Category Archive: VMware ESX/ESXi

May 05 2013

Configuring VMware vSphere vNetwork Standard Switches

Creating or configuring networks in vSphere in not a big deal, well…not at the beginning anyway. Is going to be a big deal when you want to create a cluster, because you have to configure multiple adapters, create multiple virtual switches, port groups and so on. You will see later what I’m talking about.

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Dec 01 2012

Creating a vSphere 5 Datastore Cluster

This is a great feature in vSphere 5 because you don’t have to keep an eye on the datastores anymore to balance the space for your VMs. Besides this Datastore Clusters minimizes I/O load on those datastores. Long story-short, it provides load balancing mechanisms based on I/O, space capacity, and smart virtual machine placement. To …

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Nov 18 2012

Upgrade from VMFS-3 Datastores to VMFS-5

After you upgraded your vCenter and ESX servers some things are not updated automatically. Besides VMware Tools and machine’s hardware you also need to upgrade the file system to benefit of the new enhancements and features. If you want to upgrade to the newer version of the file system all your hosts must be running …

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Oct 20 2012

Extending a VMware Virtual Machine disk (VMDK) in ESXi

There are times when the virtual disks of your VMs needs to be increased. The operation is simple and most of the times the server does not need to be shut down; but it depends on the OS running on that VM. And yes…you can add another disk to the VM and create spanned disks, …

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Sep 16 2012

Upgrading from ESX 4.x to ESXi 5.x using VMware Update Manager

Upgrading ESX 4.x hosts to ESXi 5 is a straight forward process, if you have just a few hosts. You just put the ESXi 5 installer CD in the server DVD drive and do an in-place upgrade. This changes if you have a big number of ESX hosts, because you can’t just go to every …

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Aug 19 2012

Configuring iSCSI Multipathing (MPIO) in VMware vSphere 5

If you want your iSCSI storage that is connected to your ESXi hosts to be highly available you will need to configure multipathing. With multipathing if one network component such as a switch, cable, or network adapter fails the traffic is redirected to another path. Besides path failover, multipathing provides load balancing, meaning it will …

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Aug 15 2012

Configuring VMware ESXi 5

OK, you installed your ESXi host, but some configurations needs to be done before using it in production like IP, host name etc. You could just us it as it is but I don’t recommend for example to assign an IP address from a DHCP server even if you create a reservation for it. What …

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Jul 29 2012

Creating/Configuring iSCSI in VMware vSphere/ESXi 5

Sooner or later we all need to increase the space on our ESX/ESXi host(s). Let’s say you work for a small company that can’t afford a SAN, and right now your ESXi hosts are running on DAS (Direct Attached Storage) which is getting low on space. The best and cheaper option is to use iSCSI …

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Jun 30 2012

Patching ESX/ESXi hosts using VMware Update Manager

Even if you like it or not, ESX/ESXi hosts needs patching, to correct software errors, bugs, security holes or maybe to add some new features present in an update. That’s why patching VMware hosts is vital. In this guide I’ll show you how to patch your ESX/ESXi hosts that are not part of a VMware …

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Apr 29 2012

How to Add a VMware vCenter Server to SCVMM

Sometimes you want to control different environments by using a single management console. This guide is one example, where I will show you how to manage a VMware vCenter Infrastructure using the SCVMM console. For this lab I will use a VMware vCenter 5 server (even tough this version is not supported by Microsoft but …

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