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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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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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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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Unable to connect to host with vSphere Client or vCenter

Symptoms I had an issue today where I could not connect to one of my ESXi hosts via the vSphere Client or vCenter. I also noticed that when I logged on to the console it was very sluggish accessing the configuration menu (This might be a red herring). All my VMs were running and I […]

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vSphere Data Protection now available for download

Like many VMware techies I have been wanting to try the vSphere Data Protection virtual appliance but up until now we have not been able to download it due to download restrictions. Well good news the folks over at VMware have now made the appliance available for download via their website.  

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Quick Tip: What the difference between the Consumed Host Memory and Active Guest Memory

So what is the difference between “Consumed Host Memory and Active Guest Memory”? A view of a VM Consumed and Active Guest Memory Consumed Host Memory = The amount of physical memory that has been allocated to the virtual machine by you the VM administrator plus the overhead that the ESXi hosts to use in […]

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