Cloud computing gets a lot more personal

I’ve just bought the biggest smartphone that I could find and have been using it for the past couple of weeks with great results. I’ve had both admiring looks and a few sniggers due to its size. It’s kind of a cross between a tablet and a phone. I’ve never put it up to myContinue reading “Cloud computing gets a lot more personal”

Uploading vShield Manager 5.0.1 to vCloud Director as a vApp Template

A quick post on how to enable the import of vShield Manager 5.0.1 OVA as a vApp Template into vCloud Director. This will allow you to spin up vCloud Director labs inside of vCloud Director for some crazy inception action. Note: that this method can be used for other appliances. As you know if youContinue reading “Uploading vShield Manager 5.0.1 to vCloud Director as a vApp Template”

Creating (a better) vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick (HP)

In a previous post I blogged about creating a vanilla vSphere 5 ESXi USB drive using the VMware .iso file from VMware. This post shows how to create one using the HP version of vSphere ESXi (5.0_Oct_2011_ESXi_HD-USB-SDImgeInstlr_Z7550-00253.iso). Note: (You can use any vendor customized vSphere ESXi .iso file: VMware, Dell and IBM). The HP version comesContinue reading “Creating (a better) vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick (HP)”

Configure NFS Storage on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance

This post highlights some best practices on the management of the vCSA log and core files. VMware recommends that these files are stored on an NFS share external to the vCSA due to the possibility of the default log and core locations filling up. When this happens, vCenter services will be impacted. For more informationContinue reading “Configure NFS Storage on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance”

Adding sysprep packages to the VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) is a Linux version of the vCenter Server, this post discusses the placement of the System Preparation tools (sysprep) packages within the vCSA and how to make the contents of the DEPLOY.CAB file available. Once configured, it is possible to use Guest Operating System Customizations with the vCSA. MyContinue reading “Adding sysprep packages to the VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance”

A look at VMware vCloud Director Organization LDAP Authentication Options

VMware vCloud Director can use three different authentication mechanisms for subscriber authentication to the VCD portal. The portal is accessed using the URL https://<cloud-url>/cloud/org/<organisation&gt;. In this post, I’ll try to highlight some of the authentication options that a subscriber can use to access the VCD portal. Supported LDAP Services Platform LDAP Server Authentication Methods WindowsContinue reading “A look at VMware vCloud Director Organization LDAP Authentication Options”

Configuring vCenter Server Virtual Appliance to use an Oracle database

In previous posts I blogged about what the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is, its features and benefits, feature parity with the Windows vCenter Server and also how to quickly deploy the vCSA. For more information about the vCSA, please see the resources listed here https://vmwire.com/vmware-vcenter-server-virtual-appliance-vcsa/. This post extends the series with how to configure an externalContinue reading “Configuring vCenter Server Virtual Appliance to use an Oracle database”

My VCDX Journey – 5 simple steps to VCDX

I’ve just recently been awarded the VCDX4 certification after completing my defence in Frankfurt. It is part of the final stage in the VCDX certification culminating in a journey over the past year. Defence experiences have been shared by others such as Duncan Epping, Jason Boche, Scott Lowe and Kenneth van Ditmarsch and I foundContinue reading “My VCDX Journey – 5 simple steps to VCDX”

Creating vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick

A very quick post on how to create an image that contains vSphere 5 ESXi Embedded with which you can use to quickly create USB sticks that have the ESXi hypervisor installed.  This is not the same as creating a bootable USB key that contains the installation files to install ESXi from the USB stick.Continue reading “Creating vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick”

VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) Feature Parity

In a previous article I wrote about the vCSA’s features and benefits.  This post lists the interoperability or feature parity of the vCSA and the Windows vCenter Server.  For more information about the vCSA, please see the resources listed here https://vmwire.com/vmware-vcenter-server-virtual-appliance-vcsa/. A few readers have asked what works with the vCSA and what does not. The vCSA supportsContinue reading “VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) Feature Parity”

VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) features and benefits

The VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) provides an alternative option for organizations that chose not to run the Windows vCenter Server but still require centralised management of VMware vSphere deployments in the enterprise. It provides exactly the same functionality as the traditional Windows vCenter Server but packaged in a Linux distribution. I know thatContinue reading “VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) features and benefits”

vSphere 5 vCenter Server Virtual Appliance Quick-Start Guide

The vCenter Server Linux Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine that is optimized for running vCenter Server and associated services. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to deploy the vCSA, configure networking, authentication, database and vCenter services.  For further information regarding the vCSA please refer to this post and this post.Continue reading “vSphere 5 vCenter Server Virtual Appliance Quick-Start Guide”

A List of VMware Employee Tweeps (people on Twitter)

Following on from the PSO NEMEA twitter list, I decided to go further and produce this list of VMware employees that are on Twitter, sorted alphabetically by Twitter ID as of 29/06/2011. Let me know if I have missed you out or you follow someone that works for VMware. Twitter ID Name Blog Follow @ady189Continue reading “A List of VMware Employee Tweeps (people on Twitter)”

VMware PSO NEMEA Twitter List

A list of VMware PSO consultants covering NEMEA that are on Twitter, sorted alphabetically by Twitter ID. Follow us for tweets from the real world. Twitter ID Name Blog Follow @ady189 Adrian Roberts Follow @avlieshout Arnim van Lieshout http://www.van-lieshout.com Follow @dpironet Didier Pironet deinoscloud.wordpress.com Follow @frankdenneman Frank Denneman http://www.frankdenneman.nl Follow @hugo_strydom Hugo Strydom http://www.vroem.co.za FollowContinue reading “VMware PSO NEMEA Twitter List”

How to update your Openfiler USB installation for better performance

Previously I wrote an article on How to install and run Openfiler on a USB key. I thought that everything was working fine but eventually found that NFS and CIFS performance was too slow. Upon reading a few forums and stumbling across this thread in particular, the reason was down to Openfiler requiring an update.Continue reading “How to update your Openfiler USB installation for better performance”

How to setup Active Directory authentication on Openfiler

Setup Active Directory Authentication The steps must be performed in this order, otherwise you’ll get a headache trying to work out why you cannot see any Groups listed. Go to Services | Enable SMB/CIFS server. Click on SMB/CIFS Setup. Change the NetBIOS name to just the hostname of the server (do not include the domain).Continue reading “How to setup Active Directory authentication on Openfiler”

How to install and run Openfiler on a USB key

Install Openfiler onto the USB Key Disconnect all hard disks from the server. Boot from the Openfiler CD and install Openfiler by invoking the linux expert command and installing as normal onto your USB key, taking into account your partitioning to fit onto your USB key and also making a record of which partitions areContinue reading “How to install and run Openfiler on a USB key”

New Openfiler for the VMwire lab

Openfiler is a very cool NAS/SAN product that is completely free. I just purchased some brand new SATA III controllers and disks so I’ve decided to migrate my storage from Freenas running on my HP Microserver to my old Dell PE SC440. Doing so will free up the HP Microserver to run vSphere and allowContinue reading “New Openfiler for the VMwire lab”

VMware Tools RPM Installation with PXEBOOT and Kickstart

Purpose This article explains how to use the Operating System Specific Packages (OSPs) to install VMware Tools during the PXEBOOT and Kickstart of a Linux guest OS running on vSphere 4.1 and above. Background As of vSphere 4.1, the VMware Tools RPMs are no longer available on the CD image linux.iso. To install you mustContinue reading “VMware Tools RPM Installation with PXEBOOT and Kickstart”

Enabling VMXNET 3 for PXEBOOT and KICKSTART of RHEL Virtual Machines

Purpose This guide shows you how to create a new initrd.img with integration for the VMXNET3 driver to allow guest RHEL virtual machines equipped with the VMXNET 3 driver to Kickstart build RHEL using PXEBOOT. Background VMware’s VMXNET 3 network adapter supports PXE booting but RHEL 5 does not have a driver that supports networkContinue reading “Enabling VMXNET 3 for PXEBOOT and KICKSTART of RHEL Virtual Machines”