Category : Virtualisation

vSphere 5 – What’s New (and relevant for the VCP 5) (Part 3)

This is part 3 of my guide, you can read part 1 here and part 2 here Availability High Availability (HA) New features with HA include heartbeat Datastores and support for IPv6.  A heartbeat datastore is great because it helps to prevent situations where the management network drops out but the virtual machines continue running on the virtual

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Esxtop Guide

Someone once likened esxtop to windows task manager on steroids. When you have a look at the monitoring options available you can see why someone would think that. Esxtop is based on the ‘nix top system tool, used to monitor running applications, services and system processes. It is an interactive task manager that can be used

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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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VMware vMA

The vMA, or vSphere management assistant is an ovf template which can be downloaded for free from the VMware website. The vMA has the following minimum system requirements ESX(i) 3.5 update 2 or later 512MB RAM 64 bit  Intel-VT or AMD-V compatible CPU as the vMA is a 64-bit virtual machine 5GB virtual disk size Access to the ESX(i) host management network An ESX(i) server or a vCenter Server

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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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