One thing that catches a few customers up is the process of installing async drivers in their ESXi host … We have a KB article on the topic here, but there is more than one method to choose from and preparation steps involved. Since these steps might seem a little tricky, we decided a quick, live video explaining the topic might help many of you.
We called upon Kiwi Ssennyonjo to walk us through the salient points.
VMware ESXi 5.5 allows you to upgrade from previous ESXi versions using several different methods. These methods are described and outlined in VMware Knowledge Base article Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5 (2058352).
In this new video tutorial we demonstrate how you can upgrade from VMware ESXi 5.1 to ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer that is supplied on the ESXi 5.5 Installation Media. We’ll show you the step-by-step procedure for performing a basic upgrade from ESXi version 5.1 to version 5.5 using the Interactive Installation method, however the instructions apply to older versions of ESXi as well.
In today’s new video tutorial, we discuss and demonstrate the process for manually collecting diagnostic logs from the Android VMware Switch.
The normal method to collect the logs from a VMware Ready device is using the VMware Horizon Mobile Server console or through the Horizon Workspace console to which the device is connected. However, if the device fails to connect to the server, you may have to collect the logs from the device itself.
This video provides steps to collect the logs from a VMware Ready device on which the VMware Switch application is installed when other methods are not applicable.
We have a new video today for all of our VMware Workstation users. This video discusses and demonstrates how you can restrict access to your virtual machines in VMware Workstation 10.
VMware has enhanced the capabilities of Encrypted Virtual Machines to include the ability to expire the virtual machine on a certain date and time. This feature enables an administrator to create virtual machine that can be shared with other users that will run until the given date and time.
This feature establishes a secure connection to a time server at VMware or a server of your choice to validate the current date and time, which prevents users from rolling back the clock on their host machine to avoid expiration. VMware has also added the ability to set the synchronization frequency to control the load on the network and a lease period to allow users to run expiring virtual machines while offline.
Continuing on with vSphere 5.5, this video discusses and demonstrates how to install VMware ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer.
Interactive installations are recommended for small deployments of fewer than five hosts. You can boot the installer from a CD or DVD, from a bootable USB device, or by PXE booting the installer from a location on the network, then follow the prompts in the installation wizard to install ESXi to disk.
As you will see from the video, the installation procedure for ESXi 5.5 is pretty straight-forward and easy to follow.
In a typical interactive installation, you boot the ESXi installer and respond to the installer prompts to install ESXi to the local host disk. The installer re-formats and partitions the target disk and installs the ESXi boot image. If you have not installed ESXi on the target disk before, all data located on the drive is overwritten, including hardware vendor partitions, operating system partitions, and associated data.
If you are installing ESXi on a disk that contains a previous installation of ESXi/ESX or a VMFS datastore, the installer provides you with options for upgrading (This will be covered in a future video).
Caution: To ensure that you do not lose any data, migrate the data to another machine before you install ESXi.