The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:

ESXi


December 11, 2012  2:38 PM

Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 Cluster with VMware Virtual Machine using RDM



Posted by: Nathan Simon
cluster, ESXi, IT professional, microsoft, MSCS, vmware

So you want to move your Server 2003 Servers to a clustered environment in VMware. First thing I must mention is  that it is supported by VMware but not Microsoft. So it should be pristine before and after migration. The problem I had been facing was that I would have a two node cluster with SAN...

January 9, 2012  1:04 AM

Veeam Backup and Replication 6 Patch 2



Posted by: Nathan Simon
deduplication, ESXi, forums, replication, veaam, Veeam Backup and Replication 6, vmware, VMware aware backup

Veeam Backup and Replication 6 Patch 2 has recently been released.

Veeam Backup & Replication 6.0 Patch 2 is now available through our support. Please, refer to the Known Issues topic for the full list of issues it addresses, and consider installing the patch if you are affected by...


December 23, 2011  7:01 PM

VMware Storage and Network I/O Control for NFS



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESXi, Network I/O Control, NFS, NIOC, performance, SAN, SIOC, Storage I/O Control, vmware, vSphere 5

Were you wondering if these two beautiful technologies when used with NFS would collide? Well look no further as this vSphere Blog explains that they in fact compliment eachother! The below insert was borrowed from blogs.vmware.com.

Intro to Storage I/O Control SIOC...


October 5, 2011  2:27 AM

vReference.com vSphere 5 Notes



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESXi, Forbes Gunthrie, practise exam, study material, VCP, VCP-510, VCP5 study guide, vmware, vreference.com, vsphere

Hey everyone, so in the near future I will be challenging the VCP-510 Exam. Now I know you all agree that there is a lack of study material out there, but I can tell you that there is hope! Thanks to Forbes Gunthrie and vReference.com, we have a great reference document to read. Basically its a...


September 23, 2011  12:22 AM

VMware Snapshots and Templates



Posted by: Nathan Simon
best practices, clone to template, commit snapshot, ESX, ESXi, snapshot, template, vCenter, VCP, virtual machine template, vmware, vmware snapshots, vsphere

I created this little guide for a client of mine, and since I did so, it is my property and I wanted to share it with the world. Some people know Snapshots and Templates, and some people do not. This is for those that do not know the damage a run away snapshot can cause... and why choosing to clone...


June 29, 2011  2:06 AM

iLO 2 Update 2.06 – 06/04/2011



Posted by: Nathan Simon
browser, ESXi, Firmware updates, HP, iLO, microsoft, url, Windows Server 2008

One of the key things I keep on top of is firmware and software updates. Ilo has been updates at the beginning of the month and a lot of people over look it. So I am here to remind you all of the updates. Below you will find the list of fixes, additions, and enhancements.

Problems...


June 29, 2011  1:58 AM

VMware vCenter Operations



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESXi, salesforce, vCenter Operations, vmware, vsphere 4.1

Check this out. You will need a salesforce.com password, but if you have dealt with VMware or are a vendor, then you should be able to get your hands on one.

 


June 28, 2011  2:25 AM

ESXi 4.1 migration guide



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX 3.5, ESX 4.0, ESXi, ESXi 4.1, esxi migration, upgrade to ESXi 4.1, vmware, vsphere

If you were sitting there staring at your ESX 3.5/4.0 infrastructure and wondering, "How am I ever going to migrate to ESXi 4.1?" Well look no further as I have the link just for you.

VMware ESXi is VMware’s next generation hypervisor architecture and is designed to improve...


June 27, 2011  9:15 PM

Why TOE (TCP Offload Engine)



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESXi, hardware compatability list, iSCSI, SAN, TCP Offload Engine, TCP/IP, TOE, vmnic, vmware

Here is a great article on TOE, and how it benefits iSCSI Traffic for VMware. But first the insert.

The development of TCP offload engines marks a significant advance for all TCP/IP based protocols, including iSCSI. Although TCP provides session integrity in potentially congested or...


April 28, 2011  7:38 PM

Enable SSH root access for ESXi via Service Console



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESXi, nano, root, SSH

To enable SSH access for the root user you need to have another user created through ViClient. After you are logged in SSH session with that user, switch to the root user with the command: su - Edit the configuration file for SSH with the command: nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config Find the...


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