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

ESXi


April 6, 2011  2:49 AM

Changed Block Tracking and Veeam Backup 5.0.2



Posted by: Nathan Simon
changed block tracking cannot be enabled, ctkEnabled, ESX 4.1 Update 1, ESXi, vCenter, Veeam 5.0.2, viclient, VM, Windows Server 2008

If you have issues with your backups because of a Changed Block Tracking Issue, it could because you created the backup job with a ESXi user that does not have permissions to enable the "ctkEnabled"...

February 24, 2011  1:11 AM

Troubleshooting vSphere Performance



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX hosts, ESXi, performance, Performance Troubleshooting, step-by-step, vmware, VMware vSphere 4, vsphere

Everyone loves VMware, but when an ESX hosts decides to not work properly, or you are seeing sluggish performance where do you turn? Either VMware technical support or the Internet. Well a colleague of mine passed this on to me.

The hugely popular Performance Troubleshooting for VMware...


August 27, 2010  4:07 AM

VMworld 2010



Posted by: Nathan Simon
California, cloud, computing, ESX, ESXi, hypervisor, labs, VDI, virtual desktop infrastructure, VMware View 4, VMworld 2010, vsphere

Hey everyone, this is hot off the presses, I am going to VMworld 2010! I am leaving Sunday am for sunny California. The convention takes place from Monday to Thursday, where I will be involved in many labs and group discussions. I am mainly concentrating on VMware View 4 and Troubleshooting ESX...


July 14, 2010  4:02 AM

VMware vSphere 4.1 is Officially Released!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX, ESXi, vmware, VMware ESXi 4.1 Embedded, VMware ESXi 4.1 Installable, VMware vCenter Server 4.1, vsphere 4.1, vSphere Client

Its finally here, VMware vSphere 4.1, which includes VMware ESXi 4.1 Installable, VMware ESXi 4.1 Embedded, and VMware vCenter Server 4.1. I intend to start testing this new release tomorrow am, I am usually a big fan of ESX4 Installable, but based on how things are going in VMware I will have...


July 13, 2010  3:39 AM

vSphere 4.1



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX, ESXi, SMB clients, vmotion, vmware, vsphere 4.1, vSphere Essentials, vSphere Essentials Plus

VMware is to announce the official release of vSphere 4.1 tomorrow. One great option for SMB Clients is vSphere Essentials Plus.

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus—This kit includes all the features of vSphere Essentials, plus High Availability and Data Recovery to automatically recover...


June 25, 2010  2:07 AM

VMware ESX 4 Update 2



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX 4 Update 2, ESXi, trial installation, VCP, vmware, vsphere

Well its been out for about a month, and just wanted to remind my readers that ESX 4 Update 2 is now out... i have included an insert and a link to the download below.

Enablement of Fault Tolerance Functionality for Intel Xeon 56xx Series processors— vSphere 4.0 Update 1 supports the...


October 7, 2009  1:55 AM

Understanding VMware Snapshots.



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Basic System Administration, commiting snapshots, delta file, ESX, ESXi, how much space is needed to commit a snapshot, insufficient space to commit snapshot, snapshot manager, Storage, vmware, vmware backup

I wanted to clear the air on snapshots, everyone is always asking, how much space does it take to remove a snapshot, but no one has a real answer...  whatever the answer may be this information inserted from the Basic System Administration PDF, which is...


September 12, 2009  6:01 PM

VMware 3.5 and Virtual Infrastruture Client 2.5 Ports



Posted by: Nathan Simon
configuring firewall esx, ESX 3.5, ESXi, HTTP, HTTPS, service console, SSH, VI Client, VI Web Access, vic, Virtual Center, virtual infrasrtuture client, VM Console, vmware ports

Check this link out, it has a neat port guide in PDF format with all the ports mapped and labelled. Its a visual representation of the ports below. 22. SSH access to service console. 80....


May 27, 2009  3:38 AM

Veeam Backup and Fast SCP Error



Posted by: Nathan Simon
agentless mode, ESX Server, ESXi, serrvice console agent mode, SOAP Credentials, Veeam, Veeam Backup and Fast SCP, vmdk, vmfs, vmware

You get an error after attempting to backup a vm, which is similar to the following... opening `/vmfs/volumes/48ef3738-77af8bc0-d6aa-0022190bdb5f/vm_name/vm_name.vmdk': Permission denied The issue is that the "Service Console Agent Mode" is being used, and there is a permission problem...


March 3, 2009  3:25 AM

Veeam 3.0 for VMware Infrastructure



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX 3.5, ESX backup and restore, ESXi, file level recovery, Microsoft Server 2008, Veeam, VSS

Veeam Backup 3.0 has just recently been released. Below are some of the main features and benefits.

  • Backup and replication combined
  • Support for ESXi and ESXi free
  • File-level recovery...


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