Archive for March, 2009

ESX 3.5 update 4 released

Posted on March 31st, 2009 in Announcement, Virtualization | No Comments »

ESX 3.5 had been released and available to be downloaded from here.

VMware highly recommend to perform upgrade to vCenter 2.5 update 4 to support the ESX 3.5 update 4. ESX 3.5 update 4 will require vmtools to be upgraded too.

For more information, please visit to the official release note from VMware.

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VMware vCenter Mobile Access on Apple iPhone

Posted on March 30th, 2009 in Tips, vCenter, vSphere | 2 Comments »

I just got my vmware vCenter mobile access installed today. The current release version from VMware is version 1.0. It allow mobile phone access to specific vCenter and ESX host for management purpose. Apple iPhone had been included into support list and I did success to manage my vCenter by using vpn on my iphone. I have download the OVF format source from vmware and imported to my Virtual Infrastructure with vCenter. This mobile access virtual appliance is running on Centos with minimum resources. The original image will be only 2GB hard drive, 512 MB of RAM and 1 vCPU. This is enough to support the requirement of mobile access interface. I had installed the virtual appliance on vSphere, the next generation of ESX server. It allow you to browse through any VM farm within the network, providing you have the privilege to do so.

I had tested with the vMotion from my iPhone and it work perfectly. Although the management interface is limited through mobile phone, but it should be enough for management purpose. Below are some screen shots I captured during my test.

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Log in screen from iPhone

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VMware Expert Twitter Account Lists

Posted on March 30th, 2009 in Announcement | 8 Comments »

Here are the VMware Expert twitter account lists + web that what I have right now. I’m sure I have missed out a lot and please leave your comment here. Correct me if I have wrong information. Thanks!

Mike Laverick
http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/
http://twitter.com/Mike_Laverick

Tom Howarth
http://planetvm.net/blog/
http://www.twitter.com/tom_howarth

Eric Gray
http://www.vcritical.com/
http://twitter.com/eric_gray

Jason Boche
http://www.boche.net/blog/
http://twitter.com/jasonboche

Eric Sloof
http://www.ntpro.nl
http://twitter.com/esloof

Steve Beaver
http://www.thevirtualblackhole.com/
http://twitter.com/sbeaver

Roger Lund
http://rogerlunditblog.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/rogerlund

Carlo Costanzo
http://www.vmwareinfo.com/
http://twitter.com/ccostan

Rynardt Spies
http://www.virtualvcp.com
http://twitter.com/rynardts

Alessandro Perilli
http://www.virtualization.info/
http://twitter.com/govirtual

Rick Scherer
http://www.vmwaretips.com/
http://twitter.com/rick_vmwaretips

Texiwill
http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization
http://twitter.com/Texiwill
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ESX Host Profiles with vSphere

Posted on March 24th, 2009 in vCenter, vSphere | 5 Comments »

This nice feature in vSphere is able to backup and restore the ESX host profiles which is very useful for the VMware administrator to restore the settings of the ESX host/cluster. In the host profiles, it contain every single information of the ESX servers and allow users to revert back to the previous settings according to the profiles which previously created.


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You can browse the host profiles tab from Home > Management > Host profiles

Right Click the empty space from the left corner and select create profile

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Match RDM to Actual LUN on SAN Storage with vSphere

Posted on March 23rd, 2009 in Storage, vSphere | 2 Comments »

There are always challenges to match the Raw Device Mapping in VMware to the actual physical LUN from SAN storage. For current ESX 3.5 U3, what we had done to manage our RDM is all depend on the LUN name which presented at the management console from our EMC storage, and the LUN ID which publish at the vCenter management interface. In vCenter, there are numbers of LUNs presented to each ESX server which will be provided a unique LUN ID for each of the LUN. These LUN IDs should able to be match with the Host ID from the EMC navisphere web management GUI interface. At the same time, we had renamed the LUN to match with the virtual machine or ESX hosts which connecting to the LUNs for tracking and management purpose. These allow us to keep track every LUN been assigned to our Virtual Infrastructure.

In vSphere, the next version of ESX server, VMware had included the new features, which provide capability to rename the device’s name for each of the LUN been presented to the ESX hosts. This will provide alternative to keep track the physical LUNs which presented to ESX hosts and VMs too.

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