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VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 6.5a on a HP/HPE DL380 G5 – IT WORKS!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Sad looking DL380G5

Sad looking DL380G5

Yes, we all know that the HP/HPE DL380 G5 is not on the VMware Hardware Compatibility list, the last ESXi supported operating system was either 4.1 – 5.0, depending upon your Xeon version. But these make ideal lab servers, and one very important function is if you remove the spinning rust disk drives from the disk carriers, you can swap them directly for consumer SSDs. So this makes an ideal test vSAN. 8 SSDs, and if you happen to have enough DL380G5, and we do…. you can build a larger cluster!

VMware HCL

VMware HCL

VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 does install and run on the DL380 G5, see here – INSTALL ESXI 6.0 ON A DL380 G5 – YES IT WORKS, but for shits and giggles, I want the latest and greatest 6.5!

DL380 G5 running ESXi 6.0

DL380 G5 running ESXi 6.0

and if you try to install ESXi 6.5 on a HP/HPE DL380 G5 with a Xeon 51xx series you will get the following error message



from the VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5 release notes

CPUs removed...

CPUs removed...

You will see the Xeon 51xx series has been removed from the code, and I also believe that more Xeon series will be removed with the next version 7.0 of ESXi, including all 52xx, 53xx and 54xx.

So I just happen to have some Xeon 5430, on my desk as coasters!

Not a matched pair of Xeon 5430

Not a matched pair of Xeon 5430

This pair are not matched…. I don’t think the world is going to come to and end…so, swap them and all will be fine…and the DL380G5 makes this simple, unlock the heat sink bar, unclip the processor clips, remove and replace…




So here you go, ESXi 6.5a on HP/HPE DL380 G5 -” IT WORKS!”

ESXi 6.5 on DL380G5

ESXi 6.5 on DL380G5

A quick tip, download the last firmware disk from HPE Firmware 10.10, and update your DL 380G5 before you swap the processors! In fact I found this server, had never had any firmware upgrades still on stock firmware!

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I won an Amazon Echo – Thanks @ExpertsExchange

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

In December I was notified by Experts Exchange, that I had won an Amazon Echo in the Contribute on Experts Exchange and Win competition for this Experts Exchange Article

HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).

I actually think this is the Best Golden Nugget for FREE in years! (The Echo and Veeam Endpoint)

Thanks Experts Exchange and to readers of the article.

Box from Experts Exchange with Customs Duty stickers!

Box from Experts Exchange with Customs Duty stickers!

Amazon Echo sealed box

Amazon Echo sealed box

Amazon Echo sealed box

Amazon Echo sealed box

Amazon Echo open box

Amazon Echo open box

As for it’s setup, the Amazon Echo Saga continues…

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VMware vSphere Client (C#) R.I.P

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Today VMware have announced the VMware vSphere Client (C#) is deprecated. This has been on the cards for many years.

Going forward the HTML 5 Web Client will be the only supported method of managing VMware vSphere.

Goodbye vSphere Client for Windows (C#) – Hello HTML5

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HOW TO: Install AsterixNOW PBX in a Virtual Machine hosted by VMware Workstation

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

A very quick video, which shows HOW TO: Install AsterixNOW PBX in a Virtual Machine hosted by VMware Workstation.

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Mystery box from Experts Exchange?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

This morning I had a delivery from Experts Exchange.

What's in the box ?

This is what's in the box!

The reason for so many shirts, I give them to friends, staff colleagues, and students! If you want a shirt just ping me an email!

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Join the next VMware vSphere Public Beta Program

Friday, April 15th, 2016

I’ve been given the nod, I can publish this…..

Want to get a head start, and look and test the next VMware vSphere release, VMware vSphere Public Beta Program

Click the link and Join Here

VMware vSphere Public Beta Program

Participants are expected to:

Online acceptance of the Master Software Beta Test Agreement will be required prior to visiting the Private Beta Community

Install beta software within 3 days of receiving access to the beta product

Provide feedback within the first 4 weeks of the beta program

Submit Support Requests for bugs, issues and feature requests

Complete surveys and beta test assignments

Participate in the private beta discussion forum and conference calls

vSphere Beta Program Overview

We are excited to announce the upcoming VMware vSphere Beta Program. This program enables participants to help define the direction of the most widely adopted industry-leading virtualization platform. Folks who want to participate in the program can now indicate their interest by filling out this simple form. The vSphere team will grant access to the program to selected candidates in stages. This vSphere Beta Program leverages a private Beta community to download software and share information. We will provide discussion forums, webinars, and service requests to enable you to share your feedback with us.

You can expect to download, install, and test vSphere Beta software in your environment or get invited to try new features in a VMware hosted environment. All testing is free-form and we encourage you to use our software in ways that interest you. This will provide us with valuable insight into how you use vSphere in real-world conditions and with real-world test cases, enabling us to better align our product with your business needs.

Some of the many reasons to participate in this beta opportunity:

Receive early access to the vSphere Beta products

Interact with the vSphere Beta team consisting of Product Managers, Engineers, Technical Support, and Technical Writers

Provide direct input on product functionality, configurability, usability, and performance

Provide feedback influencing future products, training, documentation, and services

Collaborate with other participants, learn about their use cases, and share advice and learnings

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RARE – Intel Xeon E3-1220LV2 Processor for my HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Here is the replacement processor for my HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8. It has taken me a while to track this one down. It has a TDP of only 17 watts, compared to the stock Intel Celeron G1610T, which has a TDP of 35 watts.

These are like rocking horse dodo…

It’s an Intel Xeon E3-1220L V2, it’s a low power, 17 watt, 2 Core, 4 Thread Xeon with Intel VT-d.

I’m waiting for my thermal compound, before I install it.

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Experts Exchange sponsor me to go to VMworld Europe 2015 in October

Friday, February 6th, 2015

For being awarded Top Contributor 2014 at Experts Exchange, my prize, not only the usual T-shirts, and trophies, but also an all expensive paid trip to VMworld Europe 2015!

So it’s not all about T-Shirts!


This is the email from Melanie Spatola, Community Manager at Experts Exchange.


There’s an article here written by  Brian Clausen, CEO, Experts Exchange – How to Get the Most Career Value From Social Networking, and here The Benefit of a Global, Online Peer Network, which are interesting reading!

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3 Awards in 2015 – VMware vExpert 2015, Microsoft IT Pro New Year’s Honours List 2015 and Experts Exchange Top Contribution Award 2014

Friday, February 6th, 2015

So in 2015, I’ve been Awarded

VMware vExpert 2015 (again, fifth year this year, 2011-2015)


Experts Exchange Top Contribution Award 2014 (this is a new award, but it’s like a supercharged Expert of the Year 2014, or MEGA Expert of the Year 2014, so again four years in a row, 2014-2011)


Microsoft IT Pro New Year’s Honours List 2015

Now you are all probably thinking, oh no not more T-Shirts, my prize and award for being the Top Contributor 2014 at Experts Exchange, is an all expensive paid, sponsored trip to VMworld Europe 2015 in Barcelona.


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HOW TO: Deploy and Install the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (VCSA 6.0)

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

In my previous Experts Exchange Articles, most have featured Basic and Intermediate VMware and Virtualisation Topics.

If you would like to read my Basic VMware articles, they are listed at the end of this article for your convenience.

This article will show you HOW TO: Deploy and Install the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0, also known as the vCenter Linux Appliance, or VCSA 6.0.

You cannot trial the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0, you must have a license for VMware vSphere vCenter Server 6.0 to download the appliance from VMware. Previous versions of the  VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance were supplied as a ready made OVF for download, this procedure has now changed in version 6.0, and a ISO (DVD image) now has to be downloaded.

Download the VMware-VCSA-all-x.y.z-abcdefg.iso (DVD image) from VMware. The filename used in this tutorial is called VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-2175370.iso, the build number and filename are likely to change when generally available.

Burn or Mount the VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-2175370.iso (DVD image) on your Administration workstation.

In the VCSA folder on the DVD, install the VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0.exe before you begin. (You will need to close your browser).

1. Install the VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0.exe application

Double click the VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0.exe application.

vcsa1.jpgClick Next to start the installation.
vcsa2.jpgAccept the End User License Agreement, and Click Next to continue.

vcsa3.jpgYou can change the program location if required, click Next to continue.

vcsa4.jpgClick Install to start the installation

Click Finish to complete the installation.


2. Installing the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0.

Double Click the index.html file in the root of the DVD.

vcsa7.jpgEnsure pop up blockers to no block the Client Integration Plugin.

vcsa8.jpgSelect Allow, so the VMware Client Integration Plug-In can access the operating system.

vcsa9.jpgSelect and Click Install

Accept the End User License Agreement, and Click Next to continue.

2015-01-03-17-12-52-vCenter-Server-AppliEnter the FQDN or IP Address of an VMware vSphere ESXi Host Server.

2015-01-03-17-15-30-vCenter-Server-AppliClick OK, if a certificate warning is displayed. (this is likely if your certificate does not match your FQDN).

2015-01-03-17-17-11-vCenter-Server-AppliEnter the name for the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 or accept the defaults. Enter and remember the password for the appliance.

2015-01-03-17-19-02-vCenter-Server-AppliSelect and use an Embedded Platform Services Controller. Click Next to continue.

2015-01-03-17-21-06-vCenter-Server-AppliSetup and Configure Single-Sign-On. (Remember the password!). Enter a password, for Single Sign-On, Domain Name, and Site Name, I would recommend, using vsphere.local for the domain name, and remembering the password! Click Next to continue.

2015-01-03-17-23-24-vCenter-Server-AppliSelect the appliance size.

  • Embedded-Tiny (up to 20 hosts, 400 VMs) – 2 vCPU and 8GB of memory
  • Embedded-Small (up to 150 hosts, 3,000 VMs) – 4 vCPU and 16GB of memory
  • Embedded-Medium (up to 300 hosts, 6,000 VMs) – 8 vCPU and 24GB of memory
  • Embedded-Large (up to 1000 hosts, 10,000 VMs) – 16 vCPU and 32GB of memory

In this tutorial, we are going to deploy a tiny appliance, but make sure you have 2 vCPU and 8GB of memory in the ESXi host server.

Select a datastore to install the appliance, and select Next to continue.

2015-01-03-17-29-55-vCenter-Server-AppliIt will check the datastore for storage space

2015-01-03-17-30-37-vCenter-Server-AppliSelect and use an Embedded vPostgres database

2015-01-03-17-31-46-vCenter-Server-AppliEnter network settings for the appliance, we have specified a static IP Address, and a FQDN of  We also selected an external NTP server for time synchronisation, and enabled SSH.

Review the settings, and click Finish to start the installation and deployment of VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0.

2015-01-03-18-40-40-vCenter-Server-AppliThe appliance is deployed

2015-01-03-18-40-58-vCenter-Server-Appli2015-01-03-18-41-10-vCenter-Server-Appli2015-01-03-18-42-39-vCenter-Server-AppliPackages are deployed

2015-01-03-18-43-24-vCenter-Server-Appli2015-01-03-18-43-29-vCenter-Server-Appli2015-01-03-18-43-33-vCenter-Server-Applithe appliance is configured

2015-01-03-18-44-20-vCenter-Server-AppliStarting Services

2015-01-03-18-51-29-vCenter-Server-Appli2015-01-03-18-55-39-vCenter-Server-Appli2015-01-03-19-00-51-vCenter-Server-AppliInstallation Completed. Click the link provided to connect to vCenter Server Appliance via your browser.

2015-01-03-19-01-26-vCenter-Server-AppliEnter your Administrator@vsphere.local username and password.

vcsa11.jpgYou are connected to vCenter Server

vcsa12.jpgCongratulations you have successfully deployed and installed the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0.

Basic VMware Articles Series:

During this series of articles VMware released VMware vSphere 5.5 and VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.5. These articles are also applicable to VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.0 and 5.5. For consistency, I have used VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.1 throughout this series.

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