Import Virtual Machine with VMware Converter 4

Posted on August 20th, 2010 in Tips, vCenter, Virtualization | 2 Comments »

New finding while trying to import the existing virtual machine from ESX 3.5 to vSphere 4 ESX host. I got an image from previous ESX 3.5 which is running hardware version 4. I was trying to import it to the new ESX 4.0 through the import wizard, and been failed for couple of times. During the wizard, it allow you to change the virtual machine name, thin provision, disable unnecessary services and upgrade to virtual hardware version 7. I had selected the necessary configuration but non of it were success. It had always failed at the stage of 12 % during the import process. I even had browse the datastore to monitor the progress, for unknown reason, the task will be failed for no reason, which not even a packet was drop during the process.

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VMotion compatible from ESX 3.5 to vSphere 4

Posted on June 4th, 2009 in Tips, vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere | 1 Comment »

I am currently doing some test to simulate the real update requirement for my production VMware Farm to be upgraded from ESX 3.5 to vSphere 4. To minimize the impact to our production system, we may want to do this with as minimal impact as possible. Due to the virtual hardware version and tools upgrade require, is pretty tough for us to perform the entire upgrade at 1 time. Therefore, our plan is get the host upgraded and follow by each individual virtual machine to be upgraded follow the suitable timing for different business unit. HA and DRS will need to be disable temp during the ESX upgrade.

I am able to get the ESX 3.5 to be manage by the latest vcenter. A vmotion from ESX 3.5 to vsphere 4 had been successes too, but the latest version of virtual machine which built from vSphere 4 might not compatible to vmotion back to the ESX 3.5 hosts. At the same time, if you have different processors chipset in the environment and require EVC to be turned on, it may be a little challenge to do so. You may want to ensure the EVC to be done with no down time.  You may need to refer to my previous post about how to enable EVC with no down time.

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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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Windows 7 on vSphere

Posted on March 23rd, 2009 in Virtualization, vSphere | No Comments »

Previously I had my windows 7 running on ESX 3.5, Workstation and VMware Server 2.0, and now I have my windows 7 on VMware vSphere, the next generation of ESX server from VMware. Notice that the operating system option will not provide windows 7 for your selection, which I believe VMware will include this on the final release of vSphere when windows 7 become officially launch to public. Anyway, you can still install it on your ESX or vSphere by choosing Windows Vista as an option.


A success installation of windows 7 on vSphere. I had able to installed the VMtools properly on the Virtual Machine.

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Running ESX in Fusion

Posted on February 2nd, 2009 in Tips, Virtualization, Workstations | 5 Comments »

Being a 1st time Mac user I am truly impress with the performance & capability. I was a true PC users with windows & started to use Linux quite a bit for passed 2-3 years.

Recently with anonymous tips from someone I was able to get ESX running inside VMware Fusion Version 2.0.1 (128865).

ESX in Fuion
Just create a VM as per normal wizard & select “Generic Linux” or “RedHat Linux” works well for me.
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