ESXi 5 is the only to go as VMware remove ESX Console in vSphere 5

Posted on July 19th, 2011 in Announcement | No Comments »

VMware had tried hard to push their existing customer to switch over to ESXi version since vsphere 4. With the up coming vSphere 5, there will no longer provide esx service console as it does in the previous version. vSphere 5 will only come with ESXi edition with leave the users no choice by adopting to it.

For users who plan for an upgrade in the near future or any new deployment, I will suggest you to deploy all your ESX host with ESXi for the ease of upgrade or migration. The upgrade process is pretty straight forward from version 4 to version 5 without any big hassle.

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How to make APC PCNS 2.2.4 work with ESXi 4.1

Posted on October 7th, 2010 in ESXi, Tips | 2 Comments »

For the past 1 week, I have been busy with the APC PCNS and ESXi 4.1 and I would like to share my experience “How to make APC PCNS 2.2.4 work with ESXi 4.1″ here.

Basically I will not discuss How To Install PowerChute Network Shutdown on VMware ESX /ESXi again and you may refer to APC official link here.

If you’re try to install APC PCNS 2.2.4 on vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) 4.1 and I’m sure you will get the similar error like “This version of PowerChute Network Shutdown only support VMware ESXi” which I think APC teams should it much more clear. The error message caused by APC PCNS (ver 2.2.4) setup file – “” which check on “/etc/vima-release” file. In the vMA 4.1 released, you’re can only found “/etc/vma-release” file which changed recently. Create a symbolic link or edit the installation script can temporary ignore these error message. See this link.
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VMware ESXi 4.1 HA Warning Message

Posted on September 9th, 2010 in ESXi, Tips, vSphere | 11 Comments »

VMware vSphere ESXi HAI was playing around with VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1 recently and I found the warning message “HA initiated a failover action in cluster your-cluster-name in datacenter your-datacenter-name” keep show on my vCenter. Nothing has been changed, HA working like a charm, no VMs have been reboot and the warning message just annoying.

The solution are pretty simple.
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How to enable ssh in vSphere 4i

Posted on May 29th, 2009 in Tips, Virtualization, vSphere | 7 Comments »

To have SSH enable on vSphere 4i is always important and helpful when you require to troubleshoot any problem you may face. The way to get this done should similar as esx 3i.

  1. First, you press Alt + f1 then type “unsupported” and press enter.
  2. You will see the prompt for password after this. Key in the root password you had previously configure, and you will be able to log in to the service console.
  3. Follow by that, do a vi /etc/xinetd.conf and look for #ssh. Remove the # and save the file after this.
  4. Go to /sbin, and run this command ./ restart
  5. Noted: If you still having problem with SSH access, please restart and it should be work.

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ESXi 3.5 u4 Available Now

Posted on April 9th, 2009 in Announcement | No Comments »

Are you running any VMware ESXi free edition so far? It’s time to try it out or upgrade – ESXi 3.5 u4 available for download now!

Get a free license for VMware ESXi and build virtual machines in minutes with this easy-to-deploy, OS-independent hypervisor.

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