Mar 17

VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 u2 has been released!

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VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 u2 (update 2) New features include:

  •  High Ethernet Link Speed: ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds.
  • VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is a HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts without a vCenter Server.
  • vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO): Enhancements made to VAIO includes supports for IPv6 and VMIOF versions 1.0 and 1.1.
  • Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Better Security with RSA SecurID and Smart card authentication.
  • Windows 10 Support for the vSphere Web Client
Mar 17

Microsoft SQL now runs on Linux!

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Scott Guthrie- Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft recently announced Microsoft SQL that runs on Linux. Microsoft SQL 2016, available later on this year, will be able to run on Linux as well as an Azure SQL cloud service.

According to Microsoft, the benefits include:

  • Groundbreaking security encryption capabilities that enable data to always be encrypted at rest, in motion and in-memory to deliver maximum security protection
  • In-memory database support for every workload with performance increases up to 30-100x
  • Incredible Data Warehousing performance with the #1, #2 and #3 TPC-H 10 Terabyte benchmarks for non-clustered performance, and as of March 7, the #1 SAP SD Two-Tier performance benchmark on Windows1
  • Business Intelligence for every employee on every device – including new mobile BI support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices
  • Advanced analytics using our new R support that enables customers to do real-time predictive analytics on both operational and analytic data
  • Unique cloud capabilities that enable customers to deploy hybrid architectures that partition data workloads across on-premises and cloud based systems to save costs and increase agility
Oct 15

VMware vSphere Client 6 is very slow and hangs with Windows 10

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Issue: VMware vSphere Client 6 takes a long time to open and hangs when trying to connect to the vCenter or directly to an ESXi host. Reported on Windows 10.

Description: We encountered this problem after updating our machines to windows 10 and our lab server to vmware vSphere 6. The client installed but took 10 minutes to load. It would then simply take long enough that we cancelled. Continue reading

Aug 14

Windows 10 breaks VMware workstation 11 and 12 bridge networking

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I updated a lot of computers to Windows 10 recently as everyone else most likely has, and I ran into a bug which prevents vms running on VMware Workstation 11 (and previous versions) from using bridged networking (bridge connection) to the Network Interface Card (NIC).

It turns out that Microsoft has seen fit to prevent the addition of services to a network card. This means it’s not possible to use a bridge connection until a way is found around this.

Workaround: Use NAT

Just to be clear, this is VMWare Workstation 11 running on Windows 10. The VM itself can be running Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 and still have the connection issue.

It’s not great for all VMs. Let’s hope this is a bug and not by design and that it will be fixed in an upcoming update.

UPDATE: This has been resolved. Simply enable vmware bridge on your NIC in Windows 10.

Jul 29

Microsoft Windows 10 released! Useful shortcuts to know.

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Even though the betas were rock solid for us, it appears a lot of people are reporting a rather generic message during downloading or installing of Windows 10. The message, as displayed here, is simply telling you that “Something Happened”. It certainly makes me long for the Basic days when a line number would appear and we could at least look there to sort it out.
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Jul 08

Import OVF Template – Unsupported hardware family ‘vmx-10’ error ESXi 5.5

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I spent hours exporting a virtual machine (vm) to an OVF format only to discover that VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 gives me an error when I tried to deploy it.

Error message: Unsupported hardware family ‘vmx-10’ error

Cause: You created the VM using Workstation 11 and didn’t set the vm version to 10 or below before creating the OVF. Continue reading