Running VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)

VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer N54L

I’ve had a few folks contact me over the past couple of weeks asking if VMware vSphere 6.0 will run on the HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)?  Well, the answer is yes, most definitely.  The standard VMware vSphere 6.0 ESXi detects the CPU, memory, disk and network correctly, without the requirement for any hacks or tweaks to the ESXi image.  The HP vSphere 6.0 image wasn’t even required for installation. In my lab I am running ESXi 6.0 directly from a USB pen drive that I have inserted into … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Multi-CPU Fault Tolerance (FT)

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One of things holding many companies back from moving their tier 1 business critical applications across to VMware’s vSphere virtualized platform has been its inability to provide fault tolerance (FT) for virtual machines (VMs) running more than one virtual CPU (vCPU), which is a requirement for many applications, particularly those of the tier 1 variety. Up until vSphere 6, it has only been possible to provide real-time fault tolerance for single vCPU VMs.  What this meant for those VMs with … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Maximums

VMware vSphere 6 Resource Maximums

  VMware vSphere 6 has finally been announced!  Yes, that’s right folks, after a 3+ year wait since the last major vSphere release, VMware have announced vSphere 6 which will be publically available sometime in Q1 of this year (2015). This is an evolutionary update to the widely adopted vSphere product, with over 650 new features and enhancement,  and as with all previous major upgrades to vSphere there has been increases to the resource and configuration levels (maximums) at the … [Read more...]

VMware Online Launch Event – February 2015

VMware Launch Event - Feb 2015

Just a quick post to make you aware that VMware have an extra-special online launch event happening on Friday 2nd 2015.VMware aren’t giving away any details around what the online launch event will entail, though it wouldn’t be hard to guess what it will likely be about - I’ll let you come to your on conclusions on this one.  That said, I’ll be surprised if VMware doesn’t bring a few other announcements out of their back pocket to spice up the event further.  Definitely one to … [Read more...]

Singapore VMware User Conference (23rd Jan 2015)

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Calling all Singapore TechHeads!  Next week sees the Singapore VMware User Conference hit town, and what a great event it looks to be. I have been kindly asked to speak at the conference, which I am joined by some great speakers such as Scott Lowe, Scott Drummonds and Michael Webster – all of whom I have seen present before, and can definitely recommend. If you haven’t attend a VMware User Group meetings or conference before, then I highly recommend that you come along.  There is always a … [Read more...]

EMC VSI Plugin v6.3 for VMware vCenter Now Available!

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The latest version (v6.3) of EMC’s Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) plug-in for VMware vCenter is now available to download for free from EMC's support portal. What is a VSI plug-in? If you're running EMC storage, or are thinking of implementing some EMC storage in the future, then definitely check out my earlier blog post which runs through what the EMC VSI plugin is and the functionality and benefits that it can offer (keeping in mind this was for the pre-web based version of vCenter).  In … [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...]

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...]