Archive for October, 2008

Missing VM Template

Posted on October 20th, 2008 in Tips | 1 Comment »

Few days ago, one of my virtual center machine was crashed and my Microsoft SQL database was corrupted without backup(damm!).

Basically setting up a brand new Windows 2003 machine is pretty simple but setup a new Virtual Machine took me 2 days. The most important is my VM template is go missing. The quick solution is search for VM template and register (add to inventory) again.

SSH into my ESX server using putty and search for VM template file with extension “.vmtx”.

[root@malaysiavmesx01 vmfs]# find /vmfs -name *.vmtx

How to register a VM template using CLI:
[root@malaysiavmesx01 vmfs]# /usr/bin/vmware-cmd -s register

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Revise IT strategy on Economy Crisis

Posted on October 16th, 2008 in Data Center, Industry News, Operating Systems | No Comments »

Economy crisis is already happened and impacted to every business around the world. The major impact are really hit to the banking and financial environment. At the same time, I believe that the financial sector are the highest IT spending every year and everywhere around the world to provide service availability to their customer, stock market, and treasury trading.

If we analyze what happen to the IT spending on the financial and banking environment, you will not surprise to see that the amount of storage, servers, solution and unnecessary equipment been under utilized for every bank around the world. The IT department for financial sector had been comfort live for many years and is time now for them to review and revise their IT spending to ensure higher return from their investment.

Open source or reliable LINUX had not been really high utilize in financial sector are really due to the comfort living of their IT department. Personal point of view, why we have to run something else on the expensive IBM AIX, mainframe, HP UX, Microsoft, Oracle VS the reliable LINUX from x86 or x64 platform to perform the same result? The simple answer is really the mindset from the person.
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Get VM guests MAC Address Script

Posted on October 15th, 2008 in Tips | 1 Comment »

This is just to share a simple script – “How to find out VM guest MAC address for each VMware ESX” server as below:

## Script START here

# Get VM Guest Mac Address –
# The script must run as root on VMware ESX server.
# This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution
# Change Log:
# 15 Oct 2008 – version 0.1

export PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin:/root/bin

id_check() {

if [ `id -u` -ne 0 ]
echo “You must be root to run this script!”


for COUNT in $(vmware-cmd -l); do
echo `echo $COUNT|awk -F’/’ ‘{print $6}’`
echo ” “`echo $COUNT`
echo ” “`cat $COUNT|grep “displayName”`
#MAC Address may refer to “Address” instead of “generatedAddress”
echo ” “`cat $COUNT|grep “generatedAddress”`

## Script END here

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Green IT – VDI(Virtual Dekstop Infrastructure) for Student

Posted on October 14th, 2008 in Virtualization | 2 Comments »

As Green IT and Virtualization becoming the hotest topic today, I believe is time to move the virtualization technology to the desktop level and make it available in the acedemy area from primary school to university. I strongly believe VDI will help to reduce the carbon foot print as well as the physical machine require for a school or university to serve their student during their study.

That will be more opportunity for the next generation of student might be 70% study with computer base, I believe the relevant department should start to implement the VDI for some significant power saving and reduce the pollution generated by each of the desktop. Imagine for the school in Malaysia today, you will easily get 50 to 200 PC per school which provided by the education minister for student usage. Imagine the number of PC will generate the extra cost for manage and refresh, VDI will be something that will fit for long term solution. With VDI, we will able to fully utilize the hardware resource today as well as simplify managing the image require to be run for each virtual desktop. With economy crisis now , I believe cost cutting is not only happen on private sector, the goverment should practice the cost and effective way to provide world class knowledge and solution in term to grow the kids for the future too.

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Why VMware Regional Office for Asia South not in Malaysia?

Posted on October 9th, 2008 in Industry News | 5 Comments »

VMware had setup their regional Asia South office in Singapore quite some times ago. Personally, I am wondering should this be the correct decision to be based in Singapore which is seems to be a higher cost sustain area, and the IT market in that area are just not focusing enough compare to Malaysia. The reason of saying this, is not because myself is a Malaysian.

1 of the good example, IBM had ship their regional office to Malaysia from Singapore previously, because they saw the potential market grow in this country as well as more talent source in Malaysia for IT related area. Many of the IT giant are setup the IT hub, data center as well as corporate office in Malaysia to enjoy the TAX free holiday as well as cheaper real estate cost and man power resources. There are HP, IBM, DELL, SHELL, EDS, HSBC, Prudential and etc around in Malaysia. Guess what, most of them are even having their production data center in Malaysia itself.

Now we go back to VMware, virtualization is growing in Malaysia, but the present from VMware are more relay on the partner in here. Training are not provided as what been provided in Sinagpore or Australia. Most of the time, even in singapore training center, the attendees are not Singaporean. As economy crisis now, to attend a training in Singapore will be 3 times more expensive for someone who attending a training in Malaysia. If I not mistaken, they have less than 10 employees in malaysia for VMware itself. It just not big enough to attract the confident of the potential giant customer from Malaysia market if you do not present yourself strong enough as your competitor.

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