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HowTo: Install PXE Manager for vCenter

HowTo: Install PXE Manager for vCenter

One of my colleagues in the cloud team has written a “VMware Fling” called PXE Manager for vCenter which can be found by clicking here This is one of the best plug-ins to accompany vCenter for a long time (IMHO). This blog article is part 1 of a two part series to explain how to install and configure PXE Manager.  In part 2 I will explain how to deploy stateless ESXi (4.1 Update) hosts. Note: Before beginning the installation please make sure you have read all the pre-requisites required for this application Step1: Run vgpxe-x64.exe to begin the application installation Step2: You will be prompted to run the application Step3: If you havent already you will be prompted to install .NET Framework version 3.5 Step4: Once all pre-reqs are in place, click Next to start the installation Step5: Click Next Step6: Confirm the license agreement and click Next Step7: Select […]

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How To: Install and add multiple vCloud Director cells

There has been a few questions about how to add multiple vCloud cells and I have also made a big mistake once by not following the correct installation procedure. This is a small subset of what is listed in the VMware vCloud Director Installation and Configuration guide on page 26. You can download a copy by clicking here Note: If you are adding a second cell to a mature vCD environment and have not configured a NFS transfer share then a few steps need to be taken before adding a second cell. Logon to the original vCD cell(s) Move any files in the original transfer data directory /opt/vmware/cloud-director/data/transfer to a temporary location Shutdown the original vCD cell(s) Logon to the second vCD cell Mount the share and add it to /etc/fstab Power on the original vCD cell Move the files copied previously back to the transfer data directory Note: Before […]

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HowTo: Install vCloud Connector

Thought I would write a quick how to step by step guide on how to deploy vCloud Connector and configure the plug-in with vCenter.  Once I have collected them all, I will update the article with the associated screenshots. Deploying the Appliance from OVF Extract the contents of the vCC zip file Login to the Management Group vCenter and select Deploy OVF Template from the File menu Enter the full path of the vcc OVF that was extracted previously and click Next Confirm the details by clicking Next Accept the license agreement and click Next Provide a name for the Virtual Machine and select a Inventory Location, and click Next Select a host or cluster on which to run the vCloud Connector appliance and click Next Select a resource pool and click Next Select a datastore and click Next Select either Thin provisioned or Thick provisioned format and click Next […]

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VMworld 2011 – Voting Closed #1264 Private vCloud Architecture Deep Dive

Voting is now closed for VMworld 2011. Please vote for my session #1264 titled “Private vCloud Architecture Technical Deep dive”. This presentation won an award at PEX 2011, and I hope that people will give me the opportunity to present this again. http://www.vmworld.com/index.jspa Session Abstract Enterprises globally are enthusiastically embracing Cloud Computing as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service IT provides to its end customers. To achieve this, enterprises are looking to VMware and its partners to help them deploy VMware vCloud Director-based Private Cloud environments. For a VMware vCloud Director-based Private Cloud to be successful and operationally sustainable, an absolutely critical first step is developing a solid vCloud architecture. This session will help partners address this critical first step by exploring the proven, practical activities and considerations VMware has defined, based on experience, for developing a vCloud architecture. A participant in this session […]

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Critical Patch Information for ESX/ESXi 3.5 Hosts – Apply before June 1 2011

For anyone out there still using ESX(i) 3.5 you will need to apply a specific patch to your hosts to be able to continue updating these after June 2011.  This patch updates a secure key which will allow future patches to be applied. Follow the links below to the VMware KB articles for further information. KB: 1030001 Critical Impact: VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-201012410-BG: Apply this patch to continue applying patches on ESX 3.5 hosts after June 2011 has been written for users of ESX. KB: 1030002 Critical Impact: VMware ESXi 3.5, Patch ESXe350-201012401-I-BG: Apply this patch to continue applying patches on ESXi 3.5 hosts after June 2011 has been written for users of ESXi.

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