Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Loads of new features!! 64Gig VMs, Storage VMotion, Update Manager and more!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
"Enabling Leopard Server to run in a virtual machine may take some time, but we're working closely with Apple on it and will make it public as quickly as possible."
All I can say is WOW...
Go read the full story.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This release of VMware ESX Server offers the following improvements:
Support for selected servers based on the Intel Quad-Core Xeon 7300 series processors. Refer to the Systems Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x for information on which servers are supported.
Driver updates for the megaraid_sas, bnx2, cciss, and forcedeth drivers. Refer to the I/O Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x for more information.
Patches Contained in ESX Server 3.0.2 Update 1
ESX Server 3.0.2 Update 1 contains a roll-up of all ESX Server 3.0.2 patches released prior to this release date. See the VMware ESX Server 3.0.2 Patches for more information at http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/vi3_patches_302.html.
ESX Server 3.0.2 Update 1 installs ESX Server 3.0.2, all prior ESX Server 3.0.2 patches, and all of the following patches on the host:
ESX-1001902 - cciss Driver Upgrade, Support for 16+ Logical Drives
For more information, see KB 1001902.
ESX-1001903 - bnx2 Driver Upgrade, Support for Broadcom 5709 Based Network Card (NIC)
For more information, see KB 1001903.
ESX-1001904 - nVidia forcedeth Interrupt Storm Fix
For more information, see KB 1001904.
ESX-1001905 - Support for AMD CPU 64-bit Guest Operating Systems
For more information, see KB 1001905.
ESX-1001906 - megaraid_sas Driver Upgrade, Support for the LSI Logic 1078 HBA
For more information, see KB 1001906.
ESX-1001907 - SMBIOS Fix; PRE-enablement Support for AMD and Intel CPUs
For more information, see KB 1001907.
ESX-1001908 - e1000 Driver Upgrade, Support for New Network Interface Card (NIC)
For more information, see KB 1001908.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
A year ago I started working for a new company called Collective Technologies. A while later we merged with MTI and attempted to merge the two companies. Well... if you have not heard, MTI just closed up shopRead their press release here
To that end, Collective has reformed and we are back in biz!! W00T! This will be a much better deal and I am excited about the possibilities!
So fear not! I still plan on Virtualizing the world!
The new website is here so check it out!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Found this and it is blogworthy enough to repost here.
Ever wondered why you could select gazillion performance counters in real-time, but only 1 or 2 counters when selecting Per Day/Per Week/Per Month/Per Year/Custom? Here is the solution: in the VIClient, go to VirtualCenter Management Configuration and then statistics. By default, the Statistics Collection Level is set to 1 (Basic Metrics).
Ideally, you could set the level to 3 or even 4. After a while, you will notice new performance counters available for selection in the chart options menu! These are great for doing memory sizing/ CPU sizing over a longer period of time. Great huh?
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
32 meg footprint which they say does not rely on a "general purpose OS" which means they have done away with Redhat I assume...
Extra memory banks for larger memory configs (at lower cost they say)
More NICs and PCI slots....
Check out page 11 where they talk about the Service Console...
And check out the patching method!!
Grab the pdf and see for yourself. It sounds exciting to me!
ESX Server 3i presentation
This is a good read.
They are FINALY bringing what they call "Vmotion Storage" where you can change the datastore that your VM uses without having to shut it down and do a migrate.. Yippie!
Also new HA features... Read the snippit from the above link.
Last he end with a “High Availability” section. Detailing the “record the execution” feature now available experimentally in Workstation 6 where real-time activity is recorded and logged to disk, and replayed at will for application debugging purposes. This new feature has been dubbed “Continious Available” for ESX. In this case you have a primary and second VM on two different ESX hosts. The primary VM on the primary ESX host is continuelly sending the record data to the other VM - not to a log file. The two VMs held in synch. In the demo, when Mendal clicked the start menu you saw this happen on two VMs on two different ESX hosts at the SAME time! See it like two VMs mirrored. Next the pulled power cords out the back of the primary ESX host - and the other VM just kept on running. It was an Exchange server with 100+ of emulated user activity… So this is great - what everyone has been asking HA to do, which currently does do. Sounds great huh? But just remember if the primary VM has a BSOD - so will its mirror…
Monday, October 1, 2007
The new install of wordpress must have had google.com scan and record this post immediately as it was only live for 5 min before I did the restore and the post was gone...
Thank you google... Remember me well when you rule the world.
First, the esx firewall needs to be opened up to allow the various trafic.
esxcfg-firewall -o 1311,tcp,in,OpenManageRequest
esxcfg-firewall -o 162,udp,out,snmptrap
esxcfg-firewall -o 162,udp,in,snmptrap
esxcfg-firewall -o 161,tcp,in,snmp
esxcfg-firewall -o 161,tcp,out,snmp
esxcfg-firewall -o 161,udp,in,snmp
esxcfg-firewall -o 161,udp,out,snmp
Second, make your /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf file look something like this:
### snmpd.conf configuration file
# sec.name source community
com2sec ita 192.168.1.50 ITACommunity
# group.name sec.model sec.name
group itagroup v1 ita
group itagroup v2c ita
# name incl/excl subtree mask(optional)
view all included .1
# group.name context sec.model sec.level prefix read write notif
access itagroup "" any noauth exact all all none
# Added for support of bcm5820 cards.
pass .220.127.116.11.4.1.4413.4.1 /usr/bin/ucd5820stat
# Send traps to the ita box.
trapsink 192.168.1.50 ITACommunity
# Allow Systems Management Data Engine SNMP to connect to using SMUX
# VMware MIB modules.
dlmod SNMPESX /usr/lib/vmware/snmp/libSNMPESX.so
Of course you will need to change the ip address to point to your OMSA server and you may want to change the community name as well.
Thanks to the folks over at VMTN for creating such a good resource!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
They just put out a new beta (4.7.1 beta 2) and it has a new feature that I thought blogworthy...
There is a new rssfeed option built in as well as support for H.264 otherwise known as iTunes/iPod files. So now I can showsqueze my recordings directly to ipod format and still watch them from BeyondTV in the living room without having to keep them in regular mpeg format.
The other neat thing is that it supports podcasts... You can go to http://philhome.dyndns.org:8129/rssfeed.aspx from iTunes and see all the recordings I have and even download them to watch on your iPod...
Way cool! Keep up the good work SnapStream dudes!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The Doc ID at kb.vmware.com is 749640
The current working URL is: found here.
Even if you are not NATing between the sites, try it anyway. It worked for me.
Log on to the ESX Server host's service console as root.
Edit /etc/vmware/config. Add the following line:
vmauthd.server.alwaysProxy = "TRUE"
Issue the following command to restart xinetd:
service xinetd restart
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Got this here:
Rob Scmidt's VMware VCP Study Questions
But I am also putting a copy on my own website in case Rob's site goes down.
Petri Forum member, Rob Schmidt has prepared some great study questions!
Believe it or not, there are over 310 questions in flashcard format!
And yes, Rob has been generous enough to offer all these questions to us for FREE.
If you have questions on VMware and Virtualization, please post them in the Petri VMware Virtualization Forum
If you like these questions please email Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I feel like that guy on the Geiko comercials...
Hey, I think I might just try this... Must... Be... Different...
OK John, I *know* you are building up a new RC copter... You should get into this!
Oh joy.... More patches...
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
It sounds like it will take a while to get more information but it sure sounds exciting!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Well well well....
With all those comercials Apple has been putting out there about Vista this is quite funny...
This is good news. I cant wait to get out there and see what has changed.
Monday, April 30, 2007
This is just too funny.
It's a little out dated as they are talking about someone who has been voted off, but sure saves a bunch of time if you want to vote 100000000 times for your favorite person...
Friday, April 27, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Makes me glad I use Exchange ActiveSync over-the-air...
You may be asking "Who cares" as you would want passwords to expire on regular users...
But not if you are using Active Directory authentication where you are using your domain ID to log into the box... If your host username has the password expired then it won't pass your log-in attempt off to the DC...
So, if you are using esxcfg-auth back to a DC for user authentication you should look at that article.
Monday, April 16, 2007
This is a good read. The moral of the story is to never never do a hard nfs mount within the service console. If the nfs server goes away it can cause serious heartburn for the ESX host....
I've resolved the issue and did not need to restart the host. The reason why VPXA died and did not exit was that the process was waiting for a stale NFS handle. For various reasons, the Service Console had an NFS mount of a remote server that had gone offline. As a consequence, several processes including VPXA had gone into "waiting for IO" state and were never woken up again.
Since NFS mounts are totally unkillable once they go stale, I had to configure another server with the IP of the old NFS server, and create an equivalent path which I shared out to my hung service console. After restarting the nfs server, the service discovered that my mounted share was stale, and allowed a umount.
Immediately after the umount, the defunct vpxa process disappeared. And after restarting hostd and vpxa, the system came straight back into Virtual Center.
So the moral of the story? Never _ever_ do a hard NFS mount inside your service console. You *will* regret it
Monday, April 9, 2007
I just updated my BeyondTV box... Seems to be running much faster now... I like the divx streaming option which came in 4.6 but I missed it...
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
If you travel quite a bit you might find yourself wondering if your time is set for local time or the time at home..
In Vista, if you go to change date and time settings you can see that you can add another clock(time zone) to the display. Now, I can click on the clock in the system tray and it shows two dials with (Pensacola) over the smaller one....
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
VMware Converter 3.0 released
VMware Converter 3.0 is an enterprise-class migration tool that enables you to convert multiple physical machines into virtual machines simultaneously and without any downtime. It comes in two editions: the free VMware Converter Starter for single conversions, and VMware Converter Enterprise for managing and automating large scale conversions. VMware Converter is the successor to P2V Assistant and VM Importer.