How-To

How to upgrade ESXi 5.0 to ESXi 5.1

For some of you that may not know ESXi 5.1 has been released. If you are like me running it for free at home or in the office, you may have asked yourself. How can I update my existing ESXi 5.0 installation without needing to use a CD / USB. Well my friends, it’s good you stopped by.

First thing you need to down and go on and log into your VMware account and download the ESXi 5.1 Offline Bundle (a file named VMware-ESXi-5.1.0-799733-depot.zip). While your are there you should download all other ESXi 5.1 related downloads; You’ll only need them later anyhow.

Next you need up upload the bundle to a data-store that your host has access to. This can be done via the vSphere Client or any other SCP client such as WinSCP or Filezilla FTP Client. Once uploaded to a data store you can can SSH into your host and run the following commands to update your system:

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When done you will find yourself back at the command interface and all you need to do is type ‘reboot‘ and wait about 5 min’s for the system to go down.

Please note that you should have already powered down any and all virtual guest systems before updating to minimize on the time it takes to reboot

Additional Notes: (if you are just patching 5.0 for the use with Win8/Server12

Consider this guidance, which is based on testing Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 up to build 8224:
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview / Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate does not boot on ESXi 5.0. To resolve this issue, you must install patch ESXi500-201112001 (Patch 02):
    1. Download and install ESXi500-201112001 (Patch 02). For more information, see VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201112001 (2007680).
    2. Create a new virtual machine configured for either Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2.
    3. Enable 3D graphics or do not install VMware’s WDDM video driver.
    4. Install Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 from Media.
    5. Install VMware Tools.Note: VMware does not recommend installing VMware’s WDDM video driver. Use the default VESA driver.
  • If you experience a black screen after installing VMware’s WDDM video driver in a virtual machine with Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012, enable 3D graphics or reinstall the operating system and VMware Tools without VMware’s WDDM video driver.
  • VMware does not currently recommend using USB xHCI with Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012. To work around this issue, remove the USB xHCI controller or use the USB EHCI+UHCI controller.Note: Any changes to the virtual hardware must be preceded by a full shutdown on the command line (shutdown /s /t 0 /full). Otherwise, the Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 hibernate-shutdown may not fully detect hardware changes and you may experience a blue diagnostic screen or triple fault at boot.
  • The vmxnet3 virtual NIC does not work in a Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 virtual machine with ESXi 5.0. To work around this issue, use e1000e or e1000 NICs.

Show List Of Network Cards in Linux

Here is a question I got not so long ago.

Jermal, How do I go about finding the name and type of network card I have in my Linux installation?

First off, thanks for asking me. I know of a few ways and I’ll list them here. Short and simple. We have the the following commands: ip, ifconfig, lspci, dmidecode, lshw commands. Out of these I only use 3.

ifconfig and ip commands

lshw command is another nice one also

And when feeling a bit fancy you could toss in the lspci command with egrep

And… that is about it. I hope this answers your question

– Jermal

Quick ESXi iSCSI configuration

Here is a quick walkthrough on connecting your ESXi host to an iSCSI target.
[Start Now]
Connecting to our ESXi server with the vSphere client is go into the configuration tab then storage adapters. Now we need to enable the iSCSI software adapter and click configure.
After enabling the software adapter we need to point it at our iSCSI target. Go to the dynamic discovery tab and “click add”.
Enter the IP address of the SAN and use port 3260
Click close and you will be prompted to rescan for storage, click yes
Our iSCSI disk will now show up under the software adapter
Go to the storage section of the configuration and click “Add Storage”
Select Disk/LUN and click “Next” then select the new iSCSI target and click “Next” and Click “Next” again
Enter a datastore name and click “Next”
Click “Next” unless you want to adjust the block size
Click “Finish”
Now your new iSCSI datastore is ready to use

How-To: install VMware .bundle on Ubuntu

By now many I have come accustom to installing programs using the apt-get method in Ubuntu, but there comes a time where we need to remember those other commands to install things.  For example when attempting to install software packaged in .bundle file format.

It all started when I downloaded VMware player and went to install the .bundle.  I wasn’t sure at that time what to do with it.  A Google search later I had my answer; and I hope Google got you to this page where I also share with you how-to do this.

In Ubuntu you open your command line terminal and type the following:

sudo sh VMware- ‘press tab to auto complete’

That’s it…   Follow the instructions and you are finished.

How-To Add an Additional Mailbox in Outlook 2010 – With only 10 Steps

  1. Open Outlook 2010 and click File > Info > Account Settings
  2. Highlight the account and click Change
  3. Click More Settings
  4. Click on the Advanced Tab then click Add
  5. Type the name of the account or mailbox address and click OK
  6. Verify the new mailbox is listed, then click OK to save
  7. Click Next
  8. Click FinishCongratulation! You have successfully entered all the information required to setup the new account
  9. Click Close
  10. The new Mailbox will be listed below your primary account