The IPocalypse Cometh – Are You Ready?

Maybe not in the fall out bunker sense ready, this isn’t Y2K all over again… not yet anyways. Before the hysteria engine cranks up to full speed, I figured it was time to give you some tips to make sure you are ready. Note, I’m only going to cover making sure your ESX hosts are
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NetApp PoshOnTap & PowerGUI/VESI

This post was created in response to an entry in the “Blogger Block” contest. The idea for the post came from Chad King, who now has a coffee cup in route. Thanks! NetApp DataONTAP Cmdlets NetApp has released a PowerCLI snap-in to manage their devices! It is important to know: Licensing The Data ONTAP PowerShell
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Upgrading Likewise on vMA

The version of Likewise-Open that ships with VMware’s vMA is a bit old, and for one reason or another, it may need to be upgraded outside the normal window for upgrading the vMA bits. So… here goes the update: Checking the Current Install You can check the currently installed version with an rpm -qa: $
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Connecting vMA to Active Directory (Troubleshooting)

Recently I set upon a quest, one of grand scope and sure to bring honor to my family. Well, maybe. This quest you ask? This quest was to attach the VMware vSphere Management Appliance to Active Directory. Like any good quest, this was not without it’s challenges. First, Connect vMA to Active Directory: This is
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Rebuild the vCenter 4.1 Database

After purging my vCenter database, I seemingly corrupted it (I should have taken a snapshot first). In this case, as the database was small (read: 1 host, 6 VMs) I decided to rebuild it. This is not something you’ll want to do lightly, as well, everything kinda goes away. If you do proceed with this
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“Could not Format VMFS” – Nested ESX

The Problem! Was doing some work with UDA and nested ESX & ESXi installs this weekend and ran into an interesting hiccup: Or on ESXi: What? Can’t format what? But we’re working with nested ESX, it’s a VMDK, format it! I tried any number of things here: Different controller types, disk sizes, partitioning within the
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Installing the vSphere 4.0 Host Update Utility

This came up in the comments to one of my other posts, so I though I’d share. Note: The Host Update Utility was depreciated with 4.1, so if you came here looking for that… my apologies. The vSphere Host Update Utility, as far as I can tell is not actually offered as a separate download,
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Yo Dawg… (Obligatory vSphere 4.1 Post)

Instead of writing a 4.1 post, which seems to be all the rage, I’ll instead link you to a few of them that I have been reading (which are in turn links out to more documentation). Eric Siebert – vChat (about 4.1) – VMware 4.1 KB articles – ESXi “touchfree” installs –
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