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How to confirm ESX and ESXi host hardware compatibility

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.

Additional information is available at Confirming ESX/ESXi host hardware (System, Storage, and I/O) compatibility (1003916).

Issuing a 3rd party SSL certificate to vCenter while using vSphere VMCA to issue certificates to ESXi

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.

How to create a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6

Today we have two new videos that we 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 first video is based on VMware knowledge base article Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.0 (2112009) and it discusses and demonstrates how to create a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.

After watching this video tutorial you should be comfortable with configuring Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA) templates for use with custom SSL certificate implementation in vSphere 6.0.

Mike Foley has published additional information around this very topic over on his blog here.

How to setup mirrored folders between your Mac and Fusion VM

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.

This video discusses and demonstrates how to setup mirrored folders for your Mac and Fusion virtual machine. For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Setting up mirrored folders for your Mac and virtual machine (1014127).

How to install vSphere 6 ESXi using the Interactive Installer

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.

For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Methods for installing ESXi 6.0 (2109708).

How to import an Oracle VirtualBox virtual machine into VMware Fusion, Workstation or Player

Did you know that it is possible to bring virtual machines running in Oracle VirtualBox over into VMware's virtualization software? As more and more customers are making the transition, we get asked over and over how to move the VMs over.

This video discusses and demonstrates how to import an Oracle VirtualBox virtual machine into VMware Fusion, Workstation or Player.

To import a virtual machine running in Oracle VirtualBox, you must export the virtual machine from VirtualBox to an Open Virtualization Format Archive (.ova file) and then import this file to VMware Fusion, Workstation, or Player.

For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Importing a virtual machine running in an Oracle VirtualBox to VMware Fusion, Workstation, or Player (2053864).

How to install the vCenter Server 6.0 Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine

Our second video today will discuss and demonstrate How to install the vCenter Server 6.0 Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine and also How to install an additional vCenter Server 6.0 Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine.

For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Installing the VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine (2108801).

Troubleshooting File Level Recovery with vSphere Data Protection - KBTV Webinars

This video is the second in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware's product portfolio.

The title for this presentation is Troubleshooting File Level Recovery with vSphere Data Protection and it dives into some real world examples of how you can troubleshoot file level recovery issues with vSphere Data Protection.

This presentation was originally broadcast live on Thursday 5th March 2015.

To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at New Free Webinars.

NOTE: This video is 17 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

How to install vCenter Server 6.0 with an external Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine

Our second video today discusses and demonstrates how to install vCenter Server 6.0 with an external Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine.

For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Installing VMware vCenter Server 6.0 with an external Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine (2108802).

How to install vCenter Server 6.0 with an embedded Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine

For our first video today we discuss and demonstrate how to install vCenter Server 6.0 with an embedded Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine.

For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Installing VMware vCenter Server 6.0 with an embedded Platform Services Controller on a Windows machine (2108799) for more information.