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How To Import An OVA Into vCloud Director?

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For those of you who have tried to import an OVA directly into vCloud Director have probably noticed that this is not supported and only an OVF file can be uploaded. However, it is possible to upload an OVA directly into vCloud Director, but it does require the use of another tool called the ovftool which Read more...
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New Component-Based Logging For Hostd In ESXi 5.1 Update 1

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vSphere 5.1 Update 1 was just released last week and one of the things that caught my eye while reading through the release notes for ESXi 5.1 Update 1 was a new enhancement to hostd logging: Component-based logging and advanced configurations added to hostd log level To avoid difficulties in getting appropriate logs during an Read more...
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vSphere 5.1 Update 1 Released!

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VMware has just released the much anticipated Update 1 patch for vSphere 5.1 which includes several updates and bug fixes for both ESXi and vCenter Server 5.1. I highly encourage everyone to review the release notes for the complete list of resolved issues. While going through the ESXi 5.1 Update 1 release notes myself, I Read more...
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Understanding ESXi Patches – Size & Patch Bundles

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Patch management for ESXi is very different compared to traditional operating system patches, where incremental updates are made to the base operating system and thus increasing the disk footprint for each patch update. For the ESXi hypervisor, when a patch is applied, the entire ESXi image also known as an Image Profile is replaced. This Read more...
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Minimum vSphere Privileges To Query VIBs On An ESXi Host

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This was a recent question that was asked internally about the minimum privileges required to query VIBs on an ESXi host. The request was for a custom script that was developed for compliance check and the customer was looking to create a custom vSphere role to minimize the privileges needed to perform the task. Since Read more...
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How To Restart The Custom Attributes To Tags Migration Process

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One of the coolest feature in my opinion is Tagging in the new vSphere Web Client. Unlike Custom Attributes which was limited to an ESXi host and Virtual Machine object, the new Tagging capability allows you to create custom labels and metadata on ANY vSphere inventory object. In addition, you can have multiple tags per Read more...
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VMware Upgrade & Update Operations Survey

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If you have a few minutes to spare, can you please fill out this short survey for VMware Upgrade and Update Operations. We are interested in how you currently manage the lifecycle (upgrades & updates) of your VMware infrastructure. Your feedback will help us improve our products and better support our customers. VMware Upgrade and Read more...
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Which Guest OSes Are Supported In vCloud Director?

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Similar to my previous blog post for vSphere, you can now programmatically retrieve the list of supported guest OSes for vCloud Director 5.1 if you are looking to build your own custom provisioning solution or portal. You no longer have to create a static list and you can now dynamically generate the list of supported Read more...