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VMware vSphere 4.x (ESXi) does work when you remove the USB stick!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

VMware vSphere 4.x (ESXi) does work when you remove the USB stick!

(Not recommended!)

UPDATE

I later tested the following with the USB stick removed.

  1. vMotion-ed 16 Windows XP workstations to the ESXi 4.1 U1 host with success.
  2. Migrated 16 additioanl Windows XP workstations to the ESXi 4.1 U1 host with success, and Powered-On.
  3. Re-configured and created new virtual switches.
  4. Added New Network Interface connections.
  5. vMotioned 16 Windows XP workstations off the ESXi 4.1 U1 host with success.
  6. Powered-Off and Migrated 16 additioanl Windows XP workstations off the host ESXi 4.1 U1 host with success.
  7. vMotioned Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 servers with success.

At all times, there was no issues with virtual machines or host server. The only issue I had was trying to install VMware Tools, which hung the virtual machine I was trying to install VMware Tools on, only this machine was affected, and it timeout with this error:-

VMware Tools installtion issue with USB stick removed

VMware Tools installation issue with USB stick removed

But I would expect that error!

So is this document a “Dell Technical White Paper” a  load of bull!, it compares the Dell PowerEdge M910 and the HP Proliant BL685c G7 Blade, and suggests that if the USB stick falls out or is removed, or goes faulty ESXi 4.0 crashes!

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Aubergines and Chillies

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

We cook with a lot of aubergines and chillies, so why not grown your own. I’ve had success for many years with growing chillies, but never had aubergines plants fruit, I think it’s been too cold in the plastic greenhouse, so these seem to be doing well in the porch, which gets to temperatures at 46 degrees C in the sunshine!

Chilli plant

Chilli plant

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

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New HD Video - Eazy Peezy Lemon Squeezy iSCSI Storage by StarWind iSCSI SAN Software

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Continuing my theme on adding network/shared storage to VMware vSphere 4.0 (ESX/ESXi), I’ve done NFS in my previous short videos, my attention is turned to iSCSI, and one of the best products on the market, in my opinion is iSCSI SAN Software by StarWind Software. And an entry level version is FREE.

I thought rather than type lots of words, about how good iSCSI Storage by StarWind iSCSI SAN Software is, I would create a quick video, they do say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So here it is, how create an iSCSI SAN for FREE, in less than 10 minutes for use with Windows 2008 R2, VMware vSphere, Citrix XEN, Hyper-V, Windows XP, Windows 7 …. iPad if there was an iSCSI initiator!

Free iSCSI Storage from those nics guys at StarWind iSCSI SAN Software - StarWind Free Edition - iSCSI SAN with Deduplication.  A little note if you are going to use this in serious Production Environment, and run all your Finacial Organisations Virtual Servers on it, please upgrade to the Enterprise Versions!

In my next quick video, I show you how to attach these iSCSI disks to vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x.

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Never short of a soft drink or coffee in Japan!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

More photos from the Japan holiday archive.

Coca-Cola vending machines in Asakusa District, Tokyo, Japan

Coca-Cola vending machines in Asakusa District, Tokyo, Japan

Calpis, Sapporo and Asahi vending machines in Asakusa District, Tokyo, Japan

Calpis, Sapporo and Asahi vending machines in Asakusa District, Tokyo, Japan

In Japan, everywhere on the streets, they have vending machines serving hot and cold drinks from the same machine, from Coca-Cola, coffee, tea, pancake syrup drinks and beer!

So you never short of a drink, anywhere you travel in Japan! (very handy if you have a Coca-Cola addiction!), and the umbrella I’m using was free, people leave them on buses and trains for the next person to pick and use. Now that’s Recycling! Very kind!

and that does say Calpis!

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New HD Video - Adding an NFS datastore to a VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x host server

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

As I posted a video earlier, on Creating an NFS datastore for use with VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.1 host server, I though I would complete the next part of the series, and show how to connect the datastore to VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x host server. I’ve also shown in the video, the mistake that lots of Administrators make when setting up, by not creating a VMKernel Portgroup for the NFS traffic, and the connection fails, the video shows the connection to the datastore, creating an iso folder on the datastore, confirmed by checking on the NFS server, and uploading a Windows XP iso image, connecting this image to a Virtual Machine, and booting the Virtual Machine from the iso image.

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New HD Video - Creating an NFS Server using Windows 2008 R2 for VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.1

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I had a look at the You Tube video, and personally I think the quality was rubbish, so I’ve produced a new flash HD video here, which is much higher resolution, so you can see the important setup detail fo the NFS share, which is the issues for most NFS setups.

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Creating an NFS Server using Windows 2008 R2 for VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.1

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I put this quick movie together, because some folk seem to have difficulty in setting up NFS on Windows 2008 R2 for VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.1. I don’t know why, it takes me 60 seconds. They seem to get bogged down with User Mapping, Permissions etc - there’s no need! Don’t tick all the boxes, just because they are there! Anyway hope it helps!

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Biodiversity at its best!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Biodiversity at its best!

Bull Thistle, Common Thistle, or Spear Thistle 'Cirsium vulgare'

Head of a Bull Thistle, Common Thistle, or Spear Thistle 'Cirsium vulgare'

When was the last time you saw a Common, Bull or Spear Thistle for the Goldfinches!?

This is not an excuse for weeding the garden, this is trying to attact species of flora and funa into the garden. I’m hoping that when the thistle flowers, I’ll be able to get a photograph of the gold finches feeding on wild flowers in the garden.

This patch at the bottom of the garden, by the dying victoria plum tree, is left untouched for the insects, bees and birds to visit.

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What’s in your camera? An Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Card?

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Eye-Fi Wireless WiFi SD Memory Cards

Eye-Fi Wireless WiFi SD Memory Cards

I have a 2GB SD and 4GB SDHC Eye-Fi wireless memory card, if you have a digital camera (and don’t most people today?), and it takes SD, then why haven’t you got one. Transfers digital pictures off the camera automatically to your Laptop, iPad or can upload directly to the internet.

Must be the best Gadget ever!

Video coming soon, photographs straight from a Canon DSLR to iPad via WiFi.

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Why is my data allowance disappearing?

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Data Allowance Pie Chart

Data Allowance Pie Chart

Detailed Usage Report

Detailed Usage Report

I’ve been rather puzzled as to where my data allowance has been disappearing, in the office, in the past two days, according to the new reports from Eclipse Internet, 2GB has disappeared in p2p. Now I’ve been moved to a 50GB monthly limit during peak hours, I trying to understand more, what data is being used.

The interesting thing, is I don’t run any P2P, or so I thought, after looking at the firewalls and  traffic passing through the router, I managed to establish a NAS, has been running a Bit Torrents service for an eternity. It’s been turned off now!

I’ll check in a few days, if any more data allowance is being eaten up!

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