Category «VMWare»

Update Intel Drivers on VMWare ESXi

This article explains how to update the X710 & XL710 series of network adaptors on ESXi 6 I had to do this to fix a Purple Screen Of Death (PSOD) issue when using 10GB Intel X710 adaptors. Check Current Version of Drive and Firmware You can check this via the shell with the command ethtool …

How To Update Standalone ESXi host

This article explains how to update a standalone (i.e. not managed by vCenter) ESXi host to a later version. Enable Remote Shell Access In this example I am connecting to the ESXi server remotely. Alternatively you could run this from the ESXi shell via the console. Logon to the ESXi server via the vi client …

How to perform Vmware P2V

In this article I explain how to perform a simple P2V using vmware convertor. This guide is designed for IT professionals. Pre-Requisite Checks Are there any usual PCI cards  e.g. SCSI cards. If there are you may not be able to virtualise Are there any USB devices connected. How big are the server drives  will …

Build Guide ESXi 5.0

Installation: Pre-Install Check that “virtualization technology” is enabled in the BIOS Load ESXi software Where possible download the vendors version of ESXi. For example Dell provide their own customized ISO that contains Dell specific settings for SNMP etc. (Alternatively you can use the Dell Uniform Server Configurator – you will still need the Dell ESXi …

Brownfield Install of VMWare Storage Appliance VSA

In this example I am installing the VMWare Storage Appliance onto ESXi servers that have existing running VMs. This is known as a brownfield installation. Basics The VSA Manager must be installed on a 64-bit Windows vCenter machine that runs vCenter Server version 5.0 or later. vCenter does not need to be on the same …

Error 32010 installing vCenter Server 5.1

When installing vCenter 5.1 you may get the error message: “Error 32010. Failed to create database users. There can be several reasons for this failure. For more information, see the vmMSSWLCmd.log file in the system temporary folder” You can find the location of vmMSSQLCmd.log in The reason for the error should be in this file. …

Install Dell OpenManage Using Virtual Center Update Manager

This article explains how to deploy Dell OpenManage using VC update manager. You can use this process to deploy other bits of software (e.g. Dell Equallogic Multipath extension module). In the below example I am adding OpenManage v7 for ESXi 5.0. You will need to have the Update Manager plugin for virtual center installed and …

Setup VMWare ESXi 5.0 with Equallogic SAN

This article explains how to setup an VMWare vSphere ESXi 5.0 host with an Equallogic array. This is all performed via the GUI. Note that the setup for this includes a vmkernal heartbeat instance as recommended by vmware (here) and equallogic (here). Add iSCSI initiator   Setup iSCSI vSwitch In the networking section click on …

vSphere 5 Study Notes for VCP510

INSTALLATION Hardware Requirements Taken from vmware.com 64-bit x86 CPUs with at least two cores. ESXi 5.0 supports only LAHF and SAHF CPU instructions. Supports up to 2TB RAM although the free version is limited to 32GB ESXi requires a minimum of 2GB of physical RAM. VMware recommends 8GB of RAM to take full advantage of …