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...]

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...]

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...]

Mastering VMware vSphere Book Updated for vSphere 5.5

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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...]

VMworld San Francisco 2013 – vBeers Coolness

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Well here we are, another VMworld is almost upon us. With VMworld San Francisco, comes another opportunity to hold a vBeers Community meet up, where myself and fellow vGeeks get a chance to catch up and talk with our peers and friends,new and old. This year vBeers VMworld is back at The Chieftain Irish Bar on 5th Street (about a 5 minute walk from the Moscone) which has proven to be a great place to hold it over the past few years. For more details on when, where and how check out the … [Read more...]

Attending VMworld? Useful Tips & Hints

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Attending VMworld this year?  If so, here are a few handy tips and hints that may make your trip to VMworld a little easier.  Of course this is far from a complete list so please feel free to leave a comment to the bottom of this post with any of your own tips that you think may be useful to others. I’ll then add them to the master list. 1. Beat the Queue: When leaving the plane, don’t dawdle.  Walk quickly past as many of your fellow passengers as is possible between the plane and the … [Read more...]

VMware vCenter Log Insight- Puppet Enterprise Content Pack Available

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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...]