After upgrading vCenter in a previous post, I used the Update Manager inside vCenter to upgrade in an easy and automated way several ESXi hosts to version 5.0. First of all, we need to import ISO images of ESXi 5.0, previously downloaded. We open then the Admin View of Update Manager, we select the ESXi Images […]
I received during the weekend my new license codes for the 5.0 lineup of VMware products, so I tried and found a couple of hours to test the upgrade process of vCenter. This is the first element of a 4.1 cluster you need to upgrade to 5.0, cause it can manage both ESXi 4.1 and […]
While preparing my first View projects coming in the next months, I collected some links in this dedicated page. List is going to be updated, extended and modified in the future, so come back here from time to time to check. Licensing: How to license Microsoft Windows 7 for VMware View deployments by Edwin Weijdema […]
I needed recently to prepare an HO Proliant DL360 G6 for one of my customers. The server had the usual on-board network card by broadcom, and it was added a quad-port HP NC365T, based on Intel chipset 82580 MAC. Unfortunately, even the last ESXi 4.1 U1 was able to detect the network card using the […]
Some times ago I read an excellent article by Enrico Signoretti titled “I server sono tutti uguali” (“servers are all equal”, only in italian). I agree with his conclusions: today server components makers are few and every server use some of them, cpu ram and boards are standardized, and basically all maintenance services are good. […]
VMware labs released a new tool that really impressed me. Its’ called Inventory Snapshot, and allows you to create a complete snapshot of a vsphere datacenter, or a part of it, and then rebuild it. With this tool we can select a datacenter and export in a PowerCLI script all its configurations (datacenter, cluster, hosts, […]
This free tool from VMware allows you to check your vSphere environment against the VMware vSphere Hardening Guidelines, giving as a result detailed reports about weaknesses and mis-configurations. The software can check up to 5 hosts ESX(i), and it’s available at this link.
Recently I’m using at some customers, the VDR appliance (vmware data recovery) from vmware. even is light years behind my beloved, I have to say it’s not so bad after all. Anyway, there are some default settings that do not appear useful in some conditions. for example, if you have several saved GB, daily integrity […]