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


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 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="" 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...

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 29, 2010  2:59 AM

HP and VMware Unveil Integrated Storage, Desktop and Connectivity Solutions

Posted by: Nathan Simon
desktop, HP, HP Storageworks, Lefthand, P4000, SAN, VCP, virtual appliance, virtual storage appliance, vmware, VMware Certified, VSA

Hey folks, HP and VMware are introducing a few new solutions that are product of 8 years of working together. I am focusing on HP's Virtual SAN Appliance, it is the only appliance that is certified as VMware Ready.

To give organizations affordable, easy-to-deploy infrastructure...

June 25, 2010  2:14 AM

VMware vCenter Server 4 Update 2

Posted by: Nathan Simon
issues resolved, vcenter server, vmware, vsphere 4 update 2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Well since i like to follow VMware, I'd like to let everyone know that vCenter Server 4 Update 2 is out. With this release there has been guest operating system customization improvements, support for Server 2008 R2 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit (had issues in the past trying to install on these OS'),...

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