition partners. 

As different organizations can have varying configurations more...

June 27, 2018

Runecast Analyzer v1.8 General Announcement

Runecast Analyzer v1.8 General Announcement

Runecast Solutions is thrilled to announce the General Availability of Runecast Analyzer v1.8. This major update brings support for VMware’s NSX-V product. We had significant feedback from our user base who wanted to see NSX vSphere (NSX-V) incorporated within the Analyzer.

VMware’s made no secret of its ambitions for its NSX network virtualization product, which it thinks has the potential to be bigger than server virtualization. These more...

June 18, 2018

Top 5 PSOD Causes

Top 5 PSOD Causes

 

One of the most severe issues for VMware environments is the Purple Screen of Death (PSOD). When this happens your ESXi host “dies” and with it all the VMs and services running on it. Most VMware admins have experienced it at least once and know that the troubleshooting process will almost certainly land on you and will be resolved through finding the relevant VMware Knowledge Base(KB) more...

June 16, 2018

IPv6 Disabled Causes ESXi 6.5 to Fail with PSOD

IPv6 Disabled Causes ESXi 6.5 to Fail with PSOD

 

If you are running ESXi 6.5 with IPv6 disabled, you are at risk of a host failure with PSOD. VMware recently updated more...

June 15, 2018

What’s New in Runecast Analyzer vRO Plugin Version 1.0.2

What’s New in Runecast Analyzer vRO Plugin Version 1.0.2

 

Version 1.0.0.0 of the Runecast plugin for vRO aimed to simplify the integration between those two products. If you haven’t tried our vRO plugin yet, I recommend going through the “Runecast Analyzer plugin for vRO” blog post which will give you a head start.

Introduced in more...

June 12, 2018

NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget - Part 2

NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget - Part 2

 

In my previous article about NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget I focused on defining and registering a Label Value type dashboard widget. In this post I’ll go through how you can create a widget with drilldown. In other words, you’ll be able to click on the values of your widget and see additional data. We can achieve this with combination of LabelValue and Grid type of more...

June 10, 2018

KB2149592 - ESXi IO Connectivity Issues or PSOD with VT-d Interrupt Remapper Disabled

KB2149592 - ESXi IO Connectivity Issues or PSOD with VT-d Interrupt Remapper Disabled

 

What is VT-d remapper? 

ESXi/ESX 4.1 and later versions introduced interrupt remapping code that is enabled by default. This technology was introduced by Intel to produce more efficient IRQ routing to improve the performance and security of VMs. The Interrupt-Remapping feature enables the VMM to isolate interrupts to CPUs assigned to a given VM and to remap/reroute more...

June 9, 2018

Runecast Analyzer NSX-V Beta Ready for Testing

Runecast Analyzer NSX-V Beta Ready for Testing

 

Runecast is excited to share the first public beta version of the Analyzer software, this time with support for VMware's NSX-V product.

VMware NSX-V is still emerging into wide-scale use and many of you asked us to support it in Runecast Analyzer. This beta is available for all Runecast customers and vExperts with a valid NFR more...

June 1, 2018

Automating PCI DSS v3.2.1 in VMware Virtual Data Centers: Part 1 - Vulnerability Management

Automating PCI DSS v3.2.1 in VMware Virtual Data Centers: Part 1 - Vulnerability Management

 

The Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI DSS v3.2.1) has recently been updated (May 2018). The standard is crucial for averting breaches and credit card fraud, so preventing serious damages for businesses and customers.

more...

May 31, 2018

SolarWinds VMAN Integrates with Runecast

SolarWinds VMAN Integrates with Runecast

 

Ultimate dashboard with proactive and real-time monitoring

Virtualization Manager is already packed with great monitoring capabilities for the VMware (or Hyper-V) virtualized infrastructure. And while it does a very good job in near real-time monitoring of data center's availability and capacity management, it doesn't tell much about the vulnerability of the data center against potential incidents. Yes, we more...

May 23, 2018

Announcing Runecast Analyzer 1.7.5

Announcing Runecast Analyzer 1.7.5

 

Introducing VMware vSphere 6.7 Support

Today we are excited to share that Runecast is announcing Runecast Analyzer 1.7.5, a patent pending proactive VMware vSphere management solution. The release brings full support of the automated knowledge base and best practice checks for the recently released vSphere 6.7.

more...

May 11, 2018

NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget

NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget

 

NSX for vSphere 6.4 was released a few months back (January 16, 2018) bringing many improvements. One of which is a new NSX default homepage, known as Dashboard.

more...

May 7, 2018

How to Fix Spectre and Meltdown in VMware vSphere

How to Fix Spectre and Meltdown in VMware vSphere

 

Update for Spectre and Meltdown protection in VMware vSphere

Spectre and Meltdown are security vulnerabilities that are now familiar to the VMware community. We blogged about them more...

April 10, 2018

March UserCons and VMUG Meetings

March UserCons and VMUG Meetings

 

For the Runecast Team, this March has been packed with events from all over the World. In less than two weeks our engineers traveled to three different continents.

more...

March 21, 2018

Runecast Analyzer Release v1.7.1

 

Runecast has released a new version of its proactive issue monitoring tool, version 1.7.1. This release brings "Knowledge Definition" updates (a slick mechanism enabling rapid updates for all new/updated vSphere and vSAN knowledge). Previously, users updated the virtual appliance with each new release (including knowledge definitions) meaning a slower release cycle for updates.

more...

March 7, 2018

Five Star Product Ranking from a VMware vExpert Aruna Lakmal

Five Star Product Ranking from a VMware vExpert Aruna Lakmal

Runecast Analyzer review and comparison against VMware Skyline service

Aruna Lakmal, VMware vExpert, blogger and senior Virtualization Engineer recently wrote a full product review of Runecast Analyzer on TechCrumble.Net. We at Runecast are always happy to see such a positive ranking from such an enthusiast!

more...

February 27, 2018

How to Avoid PSOD - VMware Purple Screen of Death

How to Avoid PSOD - VMware Purple Screen of Death

 

The Purple Screen of Death (PSOD) is a fatal crash of VMware ESX/ESXi hosts which kills all active Virtual Machines. With highly virtualized data centers, microservices and technologies like Docker, a single PSOD can terminate tens, hundreds or even thousands of underlying services. Some PSODs can be hardware-related, but most of the time they are due to a combination of problematic drivers, BIOS or software bugs (assert errors). Taking measures to proactively detect (anticipate) and resolve these issues can do a great deal in preventing PSOD outages.

more...

February 26, 2018

Announcing Runecast Analyzer v1.7

Announcing Runecast Analyzer v1.7

 

Introducing VMware vSAN and VMware "stack" in Runecast Analyzer v1.7

Runecast announces the release of version 1.7 of its proactive issue detection software, Runecast Analyzer. The latest version is the next step in a mission to help admins around the globe build and maintain VMware virtualized systems and data centers. 

more...

February 16, 2018

Runecast won Techtrailblazers Awards 2017!

Runecast won Techtrailblazers Awards 2017!

 

Runecast won Virtualization category in TechtrailBlazers awards for 2017. We are extremely happy to be recognized by judges like (but not only) Joe Baguley - CTO VMware for EMEA or Jennifer Steffens - CEO IOActive. Runecast Analyzer won Virtualization category for 2017.

more...

January 28, 2018

Free Mobile App - Runecast Offline VMware Knowledge Base

Free Mobile App - Runecast Offline VMware Knowledge Base

 

Sometimes a simple tool is the most powerful one. If you are VMware admin who has to fix problems with no access to the internet, you probably know it is a pain to Google error code or keyword from your phone and hope you will find the right article with a solution soon. And of course, it is so slow and boring to do it repetitively.

more...

January 17, 2018

Where are we with Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in VMware environments

Where are we with Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in VMware environments

 

Since these vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed, there have been several articles (Security Advisories and KBs) and recommendations on how to patch VMware environments. Some of the updates are overriding the initial ones and some are adding more details. Naturally, with so much information flying around and the pressure to mitigate these critical vulnerabilities as soon as possible, there is some level of confusion to what needs to be done. 

The status, as of the time of this more...

January 16, 2018

Runecast Analyzer v1.6.6 is out to help with Meltdown and Spectre patching

Runecast Analyzer v1.6.6 is out to help with Meltdown and Spectre patching

 

Runecast team is committed to helping admins and engineers with detecting and patching Spectre and Meltdown chip flaw issues in VMware environment. We are updating our product immediately there is a new patch or update from VMware. Because VMware teams working intensively to mitigate security impacts of the bugs we can see updates every day and so Runecast Analyzer can't stay behind. Our today's release v1.6.6 brings the latest knowledge to detect and patch VMware products more...

January 11, 2018

How to fix MeltDown and Spectre vulnerabilities with Runecast Analyzer v1.6.5

How to fix MeltDown and Spectre vulnerabilities with Runecast Analyzer v1.6.5

 

We are happy to announce latest release of Runecast Analyzer v1.6.5. Besides our regular database update and minor reporting fixes, this version brings the ability to scan and detect CPU chip vulnerabilities known as "MeltDown" and "Spectre" on your VMware infrastructure. 

Runecast Analyzer detects which ESXi hosts are not protected and advise how to patch them against such security vulnerabilities (described in more...

January 9, 2018

Runecast Analyzer Evaluation Guide

Runecast Analyzer Evaluation Guide

 

We want you to make the most out of every day you use Runecast Analyzer. To help with that, we’ve prepared this evaluation tutorial that covers how to best use Analyzer to protect your VMware environment against issues and security threats.

Here is what you will need to evaluate Runeacast Analyzer:

more...

January 1, 2018

3 easy ways to change Runecast Analyzer network settings

3 easy ways to change Runecast Analyzer network settings

 

Runecast Analyzer is distributed as standard OVA, making it easy to deploy and manage. A few times, when customers were moving Runecast Analyzer from PoC to production we were asked if it's possible just to change the IP and keep the current configuration. Yes, it is! There are multiple ways how to edit the configuration parameters specified during the deployment. Below are outlined 3 simple options for adjusting network settings of the Runecast Analyzer Appliance.

  1. more...

    December 20, 2017

VMUG Meeting CZ

VMUG Meeting CZ

 

There couldn't be a better way to wrap up 2017 than attending a VMUG meeting in our homeland, Czech Republic. This time the meeting featured major players in the virtualization community, such as Duncan Epping, Mark Brookfield, Andrew Mauro, David Pasek and others. 

more...

December 5, 2017

SVC Awards

SVC Awards

 

Back in September we were delighted to learn that Runecast Analyzer was a finalist in the SVC Awards in the Software Defined Infrastructure Product of the Year category. After a period of voting, the winners were announced at a gala dinner in London on 23rd November.  Our CEO, Stan Markov, attended the prestigious event, along with Warren Legg and Jane Rimmer. 

more...

November 28, 2017

UK and Italian VMUG UserCons

UserCon

Runecast has been a devoted VMware User Group supporter, especially in 2017. We sponsor VMUG events all over the globe - in US, Australia and Europe. We have been grateful for the opportunity to meet our community peers and have direct discussions on the problems and needs in IT operations.

more...

November 22, 2017

VMworld 2017 - it is all about networking

VMworld 2017 - it is all about networking

 

VMworld is all about networking.

And we did a lot of that! Certainly, there are the tech sessions, labs, keynotes. But year after year I realized that the most valuable thing VMworld brings is networking. The human contact. Smart people meeting face to face, sharing information, ideas and experience (often over a drink or two).

I didn't want to make this yet another long VMworld recap. It can take pages to describe this intensive experience with all the people we met and all the announcements that were made. So I will try to keep it short more...

September 25, 2017

vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for Runecast Analyzer released!

 

I remember when vRealize Orchestrator (or vCO as we used to call it) was described as the hidden gem in your vSphere. I would still say it's a gem, but not so hidden anymore. Ever since vRA came along, the importance and adoption of vRO grew significantly.
What does vRO have to do with Runecast Analyzer? A lot, actually! Especially ever since we released the initial REST API (in version 1.5.4). We have since enriched the REST API and you can do pretty much everything on Runecast programmatically via the API. Now, what more...

September 11, 2017

Runecast Analyzer 1.6 is here! Integrations and Security are key!

Runecast Analyzer 1.6 Generally Available

vSphere Web client plugin - love it or hate it, the vSphere Web Client is here to stay. It now comes in HTML5 version and will only keep improving. The Web Client is still the main point of control for any VMware administrator. That's where admins can see and operate with all their hosts, virtual machines and other inventory objects. It is also a great place where they should be able to also see potential risks or incompliances. Although more...

August 25, 2017

Runecast API Boost

Runecast API Boost

 

Version 1.5.6.0 of Runecast Analyzer was released on August 7, 2017 delivering bug fixes, KB definitions updates and four times more REST API endpoints. That number jumps from the initial 11 endpoints all the way to 44! Almost all aspects of the product are now covered, including its configuration. This allows for more complete integration, advanced queries for specific issues or objects, filtering, adding/removing vCenter Servers, managing licenses etc. You can test each of them via the swagger interface under more...

August 8, 2017

Runecast is proud to sponsor vBreakfast at VMworld Barcelona

Runecast is proud to sponsor vBreakfast at VMworld Barcelona

 

After seeing a blog post from Fred Hofer, one of the co-organisers of vBreakfast at VMworld Barcelona along with Andreas Lesslhumer, that he was hoping to secure a sponsor for this year’s event, we immediately put our name forward.

Runecast is a strong advocate of the vCommunity; we’re great supporters of VMUG, and we are a platinum sponsor of a number of UserCons this year plus a number of our team our vExperts, as well as our CEO, Stan Markov, being VCDX #74!

Therefore, we’re very proud to sponsor vBreakfast this year and hope to see many more...

July 27, 2017

Frankfurt UserCon

Frankfurt UserCon

We had a great reception to our Platinum sponsorship at the recent VMware User Group (VMUG) UserCon in Frankfurt. Our customer, German Aerospace, co-presented with our CEO Stan and you can view a recording of the whole presentation:

more...

July 19, 2017

Runecast Partners with Systematika

Runecast Partners with Systematika

 

Further to our recent post on new channel partners, we are delighted to announce we’ve partnered with Systematika in Italy. Systematika is a well-known and highly respected distributor in Italy and, with their focus on VMware, make the ideal distributor to take Runecast Analyzer to market in Italy for us.

Systematika has been serving the Italian IT market for more than 30 years and was one of the first value-added distributors appointed by VMware EMEA in the early 2000’s. They are now more...

June 30, 2017

Bring your Data Center automation to the next level with Runecast Analyzer REST API

The title sounds promising, doesn’t it? Pay attention, because I’m going to show how you can leverage the Runecast Analyzer REST API from vRO to automatically remediate issues in your vSphere environment.

more...

June 19, 2017

Getting started with Runecast Analyzer REST API

Runecast Analyzer 1.5.4.0 was released on June 13, right before the VMUG UserCon in Frankfurt, Germany. It includes minor bug fixes, added new KB definitions, improved Best Practices and Security Hardening checks and a feature which was requested by many of our customers – API. In this article, I’m going to show how you can perform REST request to Runecast Analyzer from vRO.

Prerequisites:
Runecast Analyzer 1.5.4.0 or above
vRO

Each REST request against Runecast Analyzer more...

June 16, 2017

Runecast Partner update

This post is a quick update on our global expansion via our partner network. I am delighted to welcome 6 new partners to our partner network!

Keller Schroeder and Emergent Networks in the US, Comparex in the UK, Idicos in Germany Coming Computer Engineering in Serbia andmore...

May 31, 2017

Runecast Raises €1.6 Million Series Seed to Bring VMware® Predictive Analytics to 99% of Fortune 1000 Companies

LONDON, PRAGUE, BRATISLAVA - March 31 2017. - Runecast today announced its successful Series Seed fundraising from leading Central European investors Credo Ventures, Prague, and Limerock Fund Manager, Bratislava.

Runecast is the provider of real-time monitoring and predictive analytics for VMware environments. The company transforms VMware’s Knowledge Base into machine-readable predictive action points. The unique solution helps customers switch their VMware maintenance from reactive to predictive. As a result, they reduce outages, increase security and more...

April 4, 2017

AGORA plus workshop – Security in compliance with GDPR

AGORA plus workshop – Security in compliance with GDPR

 

This month we were happy to participate in the AGORA plus workshop.

Along with Runecast Analyzer, during the workshop were presented the latest technologies from leading Storage vendors like Dell EMC and Fujitsu, and also the new Windows Server 2016 and practical experience with its deployment. AGORA plus and the vendors spoke about solutions how to effectively face ransomware and DDoS attacks, how to optimise and secure VMware and how to more...

March 28, 2017

Case Study - Brigham Young University

Case Study - Brigham Young University

 

Brigham Young University utilizes Runecast Analyzer to increase performance and mitigate outages risk

Overview

Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho) is a private, four-year university affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guided by that affiliation, BYU-Idaho seeks to create a wholesome learning environment in which students can strengthen their commitment to their faith and receive a quality education that prepares them for leadership in the home, the community, and the workplace. Founded in 1888, more...

March 23, 2017

Runecast Analyzer 1.5 Delivers New Customer Driven Enhancements

LONDON, UK - March 7 2017 – Runecast, a leading provider of predictive analytics for VMware® vSphere® environments, today announced the availability of the latest version of Runecast Analyzer.

Runecast Analyzer is a proactive VMware vSphere management solution that installs as an OVA format virtual appliance. Runecast Analyzer uses current VMware Knowledge Base articles and Runecast expertise to analyze the virtual infrastructure and expose potential issues and best practice violations, before they cause major outages.

Version 1.5 delivers the more...

March 7, 2017

Case study - Indonesian Cloud

Case study - Indonesian Cloud

 

Indonesian Cloud increases efficiency and audit readiness

Established in 2011, Indonesian Cloud is an independent cloud service provider, specializing in the delivery of managed IT services based around the principle of on-demand, dynamic, and pay-per-use. As a company with a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and responsible business practices, Indonesian Cloud is guided by its mission, which is to be Indonesia’s most trusted, most reliable, and most secure local cloud provider. Indonesian Cloud operates under a publicly published more...

February 4, 2017

See how many KBs are applicable in your environment