Hello World…

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Well, you may (or may not ) have noticed that it’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post.  The past few months have certainly been “interesting” for me as I’ve been working through a unexpected health scare.  After undergoing treatment I am now popping out the other side of things with only a final PET CT scan standing between me and hopefully being given a clean bill of health.  Fingers crossed! Due to all of this being unexpected, as you could probably imagine, it came as something … [Read more...]

VMware Tools For Nested vSphere ESXi Instances

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Those of you running nested VMware vSphere ESXi instances will want to take a look at implementing ‘VMware Tools for nested ESXi’, which is an offering from VMware’s Fling team.  If you're not familiar with the concept of ‘nesting’ all it is referring to is a VM(s) running on a virtualized hypervisor instance, eg: ESXi.  A virtualized instance of the hypervisor running on top of another hypervisor, in this instance ESXi, is also considered as being ‘nested’. So Why Run VMware Tools On Nested … [Read more...]

[FIX] Outlook for Mac 2011 Won’t Start

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Here’s a fix, or at least one possible method, for when your copy of Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 won’t start.  I have had this happen a few times now and the following steps have resolved it for me on each occasion - it would seem that the Outlook Database corrupts and needs rebuilding. The symptom is that when starting Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011, the logo splash-screen opens up and then…. nothing.  Even after a reboot of the Mac. So, what you have to do is enable the Microsoft … [Read more...]

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update Released

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update Released

VMware have just released a maintenance update (6.0.2) for their Mac based Fusion product.  Although a minor update it does address a number of bug fixes to the recently released Fusion 6.x virtualization product.  If you are running Fusion 6.x then the next time you start it up you should receive a notification window that the 6.0.2 update is available and that your installation can be updated.  One item of note is that Fusion 6.0.2 now provides "Easy Install" support for the final GA versions … [Read more...]

VMware vCenter Server Update 5.5.0a Update Available

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VMware have released an update to the vCenter Server 5.5 product.  This new release is numbered  5.5.0a and addresses a number of vCenter released bug fixes, predominantly around the area of vCenter SSO (Single Sign-On). Based on the bug fixes found in this release I’d definitely recommend you take a look, download, test and update your environment if you think any of these issues are, or may, impact you. Below is a summary of the fixes that can be found in VMware vCenter Server … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide Now Available

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The VMware vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide is now available for download.  If you’re thinking about, or have already, updated your VMware vSphere infrastructure to v5.5 then I recommend you take a look and familiarise yourself with this informative security hardening guide.  It is full of useful vulnerability avoidance know-how and contains best practices around the following vSphere products: - Virtual Machines - ESXi hosts - Virtual Network - vCenter Server plus its database and clients. - … [Read more...]

Apple Mac Pro 2013 – How It’s Made Video

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The Apple Mac Pro 2013 model is the first product from Apple in quite some time that has really caught my eye.  The innovative look and design of this new Mac Pro really is something of beauty, not to mention it’s considerable IT horsepower power under the hood.  It will no doubt end up on this year’s Christmas wish-list of many a designer or geek. I won’t be buying one anytime soon as my trusty old 2008 Apple Mac Pro that I picked up in EBay for £600 (minus the new graphics card and 16GB of … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 5.5 Physical Host Maximums

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The release of VMware vSphere 5.5 has seen a number of enhancements to the underlying hypervisor (ESXi), and as with every major release of vSphere there is an increase in it’s capabilities around CPU, Disk and/or memory. Probably the most significant in the VMware vSphere 5.5 release is the increase in VMDK file size that can be created and used, from 2TB (vSphere 5.1) to a massive 62TB!  That is quite a jump, and will definitely come as good news to businesses dealing with large amounts of … [Read more...]

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Memory Limits

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The following is a useful summary table that outlines the physical memory limits found with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (W2K12).  Just as a reminder Windows Server 2012 is only available as an X64 distribution. Although I’m not a big fan of the new user interface I will be starting to move my virtualization lab based servers over to W2K12 sometime soon. Windows Server 2012 Version Physical Memory … [Read more...]