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December 14, 2007  8:18 PM

Generating the XML necessary to create VMs with the VI Perl Toolkit

Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX

It is a pain in the rear to generate XML on the fly. There just is not a fun way of doing it. Unfortunately this is what is required when creating, cloning, and altering VMs with the VI Perl toolkit. I went ahead and creating a very simple Perl script that will take HTML GET variables from the...

December 11, 2007  9:55 PM

Can’t See Multiple Processors? Check Hardware Defaults.

Posted by: Rick Vanover

Sometimes ESX messages are limited to be nice. Today, in normal virtualization tasks, I received the following error message:

Virtual machine hasĀ 2 virtual CPUs, but the host software only supports 1
Now, that sounds like an easy enough description and the knee jerk...

December 11, 2007  9:52 PM

Using Hyperic to Manage VMware Environments, part 1

Posted by: Joe Foran
DataCenter, Joseph Foran, Virtualization, VMware ESX

At the risk of sounding like a commercial, Hyperic HQ is my leading-choice for agent-based systems management tools to handle both VMware and non-VMware systems. Personally I tend to prefer non-agent-based systems, but the Hyperic tools work,...

December 11, 2007  9:51 PM

Can VMware HA give 100% uptime for a database?

Posted by: Akutz
Virtualization, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

Systems admin Michael Gildersleeve is evaluating VMware for High Availability (VMware HA); but he's not sure if that product is going to work well with his legacy software. He's not sure, either, if HA is as mature and robust as other products on the market. I'm answering his call for more...

December 7, 2007  7:59 PM

Mid-Sized Acceleration Kit SKU… Finally Here?

Posted by: Joe Foran

After much hoopla and fanfare, VMware spent a month and a half without issuing a SKU for it's new small-to-mid-sized business edition of...

December 7, 2007  7:58 PM

ESX Resource Pools Revisited

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX

How many times have you gone back to your resource pools and wondered why your performance is not what you were expecting? Here is a quick tip on your configuration that may help understand your situation. For small- to medium-sized ESX implementations, have a uniform value for the shares for...

December 7, 2007  7:53 PM

VMware ESX console commands: esxcfg-info

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Linux, Rick Vanover, VI3, VMware ESX

VMware ESX has many commands on the console that you can use to get detailed information on the status or configuration of many elements of your installation. Recently I had an opportunity to run esxcfg-info on the console (or can be run in the same fashion over SSH) and really liked...

December 3, 2007  10:22 PM

VMware network drivers do not PPTP or L2tPass go. Do not collect $200!

Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization

Not everything works virtually the same way it does physically. In this post, I'm referring to the network drivers that come with VMware Fusion (latest release). This is an important issue because it brings to light that point that many people glaze over: the difference between the physical and...

November 30, 2007  7:12 PM

Managing VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) from OS X (10.5.1 Leopard)

Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, VMware ESX

Up until now there has not been a way to manage VI3 from OS X clients. This stinks for those of us with our shiny PowerBooks and MacBook Pros (I just can't let my 12" go!). What to do, what to do... Then, suddenly and without warning BOMP BOMP BOMP (10 points if you know where that line is from)...

November 28, 2007  6:19 PM

Tips and tricks for general infrastructure needs using VMware VI3

Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, VI3, Virtualization

VMware and Foedus joint issued a white paper some time called Tips and Tricks of Implementing Infrastructure Services on ESX Server. It's a good read, although the first two paragpahs are meant for the...

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