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May 4, 2009  8:18 PM

Using an iPhone to fix an ESX server while on vacation

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, iPhone, Texiwill, TouchTerm, VMware, VMware ESX

As you may or may not know, I was recently on a 'sort of' vacation in Austin, TX., meaning I was still working on my latest book, VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX...

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April 2, 2009  5:58 PM

Creating an SSH user account on VMware ESX hosts

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, SSH, user accounts, VMware ESX

By default, ESX hosts do not allow you to log in to the Service Console using the root user account via SSH. This is done for security purposes as the root account should generally not be used because it is a superuser account. It is possible to enable this by changing a configuration file, but...

February 9, 2009  9:23 PM

VMware ESX storage: How to get local storage to act as a raw disk for VMs

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, ESXi, Local Storage, RAW, RDM, SCSI, Texiwill, VMware ESX

VMTN Communities forum users have recently been asking how to make use of a LUN or partition on your local host within a virtual machine (VM) the same way you would if you had a SAN available. This is a more difficult task than some, and not every RAID controller allows this when using the VMware...

January 29, 2009  10:04 PM

Best practices for running Java virtual machines on VMware ESX

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, Java, Java Virtual Machine, JVM, VMware, VMware ESX

VMware recently released a new white paper on best practices for running a Java virtual machine (JVM) on an ESX virtual machine. This includes any product that utilizes a JVM, such as...

January 5, 2009  3:06 PM

Open letter to VMware: Suggestions for 2009

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VCP, VI4, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESXi, VMworld 2008, vSphere

Dear VMware: 1. Please slow down a bit. Produce a quality bug-free product and not try to rush out new versions, features and functionality until they are ready. Stop with the experimental features and only put them in the finished product unless they are ready and you are going to fully support...

December 30, 2008  7:37 PM

Why you shouldn’t restore VMware ESX from a backup

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Virtualization, Virtualization security, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi, VMware scripting

A common question that arises on the VMware Communities Forum is how to backup VMware ESX so that you can restore the backup if there is a problem, the theory being that this would be faster than reinstalling the server. As stated within the VMware KB article 1000761 it is possible to

December 22, 2008  2:32 PM

VMware offers new searchable compatibility for support resources

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

In October of this year, I mentioned in a prior blog post that VMware updated their storage and compatibility guides to reflect a split of sorts between ESX 3.0.x and...

December 15, 2008  3:35 PM

Virtualization administrator holiday wishlist

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESX

Everyone has a holiday wish list. Some include the latest toys, gadgets, games, and other useful devices. But what do you get the virtualization administrator for the holidays? This rare individual has a need for gifts as well! Here are some useful suggestions:

  • Any book or...

December 10, 2008  3:43 PM

Top VMware security links

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Virtualization security, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi

Keeping track of Security issues associated with virtualization requires a serious investment in time. To aid in that I have put together the top virtualization security links that will continue to grow over time.

December 4, 2008  7:58 PM

How large can virtual machine snapshots grow?

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VirtualCenter, VMware ESX

On a recent VMTN roundtable podcast the subject of how large a single snapshot can become came up, and whether or not the snapshot can exceed the size of the original virtual machine disk file. I’ve always stated that a...

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