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

Virtualization


September 1, 2010  12:49 AM

VMware View 4.5 Just Announced at VMworld 2010



Posted by: Nathan Simon
dekstop virtualization, ESX 4.1, seamless desktop experience, USB Passthrough, View 4.5, vmware, VMworld 2010, vSphere vCenter

Day 1 at VMworld, you couldnt officialy talk about VMware View 4.5. Day 2 at VMworld, its officially been announced! Create a seamless desktop experience with VMware View 4.5, the industry’s leading purpose-built solution for delivering desktops as a managed service. Transform application and...

August 30, 2010  4:11 AM

VMware Snapshot Issue : Unable to Access File… Locked



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX 4, Remove all snapshots, snapshot, Unable to Access file since it is locked, Veeam Backup, Veeam backup failure, Veeam replication failure, vmware, VMware Snapshot Issue, vsphere

I had a server that stopped a backing up via Veeam, VMware said it had a snapshot(Remove all snapshots <Servername> Unable to Access file <unspecified filename> since it is locked.), but I didnt see any in Snapshot manager. What I had to do to reveal the snapshot was to create a new...


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...


August 25, 2010  1:33 PM

Veeam Error – “The type initializer for ‘DBManager.MainDs’ threw exception”



Posted by: Nathan Simon
DBManager.MainDs, ESX, initializer threw exception, Veeam Backup and Fast SCP, Veeam cannot start, vm backup, vmware

This happened to me on a Windows Server 2008 x64 machine, after booting it up from a hard failure. The version was 4.1. I tried upgrading to version 4.1.2 but that didn't help. What you need to do is delete the user.config file in the directory that the error message specified. For me it was...


August 14, 2010  4:29 PM

Hints to Troubleshooting iSCSI and ESX issues



Posted by: Nathan Simon
All-in-One, command line interface, datastores, ESX, ESX 3.5, hosts, HP, hp aio configure iscsi target, iSCSI, service console, Storage Server, VLAN, vmcli, vmkping, vsphere, Windows

Hey everyone, recently I Ran into an issue where an iSCSI datastore became disconnected from one of my ESX Hosts. All other hosts could see them fine. The datastores reside on an HP All-in-One Storage Server. Once of the most important things to do is first check physical connections to the iSCSI...


August 10, 2010  6:05 PM

Enhanced Vmotion Capabilities and You!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
core 2 duo, core i7, enhanced vmotion compatability, EVC, vCenter Update 1, vmware, VMware vCenter Server

Sometimes you need to enable EVC to make sure vMotion plays nice with your ESX Hosts, I used this document as a reference point to make sure everything would work once EVC was enabled.


July 30, 2010  1:40 PM

SysAdmin Day!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
administrator, microsoft, Sysadmin, system administrator, vmware

Hey everyone, if you an IT Administrator of any kind, its SysAdmin Day! [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/udhd9fmOdCs" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] So grab yourself a coffee, sit back, and administrator something technical! :)


July 29, 2010  5:01 PM

Veeam and Consolidate Helper- 0



Posted by: Nathan Simon
consolidate helper- 0, snapshot manager, snapshots, Veeam, vmware, vsphere

A lot of people run into issues with Veeam and the cause can sometimes be the Consolidate Helper. Here is an explanation from Veeam.

"it is automatically created by ESX host during snapshot management process. Whether the job fails due to an error, or manually stopped, Veeam Backup...


July 29, 2010  5:08 AM

Veeam Restore Issue and Resolution



Posted by: Nathan Simon
cannot restore vm, ESX, firewall error, restore vm, Veeam Backup, vmware

When you go to restore a VM using Veeam Backup 4.x.x you may get the following error. Failed to validate command "OpenPortIn for firewall port xxxx" The resolution is simple and as follows. Under the ESX Host properties you are trying to restore to, enable "Elevate to...


July 20, 2010  4:03 AM

P2V Conversion Fails, OS will not boot



Posted by: Nathan Simon
conversion fails, P2V fails, vconverter, vHardware, VM fails to boot, vmconverter fails to convert machine, vmware, VMware hardware 4, VMware hardware 7, vSphere 4.0 Update 2, vsphere 4.1, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

Sometimes you get a server that fails to convert, i.e. it just won't boot. If you use a Recovery CD (Windows Server 2003/2008 Install Disk) you can see that the files are all there, but it just refuses to boot no matter what you do. Well here is what I ran into... ESX Host was ESX 4.1(same results...


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