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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

Firefox 39.0 showing blank white windows in OS X VMs

July 7, 2015 15 comments

I do a lot of my application testing in VMs, so when Firefox 39.0 came out, it went into my test environment and I built a new VM to check it out.


Update – 8-13-2015: This issue has been resolved in Firefox 40.x and later.


Firefox 39.0 looked like this when I launched it in my test VM.

Screen Shot 2015 07 06 at 4 03 11 PM

As part of my testing workflow, I also installed Firefox 39.0 onto a couple of actual Macs.

Firefox 39.0 looked like this when I launched it on those machines.

Screen Shot 2015 07 06 at 3 10 57 PM

As you can see, two very different results were discovered as part of my testing. After a few rounds of “It’s broken in the VM, retest, it’s still broken, retest on my laptop, no problem, repeat,” I finally tracked down a Mozilla bug report that indicated that the issue was not specific to my environment and gave me the potential scope of the issue. For more information, see below the jump.

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Installing the latest VMware Tools in OS X VMs with AutoPkg

May 10, 2015 Leave a comment

As part of working with OS X VMs in VMware Fusion and ESXi, I’ve regularly installed the VMware Tools and have even found ways to incorporate their installation into my build process. However, getting the latest VMware Tools installer into my VM building workflow has usually involved at least one manual step or having a system management tool handle the installation for me. I wanted something that was completely automated without needing to also install a system management client. My end goal was that I didn’t have to worry about doing anything; the latest VMware Tools for my OS X VM would just be installed into the VM as part of the build process.

After doing some research and testing, I have a solution that looks like it does just that. For more details, see below the jump.

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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
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