RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix:

June, 2007


June 13, 2007  10:11 AM

Mike Laverick meets Carl Thijssen

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

This week I have been the Netherlands teaching the VMware Authorised Vi3 course “Install and Configure”. I took the opportunity to meet up with Carl Thijssen – the creator of the UDA (the Ultimate Deployment Appliance). It was great to finally meet up with Carl, and to escape my awful hotel...

June 13, 2007  9:56 AM

UDA 1.4 gets a new mirror

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

UDA 1.4 is now completed mirrored on two servers. This mirror contains all the files for the UDA both in the Workstation and ESX formats. It also includes my PDF getting-started document and sample ESX 3.x.x files. This has been very kindly provided by Chris Hills of North East Worcestershire...


June 12, 2007  2:01 AM

UDA 1.4 and Anaconda Network Issues

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

If you are having problems with the UDA, it could be that you are experiencing more general network, NIC, DHCP or even physical switch problems. This would affect other PXE appliances like Alteris also. I found a very good round-up of typical Anaconda network problems here. You might find this help...


June 11, 2007  11:42 AM

UDA 1.4 and the Sample Kickstart Scripts

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

I’ve just updated the sample kickstart scripts – to include two new things. Firstly, a correction to the use vimsh to enable VMotion on VMkernel Port Group. I need a restart of the VMware Management Service on the ESX host together with a brief sleep… additionally, I’ve also add the...


June 8, 2007  4:39 AM

Update: Searching for the HP Insight Management Agent for ESX

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

I was getting frustrated trying to find the HP Insight Management Agent for ESX. I mean really frustrated. It must be one of those days. So in the Search box I constructed this elegant query in capitals: “WHERE THE **** IS THE HP SIM MANAGEMENT AGENT FOR ESX ON THIS LOUSY WEBSITE?” Sure...


June 4, 2007  9:56 AM

ESX 3.x.x running in VMware Workstation 6

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Well, those clever chaps at xtravirt.com appear to have managed to do the unthinkable/unworkable. Getting ESX server running in a VM on VMware Workstation. They have released a whitepaper to tell you how its all done. Personally, I prefer to RDP/Citrix into my equipment remotely. But you can see...


June 4, 2007  9:46 AM

Mightycare esxPatcher

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

It seems like patch management on a ESX host is the topic of the moment – with multiple website jossle for position for who has the best tool. This I guess kinda begs the question why VMware themselves haven’t put one together – I guess they call it esxupdate. Anyway, this one is from the...


June 4, 2007  9:41 AM

Massimiliano Daneri releases VMTSPatchManager

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Billed as WindowsUpdate for ESX, Massimiliano has released VMTSPatchManager. Features include:

  • Automatic Patch downloading from VMware Web site
  • Virtual Center Integration
  • Support for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (Microsoft BITS)
  • Password saved...


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