May 8, 2014 asvignesh 1Comment
This is reference article for VMware ESXi 5.x logs, their locations and use-cases. Log File Location Description Troubleshooting /var/log/auth.log ESXi Shell authentication success and failure Security /var/log/dhclient.log DHCP client service, including discovery, address lease requests and renewals Networking /var/log/esxupdate.log ESXi patch and update installation logs Updates, Security /var/log/hostd.log Host management service logs, including virtual machine and host Task and Events, communication with the vSphere Client and vCenter Server vpxa agent, and SDK connections. vCenter, Events, Security, Networking /var/log/shell.log ESXi Shell usage logs, including enable/disable and every command entered Security /var/log/sysboot.log Early VMkernel startup and module loading Host /var/log/syslog.log Management service…
April 14, 2014 asvignesh 2Comment
VMware Vcenter 5.1 and before the default behaviour was to allow all domain admins to login and administrate your ESXi hosts. Once the 5.5 vCenter installed if you try and connect using a domain account you will get the error :The vSphere Client could not connect to “FQDN / IP”. You do not have permission to login to the server: FQDN / IP   To get domain credentials to work you need to login to the VMware vSphere Web Client and setup the relevant permissions. So how to login to vCenter using web client if domain users are not allowed?…
February 18, 2014 asvignesh 1Comment
The OVF in vSphere is not just about deployment and packaging. There is also a runtime part, namely the OVF environment. This is a feature that has been around since the early days of vSphere 4.x, if not earlier which provides a mechanism to retrieve some of this information as well as custom properties. The OVF feature provides users with the capability to pass in any type of metadata information such as application start up parameters, network configuration, password management, etc. directly into the guestOS for flexible guest customization. In this post, i will show how to fetch the runtime…
February 17, 2014 asvignesh 1Comment
VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine. For example, the following features are just some of the features that are available only if VMware Tools is installed: Significantly faster graphics performance and Windows Aero on operating systems that support Aero The Unity feature, which enables an application in a virtual machine to appear on the host desktop like any other application window Shared folders between host and guest file systems Copying and pasting text, graphics, and files between the virtual machine and…
February 7, 2014 asvignesh
This tutorial presumes that you understand what is a LAMP Server , how to deploy a web site and how to install software using Terminal and experience in running other Basic Terminal Commands. Root access To install any application you need root access , You can prefix sudo before every command or login to root user and execute the commands sudo -i Enter the password of your account Update You need to update the local repo by fetching indexes from remote canonical repos apt-get update Apache To install Apache you must install the Metapackage apache2. This can be done by…
February 3, 2014 asvignesh
There are two ways to enable / diable VAAI plugin, One via command line and one via vSphere Client UI Using command line Login to ESXi using putty / terminal Use “esxcfg-advcfg” command to manage your VAAI settings  To Check the Status esxcfg-advcfg -g (returnvalue 1 = enabled) ~ # esxcfg-advcfg -g /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedMove Value of HardwareAcceleratedMove is 1 ~ # esxcfg-advcfg -g /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedInit Value of HardwareAcceleratedInit is 1  To disable VAAI ~ # esxcfg-advcfg -s 0 /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedInit Value of HardwareAcceleratedInit is 0 ~ # esxcfg-advcfg -s 0 /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedMove Value of HardwareAcceleratedMove is 0 To enable VAAI ~ # esxcfg-advcfg -s…
February 3, 2014 asvignesh 2Comment
VAAI vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) is a technology that VMware makes available for storage vendors to offload the storage operation like cloning , space reservation from the ESX CPU to the storage array. What is VAAI? VMware vStorage APIs Integration (VAAI) is a set of APIs provided by VMware that allows the ESXi hosts to offload data processing of certain storage-related services like full file cloning, extended statistic and space reservation to storage array Host. Benefits of VAAI NAS: The integration of Storage array with VMware VAAI-NAS offers datacenter administrators deploy a VMware virtualized environment with optimized performance….
January 24, 2014 asvignesh
While adding a pool in VMware Horizon View Administrator, you may come across the situation where you get an error “unable to retrieve information from Active Directory for domain null” The domain field drop-down may be empty and you cannot browse the container of your active directory using the “Browse..” button. This happens when you did not add your domain by authenticating using domain admin credentials during configuring the View Composer settings. To fix that In the VMware Horizon View Administrator Dashboard Under View Configuration drop-down, select servers Select your Vcenter server and click edit Select Edit under “View Composer Server…
January 18, 2014 asvignesh 3Comment
You can change the name UBUNTU to any name by modifying the file lsb-release and issue, You can find that files under etc directory vignesh@vignesh-server:~$ sudo nano /etc/lsb-release DISTRIB_ID=Vignesh DISTRIB_RELEASE=0.1 DISTRIB_CODENAME=Test DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Vignesh Testing” vignesh@vignesh-server:~$sudo nano /etc/issue Vignesh Testing n l Once you modified Reboot your machine and test uname or uname -a Enjoy…
December 15, 2013 asvignesh 4Comment
Nested ESX / Virtualization Nested ESX / Virtualization is the ESX or any hypervisor running as a pseudo-machine, in this blog we will see how to set up ESXi 5.1 as a VM in ESXi 5.1 and Installing ESXi 5.1 Nested Virtualization with the 5.1 Release Intel VT-x or AMD-V is required for running “Nested Virtualization” which supports nested 32-bit VMs, Intel EPT or AMD RVI is required for running nested 64-bit VMs. A quick way to verify whether your CPU truly supports Intel-VT+EPT or AMD-V+RVI, you can paste the following into a browser: https://[your-esxi-host-ip-address]/mob/?moid=ha-host&doPath=capability You will need to login…