Just a quick post about the latest update of Skyline Health Diagnostics and how to get it when you’re running version 2.0.1.
On 13th November 2020, VMware released a new minor update of SHD, which includes a few fixes (including an annoying proxy authentication issue) as well as the official support for vSphere 7.0 environments.
The easiest way to get the update is to hit the Check Tool Updates button under the settings pane, as long as you connected your SHD VM to the internet. But sometimes this isn’t working as supposed and you got a red banner that the connection to the update repository failed:
If you look further down in the logs of SHD, in detail the
vmware-shd-update.log found under
/opt/vmware-shd/vmware-shd/log/, you see that the connection is failing, even if the DNS resolving is working and the URL isn’t blocked by a firewall.
A workaround for that is to restart the SHD service in the shell with the command
systemctl restart vmware-shd
After that, and a fresh login to SHD, the new update is found:
After you successfully downloaded the update tgz-file, it will be installed at the next reboot of the VM.
The other option to update Skyline Health Diagnostics is to use the new .iso-file. This could be handy in dark site installations or other environments in which a direct connection to the internet isn’t possible or allowed.
After the download of the current SHD-ISO from the MyVMware-Portal, just follow the steps from the installation (in short):
- Attach the .iso-file to the VM
- Login with root to the VM
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
- run the install script to update
No matter which way you go, after that you’ve successfully updated your SHD tool to the current version and you’re able to check also your vSphere 7.0 hosts and vCenter servers.