Category Archives: VMware

Manually running sysprep.xml file generated by VMware vCenter

When a user deploys a VM from a template, there is an option to customize the virtual machine by attaching a customization spec to the VM.  What happens in the background is that the virtual machine is cloned from a … Continue reading →...

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SQL Script to create a vCenter 6 database without granting dbo permissions

While installing vCenter 6 I ran into an issue where the following error showed up “The user associated with the DSN has insufficient privileges.  Please provide sufficient privileges for the user by granting the user the following permissio...

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Easy way to create a portable version of the vSphere Client

I recently stumbled on a very easy way to create a portable version of the vSphere client without using Thinapp.  The process extracts the contents of the msi installer that you can copy into a folder and take along with … Continue reading &r...

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Adding Realtek R8168 Driver to an ESXi 6.0 ISO

As part of my home lab I installed ESXi 6.0 on one of my older i5 Desktops, the PC has a Realtek 8168 network card built into the motherboard.  I recently tried to upgrade it to ESXi 6.0 but it … Continue reading →...

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Set up and troubleshoot SNMP on an ESXi 5.5 host

Here are some quick notes how to troubleshoot and set up SNMP on an ESXi host. The below also includes how to install snmpwalk and request info from an snmp server. STEPS HOW TO PROPERLY SET UP SNMP ON AN … Continue reading →...

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How to configure and troubleshoot ESXi Core Dump Collector

Notes on setting up and troubleshooting VMware ESXi Dump Collector: Error: Starting network coredump from 192.168.11.230 to 192.168.11.12 NetDump: FAILED: Couldn’t attach to dump server at IP 10.168.11.12 If you are getting the above error then...

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Testing TCP/UDP port connectivity in VMware ESXi 5.x Host

There may be times when you need to test TCP/UDP port connectivity from an ESXi host, here are some useful netcat commands. If you see no output from these commands it means the connection failed. Test TCP Port 902: ~ … Continue reading →...

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How to add a cron job to VMware ESXi 5.x

Here is a quick way that you can add a cron job in ESXi 5.x. You will notice that there are already jobs in here that run on a schedule by default, the last line is new. Edit the below … Continue reading →...

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How to deploy a vSphere 5 Autodeploy server step-by step

Install AutoDeploy on the vCenter machine 1. Download and mount the vCenter server image “VMware-VIMSetup-all-5.5.0-1476387-20131201.iso” 2. Click autorun.exe and install AutoDeploy from the menu, accept all defaults. 3. In the vSphere cl...

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How to troubleshoot and test an LDAP connection with JExplorer

If you are trying to set up an LDAP connection and are not sure if it’s the application that is failing or if it’s your domain controller. Here is a quick test that you can run to see if the … Continue reading →...

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