In a recent interview last week with the COO from VMware he mentioned that their workforce could grow by up to 25% this year. In response to a surge in demand for their Virtualization products. There are a number of corporations that have aging servers that need to be updated quickly and VMware is positioned to help them consolidate servers on the latest generation of server hardware. Read the Reuters story here.Read More
Welp, thankfully I have a rack and things are coming together nicely. I picked up a UPS also, and two Linksys/Cisco SLM2008s. Also grabbed a third DL360 G4. Once things are cabled up and running today, I plan to do a fresh install of the entire environment to VI3. First things first though, I need to build a win2k3 vm for a template, then deploy a SQL2005 box and virtualcenter server. Then I need to setup openfiler for iscsi storage (the DL580 G2 has a drive cabinet attached with 800~GB raid 5 storage (with a hot spare too!)). I’m also thinking about setting up and playing with vyatta to see how well it can handle routing. All in good time though. Here’s some pics of the setup. I’ll be blogging more regularly with my machinations. And I fully realize doing this means I’ll be totally showing off for the ladies 😉 Also, the nice thing about having the WRT54G running tomato down in the basement in wireless bridge mode means I can sit upstairs with a lemonaide in the sunshine and VM to my hearts content without having to run cat5 everywhere!Read More
The latest release from the VMware Labs team is Ops panel. It’s a pretty simple idea that adds a list of virtual machines located on a host and provides some basic power related functions. You can access this from the default web page of the ESX host. You can see a short video on this release on the Labs site.
The Operations Panel is a script tool, which runs on the client browser and extends the default ESX server web page with a short list of all available virtual machines. It gives the user the ability to perform simple power operations (start, stop, suspend, resume). Easily accessible user interface for some of the most common operations on an ESX host, available directly from the ESX home page.Read More
With the voting opening up for VMworld 2010 this fall, I noticed a session that grabbed my attention. It was submitted by John Hall from the Certification group at VMware. These are the long discussed advanced certifications that will also server as a mid point to the VCDX certification. You can see other sessions and vote here. I will keep watching this for more details as they are released.
Recently while setting up a new cluster on vSphere I had an issue with adding one of the hosts to the cluster. It would fail the HA configuration piece each time I would try. The host would join the cluster but HA would have a Red alarm for its failure. Nothing seemed to be wrong with the host, hardware or configuration. I would get the error listed below on each attempt.
cmd addnode failed for primary node: Internal AAM Error agent could not start
I found the following VMware KB article to help troubleshoot these types of errors. My issue ended up being an issue with the cluster that was created. I created a new cluster and moved my ESX Hosts and Virtual Machines over to it and the issue was gone. Before trying this route I had examined several of the options listed in the KB article.Read More