Archive for January, 2009

How To Resize Windows 2003 Server Virtual Disk on VMware ESX

Posted on January 13th, 2009 in Operating Systems, Server, Tips | 22 Comments »

The following guide explain “How to resize Windows 2003 server (boot system) virtual disk on VMware ESX”.

Preliminary Note

  • Operating System: Windows 2003
  • Hostname: Win07
  • Initial drive c: hard disk space: 12 GB
  • Allocate additional hard disk space: 8GB
  • Total size(resize) = 20GB
  • VMware ESX version 3.5 update 3
  • GPart LiveCD 0.3.9-4

Note: We’re NOT warranty and response for any disk corruption. Please make sure you have BACKUP before proceed.

Here you go step by step:
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Windows 7 Beta on VMware Server 2

Posted on January 12th, 2009 in Operating Systems, Server | 8 Comments »

Today, I had fully tested the installation and functionalities for the latest Windows 7 on my VMware Server 2.0. The OS choice I choose from the VMware Server is Vista as for compatible to run the Windows 7. Impressively the performance is much more better than the Vista before. The installation had went through as usual as I do not run into drivers issues during and after the installation for Windows 7. Now I am enjoying the Windows 7 on VM with good performance compare to my Vista which always give me troublesome with unknown error.

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How To Turn Off Beep Speaker Sound

Posted on January 6th, 2009 in Tips, Workstations | 3 Comments »

“Beep… beeep… beeeep…” such an annoying sound that always happen in VMware Workstation(I’m currently running 6.5.1) Linux and Windows guests machine.

I would like to share How to disable or turn off beep speaker sound on VMware Workstation.

  1. Look for virtual machine DOT VMX(.vmx) file.
  2. Edit virtual machine .vmx file.
  3. Insert
  4. “mks.noBeep = “TRUE””

  5. Save .vmx file.
  6. Power On virtual machine.

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Suggestion to VMware

Posted on January 6th, 2009 in Announcement, Industry News, Virtualization | 3 Comments »

Welcome to the year 2009 and I do hope to see the changes from VMware in term of their products strategy & marketing strategy too. Everybody aware that the price for the ESX enterprise could be the show stoppers to some of the potential users who want to choose VMware instead of the competitors such as Hyper V and Xen. In the current economy downturn, VMware should try to reduce the licensing costing to increase the market share which could be benefits to their customer. Customer will always sign up for the support agreement on yearly basis and it does allow VMware to generate revenue in long term base.

Beside this, training and certification are big issues in here. Most users will not affordable the training fees which is very expensive today to get certify. The value of the VCP should be the quality of deliver, and it shouldn’t be restricted to rich guy who able to pay for the course fees. Most expert are capable and experience but had not been attended any training and not certify which due to the expensive training cost.
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Posted on January 5th, 2009 in Hardware, Storage, Virtualization | 4 Comments »

There had been numbers of review and discussion regarding the choices of storage for us to run on Virtual Environment today. I believed that the hot discussion is always moving talk about the right storage with right design and implementation to the VM farm always. The most hottest topic are still regarding the NFS, ISCSI and FC implementation which provide better features, performance and reliability.

Personally, I had 3 of it running in my environment now and of course, I had spent a huge number of times to really test out all the solution and compare apple to apple to further study of my requirement. Here are some reading I get from my test for 3 solution above.

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