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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 9 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.

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 4 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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