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Creating a VMware ESXi-hosted VM using VMware Fusion 8.x

August 27, 2015 3 comments

A new feature in VMware Fusion 8 Professional is the ability to create a new VM on an ESXi 6.x server. This new functionality gives Fusion users on OS X another tool for managing VMs on VMware’s ESXi hypervisor and complements the ability to copy VMs between VMware Fusion and VMware ESXi 5.5.x and 6.x.

There are a few things to know about if you want to create an OS X VM to an ESXi server running 6.x, so I’ve put together a procedure for those who want to leverage Fusion 8.x Pro to create new OS X VMs on ESXi. See below the jump for the details.

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Categories: Mac OS X, VMware, VMware ESXi

Session videos now available from Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2015

August 12, 2015 Leave a comment

The good folks at Penn State have begun posting the session videos from the Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2015. The sessions slides and currently available videos are all accessible from the Penn State MacAdmins’ Resources page at the link below:

http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/resources/

As the session videos are being posted to YouTube, I’ve linked my Virtualization and OS X Testing session here:

The Take Vacations Using this One Weird Trick – Documentation! session I co-hosted with Vanessa White is linked here:

Slides from the Virtualization session at MacIT 2015

July 15, 2015 Leave a comment

For those who wanted a copy of my virtualization talk at MacIT 2015, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote format.

PDF: http://tinyurl.com/MacIT2015vmPDF

Keynote slides: http://tinyurl.com/MacIT2015vmKeynote

Slides from the Virtualization session at Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2015

July 9, 2015 1 comment

For those who wanted a copy of my virtualization talk at Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2015, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote format.

PDF – http://tinyurl.com/PSU2015vmPDF

Keynote – http://tinyurl.com/PSU2015vmKeynote

Note – 7-9-2015: Apparently, there were enough downloads of the presentation today that I’ve hit a Dropbox bandwidth limit. If you’re hitting this issue, please try downloading again tomorrow.

Update – 7-10-2015: It looks like Dropbox is still suspending access, so the virtualization session slides are also available via the links below:

PDF – https://goo.gl/zaZAfh
Keynote – https://goo.gl/H9oeYH

Upgrading from ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.x via SSH and esxcli

April 19, 2015 6 comments

In the wake of VMware’s release of ESXi 6.0, I upgraded my ESXi 5.5 server to ESXi 6 using the install ISO file. However, it is also possible to perform the upgrade from 5.5 to 6.0 via SSH and esxcli. For more details, see below the jump.

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Categories: VMware, VMware ESXi

Using VMware’s Standalone Remote Console for OS X with free ESXi

April 18, 2015 Leave a comment

VMware recently released a Virtual Machine Remote Console (VMRC) application for OS X users. This application is designed to complement the browser-based console for vSphere users by providing a native application for launching a remote console session with a vSphere-hosted virtual machine.

A nice bonus is that the VMRC application can also connect to an ESXi server which is using VMware’s free license for ESXi. This provides a way for users of free ESXi to access ESXi-hosted VMs via a remote console session without needing to run either the Windows vSphere client or VMware Fusion Professional. For more details, see below the jump.

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Categories: Mac OS X, VMware, VMware ESXi

Upgrading an ESXi server from 5.5 to 6.0

March 25, 2015 3 comments

As part of moving my ESXi environment from 5.5 to 6.0, I have a 2012 Mac Pro which I’m using to host my OS X test environment for work. As this server is already configured the way I want it, I wanted to do a straight upgrade and preserve my existing settings and datastores. Fortunately, the 2012 Mac Pro is listed on VMware’s hardware compatibility list as being supported hardware.

While ESXi 6.0 is not yet listed as a supported release, I had it on reasonably good authority that I could use the stock ESXi 6.0 installer to upgrade. All I needed to do was get a copy of the ESXi 6.0 installer ISO file from the VMware website and use Disk Utility to burn the ISO file to a CD. For more details, see below the jump.

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