Category Archives: vSphere

ESXi 5.5 and HP-AMS Heap globalCartel-1 already at its maximum size

Nothing better than waking to a Saturday support call, no? Don’t you just love not having a weekend and support your clients instead ;-). So long story short, it was a VMware Horizon View infrastructure and all the virtual machines that were being requested by the users were not powering on and we were getting… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: Replace a vSphere Storage Appliance (5.5)

I was troubleshooting at a customer’s site and I found out that one of the appliances for some reason is corrupt from a configuration perspective, the cluster would always see the appliance offline when the datastores are online and mounted. Anyway,  I decided to replace the appliance but prior to that I had done some… Read More »

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VMware VSA 5.1.1.0 License Expired

Well today a customer called screaming out that the VSA’s license has expired (although the key’s were installed upon installation),  so I logged in to vCenter via vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client and  a nice “Expired” can be noticed. Note that the environment is still up and running and all the virtual machines that… Read More »

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vSphere Tip To Toe: Reset ESXi root user password “Lost r00t o_0?”

Hello again my friends, this time I came across a customer who seemed to be completely blunt about the root password that he have set on his ESXi servers. As you may know previously we were able to reboot into single user mode and do the magic there. Since ESXi implies security well its not… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: Multi Hypervisor Management from vCenter

Here we are, in a vast virtual cloud where you might come across an environment that has a mixture of hypervisors, VMware has a solution for managing this mixture via the vCenter Server console. I’m going to show on how to install the plugin, and connect a Hyper-V server to it. First you can download… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: Upgrading vSphere 5.0 to 5.1 (HP’s iLO3 Style)

Well, we’re upfront again and we have something to update after working hours =). Without any further delay, mainly I’m going to state on how to upgrade your vCenter installation along with its components but when it comes to ESXi upgrade I actually used a pretty cool feature that is found on HP’s servers within… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: vSphere Replication 5.1

Looking into that thing which is called replication, in the past this used to come with SRM and it needed to be deployed but now in the vCloud Suite its also comes in a standalone flavor, in the following I’ll show you how to setup vSphere Replication 5.1 appliance and configure it for replication with… Read More »

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vSphere 5.0 Tip To Toe: Install SRM 5.0 and Configure vSphere Replication (The Imageless Reference)

After spending a couple of days with the company of the beloved Site Recovery Manager 5 from VMware I have a come across a fact that I really should honor this product and write something about it as it was very delightful and very exciting to work with. At all levels SRM 5 is quite… Read More »

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vSphere 5.0 Tip to Toe: Basic ESXi 5.0 Configuration

Commencing from where we left, now that our ESXi 5.0 hypervisor is up and running we’ll need to do some initial configuration before we can connect to it using the vSphere Client. 1- Go to your console, and press F2 this will prompt you to for root user’s authentication, once you’ve authenticated you’ll have to… Read More »

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vSphere 5.0 Tip to Toe: Installing ESXi 5.0

As most of creatures that dwell in this web-universe we’ll start it simple and clean, in this series I will be trying to fillfull and comprehensive self-teaching course on vSphere 5.0 in it’s technical aspects using on hand screenshots and tips. I know most of you might like to see a video of all of… Read More »

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Configuring VMware AutoDeploy Feature

AutoDeploy is a new feature of VMware vSphere 5.0 and it’s the most efficient way to provision a new server as as ESXi 5.0 box, along this guide I’ll be configuring AutoDeploy and I’ll be using my workstation as the lab also I’ll be using VMware vCenter Serve Appliance as my vCenter server. [What you’ll… Read More »

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