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Announcing the V-Front Online Depot for ESXi software

A while ago Google announced that their Google Code service will no longer allow downloads to be hosted. Existing projects will no longer be able to create new downloads starting at January 15th 2014. So far I have made all my tools and ESXi software pack ...
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Vendor Customized Versions of VMware ESXi 5.5 Available

See the following download links for customized versions of ESXi 5.5 available from multiple servers vendors...

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[Release] ESXi-Customizer-PS version 2.0 PowerCLI

I just released a new major version of my ESXi-Customizer-PS PowerCLI script that greatly simplifies and automates the process of creating fully patched and customized ESXi 5.x installation ISOs using the ImageBuilder snapin.

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Mass ESXi Deployment using Auto Deploy, Boot from SAN, and PowerShell

I recently had a need to deploy quite a few ESXi hosts on top of Cisco UCS B-Series blades (60+) back-ended by Netapp storage. I needed some kind of method to do this quickly so that I didn’t have to spend days just installing ESXi. Here were some of the ...
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Why is Promiscuous Mode & Forged Transmits required for Nested ESXi?

Many of us who run Nested ESXi in our home labs for development/testing purposes are pretty familiar with the requirements to properly setup a Nested ESXi environment such as CPUs supporting both Intel-VT+EPT or AMD-V+RVI and enabling both Promiscuous Mod ...
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Howto Install VMware tools on a virtual ESXi

Running an ESXi as Virtual Machine inside VMware Worksation or on another ESXi gets more and more useful for testing purposes. That installation, also called “Nested ESXi”, is not officially supported by VMware but some VMware developers are willing to he ...
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Running EMC ScaleIO In A Nested vSphere Environment–Part 2

the first post includes the basic setup for 3 nested ESXi Hosts, in my laptop I only have 16GB of ram so that won’t work, so this post will describe the installation on only two ESX hosts, how can we do it if we need a minimum of 3 ScaleIO entities, well? ...
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Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer (VMware KB TV) 3:23

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2058352 class="yt-uix-redirect-link" dir=ltr href="http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2058352" rel=nofollow target=_blank>http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2058352 - This video discusses and demonstrates how you can upgrade from VMware ESXi 5.1 to E ...
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VMware Fling VMware Tools for Nested ESXi!

I have been working with Nested ESXi since it original inception and this technology has greatly benefited me and the entire VMware community, especially when it comes to learning about VMware software and being able to easily prototype something before i ...
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How to run Nested ESXi on top of a VSAN datastore? (virtuallyGhetto)

Today I found an interesting article on my Twitter timeline regarding some issues when trying to install and run Nested ESXi on top of a VSAN datastore. Shortly after the ESXi installation begins, the following error message is observed: This program has ...
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Send F11 key to nested ESXi on Mac OS X (Frank Denneman)

I only use Mac at home, most of the times its great sometimes it’s not.For example when installing or configuring your remote lab. I have a windows server installed on a virtual machine that runs vCenter and the vSphere client. When I’m installing a new ...
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Video - Using the pktcap-uw tool in ESXi 5.5 Video 3:37

This video will show you how to use the pktcap-uw tool in ESXi 5.5. It's an enhanced packet capture and analysis tool that can be used in place of the legacy tcpdump-uw tool. The pktcap-uw tool is included by default in ESXi 5.5. The tcpdump-uw tool ...
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HP updates its customised images for VMware ESXi 5.5/5.1

HP has updated its ESXi customised images to reflect the recent release of ESXi 5.5 as well as its September 2013 Service Pack for Proliant. HP’s customised images are fully integrated sets of specific drivers and software that are tested to work togethe ...
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HomeLab VMware ESXi Home Server Start to Finish Build and Installation Guide - YouTube 47:56

In this video I assemble, from start to finish, and install the hypervisor on my new home VMware ESXi node.***GOOGLE LOST ALL MY ANNOTATIONS SO THE MENU DOESN'T WORK YET. I'LL GET THIS SORTED ASAP***I am using this as a Windows Server (2012 R2), AirPrint ...
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vSphere 5.5 Host Upgrade using vSphere Update Manager (VUM) (Pietro Piutti)

I am currently going through and upgrading all of my lab environment components to vSphere 5.5 so I figured I would capture a few things as I have been going through this. I installed the vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) 5.5 a few days ago and finally got ...
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8 weeks of #VCAP – Image Builder PowerCLI

As I have roughly 8 weeks till I sit my first VMware advanced certification I'm going to be pushing out somewhat random posts dealing with areas on the VCAP5-DCA blueprint where I feel I need practice on.  Don't be surprised if they don't jump a ...
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Understanding vSphere Auto Deploy Stateless Caching and Stateful Installs (2032881)

This article provides an overview of these new features for vSphere 5.1 Auto Deploy: Auto Deploy stateless caching Auto Deploy stateful installs

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Dell Customized vSphere v5.5 ISO is out!

Hey kids, if you’re on Dell PowerEdge servers, and looking for the Customized ESXi v5.5 ISO, it’s out!

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