29 Oct 2010
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In VMware ESX you can use the vimsh command from the command line in order to retrieve CDP information. With the release of ESXi 4.1, the vimsh command is not included. However there is still a way to retrieve CDP informtation via the CLI. Instead of using vimsh, you simply use vim-cmd. The path to the utility is /bin/vim-cmd.

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29 Oct 2010
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I have to write this down as I'm sure I'll come across this issue again in the future. Today I had to install ESXi 4.1 on a ProLiant BL465C G7 blade server. This turned out to be problematic to say the least. It turns our that the native ISO imaged downloaded from the VMware website does not include all of the drivers required for ProLiant G7 blades. Anyway, as I had a very busy day, I really didn't have time to try and figure this one out for myself. Lucky for me, Steve [Bryen] has done this already and posted the workaround on his blog:

 

http://virtual-portal.com/virtualportal/?p=244

 

Thanks Steve!

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27 Oct 2010
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So I've not been blogging (or twiiting) for a very long time. To be honost, I've just been so busy over the past couple of months, I just didn't have any time. I know it's bad, but hey, I'm learning every day and soon I'll be typing away on some technical blog articles again.

 

Anyway, Mike Laverick over at RTFM Education has launched his VMworld 2010 SwagBag Xmas Raffle. There are loads of goodies included in this raffle, so I would advise you point your browser at http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/2010/10/20/the-rtfmvmworld-2010-swagbag-xmas-raffle to get involved!

 

Hopefully I'll be back later with some techie stuff again.

 

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16 Aug 2010
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Ok, so I'm going to have a little rant now...

 

After passing the VCDX Enterprise Admin Exam in July, I have booked the design exam for 20 September in the hope that if I pass the design exam, I will only have to sit the VCDX 4 design exam in order to qualify for the VCDX defence session. However, I received a notification from Pearson that VMware has asked to retire the VCDX 3 exams on 30 August 2010.

 

I therefore had to either reschedule the design exam to an earlier date or cancel the exam. As there are now no appointments available prior to 30 August I had to cancel the exam. This is slightly annoying as it means that rather than just having to pass the vSphere 4 design exam, I will now have to go and sit the VCDX Admin exam for vSphere 4 as well. And for those who don’t yet know, you DON’T want to sit that Admin exam twice!

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13 Jul 2010
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Although there are “many” “new” features in vSphere 4.1, there are many changes that have been made “under the hood”. I noticed this whilst I was playing with the beta. One of these changes is the way the vpxa agent enforces admission control in ESX/ESXi.

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06 Jul 2010
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The Steering Committee are pleased to announce the next UK London VMware User Group meeting, kindly sponsored by EMC to be held on Thursday 15th July 2010. We hope to see you at the meeting, and afterwards for a drink or two, courtesy of VMware.

Our meeting will be held at the Thames Suite, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP, +44 (0)20 7248 4444. The nearest tube station is Mansion House, location information is available here. Reception is from 1230 for a prompt 1pm start, to finish around 5pm. Our agenda looks something like this:

1100 – 1200 (Optional) Interactive PowerCLI / Powershell workshop – Alan Renouf
Note: If you would like to participate in Alan’s workshop, please bring a laptop, preferably with the most current PowerCLI and PowerShell binaries installed.

12:30 – 13:00 Arrive & Refreshments
13:00 – 13:20 Welcome & News – Alaric Davies
13:20 – 14:00 Sponsor Presentation, Why EMC for VMware? – Alan Renouf, Simon Seagrave

  • Thin Storage in a Virtual World – Chris Evans, ‘The Storage Architect’
  • Towards a Virtual Desktop – Stuart McHugh, Withers Worldwide
  • Experiences with Hyper-V – Mike Laverick, RTFM Education

15:00 – 15:20 Refreshment break

  • Preparation steps towards the VCDX – Simon Gallagher, Ioko
  • ESX in the DMZ – Steve Bruck, Associated News and Matt Northam, VMware
  • vSphere 4.1 new features – James Smith, VMware

16:45 – 17:00 Close
17:00 – Pub

To register your interest in attending, please send an email to londonvmug at yahoo dot com with up to two named attendees from your organisation. If you do not receive a confirmation mail, please don’t just turn up since we will not be able to admit you to the meeting. Please separately mention if you intend attending Alan’s PowerCLI workshop at 1100. Content from the meetings will continue to be uploaded to www.box.net/londonug, NDA permitting.

Sincerely, and with regards,

The UKLVMUG Steering Committee

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