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Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in vSphere ESX/ESXi

From time to time as a vSphere ESX/ESXi administrator you may need to quickly find out what firmware levels and driver versions are present on your ESX (or ESXi) host in regards to your Network and Storage interface cards. Our video today shows you how!

This new tutorial demonstrates how to determine the driver and firmware versions for Host Bus Adapters (HBA) and physical network interface cards on VMware vSphere ESXi/ESX 4.x and 5.x.

For additional information and instructions see VMware Knowledge Base article Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in ESXi/ESX 4.x and ESXi 5.x (1027206).

Using VMware KVM Mode with VMware Workstation 10.x

Today we have a new VMware Workstation video. In this tutorial we discuss and demonstrate how to use VMware KVM Mode with VMware Workstation 10.x.

VMware Workstation 10.x allows users to run Workstation in VMware KVM mode. This mode allows you to switch between active virtual machines using hotkeys. Virtual machines can be run in full-screen without launching the Workstation UI and manage their power state via CLI (command line interface). VMware KVM mode can be used as an alternative to run virtual machines only in full screen, allowing switching between them using a configurable hot key.

Note: VMware KVM mode is only available for Windows version of Workstation 10.x. As well, VMware Tools must be installed on the guest operating system.

For additional information, check out VMware Knowledge Base article Using VMware KVM Mode with VMware Workstation 10 (2057914).

Virtual SAN Interoperability – Planned migration with vSphere Replication and SRM

We have a new video today which will be of interest to those of you wondering how VMware’s new Virtual SAN offering operates with other VMware solutions that you may have in your environment, specifically with vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager.

We look at how you can perform a planned migration of a set of virtual machines from a traditional storage infrastructure onto your virtual SAN cluster.

For more information and a full write up of the operations performed within this demonstration, head on over to the VMware Blog post VMware Virtual SAN Interoperability: vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager written by Rawlinson Rivera, a Senior Technical Marketing Architect in the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing Group at VMware.

Super Users and Procurement Contacts in My VMware

Following on from our post yesterday, here is another video which discusses Super Users and Procurement Contacts in My VMware and demonstrates how to find their names and email addresses, and how to change the users who have these roles.

For additional information see VMware Knowledge Base article Super Users and Procurement Contacts in My VMware (2011011).

Upgrading vCenter Server Appliance 5.0.x/5.1 to 5.5

Here is a new vSphere video tutorial which demonstrates how to upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance from versions 5.0.x or 5.1 to that of version 5.5.

Before attempting the upgrade:

For additional information and additional instructions, see VMware Knowledge Base article Upgrading vCenter Server Appliance 5.0.x/5.1 to 5.5 (2058441).

Exporting data to a CSV file in My VMware

This video discusses and demonstrates how to export My VMware data to a CSV file. Our video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Exporting data to a CSV file in My VMware (2045109).

You can export data to a CSV file from numerous pages in My VMware:

  • Exporting data from the Users & Permissions page
  • Exporting folder data from the License Keys page
  • Exporting data from the Account Summary page
  • Exporting data from the Order History page
  • Exporting data from the Support Contract History page
  • Exporting data from Subscription Services pages

Note: The data you can view and export depends on your permissions. For more information about permissions, see VMware Knowledge Base article Users and permissions in My VMware (2006977).

Uploading diagnostic information for VMware through the Secure FTP portal

VMware recently launched the new VMWARE Secure Data Transfer portal which offers the ability to upload diagnostic information and files to VMware in a safe and secure way.

To address a Support Request, VMware Technical Support may request diagnostic information from the affected VMware products. Our video today provides a demonstration of the procedures necessary to upload diagnostic information to VMware using the Secure FTP (sftpsite.vmware.com) portal.

Uploading diagnostic information to VMware using the Secure FTP portal includes these methods:

  • Using your web browser and the HTML Interface
  • Using your web browser and the Java Applet
  • Using the command-line from a Linux operating system
  • Using third-party clients

Notes

  • Internet Explorer 9 and above is supported.
  • Other supported browsers include Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
  • When uploading with Internet Explorer 10/11, you may have to switch to compatibility mode.
  • Do not use the HTML interface to upload files larger than 2 GB.

This video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Uploading diagnostic information for VMware through the Secure FTP portal (2069559).

Installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks as a guest operating system in VMware Fusion 6.0

Happy new year KBTV fans!

A new year is upon us and with it brings some new videos!

The first video of 2014 is for our VMware Fusion users and features a demonstration showing how you can install OS X 10.9 Mavericks as a guest operating system inside of a virtual machine running on VMware Fusion 6.

This video tutorial is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks as a guest operating system in VMware Fusion 6.0 (2056603).

Some things to note:

  • Apple’s End User license agreement allows you to install up to two additional copies of Mac OS X 10.9 on a Mac that is already running a retail version of the operating system and not a pre-installed version.
  • The installation sequence demonstrated within this video has been shortened for demonstration purposes. Actual installation will take several minutes to complete.