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


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


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


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


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...]

VMware vSphere 5.5 Physical Host Maximums

vSphere 5.5 Maximums

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...]

Mastering VMware vSphere Book Updated for vSphere 5.5


VMware vSphere author, blogger and all-round aficionado, Scott Lowe, is releasing an update to his highly popular “Mastering VMware vSphere” book.  This time he is joined by fellow blogger Nick Marshall in updating “Mastering VMware vSphere” to reflect all the latest vSphere 5.5 changes and updates. I definitely can recommend “Master VMware vSphere” as an easy to read and highly informative way to learn about vSphere, and even if you’re a seasoned vSphere professional, it is a useful … [Read more...]

VMware vCenter Log Insight- Puppet Enterprise Content Pack Available


The Puppet Enterprise Content Pack is now available for VMware vCenter Log Insight. If you’re not familiar with VMware vCenter Log Insight then I highly recommend you take a look and download the free trial as it is highly useful piece of software that performs log aggregation and analysis across various devices and components in your infrastructure, for example; storage.  Any of you that are, or have been, an IT administrator or IT manager will know the frustrations in trying to be track … [Read more...]

vSphere 5.x – How to Enable SSH & ESXi Shell


Here’s a quick post on how to enable SSH and the ESXi shell on VMware vSphere 5.1 and 5.x in easy steps, using two different methods.  The first method is via the ESXi/vSphere Hypervisor console window and the second is using the vSphere Client interface. I find when using my home lab that I often want to connect to my ESXi host using an SSH connection so figured this post may be of use to others who are either first starting out with VMware vSphere or perhaps also run their own lab and … [Read more...]