Today we bring you a video which demonstrates downgrading from VMware Workstation Pro 12.x to VMware Workstation 11.x including changing the virtual hardware of your virtual machines.
VMware Workstation Pro 12.x and VMware Workstation 11.x use different virtual machine hardware compatibility. When downgrading Workstation, you must change the virtual machine hardware compatibility version of your virtual machine to Workstation 11.0.
We’ve just put the finishing touches on a new video which discusses how to confirm ESX and ESXi host hardware compatibility using the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guides, which are available here.
You can use the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guides to confirm whether or not your particular server, system, HBA, network card, or other peripheral devices are certified and compatible for use with specific vSphere ESX and ESXi versions.
This is the second video for today which was produced in conjunction with Mike Foley who is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager at VMware. These videos should be of some help to those of you that are faced with SSL certificate creation tasks relating to vSphere 6. This video discusses and demonstrates Issuing a 3rd party SSL certificate to vCenter while using vSphere VMCA to issue certificates to ESXi which should be of special interest to anyone who has ever asked the question “How do I replace the “external” SSL certificate of vCenter but still use VMCA in default mode?”
Mike has provided additional information and context around this exact topic over on his blog here.
Did you know that you can setup mirrored folders for your Mac and Fusion virtual machine?
Mirrored folders allow the Mac and the virtual machine to see the same content in certain personal data folders. For example, any content put on the Mac’s desktop also appears on the Windows desktop. Similarly any content put in the My Documents folder in Windows also appears in the Mac user’s Documents folder.
The mirrored content resides on the Mac so that it is accessible even when the virtual machine is off. Mirrored folders work by redirecting where Windows looks for certain user folders (Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Movies, and Downloads) from their default Windows locations to the corresponding locations on the Mac. It does this by means of registry redirects (much like Group Policy can redirect user folders to a network location). Mirrored folders allows your Windows virtual machine to treat the Mac’s Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Movies, and Downloads folders as its own; it does not, however, let your Mac see the Windows default Desktop, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Movies, or Downloads folders, and your Mac never has access to data saved on the Windows computer.
Interactive installations are recommended for small deployments of four or less hosts. Installation using this method involves booting from the ESXi 6.0 installation media by inserting the media in to the host and following the prompts from the installation wizard to choose a destination disk in the host and begin the installation. Our video today demonstrates how to install vSphere 6 ESXi using the Interactive Installer.
The ESXi installation media can be connected to the host in a few different ways:
Inserting the CD/DVD in to the DVD-ROM drive in the server
Plugging in a bootable USB device
Mounting an ISO remotely
When instructed to begin, the installer reformats and partitions the target disk and installs the ESXi boot image. If you have not installed ESXi on the target disk previously, all data located on the drive is overwritten, including hardware vendor partitions, operating system partitions, and associated data.
Note: The formatting and partitioning done by the ESXi installer is permanent and overwrites existing data. To ensure that you do not lose any data, migrate any important data from the host to another machine before you install ESXi. If you are installing ESXi on a disk that contains an installation of ESXi/ESX or a VMFS datastore, you are presented with upgrade options.