This videos provides an overview of how to setup software iSCSI in VMware vSphere (VMware ESX 4 and VMware vCenter Server 4).
The steps are essentially the same for ESX 3.5 and vCenter Server 2.5 so this applies to those versions as well.
The steps are performed using the vSphere Client. For earlier versions of ESX/vCenter Server, you'll use the VMware Infrastructure Client to perform the steps.
Continue on to read KB article: Configuring and troubleshooting basic software iSCSI setup for the video and full text.
Here's a 3 minute video about what VMware customers say about our Technical Support staff. This isn't a KBTV production, but comes from vmwarerocks. It's a very nice plug for the guys and girls on the front lines, answering your calls.
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This video demonstrates how to enable SSH logins for the root user in VMware ESX. For security reasons, access for root users using SSH is disabled by default.
Read the full KB article: Enabling root SSH login on an ESX host (8375637)
Here is Kevin Mitts, producer of VMware KBTV, introduced by Rick Blythe (vmwarecares). Click the image to view a short introduction.
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This video provides an overview of snapshots in VMware products and details how to take a snapshot, revert a snapshot, go to a snapshot, delete a snapshot, and delete all snapshots. The video also explains what each of these features means. The video uses vSphere, but the basic principles apply to all VMware products that are capable of taking snapshots.
Read the full KB article: Working with snapshots (1009402)
Our new video KB articles have been received so well by our customers that we have created a new blog just for video content. The videos are great for how-to types of topics, or for doing white-board chats. Some folks are just happier having something shown to them rather than having to read through pages of steps.
So far we have about a dozen videos, but watch for this list to grow dramatically. You'll want to subscribe to our RSS feed so you don't miss anything.
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We've become aware of an issue where you can't add or reconnect an ESXi 4.0 host to a vCenter Server 4.0 or 4.0 Update 1. Specifically, the issue occurs if you remove and try to re-add the host or if you upgrade from vCenter Server 4.0 to vCenter Server 4.0 update 1. This is because the vCenter agent service does not install or upgrade on ESXi 4.0 hosts.
For up-to-date information on the issue, check out vCenter agent service does not install or upgrade on ESXi hosts (1016262).
The symptoms are:
We've released a new version of ESX 4.0 Update 1 that resolves the issue with the ESX 4.0 Update 1 install failing, timing out and resulting in the host entering an usable state.
The new version is called ESX 4.0 Update 1A.
You can find the new version on VMware Downloads.
For more details, see Due to a possible dead lock on rpmpd, upgrading ESX 4.0 to ESX 4.0 Update 1 can fail or time out and leave the host in an unusable state (1016070).
How to print from a Windows VM running in VMware Fusion is something many customers ask us about. To help with this, The E-Learning group at VMware created a new video: VMware Fusion 3 Print to Your Mac Printers from Windows
You might also be interested in this related KB article: Working with printers, disks, and other devices in VMware Fusion (1014523)
Time keeping best practices for Windows VMs are something requested over and over, so today we updated an old KB article on the topic: Timekeeping best practices for Windows (1318).
There are two main issues to consider: correctly configuring time synchronization and avoiding excessive CPU and memory over commitment. Definitely worth a read if you virtualize Windows machines.