VMware ESXi 6.7: Recurring host hardware sensor state alarm

I had a really annoying problem at one of my customers. After deploying new VMware ESXi hosts (HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10) along with an upgrade of the vCenter Server Appliance to 6.7 U2, the customer reported recurring host hardware sensor state alarm messages in the vCenter for all hosts.

After acknowledging the alarm, it recurred after a couple of minutes or hours. The hardware was finde, no errors or warnings were noticed in the ILO Management Log. But the vCenter reported periodically a Sensor -1 type error in the Events window. The /var/log/syslog.log contained messages like this:

Sure, you can ignore this. But you shouldn’t ignore this, because these events can result in the vCenter database increasing in size. vCenter can crash once the SEAT partition size goes above the 95% threshold. So you better fix this!

Long story short: This bug is fixed with the latest November updates for ESXi 6.7 U3. A workaround is to disable the WBEM service. The WBEM service might be enabled after a reboot. In this case you have to disable the sfcbd-watchdog service.

But the best way to solve this is to install the latest patches (VMware ESXi 6.7, Patch Release ESXi670-201911001)

Patrick Terlisten
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