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What documents are available in the VMware VCAP5-DCA Exam?

During my studies for the VMware VCAP5-DCA Exam I needed to find out what documents were accessible during the exam and couldn’t find the information on Google so I turned to the VMware forums and posted the questions. As always the response was quick and within a few minutes I had my answer thanks to […]

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How to find out what VAAI supported features your shared storage has in ESXi 5

Recently during the building of my new home lab I have been experimenting with different free storage providers such as FreeNAS, Nexenta, OpenFiler and was pleased to see in the vSphere Client that in some cases it reported that Hardware Acceleration (VAAI) was supported. I performed a few tests to see if it was indeed […]

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How to access USB and Other PCI Devices in VMware ESXi5 VMs with VMDirectPath

During the course of my VCAP5-DCA studies I reviewed this article in order to understand and get to grips with VMDirectPath. I found the article really useful but noticed that it was written for ESXi4 and not ESXi5 so i went off and checked a few things to make sure that it is still relevant. […]

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Quick Tip: How to create a VMware ESXi USB Boot device

A few people have been asking how to create an ESXi USB boot device in order to install ESXi via USB instead of DVD. To help them and others I decided to document the approach I have used which has worked for me over the years. To create a USB boot image of the ESXi […]

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IOPS Calculator

Over the last few weeks I have needed to calculate the theoretical amount of IOPS a collection of disks can produce a few times and to help myself I created a spreadsheet with all the inputs I would need and this then produced a theoretical calculation of the amount of IOPS the disk collection could […]

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Deploy OVF: This action is not available for any of the selected objects at this time

I just tried to upload a OVF template to a new install of the vCSA 5.1 (Virtual Center Appliance) but kept getting the error message “Deploy OVF: This action is not available for any of the selected objects at this time”. This problem is caused by the Client Integration Plugin not being installed. To install […]

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lookupservice/sdk – SSL certificate verification failed.

This evening I was setting up a new home VMware lab and had installed ESXi 5.1 and soon after the vCSA 5.1 (Virtual Center Appliance). I then went to login using the default username and password (root / vmware) but was prompted with the following unexpected error message “Failed to connect to VMware Lookup Service […]

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vCSA Admin page appears blank

I was installing a new vSphere lab when I needed to access the vCSA 5.1 (Virtual Center Appliance) Admin page so i logged in and navigated to the Admin page but it appeared blank. After troubleshooting the error I thought I would try IE instead of Firefox which i was using and low and behold […]

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New Home Test Lab Help

I am currently in the market for a new test lab and as always I don’t want to spend a fortune. My budget for the lab is £600. I will be using the lab to help pass the VMware VCAP5-DCA and VCAP5-DCD exams so I will need the lab environment to study all elements of […]

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vSphere Replication VM Requirements

In a recent VMWare design I included the vSphere 5.1 Replication component as a standalone Virtual Appliance. As part of my design I need to record each VM requirements to ensure that I was building an N+1 solution so I started to research the recommended requirements for a vSphere 5.1 Virtual Appliance but unlike other […]

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