31 03, 2015

Useful Links for NTP Configuration in vSphere Environments

By | March 31st, 2015|ESX, vCenter, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows|0 Comments

A few months ago, I was helping out a customer with a time configuration issue on their vSphere environment. For one specific question, I investigated and wrote the post: ESXi Time Configuration: Don’t point it towards the Windows Domain name However, while doing the investigations, I went through various documents produced by VMware. As NTP [...]

19 11, 2013

VMware Capacity Planner: Connect to Perfmon Failed

By | November 19th, 2013|Capacity Planner, ESX, How To, vCenter, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows|2 Comments

These days, I am working on a project involving VMware Capacity Planner.  Part of its deployment means that one has to troubleshoot access issues, in order to get successful inventory and performance scans.  I am planning to write a couple of posts to document tips that one generally doesn't find in documentation.  In the meantime, [...]

30 09, 2013

How to create shared iSCSI storage for ESXi using StarWind’s iSCSI SAN Software

By | September 30th, 2013|Cloud, ESX, How To, SRM, StarWind, vCenter, VDI, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows, Workstation|3 Comments

In my previous post, I mentioned that I use StarWind Software's iSCSI SAN software to provide iSCSI LUNs for my home lab.  In this post, I'll document the process to create a simple shared iSCSI LUN setup.  Using that, one can provide as many LUNs as required to an ESXi setup, possibly with multipathing - [...]

12 08, 2013

StarWind Software’s iSCSI SAN: Shared Storage for my VMware Workstation Powered Lab

By | August 12th, 2013|ESX, Review, StarWind, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, Windows, Workstation|1 Comment

Like all VMware techies, I have also installed shared storage in different ways, to experiment with high-availability solutions.  One thing that has always bugged me is that virtual appliances providing shared storage, need to have the virtual environment running as a prerequisite.  In a home lab, one might not have an external NAS box so [...]

19 03, 2013

VMware Hybrid Cloud: “There was an error running your last operation….”

By | March 19th, 2013|Cloud, How To, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows|0 Comments

One of my colleagues is currently researching cloud services.  Like me, he is also very interested in VMware Hybrid Cloud and created an account as soon as it was made available.  However, despite using supported browsers, he ran into problems trying to delete a virtual machine that he had created earlier.  Every time he tried, [...]

16 03, 2013

Getting Started with VMware Hybrid Cloud

By | March 16th, 2013|Cloud, ESX, Firewall, How To, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows|0 Comments

In the past couple of years, the term "cloud services" has become very fashionable.  Every company wants to be on it.  So, even if your day-to-day job is not virtualization, it still makes sense to know about it.  Now, even though a cloud service is just a platform outside your own private environment, to someone [...]

28 01, 2013

Building (or Upgrading) a Virtual Home Lab Machine – Part III

By | January 28th, 2013|Hardware, vCenter, View, Virtual Lab, VMware, vSphere, Windows, Workstation|5 Comments

In the first and second posts of this series, I covered my thought process for deciding what hardware and software to use for my new lab machine and then what I actually bought and built, respectively.  In this last post of the series, I intend to cover some optimizations I did after the build, some [...]

31 10, 2012

Building (or Upgrading) a Virtual Home Lab Machine – Part II

By | October 31st, 2012|Hardware, Strategy, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, Windows, Workstation|3 Comments

In my last post, I discussed the things that are important to me when I am considering to build a new machine for my lab and my reasons for choosing certain options when building a new one.  I promised to report on what I bought and built after making the decisions above and how it went, [...]

30 04, 2012

Identifying and Troubleshooting Firewall Access Issues

By | April 30th, 2012|Active Directory, Exchange, Firewall, Virtualization, Windows, Windows Firewall|1 Comment

While working with server builds and configurations, one is frequently faced with a scenario where the system (as a client), needs to connect to a server at the other end and the process doesn't work.  If one's lucky then an intelligent message is returned by the interface, hinting about the problem but more often than not, the [...]