Atlantis USX 3.5 – What’s New?

I’m excited to announce the latest enhancements to the Atlantis USX product following the release of Atlantis USX 3.5. Before we delve too deep in what’s new in USX 3.5, let’s take a brief recap on some of the innovative features from our previous releases. We delivered USX 2.2 back in February 2015 where weContinue reading “Atlantis USX 3.5 – What’s New?”

Virtual Volumes – Explained with Carousels, Horses and Unicorns – in pictures

Originally posted on VMwire:
[Tongue in cheek. There’s no World Cup on today so I made this. Please don’t take this too seriously.] A SAN is like a carousel It provides capacity (just like a carousel) and performance (when the carousel goes around). People ride on static horses bolted to the carousel and try to enjoy the…

Atlantis USX Data Services with Hyper-Converged Architecture – Web Scale, Virtual Volumes & In-line Deduplication

Originally posted on VMwire:
Atlantis USX has some very cool technology which I’ve had the pleasure to ‘play’ with over the past few weeks. In these series of posts I’ll attempt to cover the various technologies within the Atlantis USX stack. The key technologies in the Atlantis USX In-Memory Data Services are: Inline IO and…

Cannot decrypt password in sysprep after upgrading vCenter Server Appliance

A really quick post. I’ve recently just upgraded from vCSA 5.1 to vCSA 5.5 link and found that Horizon View can no longer complete sysprep customization due to the public key being changed when you upgrade to a new appliance. Just edit the customization specification to fix. Hope this helps.

#VMwarePEX parties

Quick post to list all the parties and tweetups that are happening this week. Day Time Venue Details Saturday 1830 – late vBeers @ Ri Ra Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay ResortThe Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV http://www.vbeers.org/2013/02/20/vbeers-las-vegas-nv-saturday-23-february-2013/   BYOWallet. Sunday 2100 – late Community Tweetup @ The Burger BarContinue reading “#VMwarePEX parties”

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"”

What to do when an ESX host shows not responding?

Steps in order to progress 1) Login in the affected ESX server using Putty 2) service mgmt-vmware restart If this doesn’t work then the vmware-hostd daemon has to be killed. 3) ps -e | grep vmware-hostdLook for the process_id associated with vmware-hostd 4) kill process_idi.e. if 3) returned:32470 ? 00:01:12 vmware-hostdthe command would be:kill 32470Continue reading “What to do when an ESX host shows not responding?”

Using ESX 3.5 vmware-vim-cmd instead of vimsh

vmware-vim-cmd For those of you familiar with vimsh and used it to configure a scripted install of ESX 3.5, have you noticed that the following error would occur when launching commands using /usr/bin/vimsh ? /usr/bin/vimsh -n -e “hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter Alternatively, by using the wrapper developed for ESX 3.5, vmware-vim-cmd, you would get the following: /usr/bin/vmware-vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enterContinue reading “Using ESX 3.5 vmware-vim-cmd instead of vimsh”

Changing the HBA queue depths on multiple dual-port adapters

Following on from optimising the storage for a customer, I decided to change the queue depths for the Emulex HBAs. The ESX hosts, each have two dual-port Emulex HBAs, the diagram below shows the setup.. Only two ports are in use at the moment, vmhba2 and vmhba5. To determine the instance numbers that are inContinue reading “Changing the HBA queue depths on multiple dual-port adapters”

Using RCLI to configure multiple ESX 3.5 Servers

So I deal with a lot of customers on my travels, and most have multiple ESX servers and occasionally I receive the odd request for a change here and there. As you all know, with VI3 and the latest releases of ESX3.5/VC2.5, almost all configuration and most advanced configuration can be achieved by using theContinue reading “Using RCLI to configure multiple ESX 3.5 Servers”

Until Round Robin is here.. how to Load Balance over Active/Active Paths using scripts

Recently a customer had a few issues with having all VMs using the same path to the LUNs, this was down to putting too many workloads onto servers that were used as a proof of concept. Inadvertently, SAN problems arose so I was asked to checkover the storage. First a little background on the infrastructure….Continue reading “Until Round Robin is here.. how to Load Balance over Active/Active Paths using scripts”