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


April 7, 2009  2:27 AM

VMware Workstation 6.5.2 for Windows and Linux

Posted by: Nathan Simon
Linux, new version of vmware workstation, vmware, VMware Workstation 6.5.2, Windows

Hey all, a new version of VMware Workstation has been released last Tuesday, yeah I know I'm a little late with the news, but hey better late then never. If you know you want to upgrade your installation right away hen click here to...

March 4, 2009  7:46 PM

ESX Server not responding

Posted by: Nathan Simon
cannot access console mode, ESX 3.0, ESX 3.5, ESX Host not responding, mgmt-vmware, service, virtual center management, Virtual Center not reporting esx host data

What happens if you esx server stops reporting its memory and cpu usage? What if you cannot connect to any VM's? I just ran into this issue today. What you need to do is restart the vmware-mgmt service on the ESX Console. What you will need to do is connect to the ESX Service console via Putty,...

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...

February 25, 2009  3:14 AM

VMWare Virtual Center Goodness

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX, LIC, License Server, LMTOOLS, Virtual Center, vmware

Well this isn't about how much fun you can have with VMWare Virtual Center, but on how somethings can be worked around and some things just need to be re-installed! :) Starts off with an couple ESX Servers and Virtual Center all running out of evaluation days... yes I know, procrastination on my...

February 22, 2009  9:57 PM

ESX Upgrades

Posted by: Nathan Simon
direct remote access, DRAC, ESX 3.02 to 3.5 update, ESX Upgrade, HP ILO, Integrated Lights Out, iSCSI, virtual media applet

I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know that an ESX Update isn't as painful as one would think. Just yesterday I took control of one of my clients ESX Servers from home via ILO(Integrated Lights Out. HP's technology for Direct remote Access) and mounted the ESX 3.5 Update 3 ISO via...

February 18, 2009  5:10 AM

Windows Mobile 6.5 and Microsoft ‘My Phone’

Posted by: Nathan Simon
cloud, contacts, documents, email, Microsoft My Phone Beta, Mobile 6.5, music, My Phone, new synchronization service, Palm Pre, photos, skybox, skyline, skymarket, Text message, Windows Mobile

It's official, Windows Mobile 6.5 is out of rumor status... some things that are worth mentioning is that the main screen will have a honeycomb look to it, i.e. in the way the icons are lain out. Most screens have redesigned menus that will not need that dreaded stylus, IE Mobile will have a...

February 6, 2009  9:24 PM

ESX 3.5, IDE, and Me

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX, ESX 3.5, ESX and IDE, ide, NCQ, sata, upgrade path, vmfs

What the heck am I talking about you say? Well I decided to load ESX 3.5 on a workstation of mine. This is so I could do a test upgrade from 3.5 to 3.5 Patch 3, mainly because I want to make sure VMFS and the VMs are retained after upgrading to said patch level. So I commenced installing ESX 3.5...

January 2, 2009  5:58 AM

VCP-310 Exam Preparation

Posted by: Nathan Simon
Exam cram, MCTS, preparation, questions, study guide, vcp-310, vmware, VMware Certified Professional

Well its been a while, but im finally going to start preparing for my VMware VCP-310 exam. I have been putting it off because of the lack of study material and you guessed it the holidays. I just ordered and recieved my Exam Cram VCP-310 Study guide, I use these for my MCTS exam track. I figure...

December 26, 2008  10:35 AM

VMFS and Block Sizes

Posted by: Nathan Simon
IT professional, Networking, Virtualization, vmfs, vmotion, vmware

Well i ran into this error today (4:30 am CST, don't ask me why I am up right now!) "File too large" when trying to create a virtual machine with a 30GB drive and a 300GB drive. I tracked it down to the fact that the block size on my second LUN is 1MB which gives a max file size of 256GB. I will...

December 8, 2008  5:21 PM

HP iLo doesn’t Connect – Java Error

Posted by: Nathan Simon
IT professional, Networking, Virtualization

The specific error im talking about is this one... Operation timed out: connect I noticed that alot of people blame the firmware revision  Quite an easy fix after doing a little research, turns out I didnt forward port 23 (Telnet) to the IP Address of t he...

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