VMware – Fully automated ESXi installation

Tom Arentsen wrote some nice step-by-step articles about the PXE manager for vCenter fling http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-i/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-ii/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-iii/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-iv/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-v/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-vi/

VMware – ESXi scratch partition and logging

Scratch partition When you install ESXi, a scratch partition is automatically created when local disks are used and at least 5GB of free diskspace is available for ESXi to install on. This “scratch partition” is used for storing vm-support dumps log files userworld swapfiles (if enabled). When using Boot-from-SAN or …

VMware Troubleshooting Mind Maps

To assist you in navigating your issue to the right solution, VMware created a number of interactive maps of the most common problems users are seeing, and what articles can help you solve those issues. Make sure to use version 9 or later of Adobe Reader to open these.   …

VMware – Free compliance checker for vSphere

Check the compliance of your IT infrastructure against specific standards and best practices that are applicable for the environment. The Compliance Checker is a free, downloadable, fully-functional product for checking compliance of your environment to help you ensure that it remains secure and compliant. Download here

VMware – Acronyms

Below is a list of acronyms that are often used when talking about VMware technology. If I forgot some, let me know.   TYPE ACRONYM FULL CERTIFICATIONS VCA4-DT VMware Certified Associate 4 – Desktop CERTIFICATIONS VCAP4-DCA VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration CERTIFICATIONS VCAP4-DCD VMware Certified Advanced Professional – …

VMware – CPU key indicators

Important CPU metrics to look at when troubleshooting CPU performance in VMware environments.   %Ready (%RDY) •% time a vCPU was ready to be scheduled on a physical processor but couldn’t due to processor contention •Investigation Threshold: 10% per vCPU %Co-Stop (%CSTP) •% time a vCPU in an SMP virtual …

VMware – vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for Microsoft Active Directory

The VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for Microsoft Active Directory allows organizations to automate the management of directory services tasks, particularly as they pertain to cloud provisioning use cases. For instance, the plug-in enables the automatic provisioning of vCloud Director organizations based on data retrieved from Active Directory.  The plug-in also …