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

Jul 03

Intel i217-LM network adapter dropping connections

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Issue: You notice intermittant drops in connections on the network, slow network connection or complete loss of connection.

Affected: Intel i217-LM NIC (Used by HP, Lenovo, Dell in their recent Desktops)

If you have a lenovo. HP or Dell business class desktop, it’s very likely that you have an Intel i217-LM network adapter. With more expensive switches you will be able to detect what is happening. If you are using a less expensive switch then you’re wondering what is going on.

Cause: The i217-LM is causing an ICMPv6 multicast storm. Continue reading

Jun 26

Intel now offers an 18 core processor

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Intel has released 12 new 22-nanometer Xeon E7 v3 processors. The power consuption will be as predicted with a range of 115W to 165W. If you need more processing power you’ll find the number of cores going from the low end Quad to an 18 core superstar. These new processors support both DDR3 and DDR4 allowing for a mind bending 12TB of memory on an 8-socket motherboard.
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