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vSphere: Importing a CentOS VM Exported as a VMDK from KVM

I was recently given a VMDK file which I was informed had been exported from a KVM system and needed to be used to create a VM in vSphere. Initially I thought this would be quite a straightforward task, but turned out to be a bit of an effort, so thought ...
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Classification and Detection of Zombie Virtual Machines … Which tools should I use?

In this post I want to discuss what makes an Orphan or a Zombie in a VMware environment. I also want to introduce some of my favourite tools for detecting these malodorous fiendish creatures which can wreak havoc within your virtual world.

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Performing common virtual machine-related tasks with command-line utilities (2012964)

This article provides a side-by-side comparison of performing virtual machine-related tasks using different VMware utilities and command line methods.

Category: Manage
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How to – disable specific VSS writers

It is possible to disable specific VSS writers with vSphere 4.0 and newer, in case of troubleshooting a VSS writer issue:...

Category: Manage
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Deploy a truly dynamic OVF using Deployment Option based on the 4 Computes (CPU, Memory, Storage & Network) (virtuallyGhetto)

After learning about the Dynamic Disks feature in OVF, I decided to revisit OVF Deployment Options again and investigate whether it was possible to include all four computes (CPU, Memory, Storage and Network) as part of the deployment option. What would b ...
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Category: OVF VM Format
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Power on a VM through the ESXi Managed Object Browser

In this article I will discuss a simple trick to start a virtual machine through the Managed Object Browser (MOB). This can be handy in case of troubleshooting or if you don’t have vCenter or a Windows vSphere Client available (for example  if you’re ...
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Did you know OVF supports a cool feature called Dynamic Disks?

A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting Anders Madsen who is the lead engineer for the very popular and useful tool called ovftool. While having a discussion on a variety of topics with Anders I came to learn about a cool little feature of th ...
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Category: OVF VM Format
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JumpSquares v1.1 - RDP, VNC, and SSH added to Server

  After a few feature requests, I added some new functionality to allow RDP, VNC, and SSH connection to the "server" string. This new version is 1.1.   While configuring a JumpSquare, there are going to be two unique strings that are going to ...
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Performing an end-to-end backup and restore for VMware View Manager (1008046)

Purpose This article provides steps to perform a complete backup and restore of View Manager. Follow the recommended steps for backing up and restoring VirtualCenter and ESX located in the VMware Infrastructure 3 Documentationassociated with your version ...
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Get VMs by Virtual Port Group with PowerCLI (vNugglets)

How to find out what VMs use a particular virtual port group, and quickly?  Well, we have just the thing.  And, it also helps to illustrate the practical use of LinkedViews and the UpdateViewData() method of .NET View objects (about which we pos ...
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Managing VMware Tools with PowerCLI

All virtualization platforms have some type of client package of tools that is used for communications between the virtual machine and the hypervisor or otherwise managing the virtual machine guest. Often if the version of client tools is behind what the ...
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Category: VMware Tools
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Dummy Virtual Machine For Dummies: How To Create Hundreds of Them with Several Lines of Scripts

As I introduced in the article on vim-cmd commands, you can use a very simple command as follows to create a new virtual machine. Alternatively, you can ignore the path after the datastore and provide only datastore name (The [ and ] are still needed).

Category: Manage
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Installing VMware Tools in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon (Petra) - YouTube 3:24

Step-by-Step Install VMware Tools in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon (Petra)

Category: VMware Tools
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Building Linux Virtual Machine Templates: Tips and Checklist

While preparing for my home lab, I have created several virtual machine templates. Here are a few tips I found useful to smoothen the process and make your virtual machine templates easy to be deployed than otherwise.

Category: Templates
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Howto Install VMware tools on a virtual ESXi

Running an ESXi as Virtual Machine inside VMware Worksation or on another ESXi gets more and more useful for testing purposes. That installation, also called “Nested ESXi”, is not officially supported by VMware but some VMware developers are willing to he ...
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Category: VMware Tools
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Some basics about hot-add/hot-plug (running-system.com)

Using hot-add/hot-plug you can add computing resources (RAM/vCPUs) to virtual machines without any downtime. By default, hot-add/hot-plug is disabled – you have to enable this feature on a per-VM basis using your webclient or vSphere Client (you have to ...
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Using OVFtool via Powercli with a session ticket – lessons learned

Powercli is a really great tool for automation. Nevertheless from time to time we need other tools as well to fullfil our needs. If you want to automize the distribution of templates in your environment the OVFtool is a really nice way to achieve this. Si ...
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Category: OVF VM Format
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End User VMware Console with PowerCLI

After watching Alan Renouf’s video about Open-VMConsoleWindow, I got excited about PowerShell again.  In my current job I don’t get to do much scripting anymore but wanted to give building a form for PowerCLI a try.  I’ve secretly wanted to be a ...
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Category: Manage
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Getting the VMware Tools icon back on the taskbar (136)

I removed the VMware Tools icon from the system tray in a Windows guest operating system. How can I make it appear again?

Category: VMware Tools
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