Tag Archives: ESXi

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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Patch ESXi 5.x manually

KB 2008939sums it up nicely, but if you get an error like this while manually adding patched to an ESXi 5.x host: / # esxcli software vib install -d ./ESXi510-201210001.zip [MetadataDownloadError] Could not download from depot at zip:/var/log/vmware/ESXi510-201210001.zip?index.xml, skipping ((‘zip:/var/log/vmware/ESXi510-201210001.zip?index.xml’, … Continue reading

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vSphere 5.1 – using previous templates

I just started playing with 5.1, having upgraded my Workstation 9 environment over the weekend. One of the first things I noticed was I could no longer convert a pre-5.1 template back to a virtual machine.

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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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vSphere5: Setting the Observed IP Range

Update: I found a new free method.  Assuming you have Windows, run “ping xxx.xxx.xxx.255 -t” (or whatever the broadcast IP is for your subnet – try the online calculator if you’re not sure).  The result is identical to the pay-for tool above.  Note … Continue reading

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Un-Auto-Deployed-ed

I had a system this week that was having issues with AutoDeploy, so I decided to uninstall and reinstall it.  Uninstall went fine but the reinstall gave me a “The service is already registered with specified vCenter Server” message.   … Continue reading

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