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ESX


September 29, 2009  2:33 PM

Faulty ESX USB keys from HP



Posted by: Raj Perumal
blade servers, blades, ESX, HP branded ESX USB key, HP servers, usb keys, VMWare

Hi guys, I wanted to chat about something I've run into in my experiences. Faulty USB keys for ESX! As you know, VMware has the ability to load onto a server using a USB key instead of hard drives. Well I have now seen an issue with this, not with VMware so much as with HP branded ESX USB...

September 28, 2009  7:43 PM

P2V’ing old Windows NT servers with less than 264 MB of RAM



Posted by: Raj Perumal
boot cd, cold clone with less tha 264 MB of RAM, ESX, ESXi, legacy, old server, P2V Windows NT, vConverter, VMWare, VMware converter, VMware P2V Assistant, Windows NT to VMware

So you've been tasked with consolidating a bunch of old servers. You break out the old VMware converter cold clone cd and you start going to town. But then you come across an old Windows NT server with less than 264 MB of RAM. You put the CD in the drive and you boot to CD, you wait for a...


April 23, 2009  5:42 PM

vSphere Announced!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, ESXi, VMWare, vSphere, vSphere editions, vSphere features

Hi folks, so the vSphere annoucement is now out and we have a ton of cool new features to look forward to! The announcement was all the buzz on Tuesday! The virtual machines themselves seem beefed up with access to more RAM and CPU, and VMware is capable of more IOPS now as well. Backup is made...


April 17, 2009  7:33 PM

vSphere coming soon to a theatre near you!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
2009, April 21st, Cisco, ESX, ESXi, VMWare, VMware announcement, vSphere, vStorage, vSwitch

Hi folks, looks like we have an announcement on the horizon! VMware has announced that they are going to be making a major announcement for vSphere on April 21st, 2009! For those of you that don't know, vSphere is the next version of VMware ESX (ESX 4.0). They have renamed it vSphere and it's...


February 28, 2009  10:18 PM

Citrix XenServer now free



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Citrix Essentials, Citrix XenServer, ESX, ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtual center, virtualization wars, VMWare

Hi folks, you may have heard that Citrix XenServer is now free. This is great news for the virtualization world because now we have yet another fully capable virtualization product without virtual machine limits...


February 6, 2009  4:54 PM

Enabling SSH on a VMware ESXi Server



Posted by: Raj Perumal
#ssh, /etc/inetd.conf, BusyBox, Enable SSH, Enable SSH on ESXi, Enable SSH on VMware ESXi, ESX, Linux, script, scripting, scripts, shell access, unsupported, vi, VMware ESX, VMware ESXi

For those of you that are used to having service console access in VMware ESX server, you might find yourself in for a bit of surprise when you try and do this with ESXi. By default you do not have access. However there is a way to enable access to the console. Why do you need access to the...


November 21, 2008  2:25 AM

VMware snapshots, live it, love it, learn it!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, ESXi, Snapshot, snapshots, snapshotting, VMWare

Hi folks, here's a standard feature of VMware that a lot of people take for granted that I thought would bear mentioning. Snapshots! So you have an application or patch you want to install and you don't know what effect it will have on your server. What do you do? Take a snapshot! With VMware...


September 29, 2008  6:24 AM

The virtualization wars are slowly starting to yield some benefits!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
backup, backup agents, Backup Exec, ESX, ESXi, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Symantec, Symantec Backup Exec 12.5, virtual, virtual machines, Virtualization, VMWare, windows agent

So this just in. Just in case if you were still wondering if there was anything to the virtualization mantra that is being constantly recited through the IT community, Symantec has announced that you no longer need to purchase individual Symantec Backup Exec agents for each guest OS that exists on...


August 25, 2008  4:11 PM

Microsoft relaxes licensing around virtual mobility for 41 server applications



Posted by: Raj Perumal
41 server applications, Application server license mobility, ESX, ESX 3.5, Hyper-V, Microsoft licensing, New Microsoft Licensing and Support Eases Path to Virtu, quick motion, virtual licensing, virtual machines, virtual mobility, virtual mobility licensing, vmotion, VMWare

Hi folks, before when you had to move virtual machines from one server to another using technologies like vmotion you had to ensure you had a license for the server applications on both host physical servers. The only way you could move this was if you did it once every 90 days. Microsoft has...


August 12, 2008  3:10 PM

VMWare – Major Bug with ESX 3.5 Update 2



Posted by: Raj Perumal
3.5, ESX, ESX 3.5 Update 2, patches, Update 2, VMWare, VMWare bug

Hi folks, breaking news in the virtual world! Apparently ESX 3.5 Update 2 is wreaking havoc with people's ESX servers. According to reports it is throwing "A general system error occurred: Internal Error". This is a known problem at VMWare and there is no known fix as of yet.

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