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VMware Virtual Machine Adminsitration

vSphere: Importing a CentOS VM Exported as a VMDK from KVM

I was recently given a VMDK file which I was informed had been exported from a KVM system and needed to be used to create a VM in vSphere. Initially I thought this would be quite a straightforward task, but turned out to be a bit of an effort, so thought ...
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Performing common virtual machine-related tasks with command-line utilities (2012964)

This article provides a side-by-side comparison of performing virtual machine-related tasks using different VMware utilities and command line methods.

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How to – disable specific VSS writers

It is possible to disable specific VSS writers with vSphere 4.0 and newer, in case of troubleshooting a VSS writer issue:...

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Power on a VM through the ESXi Managed Object Browser

In this article I will discuss a simple trick to start a virtual machine through the Managed Object Browser (MOB). This can be handy in case of troubleshooting or if you don’t have vCenter or a Windows vSphere Client available (for example  if you’re ...
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JumpSquares v1.1 - RDP, VNC, and SSH added to Server

  After a few feature requests, I added some new functionality to allow RDP, VNC, and SSH connection to the "server" string. This new version is 1.1.   While configuring a JumpSquare, there are going to be two unique strings that are going to ...
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Performing an end-to-end backup and restore for VMware View Manager (1008046)

Purpose This article provides steps to perform a complete backup and restore of View Manager. Follow the recommended steps for backing up and restoring VirtualCenter and ESX located in the VMware Infrastructure 3 Documentationassociated with your version ...
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Restoring VSAN VM Storage Policies without vCenter Part 1: Using cmmds-tool

A scenario that I have been been looking into recently while testing VSAN in my lab is what happens when vCenter Server is no longer available and the impact that might have on your environment.  We know that VSAN from a configuration perspective wor ...
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Dummy Virtual Machine For Dummies: How To Create Hundreds of Them with Several Lines of Scripts

As I introduced in the article on vim-cmd commands, you can use a very simple command as follows to create a new virtual machine. Alternatively, you can ignore the path after the datastore and provide only datastore name (The [ and ] are still needed).

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Some basics about hot-add/hot-plug (running-system.com)

Using hot-add/hot-plug you can add computing resources (RAM/vCPUs) to virtual machines without any downtime. By default, hot-add/hot-plug is disabled – you have to enable this feature on a per-VM basis using your webclient or vSphere Client (you have to ...
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End User VMware Console with PowerCLI

After watching Alan Renouf’s video about Open-VMConsoleWindow, I got excited about PowerShell again.  In my current job I don’t get to do much scripting anymore but wanted to give building a form for PowerCLI a try.  I’ve secretly wanted to be a ...
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Quick Tip: Using the CLI to upgrade to a specific VM virtual hardware version in vSphere 5.5 (virtuallyGhetto)

For those of you who usually use the "legacy" vSphere C# Client to perform virtual machine virtual hardware upgrade (also known as Virtual Machine Compatibility) should know that the default behavior is to automatically upgrade to the latest supported ver ...
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How to Use vim-cmd to Power on vSphere VMs without Windows or the vSphere Client (VirtualizationSoftware.com)

Most of the time I run a VERY small vSphere lab comprised of just one host and a NAS, simply to keep the power requirements down and the electricity bill low. While I have a large UPS on the lab, recently, the power went out for an extended period of time ...
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How to change hardware serial number for Mac OS X Guest?

There was an interesting question that was asked the other day about changing the hardware serial number for an Apple Mac OS X guest as the generated serial number is not compatible with services such as Apple Caching Service or iMessage. I recall seeing ...
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Opening the Virtual Machine Remote Console through PowerCLI

With the 5.5 R1 release PowerCLI got even better. With the introduction of the new Open-VMConsoleWindow cmdlet you can access the virtual machine console of both vCenter Server and vCloud Director virtual machines. To open a virtual machine console window ...
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How to change the default HTML5 VM console port in vSphere 5.5?

A couple of weeks back I wrote an article on how to generate a pre-authenticated HTML5 VM console link in vSphere 5.5 which allows a user to access the new HTML5 VM console from any operating system including Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. In the article I ...
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VCP5-DT Objective 3.3–Configure Manual Pools

For this objective I used the following resources: VMware View Administration documentation This will be a quick and easy objective. There are only a few screens that differeniate creating a Manual Pool over an Automated Pool. The key thing to remem ...
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VMware Fault Tolerance (FT)

Awesome!  So you’ve got your brand new shiny VMware cluster all setup with HA and think, ”Man, I’m in great shape now.  Downtime is a thing of the past!”. Well, not so fast!  VMware High Availability just means that if a physical host ...
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BCO5065 - VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance for Multiprocessor Virtual Machines - Technical Preview (VMworld TV) 59:46

This session will describe exciting new developments in implementing VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance (VMware FT) for multiprocessor virtual machines. This new technology allows continuous availability of multiprocessor virtual machines with literally zero ...
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