I saw in one of my schedule reports from my backup appliance I need to enable Changed block tracking on my virtual center virtual machine. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to make that change? Because once that vm is shut down the vSphere client won't work
Virtual machines running on ESX/ESXi hosts can track disk sectors that have changed. This feature is called Changed Block Tracking (CBT). On many file systems, CBT identifies the disk sectors altered between two change set IDs. On VMFS partitions, CBT can also identify all the disk sectors that are in use.
Virtual disk block changes are tracked from outside virtual machines, in the virtualization layer. When software performs a backup, it can request transmission of only the blocks that changed since the last backup, or the blocks in use. The CBT feature can be accessed by third-party applications as part of the vSphere APIs for Data Protection (VADP). Applications call VADP to request that the VMkernel return blocks of data that have changed on a virtual disk since the last backup snapshot.
For CBT to identify disk sectors in use with the special "*" change ID, the following items are required:
I know the steps because i have done this many times. What i'm asking is how can i do this if the virutal center is shutdown as i have it running on the virtual machine in question? So if i shutdown the virtual machine that is running my virutal center how can i make this change? the vsphere client would work during that time