Errors: Invalid operation requested: This ruleset is required and cannot be disabled

So I had to call VMware support today because I noticed on all of our Esxi 6.5 hosts when I attempted to run restart I received the following message “Errors: Invalid operation requested: This ruleset is required and cannot be disabled” which made no sense to me as I am accustomed to seeing all services restart when I entered that command.  But after a brief communication with VMware support they informed me that that was the new expected behavior for that command, and in order to see the services restart, I need to run the following command ” restart & tail -f /var/log/jumpstart-stdout.log” and then, of course, you need to hit CTRL+C to exit.  I don’t think I like the new behavior, but at least there’s an easy way to see the services restart.

Home Lab Servers and Switch

So here is my home lab config while I’ve seen others use servers built from SuperMicro or Intel NUC’s I wanted to build a lab as cheap as possible, so I went to eBay and got old enterprise gear, and they are as follows:


  1. HP DL380 G5 server(1)
  2. HP DL360 G5 server(1)
  3. Cisco 3750-E switch(1)(24 1Gb ports + 2 10Gb ports)

I am currently running Esxi 6.0 with 2 external PSC’s and 2 VCSA’s in enhanced linked mode, I am currently rebuilding my lab and the new config will be 1 external PSC and 1 VCSA running 6.5 so I can test out my 10Gb network.

Home Lab Intro

Hello All, over the next few weeks I will be adding some posts here around my home lab config and my move to 10Gb networking—I will lay out some of the pitfalls and lessons learned, and I will lay out my config. So let’s get started…