VMware Fusion 12

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It is the time of year when VMware and Parallels release their next versions. Therefore with the release of Parallels 15 I am wondering when Fusion 12 will be released. Of particular interest is that Parallels 15 has DirectX 11 support which VMware Fusion users have been asking for. Here is the Parallels 15 DirectX info blurb..



Version 15 supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11—all via Apple Metal®.* With the addition of DirectX 11, you can now run graphic-intensive applications and games, such as Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro, Master Series, FIFA 19, Age of Empires, Fallout 4 and more.”


Since I am a Fusion user I would not like to have to move to Parallels to get comparable DirectX capability. I am thinking it is time for VMware to show up with respect to Parallels 15.


I know the “we don’t share” routine, but a lot of VMware Fusion users expected VMware to get to DirectX 11 before Parallels and so I, as one of them, am a little disappointed. I am hoping Fusion 12 will be worth the additional wait. Perhaps VMware mgmt could throw us a bone or two?

VCSA 6.7U1 AD Login not possible anymore

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Hi all,


I’ve got an VCSA 6.7u1 11726888. Installed in January 2019. I joined directly to a Windows Domain and added the Identity.

Everything works fine up to now.

If I want to login with AD Credentials I get the error: Invalid Credentials.

Login with vsphere.local User works fine.


Leave the Domain and Join again did not solve the problem.

In the Firewall is nothing blocked to the Domain.

dig SRV _ldap._tcp.my.domain locks also very good


Does anyone have an idea?




Cannot login to vCenter 6.7u2 with Domain Credentials

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I recently added my vCenter to my Active Directory Domain and set the Domain to be the default identity source. I logged out of the Local Admin User, downloaded the Advanced Authentication Plug-In or whatever it’s called and selected Use Windows Session Authentication and clicked login and it worked! However, when I try to manually type in my domain credentials it always tells me “INVALID CREDENTIALS”. I’ve tried DomainDomainName, DomainName@Domain.Com, just my DomainName, I’ve even gone to my DC and reset my password to make sure I was using the correct password. Can anyone point me in the direction of where I should start looking to see what this issue is?



Jared Keyes

vRO and VUM 6.7

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I want to automate vSphere Updates with Update Manager in vCenter 6.7 (U2+).

I came across a thread that was talking about the 6.5 (technical preview) version which is not compatible to VUM 6.7.

Any recommendations how to automate VUM 6.7 with vRO? Any timeline for the VUM package to be updated to VUM 6.7?





realtek driver upload issue to Esxi 6.7 [Dependency-error]

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Hello Experts,


I am not able to initialize realtek LAN driver to ESXI 6.7 host. When I apply the command ”  esxcli software vib install -d “/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/net.zip”I got dependency Error  as below:



[root@localhost:~] esxcli software acceptance set –level=CommunitySupported

Host acceptance level changed to ‘CommunitySupported’.


[root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib install -d “/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/net.zip”


VIB Realtek_bootbank_net-r8139too_0.9.28-1 requires com.vmware.driverAPI-, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.

VIB Realtek_bootbank_net-r8139too_0.9.28-1 requires vmkapi_2_0_0_0, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.

Please refer to the log file for more details.


Pls. guide how to fix this issue?

Esxi free version backup solution (4 VMs)

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Hi folks,


I’ve been reading up on a lot of VM backup solution options…including this one, but still not able to make a decision for a backup solution that will allow me to backup the entire VM  (.vmdk) file and allow for easy restore.


The backup solution (if possible) should work with the Free ESXI version.

I’ve been using the free Veeam Agent backup to do file level backups daily and full and it has been working great for about 2 years now, but I’m concerned that if I have a total host failure.. my RTO will be very high.


Any suggestions on what I should do.. I’m willing to spend a bit of money if that is the right/only thing to do.

Appreciate your comments

Apply storage DRS recommendations when storage migrating vms

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Does anyone know how to track which vm is being migrated?  I have several vms migrating to different datastores and the recent tasks in vCenter just say Applying storage DRS recommendations.  It would be nice to tell what vms they are.  For example if I want to update on the status or easily determine which are complete. 


Thanks for any help.

Purging vCenter task & event logs from VCDB hosted on external SQL server.

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The vCenter database is full which is causing vpxd service to stop automatically that results in a complete shutdown of vCenter access through Web Client. Reference logs as below


vCenter Version: Build 9451637


2019-08-15T15:03:44.787+05:30 info vpxd[33172] [Originator@6876 sub=vpxdVdb] WarningThreshold: 80% ErrorThreshold: 95%.
2019-08-15T15:03:44.787+05:30 error vpxd[33172] [Originator@6876 sub=vpxdVdb] Insufficient free space for the Database (used: 96%; threshold: 95%)
2019-08-15T15:03:44.788+05:30 info vpxd[33172] [Originator@6876 sub=Main] ** BEGIN SERVICES ** (time to active: 10246 ms)



Now we managed to create some space on the DB and started the vpxd service. We have check that the task & event is taking the maximum space on the vCenter database as the retention policy is set to 730 days. My question is, what if we decrease the retention period for task & event in vCenter? Can it auto delete/ purge  the records from Database or do we have to execute some manual commands? Got an article related to the same Purging old data from the database used by vCenter Server (1025914).. Kindly advice.






Jasmeet Singh



Poor refreshing of windows in Unity Mode running VMWare Fusion 11 on MacOS and virtualizing Windows 10

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I am running a 2018 Mac mini (i7, 16gb ram, 512gb SSD) with the latest version of MacOS and I am virtualizing Windows 10 which is on 1903 with the latest version of VMWare Fusion 11.


To start, there are no performance issues, my issue is strictly a graphical issue and it is exclusive to the Unity Mode, in Single or Full Screen Mode everything is just peachy.


In Unity Mode I am seeing some graphics issues whenever I drag a window across the screen. For example, lets say I have the calculator app open in Windows 10 using Unity Mode and I drag the window from the left side of my screen to the right side of my screen, the movement of the dragging is anything but smooth. It looks like animations and frames are dropping and moving the window looks jaggy and jerky but nothing is hanging and as soon as I stop dragging the window everything is fine. It’s strictly a graphical issue with Windows 10. I also see it in the animations when I minimize an Windows 10 program, except here I only sometimes see it. It appears to be random to me. And this only occurs with Windows 10 programs, with MacOS programs everything is smooth as one would expect.


I’ve tried reinstalling VMWare tools, changing cores to 1, 2, and 3, increasing VRAM from 1gb to 2gb, turning off 3D acceleration, and I see no changes.


Is this expected behavior? Or what would be the fix?