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”

Uninstalling vCD agent on ESXi host

To unistall the vCD agent (vslad) on an ESXi host: Enable Remote Tech Support (SSH) in Configuration | Security Profile | Properties Log into the ESXi host using your favourite SSH client Navigate to /opt/vmware/uninstallers Now run the script named, or you could just do the below after logging into the ESXi host /opt/vmware/unistallers/ DisableContinue reading “Uninstalling vCD agent on ESXi host”

Incorrectly configured URL for Organisation in vCloud Director 1.0

VMware vCloud Director (vCD) automatically creates a URL for each organisation that is created in vCD.  There is a slight bug which does not create the URL properly and will cause the URL that is displayed under Customer | Administration | Settings | General to be incorrect. For example, if you create an organisation called Customer1,Continue reading “Incorrectly configured URL for Organisation in vCloud Director 1.0”

vShield Manager Notes

Most administrative changes to vShield Manager can be done using the command line interface (CLI) by initiating a console session to the vShield Manager virtual machine.  You can log in to the CLI by using the default user name admin and password default. You can also access the CLI by enabling SSH. To enable SSH: Log inContinue reading “vShield Manager Notes”

Creating a VMware vCloud Director Cluster

Overview A VMware vCloud Director (vCD) cluster contains one or more vCD servers, these servers are referred to as “Cells” and form the basis of the VMware cloud.  A cloud can be formed of multiple cells.  This diagram is a good representation of the vCD Cluster concept. To enable multiple servers to participate in a cluster,Continue reading “Creating a VMware vCloud Director Cluster”

Configuring an IBM BladeCenter H with the HS22/HS22v for 6 Nics and 2 FC HBAs

Introduction Configuring an IBM BladeCenter H chassis to accommodate six network cards and two fiber channel ports can be a little confusing with the amount of ports available for use at the rear of the H chassis. The rear of the H Chassis looks like this. There are a total of 10 interconnect bays.  The vertical baysContinue reading “Configuring an IBM BladeCenter H with the HS22/HS22v for 6 Nics and 2 FC HBAs”

Tech Tip: How to fix the dynamic disk problem after a P2V

The scenario: A customer has a non-critical HP server that they would like to P2V. It is installed with 2 x SATA disks without a SATA RAID controller, runs Windows Server 2003 and uses software RAID 1 mirror over the two disks which are set as dynamic. On top of this, the mirrored disks areContinue reading “Tech Tip: How to fix the dynamic disk problem after a P2V”

Change Evolution is ‘The Way’

I’m working on a paper, document, anything, (probably just this post now since my schedule is so busy) on something that’s been in the back of my mind for a while now, and every time I speak to a new opportunity or a customer I always wished that I had something substantial to leave behindContinue reading “Change Evolution is ‘The Way’”

Power CLI Quick Start Guide

1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 Overview The VI Toolkit (for Windows) provides a powerful yet simple command line interface for task based management of the VMware Infrastructure platform. Windows Administrators can easily manage and deploy the VMware Infrastructure with a familiar, simple to use command line interface. The VI Toolkit (for Windows) is a tool that systemContinue reading “Power CLI Quick Start Guide”

Upgrading to VMware vSphere using the vSphere Host Update Utility

There are three ways in which to upgrade to VMware vSphere, these are VMware Update Manager vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0, and a clean install of vSphere This post goes through the upgrade process using the vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0. A 10 minute video is available here: The vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0 isContinue reading “Upgrading to VMware vSphere using the vSphere Host Update Utility”

Disaster Recovery just got "sESXi"

Notes on using vRanger Pro & ESXi for Disaster Recovery Just succesffully proved vRanger Pro to restore backups taken from Production (ESX 3.5, vRanger Pro on physical with VCB) to infrastructure in DR (ESXi 3.5, vRanger Pro on a VM, non VCB). All this from provisioning DR Infrastructure (ESXi Servers, Storage, vCenter VM) within 1Continue reading “Disaster Recovery just got "sESXi"”