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Install HP ACU on ESX4

To install the HP Array Configuration Utility on ESX4 I did the following: 1. Install the latest HP Proliant Support Paq for VMware ESX 4. 2. Install HP ACU Web Site (rpm -ivh cpqacuxe-8.50-5.0.noarch.rpm) 3. Install the HP ACU CLI … Continue reading

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Install SCOM 2007 R2 Agent on ESX4

On ESX Host :- (Indented lines are optional) rpm –e scx (To cleanup previous failed installation) cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail (To view current settings) dd if=/dev/urandom of=~/.rnd bs=1 count=1024 esxcfg-firewall -o 1270,tcp,in,SCOMAgent esxcfg-firewall -q (To check rule is in place) rpm -q … Continue reading

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Using VMBK to backup VMs

To get vmbk running I had to do the following: 1. Install vmbk 3.0 r11 by running ./install.sh from source directory. 2. Enable smbclient on esx firewall 3. Execute mkdir export from the root directory 4. Run one of the … Continue reading

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Configuring Jumbo Frames in ESX

To configure Jumbo Frames in ESX to use iSCSI I had to do the following:- 1. Enable Jumbo Frames on Linksys Switch (This does NOT affect existing 1500 mtu clients). 2. Enable Jumbo frames on Storage Server’s NIC (9000) 3. … Continue reading

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Configure iSCSI for ESX on Windows Server using Starwind

There were a few obsticles I had to overcome to get this working: 1. Had to disable Windows Firewall on iSCSI NIC on windows server to allow the iSCSI traffic to pass. 2. Had to ensure there was an outgoing … Continue reading

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FTP Job and CRONTAB in ESX

I have setup an FTP job to copy the vmksummary.html file to my webserver so it can be served from the web. To set this up I had to:- Enable ftpClient on ESX firewall Enable Passive Port range in IIS … Continue reading

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VMware Update Manager Problems (2.5)

I had instances where Scanning hosts for patch compliance in VirtualCenter failed and reported the error “Metadata for update missing“. Solution was as follows:- If VirtualCenter is running on a port other than 80, then a firewall rule needs to be … Continue reading

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Resetting the password used by vCenter to connect to ODBC Data Source

Run vpxd -p from C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server at the command line.

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HP ACU for Linux

I downloaded the HP Array Configuration Utility (ACU) for CLI and installed it on the ESX service console. While it doesn’t run totally smoothly, it can be used to make the odd Array change. I successfully used it to remove … Continue reading

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Viewing crash dumps on ESX

Crash dumps are stored in the /root directory after a crash occurs. To view a readable version of the dump, run vmkdump -l <core dump file>. This will extract the vmkernel log from the dump and name it vmkernel-log.1 if … Continue reading

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