Category : ESXi

Distributed Virtual Switch Guide

The vNetwork distributed switch is a vCenter Server managed entity.  It is designed to create a consistent switch configuration across every host in the datacentre. It allows port groups and individual port settings and statistics to migrate between ESX(i) hosts in a datacentre, the uses of private VLAN’s (PVLAN) and third party deployment. vCenter Server

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Working with ESX(i) Log Files

Working with ESX(i) log files is important when troubleshooting issues within the virtual environment. You can view and search log files in ESX(i) and in vCenter Server using a few different methods. Methods Using the vSphere client The direct console user interface (DCUI) A web browser A syslog or vMA appliance An SSH connection to

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Connecting to an iSCSI SAN with Jumbo Frames enabled

The best way to add iSCSI storage is by utilizing dedicating NIC’s to iSCSI traffic, on dedicated VMkernel switches, with separate IP subnet address ranges and separate physical switches or VLAN’s. Enable Jumbo Frames on a vSwitch To enable Jumbo Frames on a vSwitch, change the MTU configuration for that vSwitch.  It is best to start with a new

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ESXi update guide

This guide is written with ESXi 4.1 update 1 in mind, however it will work with any update version from 3.5 onwards. First off you will require vSphere CLI, this is a free download available to everyone with a valid VMware login.  If you don’t have one you can easily register for a new one.

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vMotion CPU Compatibility

vMotion has quite a few requirements that need to be in place before it will work correctly. Here is a list of the key requirements for vMotion to work. Each host must be correctly licensed Each host must meet shared storage requirements Each host must meet the networking requirements Each compatible CPU must be from

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VMware NIC Trunking Design

Having read various books, articles, white papers and best practice guides I have found it difficult to find consistently good advice on vNetwork and physical switch teaming design so I thought I would write my own based on what I have tested and configured myself. To begin with I must say I am no networking

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Powerchute Network Shutdown – ESXi/vMA install

Powerchute Network Shutdown version 3.0.0 software for ESXi is now free when you purchase a network shutdown management card from the APC website. 1. Download VMA (vSphere Management Assistant) 1. Highlight VM Host> File> Deploy OVF Template> Browse to VMA Folder and Select the OVF> Next> Accept Licence> Next> Keep Default Disk Configuration> Next> Finish

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