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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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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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Shooting yourself in the foot is bad (Where are my swap files?)

vSphere by default stores vswap files (the files used when your host runs out of physical memory to allocate) with the local machines. However, you can choose (on a per VM or per-host basis) to direct all swap files to … Continue reading

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Extensions of Raw

I’ve seen some docs and data out there that exhibit confusion over the file extension for an RDM file, describing it as .rdm.vmdk or -rdm.vmdk or other variations. A quick ls from a VM with a RDM shows: there is … Continue reading

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Thin Expansion (vSphere5)

Here’s a curious one. The max size of a thin-provisioned VMDK on a VMFS5 datastore is 2TB. If you create a new VMDK you’re allowed to create it at 2048GB/2TB.   However when you go to expand an existing VMDK … Continue reading

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