Category Archives: Storage

Removing virtual flash partition

If you change your mind about using a local SSD drive in your 5.5 ESXi host for virtual flash, but find that it won’t seem to let it go take a look at VMware KB article 1036609 I configured virtual … Continue reading

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vCenter Replication 5.5 appliance install

Time to play with a tool that was updated for 5.5 – vSphere Replication.  It comes (as is quickly becoming the norm) as a downloaded appliance that hooks into the vSphere Web Client for management and lets you schedule block-level … Continue reading

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Thin Provisioning a LeftHand P4000

While building out a demo environment I had cause to thin-provision already thin-provisioned storage (that might be on a thin-provisioned array. Don’t try this in production!) The issue was a pre-configured LeftHand P4000 appliance providing iSCSI LUNs to nested ESXi … Continue reading

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vSphere vmk ping reply update in 5.1

There is a new KB Article out from VMware discussing a change in how the kernel managed ICMP replies. If you’ll recall some ISCSI vendors needed workarounds for how replies worked in previous releases. The issue was the reply would … Continue reading

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iPod / USB storage driver not installing

I’ve been having a problem with my iPod where it would not load the proper drivers in my Windows7 64-bit desktop. It worked for a long time, then suddenly it didn’t. I found links at apple.com and other places of … Continue reading

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vCenter 5 U1b released (Updated)

[Update] As mentioned in the comments below, the bug shown here was fixed in a previous release (apparently U1) of the vSphere client. The trick seems to be the bug only existed in the client and unlike previous versions the … Continue reading

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Automating your vSphere Demo environment with a vmrun batch file

I was tasked to build a reusable, portable vSphere 5 lab to mimic a production environment. The idea was to use it as a repeatable demo customers can interact with. I built the environment on my 2-year old Lenovo W510 … Continue reading

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