Be Part of the VMworld Opening General Session. Lights, Camera, Action!

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Be Part of the VMworld Opening General Session. Lights, Camera, Action!

Have you ever wanted to participate during the General Sessions at VMworld? Or, be seen by  thousands of your peers and colleagues? Then, this is the opportunity you can’t miss.

This year we are inviting everyone to submit a video to help represent the entire VMware community. Simply shoot a brief video of yourself saying four key phrases in your native language and send it to us.

If selected, you will join other members of the community in a complied video played during the opening General Session of the US and European conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to represent the VMware community. Get more information on these special VMworld videos.


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Guest post: How prepared am I for ESXi?

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Guest post: How prepared am I for ESXi?

This is a guest post by Brian Atkinson.

Almost 1 year ago, when VMware vSphere 4.1 was released, VMware announced that vSphere 4.1 would be the last release to support both the ESX and ESXi hypervisor architectures. So with a year in the books and another vSphere release lurking somewhere in the future, now might be a good time to ask "How prepared am I for ESXi?" Hopefully many have already taken the opportunity to move to ESXi and are enjoying the improved security, decreased patching, increased reliability and simplified management that it offers. For those that have not, there are few things to start thinking about.

ESXi is different from the very beginning. For starters, the download size is about half of the ESX equivalent. ESXi installation is simplified to a few steps, and gone are the days of partitioning and Linux GUI installers. While this is a good thing, build guides, business continuity, DR and other documentation will need to be updated to reflect these changes.

Configuring ESXi via the vSphere client is nearly identical to configuring ESX.  Aside from a few changes in the management network interface, syslog configuration and tech support options, everything is nearly the same. This is a bonus in that for operations staff there will be minimal, if any, changes. 

After installing ESX, the next step is typically to start installing the various agents and applications.  Things like SAN agents, multipathing software, backup agents/software, hardware monitoring, UPS software, and many others can be included here. Each of these agents or applications will need to be verified for ESXi compatibility. Hopefully the manufacturers have done their work and have software ready for ESXi. As far as installing agents and applications, this process has changed as well. The vihostupdate command will be one of the new methods for managing installs. Since the processes and products are different, documentation will again need to be updated to reflect these changes.

Another difference is the DCUI, which is accessed at the console of the physical ESXi server. This menu driven interface makes setting up networking, changing the root password, etc a process that no longer requires the use of the command line.  The Local TSM (Tech Support Mode) is there, but many of the commands used in ESX have been deprecated.  One of the often used commands that has gone missing is esxtop.  Those that were used to using esxtop for performance troubleshooting will need to get comfortable with using resxtop instead. 

Any scripts that were used in ESX will need to be reviewed as well and either replaced or moved into the VMware vSphere PowerCLI, vSphere Command Line Interface (vCLI) and/or VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA).  Build guides and/or BC/DR documentation will need to be updated to reflect these changes.

Occasionally it is necessary to patch hosts. Those that used esxupdate to accomplish this task will find that the vihostupdate command has essentially replaced it.  Here is yet another instance where procedures and documentation will need to be updated.

Another announcement also made nearly 1 year ago was that new major or minor versions of the vSphere platform beyond vSphere 4.1 will not be supported with VCB. However, other enhancements for storage and backup providers have been added, such as the VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection.now would be a good time to see if the backup tools and strategies currently in use take advantage of these new capabilities and are going to be compatible moving forward.

What can be done now to start getting ready?

Are there any additional resources that would help?

 


Brian Atkinson blogs in the VMware Communities at: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmroyale and you can find him on Twitter @vmroyale.

Brian is a vExpert and holds the VCP certification.  He has been contributing to VMTN forums since 2007 as vmroyale. He has served as community moderator since 2010.

Brian was a technical editor for Eli Khnaser's "Exam Cram: VCP4 VMware Certified Professional VCP-410 Exam" book.

Brian currently works as a Sr. Systems Engineer in Richmond, VA.  He enjoys cycling, motocross and music.

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VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Demo – DR IP Customizer Utility

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This video provides a demonstration of how you can customize the IP properties for a group of virtual machines within VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager using the DR IP Customizer Utility. It lets you customize many machines at once, saving you a lot of work.

For further details on using this utility, download our VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Administration Guide.

Jun 302011
 

In this video we will look at deleting a virtual machine in VMware Fusion. You might want to do this if your virtual machine is failing and needs to be recreated, or if the Operating System needs to be reinstalled and data on the virtual machine does not need to be saved.

Warning: Deleting a virtual machine deletes all data saved on that machine. If data on a virtual machine needs to be saved, back up your data before proceeding with the instructions in this article.

For detailed, written instructions on how to do this, please read the related Knowledgebase article: Deleting a virtual machine in Fusion (1003420).

Sound Does Not Work in Virtual Machines Running Windows 2003 Server 64-Bit Enterprise Edition R2 (1001657)

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Sound Does Not Work in Virtual Machines Running Windows 2003 Server 64-Bit Enterprise Edition R2 (1001657)

To enable sound in a virtual machine running Windows 2003 Server 64-bit Enterprise Edition R2, you must enable the Windows Audio Service. To

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Upgrading CapacityIQ using the command line interface (2000391)

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Upgrading CapacityIQ using the command line interface (2000391)

This article provides steps to upgrade CapacityIQ using the command line interface. To update the CapacityIQ appliance to a new version using the command line interface: 1) Download the

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Enabling Logging in to Helper Virtual Machine During Conversion of Powered-On Linux Sources with Converter Standalone 4.0.x (1008209)

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Enabling Logging in to Helper Virtual Machine During Conversion of Powered-On Linux Sources with Converter Standalone 4.0.x (1008209)

By default, Linux P2V prevents users from logging in to the helper virtual machine. If the

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Limitations Regarding Mouse Configuration When Running Unity Mode on Linux Hosts (1007384)

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Limitations Regarding Mouse Configuration When Running Unity Mode on Linux Hosts (1007384)

On Linux hosts, Unity mode might not work correctly if the host has enabled the "Show position of pointer when the Control key is pressed" option in System >

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ESX Server 3.5 June 2011 Rollup CD image (2000591)

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ESX Server 3.5 June 2011 Rollup CD image (2000591)

Release Date: June 30, 2011 Download Filename esx-3.5.0_June2011Rollup-391406.iso   Download Location https://www.vmware.com/support/product-support/vi3.html (for Download VI3)   Build  391406  

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Display issues with Mandrake Linux 10.1 (1011864)

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Display issues with Mandrake Linux 10.1 (1011864)

You might encounter a display issue in a Mandrake Linux 10.1 console. To solve this problem, comment out the vga=788 line. 1) Log in as root at the command line. 2) Change directories to the etc

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An "Unidentified Publisher" Message Appears When You Uninstall Workstation from a Windows Vista Host (1007402)

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An "Unidentified Publisher" Message Appears When You Uninstall Workstation from a Windows Vista Host (1007402)

Even if you are logged in with administrative rights, if you have UAC (User Account Control) turned on, Vista gives an Unidentified

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Online Help Is Not Displayed on Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Until You Enable JavaScript (1007267)

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Online Help Is Not Displayed on Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Until You Enable JavaScript (1007267)

If you install Workstation on a Windows 2003 Server host or a Windows Server 2008 host, Workstation help is not displayed correctly until you enable

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Virtual Machine Clock Reports Time Unpredictably on Multiprocessor Systems (1236)

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Virtual Machine Clock Reports Time Unpredictably on Multiprocessor Systems (1236)

The clocks in my virtual machines run in an unpredictable manner. Sometimes they run quickly, sometimes they run slowly, and sometimes they just stop. What is

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ThinApped Java does not load on Windows 64-bit operating systems (2002157)

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ThinApped Java does not load on Windows 64-bit operating systems (2002157)

· You are able to create a ThinApped version of JRE 1.6.0_26 with ThinApp 4.6.1, but you cannot run it. · When you try debug the entry point, and enter java -version you

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Group membership in Active Directory not updating in vCenter Configuration Manager (2000064)

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Group membership in Active Directory not updating in vCenter Configuration Manager (2000064)

Group membership in Active Directory not updating in vCenter Configuration Manager · Group membership in Active Directory groups is not updated after changes have been made · Changes to AD Groups are not being detected by vCM · When a delta

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