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vmware


February 28, 2011  7:21 PM

VM’s black screen after migration to hardware version 7



Posted by: Jason Tramer
black screen, display, driver error, HW version 7, NIC, svga, vmware, vSphere, wddm

Had this issue recently with vSphere. I upgraded a VM to hardware version 7 and rebooted. It showed it rebooted but once it passed the windows splash screen it went to a black screen in the console. I was also unable to ping or RDP to the server. After rebooting it and finding the same thing, I...

January 23, 2011  2:46 PM

XenDesktop 5 – A review



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Citrix, Desktop Director, Machine Creation Services, VDI, view, vmware, Xen, Xendesktop, XenDesktop 5

So as a consultant who holds both certifications with VMware and Citrix and working for a company which specializes in Virtualization I often find myself being asked, so which is better XenDesktop or View for VDI. The answer of course seems to depend on the time and date you are being asked....


August 31, 2009  4:45 PM

Running 16 bit applications in a 64 bit OS



Posted by: Jason Tramer
16 bit, 64 bit, Dosbox, vmware, Windows, workstation

So as many know Microsoft did not include any support for 16 bit applications in it's 64 bit windows Operating Systems. What does this mean if you want to have a 64 bit OS but still need to run 16 bit applications? Well you have a couple of choices. You could certainly use a product like VMware...


August 14, 2009  8:55 PM

Setting up Websense on a Virtual machine



Posted by: Jason Tramer
ESX, port mirroring, port spanning, promiscous, virtual machine, VM, vmware, vSwitch, websense

Ok so I was setting up a Websense VM in standalone mode and there are a few things that you need to do to make this work. So, part of a Websense implementation includes setting up port spanning/mirroring on a port that connects to you monitor NIC so that it recieves all the traffic from your...


July 20, 2009  2:12 PM

Unable to power on a VM: Corrupt Redo log



Posted by: Jason Tramer
corrupt redo log, Error message: msg.hbacommon.corruptredo:, ESX, vmware


June 24, 2009  7:36 PM

Shutdown a frozen VM



Posted by: Jason Tramer
cmd, ESX, forzen, frozen, VM, vmware

I was assisting a peer of mine with this issue. He had a VM where the guest OS froze. He attempted to shut off the VM but that also froze at 95%. He was then unable to do anything with the VM. We did some searching and found a way to force the VM offline from the command line which allowed us to...


April 29, 2009  3:08 AM

VMware develops rival protocol to ICA to compete in the VDI market space



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Citrix, I, ICA, RDP, VDI, view, vmware, Xendesktop

One of the exciting (and long overdue) announcements from VMware is there development of a new PCoIP protocol for use in the VMware View product. This protocol will be replacing their use of RDP. One of Citrix's big claims to fame in this market space with it's Xendesktop product is it's use of the...


April 7, 2009  5:35 PM

Epic Technology Day – April 21st, 2009



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Cisco, Citrix, epic technology day, HP, seminar, vmware

For those not familiar with this event, my company hosts a bi-yearly technology day seminar. It's a great free event with lots of interesting and informative seminars presented by companies like Cisco, VMware, Citrix, HP and others.  The next one is coming up on April 21st in Winnipeg and the 23rd...


March 14, 2009  1:40 PM

VM Converter – FAILED: A general system error occurred: The file is too big for the filesystem



Posted by: Jason Tramer
ESX, FAILED: A general system error occurred: The file is too big for the filesystem, VM Converter, VMFS, vmware

I recently got this error while trying to P2V a server. The reason? On default settings when setting up a VMFS volume (block size 1) the maximum size of a virtual disk is 256 GB's. Now what can you do to fix this? Well sad answer is you can reformat you VMFS volume with a different block...


March 13, 2009  5:25 PM

Switching VM’s over to a different Virtual Center breaks connection between BES and Exchange server



Posted by: Jason Tramer
BES, Blackberry, Exchange, MAPIMailbox, MAPIMailbox::MAPIMailbox(2) - OpenMsgStore (0x8004011d) failed, virtual center, Vmotion, vmware

We had an issue with our BES server stop working properly. Some mail was getting to users but there were errors sending mail and we couldn't activate any new users. Here was the error when trying to activate. {e} MAPIMailbox::MAPIMailbox(2) - OpenMsgStore (0x8004011d) failed A reboot of...


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