Installing network card drivers in VMware ESXi after install with vihostupdate

This is not something that I’ve had to do very often. But  on a recent customer engagement I was working with the client on setting up some new hosts that were recently purchased. These hosts were purchased with Embedded ESXi on them and additional PCI NICs were added to the config. The additional NICs did not have drivers available in the base ESXi build. Shortly after bringing the first host online we noticed that only the onboard NICs showed up in the list.

A quick search on Google for the Intel part number for the NIC lead me to the family name for the adapter. Then a search over at VMware lead me to the download page for VMware that provided the .ISO file to load the drivers into ESXi for the family of adapters. The process took only a few minutes and since this is something that does not come up that often I thought a short write up might help someone.

There are a few ways that this could be done, since we happened to be running ESXi the options were to use the vMA or vCLI. Since this was a new install and a vMA was not setup yet I just quickly tossed vCLI on a server. Then a quick download of the driver .ISO from VMware and unzip the package into a folder on the server with vCLI installed on it. If you wanted to use the vMA you could mount the .ISO to the virtual CD-ROM of the VM and issue the command against it.

Since I was using vCLI all I needed to do was point the command to a local folder. Here is a sample of the command used to perform the patch.

vihostupdate –server HOSTNAME –install –bundle c:foldername_of_file.zip

To run this command your host must be in Maintenance mode and it will then take just a couple of minutes to execute. After the update completes a reboot of the host is needed and then the cards should be available for use.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VMware Forum 2011 dates and locations announced

VMware Forum 2011 is a free, interactive, full-day event where you will learn about accelerating IT, so that your business can respond more effectively to markets, competitors and customers. Hear VMware, industry analysts and IT professionals discuss virtualization and how it helps organizations to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. You will also hear how to enable “your cloud” to meet your company’s specific business needs, while dramatically lowering costs and enabling a flexible, agile IT service delivery model. Engage with speakers from companies of all sizes as they share best practices for preserving existing investments as they move to virtualization and develop a cohesive, secure and compliant cloud strategy in three core areas: infrastructure, applications and end-user computing.

VMware Forum 2011 Cities

Washington, DC – May 3
New York – May 11
Anaheim – May 19
Atlanta – June 2
Houston – June 8
Chicago – June 15
Toronto – June 23
Minneapolis – July 21

Check out this LINK to register and get further details.

Sample of the Agenda for the day.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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How to create configurations and use workspaces in VMware Lab Manager

This post is to help people new to VMware Lab Manager and not for the experts. If you are looking for details on how to use some of the base features in Lab Manager.

You can access the Management Console from the following link. You will see a login screen like the one listed below. Use the user name and password that was entered during the install or if you have setup LDAP/AD integration to login into the console.

http://servername/LabManager/

Now that you have logged into the console you will be greeted with the Welcome screen. This will give you some details about what you have created in VMware Lab Manager over time.

You will notice on the left side of the console there is a Menu in an explorer like structure. This will allow you to easily navigate around the console.

How to create new Virtual Machines

When creating and working with existing virtual machines you will find them located in the Workspace area of Lab Manager. A workspace is the area that hold Configurations which is a method to group virtual machines together. A configuration can have 1 virtual machine or many.

There are many reasons why using separate configurations is beneficial to keeping the environment organized. I would suggest that each application team creates a configuration for their team at minimum, this will allow them to control the settings on their virtual machines. At times you may need to create new configurations for short term projects, this will allow you to dispose of the setup once its completed.

Each separate configuration has some settings that can be applied to it that won’t affect others. You are also able to shut down and undeploy your configuration when not using it. This will then free up the computing resources for use by others.

The first step in creating a new configuration is to click the New Configuration button from the Workspace area. You can see from the image below that we are in the Workspace area from the left menu and the button for New Configuration is at the top.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VMware Lab Manager Network Templates and Virtual Networks explained

If you are familiar with VMware Lab Manager then this won’t be breaking news for you, but if your just getting started or looking for more details. Then I hope this post will help clear up how Network Templates and Virtual Networks work inside of Lab Manager. The ability to create Virtual Networks can be very helpful if you are looking to keep your Lab Manager Workspace separate from others.

There are of course other ways to separate virtual machines within Lab Manager. The most talked about method would be to use network Fencing that is a feature on Lab Manager Physical networks. When using fencing you can hide your configuration behind a virtual router and have the option to allow no in/out bound connection. This works great but can confuse some of your lesser experienced users.

If you don’t have the need to communicate with any servers outside of your configuration then using a Lab Manager Network Template might be easier. If setup properly the Virtual Networks within VMware Lab Manager can make your life easier and allow the IT customers to perform their work without any hand holding. By definition the Network Templates are separate Virtual Networks that can only talk with Virtual Machines within the same configuration. It does not matter if you choose the same Network Template with matching IP scheme on a different configuration the VMs will not communicate to the other workspaces. This is by design and is a good and simple way to create a Sand Box to test in.

If you choose to use IP Static – Pool selection for your Network Template you will assign a block of IP’s and Lab Manager will hand them out to the virtual machines as they are deployed. The IP pool will start over for each different configuration that you deploy so if you have 10 workspaces with 5 VMs each you don’t need 50 IP’s all you really need is 5. Since each Workspace or Configuration starts over at the first address in the pool. This is normal since they are not able to communicate with the other workspaces.

Here is a sample definition of the Lab Managers User guide to sum up Virtual Networks.

Virtual networks are configuration local networks. They exist inside configurations and do not span configurations. Virtual machines connected to a virtual network cannot communicate with virtual machines connected to a different virtual network. Each virtual network that Lab Manager creates is unique and isolated from other virtual networks, even if the networks are based on the same network template.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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What is all included in the VMware vShield Family of products

Today at VMworld 2010 VMware announces the new family of vShield products. The new products to this family are vShield Endpoint, vShield App and vShield Edge. Each product has been designed for a few core functions that are helping to facilitate and secure the IT as a Service model that VMware is promoting with its new vCloud Director solution. These security related products are going to secure, make management easier and help move down the patch to a cloud infrastructure.

I will try and provide some more details about each product below gathering any details that are available as of today. In the image below are some of the concerns that VMware is address based on what Enterprises have been telling them.

vShield Endpoint – vShield Endpoint provides on-host antivirus and malware protection that reduces performance latency and eliminates the need to maintain individual security agents in each and every virtual machine, helping to simplify security administration while minimizing the risk of malware infections. Datasheet

vShield App -VMware vShield App protects applications in the virtual datacenter from network-based threats. vShield App gives organizations the ability to create and manage business-relevant policies that adapt to dynamic cloud environments. It also provides deep visibility into network communications between virtual machines and granular enforcement through security groups. Datasheet

vShield Edge – vShield Edge is a network gateway solution that protects the edges of the virtual datacenter with DCHP, network address translation (NAT), firewalling, load balancing, site-to-site VPN, port group isolation and other capabilities that help organizations maintain proper segmentation between different organizational units. Datasheet

vShield Manager – Included with all vShield products, vShield Manager provides a central point of control for managing, deploying, reporting, logging and integrating third-party security services. Working in conjunction with vCenter Server, vShield Manager also enables role-based access control and administrative delegation as part of a unified framework for managing virtualization security.

vShield Zones – VMware vShield Zones, included with vSphere, provides basic protection from network-based threats in virtual datacenters, with application firewalling and policy management based on administrator-defined zones, using basic traffic information such as the source IP address, the destination port, and so on.

Here is a quote from a VMware product release.

Enterprise Partner Extranets – vShield lets enterprises extend their networks and application resources to branch offices, home offices and business partner sites through site-to-site VPN services that offer simplified provisioning, streamline administrative tasks and improve scalability. All traffic between sites is encrypted using IPsec to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of all site-to-site communications.

vShield Product Family Brochure

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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