Our latest video provides an overview of the best practices for converting a machine using VMware Converter. This video is based on VMware knowledge base article 1004588. We walk through the steps of converting a running physical computer into a virtual machine. The video also provides tips along the way to consider when virtualizing your computer.
For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Best practices for using and troubleshooting VMware Converter.
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This video provides steps for installing Windows in Fusion on your Mac, and you’re installing from the CD/DVD drive. You may have seen one of the following symptoms:
- You cannot install Windows on a newly created virtual machine.
- You see a message about a network boot when the virtual machine starts.
- A newly created virtual machine does not recognize Windows installation media when booting.
- Fusion displays a dialog box that reads: No bootable device was detected.
Some late-2009 Mac models shipped with a special build of Mac OSX that may prevent Fusion from properly communicating with the Mac’s optical drive. Check out this video if this is you.
For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Cannot install Windows on a newly created virtual machine.
Does the acronym PSOD send chills down your spine? Here’s a video which provides some understanding as to what a purple diagnostics screen (PSOD) means, and what it can tell you.
- What is a Machine-Check Exception (MCE)?
- Understanding the machine-check architecture
- Decoding the machine-check exception
- Other considerations
For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Decoding Machine Check Exception (MCE) output after a purple screen error.
A new video today for those of you interested in how to do NIC teaming in ESX. A NIC team can share the load of traffic between physical and virtual networks among some or all of your VMs, as well as provide failover in the event of a hardware failure or a network outage.
While this video uses vSphere, the steps also apply to your VMware Infrastructure 3.5 environments.
For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: NIC teaming in ESX Server.
A new year is upon us and as many of us do, it is perhaps a good time to reflect on some of the changes we’ve seen around here. The Knowledgebase saw a number of usability improvements over the year. Here are a few:
- Fresh new look.
- Alerts, which provide up-to-date information about important issues.
- Answer Wizards, which walk you through common problems and suggest articles that may be helpful.
- Expanded Actions box. The Actions box, located to the right of article content, provides an article’s ID, last published date, and applicable products and versions. You can now also:
- Bookmark an article
- Copy the URL
- Email the article
- Print the Article
- Star Rating System was improved.
- Feedback box has been improved. These two feedback mechanisms help us improve our content by allowing you a say.
We have more improvements planned for 2010 that we’re excited about. Keep an eye on this space for news.
This video provides steps for uploading diagnostic information like log bundles, or any other information a VMware Support Engineer requests to our FTP server. You might get this request from our TSEs (Tech Support Engineer), and the information is often critical in troubleshooting issues you’ve encountered while using VMware products.
Continue reading the KB article: Uploading diagnostic information to VMware for the video and full text.
Happy New Year everyone!!
To give you some idea of what our most popular content was in 2009 we have compiled a year end top 10 list. Looks like best practice and how-to articles are used the most. We notice things like this, and are working on many more of the same sort of thing now that we’re in a new year.
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||Upgrading to ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0 Best Practices
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||Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) Processor Support
||Restarting the Management Agents on an ESX or ESXi Server
||Upgrading to ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 Best Practices
||Increasing the Amount of RAM assigned to the ESX Server Service Console
||Troubleshooting VMware High Availability (HA)
||Downloading and Installing VMware Fusion
Our first video KB to kick off the new year provides steps for installing Windows XP as a guest operating system in VMware products.
The video was created using VMware Workstation, but the basic steps apply to VMware ESX, VMware Fusion, VMware ACE, and VMware Player as well.
When installing Windows XP as your guest operating system in your virtual machine, you may receive the error: "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer." This is because a compatible disk controller driver is not shipped with Windows XP.
Continue on to read KB article: Windows XP setup cannot find any hard disk drives during installation for the video and full text.