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VMware Fusion Technology Preview July 2014 includes ESXi management options

July 4, 2014 1 comment

VMware has released the VMware Fusion Technology Preview July 2014 as of Jul 3, 2014. One of the new items included in the Features list was this one:

Support for viewing VMware Fusion Professional to VMware Workstation, VMware ESXi, VMware vSphere servers in the library (File > Connect to Server)

When I investigated, it looks like this feature brings to VMware Fusion something that’s been in VMware Workstation for a while: a way to manage free ESXi and paid vSphere servers.

For more details, see below the jump.

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Open Directory in Mavericks no longer requires multiple processors

November 22, 2013 Leave a comment

In Mac OS X Server 10.7.x and 10.8.x, there’s been an issue that Mac admins have run into more than once:

“I’m trying to set up Open Directory in this VM, but the service won’t enable.”

Profile Manager in 10.7.x and 10.8.x also has an known issue where it crashes when set up in a VM. The root cause is the same: Profile Manager needs to have Open Directory running and Open Directory won’t turn on.

The fix for this issue in 10.7.x Server and 10.8.x Server is simple – give your VM more than one processor. Once you give the VM multiple processors (two is fine), Open Directory should begin working. This will also fix the Profile Manager crashing issue, as Open Directory should now enable properly.

In Mavericks, it appears Apple has addressed this issue. In my testing, Open Directory no longer requires multiple processors.

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Now that Open Directory can run with one processor, Profile Manager also now runs properly on a one-processor VM.

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Slides from the Virtualization and Testing Session at MacTech Conference 2013

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment

For those who wanted a copy of my virtualization talk at MacTech Conference 2013, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote format.

PDF – http://tinyurl.com/mt2013vmPDF

Keynote – http://tinyurl.com/mt2013vmkeynote

create_vmware_osx_install_dmg script updated with Mavericks support

October 23, 2013 7 comments

I’ve updated the create_vmware_osx_install_dmg.sh script that I had previously posted about here. The script now includes support for Mavericks, so the script can now be run on 10.7 – 10.9 to create custom OS X 10.7.x, 10.8.x and 10.9.x installers for VMware Fusion and VMware ESXi. See below the jump for the details.

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OS X NetBoot now supported on ESXi 5.5

September 29, 2013 8 comments

VMware Fusion‘s support of NetBoot, combined with DeployStudio’s deployment flexibility, has given me the ability to quickly build VMs to desired specifications since VMware Fusion 5.x.

This ability has been hugely useful to me and I’ve long wanted that same flexibility when building ESXi-hosted VMs. With the release of ESXi 5.5, VMware has now included NetBoot support for OS X VMs on ESXi. This gives me the ability to build VMs on an ESXi host using the same DeployStudio-driven deployment process that I’ve been using to build VMs in Fusion.

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Needless to say, this greatly simplifies my build process and all but eliminates any need for me to build OS X VMs in Fusion first and then transfer them to an ESXi server. Thanks to the folks at VMware who built this support into ESXi; it’s going to make life a lot easier for Mac admins who want to virtualize OS X.

Updating my ESXi server from 5.1 to 5.5

September 26, 2013 14 comments

In the wake of VMware’s release of ESXi 5.5 on Monday, September 23, I needed to upgrade my home’s ESXi 5.1 server to ESXi 5.5. Since I didn’t want to fire up my Windows VM, I did the upgrade from 5.1 to 5.5 via SSH and esxcli. For those interested, see below the jump for the details of the process I used.

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Categories: VMware, VMware ESXi

VMware Fusion 6.0 VMs and FileVault 2

September 13, 2013 Leave a comment

As part of my FileVault 2 testing, I do a lot of work with OS X VMs running in VMware Fusion. With 10.8.5’s release yesterday, I built a new OS X VM using this process. Once it was built, I tried enabling FileVault 2 and hit an odd issue. FileVault 2 was reporting that it was enabling, but on reboot I was not getting the FileVault 2 pre-boot login screen. Instead, I was passed onto the regular login window.

This is not the correct behavior for FileVault 2, so I was concerned that something in Fusion 6 had broken my ability to work with FileVault 2. After some work though, I was able to get FileVault 2 working again in VMware Fusion 6.0. See below the jump for details.

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