Category Archives: VMware

VMware Tools Upgrade

Recently I had to upgrade VMware Tools on a number of VMs due to ESXi being upgraded on the hosts. I remember a few years ago that there was talk of being able to upgrade VMware Tools without having to … Continue reading

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VMware on AWS Update

I had a session with Adam Osterhost, @osterholta, from the VMware Cloud SET Team last week to update vExperts on the soon to be released VMware on AWS Service. This service looks awesome, here are some notes I made from … Continue reading

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VMware on AWS

Coming soon VMware on AWS. Soon you will be able to run VMware’s Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) including vSphere, vSAN and NSX on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. It is currently in Technology Preview but expect more details … Continue reading

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VMware Snapshot Performance Impact

A number of people have asked me recently about the performance impact of having VMware snaphots on a VM. So here is my understanding of the performance impact of having snapshot(s) on a VM. The issue with having a snapshot … Continue reading

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VMware vSphere 6.5

VMware vSphere 6.5 was released earlier this week, it was announced on 18th Oct 2016 at VMworld Barcelona but was officially available for download from Tuesday this week (15th Nov 2016). Some of the new features I got to look … Continue reading

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vCenter 5.5 to 6.0 Migration

When vSphere 6 was released the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) was brought in line with the traditional Windows based vCenter Server. This meant that the appliance version of vCenter was the recommended version to implement. But how do you get … Continue reading

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HP DL580 Gen9 BIOS Settings for VMware ESXi

These are my suggested BIOS settings for a HP DL580 Gen9 Servers running VMware ESXi. If there are no requirements for serial ports then the following can be disabled as per VMware Performance Best Practices to disabled any hardware not … Continue reading

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Demise of vSphere C# Client

We have been expecting it since vSphere 4.1; VMware announced on Wed 18th May 2016 that the current version of vSphere, 6.0, will be the last version to contain the C# Client, i.e. the full desktop client we have been … Continue reading

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vCenter Server Storage Filters

vCenter has 4 Storage Filters: – RDM Filter VMFS Filter Host Rescan Filter Same Host Transports Filter These filters affect the actions vCenter takes when scanning storage as follows:- RDM Filter When you attempt to add a RDM to a … Continue reading

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VCAP5 Exams Retirement

Those of you who have planned to take the either of the VCAP5 exams, VCAP5-DCA or VCAP5-DCD, need to get in quick as VMware have announced the retirement of these two exams as follows: – VCAP5-DCA – Data Center Administrator … Continue reading

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