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Freeware XmlServiceExplorer Tool
Published by Dieter Schmitz on 01/22/2014 | 0 Comments | 336 Views

This tool offers a graphical user interface to build requests to be sent to the XML service. The response is displayed for inspection. Thus, the XmlServiceExplorer allows administrators to debug how the XML service works and what kind of information is passed to Web Interface.

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Howto build a vSphere 5.5 Test Environment 13: Testing vSphere Features
Published by Thomas Franke on 12/16/2013 | 0 Comments | 1,329 Views

We completed the installation of our test environment on the previous part of this workshop. Today we are going to test some interesting vSphere features. But first create a virtual guest machine and install an operating system of your choise and the VMware Tools. Use an iSCSI volume to store the VM and use thin-provisioning to save storage space.

I use a VM with 2 vCPUs, 2 GB RAM, 40 GB HDD, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Evaluation (with GUI). The creation and installation of VM, operating system and VMware Tools were done in less than 10 minutes. That's even better than with many discarded PC or server hardware I used to run test systems on a few years ago. Virtualization really rocks! Smiley

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Howto build a vSphere 5.5 Test Environment 12: iSCSI Storage
Published by Thomas Franke on 11/24/2013 | 0 Comments | 1,803 Views

This part of the workshop is about shared storage. We'll need that to use features like vMotion, HA or DRS. I tested several storage products in the past, e. g. FreeNAS, OpenFiler, and Microsoft Storage Server, but with middle-rate results at best. Finally I stubled upon the "Open-E Data Storage Software" - and keep using it since then. Some of the reasons are:

  • It's a full-blown enterprise product that is used by several manufacures of SAN appiances.
  • It supports many storage services, e. g. NFS, SMB/CIFS, FTP, and iSCSI, and a lot of enterprise features.
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Howto build a vSphere 5.5 Test Environment 11: vCenter Server and Single Sign-On
Published by Thomas Franke on 11/18/2013 | 0 Comments | 1,610 Views

Today we are going to install vCenter Server. As with our simple test environment, we will use "Simple Install" for that. In fact, it is the recommended installation method for most customers, and it goes like this:

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Howto build a vSphere 5.5 Test Environment 10: Installing SQL Server 2012
Published by Thomas Franke on 11/11/2013 | 0 Comments | 2,485 Views

Today, we're going to install Microsoft SQL Server 2012 64-bit and setup a database for our vCenter server. Actually, SQL Server 2008 Express that is bundled with vCenter Server would be sufficient for a small deployment like ours. But using a full SQL Server enables us to test installation, configuration, administration, backup and recovery of the database like in an enterprise environment.

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Workshop - Part 9: A Production-like Test Environment
Published by Thomas Franke on 11/06/2013 | 0 Comments | 1,626 Views

After the Installation of a simple test environment that enabled us to have a first look on the new vSphere version, we now will begin to build a more complex infastructure. It will contain all the components of a production environment and will allow us to test advanced features like vMotion, Storage vMotion, HA and DRS.

With this infrastructure we can set up many tasks and challenges we'll have to face in customer stiuations, develop solutions, and evaluate them before applying them in production.

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vSphere 5.5: Manage VM Hardware Version 10 with VMware Workstation
Published by Thomas Franke on 10/29/2013 | 0 Comments | 3,344 Views

The famous vSphere C#-client is discontinued by VMware. Features that are new with vSphere 5.5 and later will only be available through the web client. I already mentioned that in a post about the vSphere client.

This can lead to a serious problem when using the new virtual hardware version "vmx-10" since it cannot be managed by the vSphere client.

You get a warning message when you upgrade the hardware by using the vSphere client.

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Workshop - Building a Test Environment: Part 8 - Installing vCenter Server
Published by Thomas Franke on 10/22/2013 | 0 Comments | 1,628 Views

Today we are goin to finish the installation of our simple test environment.

Before we can start, we need to lay some foundations. We already prepared the VM for vCenter Server in part 5 of the workshop. If not already done, install Windows 2012 Server and the VMware-Tools now. Configure the network settings as discussed before.

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Workshop - Building a Test Environment: Part 7 - vSphere-Client
Published by Thomas Franke on 10/15/2013 | 0 Comments | 1,795 Views

The vSphere client is a great thing. I like working with it, and I don't know anybody who doesn't.

Besides the C#-client there has been a web based client too for many years. But VMware did not like to develop an maintain two concurrent clients. So at the time of Infastructure 3, VMware asked at least their biggest customers if the web client is used at all since they wanted to retire it. Most customers disagreed. They didn't use the web client much, but liked it as a fallback solution in case of a situation where no installed C#-client was available.

A few years later with vSphere 5.1, VMware decided to stop the development of the C#-client instead. A questionable decision if you ask me. Web client is a great fallback, but nothing more. If is not suitable for daily business up to now.

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Workshop - Building a Test Environment: Part 6 - Installing ESXi
Published by Thomas Franke on 10/10/2013 | 0 Comments | 1,932 Views

During the previous five parts of this workshop, we have been busy with the prequesites for our virtual infastructure. This is not unusual. In a production environment, you will spend most of time with planning and preparations and only a few with the rollout. But today, we finally will install our hypervisor.

First, let's connect the ESXi 5.5 ISO-image (here: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0-1331820.x86_64.iso) to the VM and turn it on.

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