ESXi C# Client On Windows XP

Still, to this day I still find some use of Windows XP. Especially in small home labs where I need to spin up a test client or need to access an old management interface using Java 6 and Internet Explorer.

I did come across an issue where I was trying to access an ESXi host under a particular circumstance and was not able to.

From what I could see it looks like it was related to the security requirements for the authentication handshake.

Looking at this article from VMware
“vSphere Client and vSphere PowerCLI may fail to connect to vCenter Server 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5 due to a Handshake failure (2049143)” there looks to be a way to get around it.

On a Windows vCenter and Linux, it looks like the vpxd.cfg file can be edited:
“<config>

<vmacore>

<ssl>

<cipherList>ALL</cipherList>

</ssl>

</vmacore>

</config>”

Provided below are the locations of the file:
Windows vCenter: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\
Linux vCenter: /etc/vmware-vpx/

On ESXi the config.xml file can be edited:
“<config>

<vmacore>

<ssl>
<doVersionCheck> false </doVersionCheck>
<useCompression>true</useCompression>
<libraryPath>/lib/</libraryPath>
<handshakeTimeoutMs>120000</handshakeTimeoutMs>
<cipherList>ALL</cipherList>
</ssl>

</vmacore>

</config>”

Provided below is the location of the file on ESXi: /etc/vmware/rhttpproxy/

Link to the KB:
https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2049143

Free File Based Malware Scanner

Ever wondered if your email attachment or file you downloaded from a website is clean or not. Here are two sites I have used over the years that have done great for file verification. The one key benefit is that these sites also process the files through multiple Antivirus scanners which can help see if there may be false positives or missed virus definitions that may be present.

https://virusscan.jotti.org

https://www.virustotal.com

Realtek NICS on ESXI

Hey all,

It has been a while since I have posted something, but I wanted to provide a quick post on something that I have used a lot over the years. This is something that has been helpful when trying to install ESXi on a white box machine. Additionally for machines with Realtek NICs.

Provided at the bottom of the article is the vibs and instructions below:

1. Use WinSCP or Cyberduck to copy the files to the ESXi host ex: /tmp
2. Change directory to the folder where there were uploaded to:
cd /tmp
3. Install the VIB:
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware_bootbank_net-r8168_8.013.00-3vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib
or
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware_bootbank_net-r8169_6.011.00-2vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib
4. Reboot the host, and it should be working now

Drivers:
http://franksayshai.com/download/VMware_bootbank_net-r8168_8.013.00-3vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib

http://franksayshai.com/download/VMware_bootbank_net-r8169_6.011.00-2vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib

Drivers sourced from this article:
https://www.vladan.fr/realtek-8169-nics-not-detected-under-esxi-5-5/

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