Add drivers to ESXi 4.1

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 […]

Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter

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 Inventory Snapshot

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, […]

VDR and advanced parameters

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 […]

vSphere 5 licensing: do your own maths!

I’ve found this really useful script: You will need to run it using PoweCLI, and it will enumerate your ESX/ESXi sockets, compare them with your licenses and tell you if you have spare vRAM capacity (so you are getting advantage from the new licensing scheme) or you are overcommitting too much by a licensing […]