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Virtualization Vmware

VMware Disk Consolidation unable to access file since it is locked

I wanted to write up a quick post concerning an error I received recently with consolidating disks on a few VMs. Disk consolidation is needed when snapshot disks fail to compact after a Delete or Delete All operation or if the disk did not consolidate. Sometimes a snapshot deletion doesn’t commit back to the base disk. I had… Read More »

Installing VMWare VCenter 6 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014

With VMWare recently releasing VSphere 6 products, I will show you how to install VMWare VCenter 6 on Windows Server 2012 R2 using MS SQL Server 2014 as the backend Database. As similar to my VCenter 5.5 Update 2 install guide, please read the Prerequisites section first before beginning! The installation is split into 3 sections. The 1st… Read More »

VMware ESXi 6.0 Update 2 Host Client

With the release of ESXi 6.0 Update 2, one of the cool things with this release is VMware has included as RTM the Host Client which is written in HTML5 and allows administrators to have quick and easy access to host management capabilities without having access to vCenter server or the vSphere web client. Let’s take a look… Read More »

Can you Install VMware ESXi on 4kn Drives

The answer to the question posed in the post title is – yes you can INSTALL ESXi on 4kn drives. However as I tested recently, the problem you will run into is being able to add a datastore. Let’s take a look at Can you install VMware ESXi on 4Kn drives. Can you Install VMware ESXi on 4kn… Read More »

Upgrade VMware PowerCLI 5.8 to 6.0

If you are into automating tasks in your VMware environment, there is no better way to do those tasks than with Powershell and the PowerCLI commandlets. With the release now of VMware vSphere 6.0 family of products, there is a new PowerCLI version to be had if you were still running 5.8 as I was on my workstation.… Read More »

How To Restore VMware VCSA 6.5 Appliance

In the last post, we covered the process to backup the new VCSA 6.5 appliance. Let’s now take a look at the VMware VCSA 6.5 appliance restore process from the backup file set. As shown in the previous post, the backup process is very straightforward. Simply login to the vSphere Server Appliance Management interface and perform the backup.… Read More »

How to Configure VMware VCSA 6.5 HA

One of the many exciting new features of the VCSA 6.5 appliance is the builtin ability for high availability or HA out of the box. The HA configuration process creates two additional appliances that are a “passive” node and a “witness” node. So let’s take a look at how to configure VMware VCSA 6.5 HA and the steps… Read More »

VMware VCSA 6.5 Appliance Backup New

With the new VCSA 6.5 appliance, there is new functionality to backup the VCSA appliance builtin to the VAMI interface. You will notice there is a new “Backup” button over in the upper right hand corner. Let’s take a look at the new VMware VCSA 6.5 Appliance Backup process. New VMware VCSA 6.5 Appliance Backup To begin with,… Read More »

Upgrade VMware vCenter VCSA appliance 6.0 to 6.5

The core of all vSphere functionality is vCenter server. VMware has definitely embraced and chosen the VCSA appliance as the way forward in version 6.5. VCSA 6.5 has all of the functionality of the Windows vCenter server including Update manager which had long been a reason why many had stayed with the Windows Server implementation of vCenter. As… Read More »

Upgrading VMware ESXi 6.0 to 6.5

With the release of vSphere 6.5, most will be thinking about upgrading hosts and vSphere infrastructure to 6.5. Let’s take a look at the process of upgrading VMware ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 on a ESXi 6.0 U2 host. As mentioned in the preceding post on a new install of vSphere 6.5, there are considerations before upgrading to ESXi… Read More »

VMware ESXi 6.5 Install step by step

vSphere 6.5 has been released! With the release yesterday of VMware vSphere 6.5, this is a quick post showing screenshots of the VMware ESXi 6.5 Install step by step and what to expect with the install. For the most part there are no surprises here with the installer as it keeps with the look and configuration that we… Read More »

VMware vSphere 6.5 Configure Encrypted VMs

One of the new exciting features that was introduced with vSphere 6.5 is the encrypted VMs feature. Security these days is on everyone’s mind and encryption provides a solution to many security concerns. What happens if someone gets a copy of the raw VMDKs of a sensitive VM? They can then take those files and mount it on… Read More »