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Weekly Links – January 28, 2013

Good Monday to all of you – and just a reminder that summer is a mere five months away! That may be hard to stomach at the moment, with temperatures in a lot of the U.S. in single digits at the moment. But take heart, soon enough we’ll be complaining about the brutal humidity – and how much it costs to cool down server rooms – instead of this bitter, bitter cold.

And for those of you who were wondering out there, yes, our New Year’s resolution was to be more positive. How are we doing so far?

Why application development is better in the cloud (InfoWorld)

‘The Quantum Age of IT Excerpt’ (IT Business Edge)

Why Your Data Center Costs Will Drop (InformationWeek)

Can you spot the 10 security mistakes in this workspace? (IT World)

Twitter releases data on government info requests from second half of 2012 (GigaOM)

This week’s apropos of nothing image is just that – absolutely apropos of nothing. But really cool, none the less—especially for you history geeks out there! This is what the sky above London looked like after a massive air battle between British and German pilots in September 1940:

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit us here for a 30 day free trial of VMware Go Pro.

 

Install ESXi through VMware Go

This blog is a repost from Jonathan Frappier’s Blog.  To view the original blog post, click here.

Since the folks over at the VMware Go team liked my first post so much, I figured I’d oblige and write up an article about how to install ESXi through VMware Go since they tweeted about it before I actually wrote it :)

VMware Go, for those that missed the last post, is a cloud based service for small businesses and new VMware admins to help manage and setup their VMware environment.  There are “two” ways to install ESXi from VMware go – by converting an existing Windows server/machine or downloading the ISO and installing manually.  The later isn’t really installing “through” VMware Go but certainly a viable path, and then you can simply add the host once your install is finished.

Once logged into VMware Go, click on the Virtual tab and select Install an ESXi Hypervisor from the drop down menu.

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Click the Get Started button on the next screen and provide the IP address of the Windows server you wish to convert and click the Next button.

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VMware Go will connect to the IP address of the computer to determine if it is compatible, when prompted enter the username and password for that server.  The machine I tried to install on failed the compatibility check as you can see here:

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Thankfully I am doing this in a VM so one second while I go reconfigure that machine…and we are back and the machine passed the test this time as you can see:

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I popped in my hostname and opted for DHCP config.  Make sure you pay attention to the warning – Windows will be gone!  Make sure you backed up your data, settings etc… if you need anything from this server and click next.  You will see a summary of the actions to be taken.  If you are ready to take the plunge, click the Start ESXi Hypervisor Installation!

startAfter confirming you will blow away your Windows install, you will be prompted for the ESXi password you wish to set, and then need to enter the Windows credentials again.  You can see the task/download/install progress at the top of the screen:

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Queue on hold music in your head….daaa na na naa naa na.  Less than 20 minutes and a few reboots later I had an ESXi screen where my Windows login screen once appeared and can see the task completed in VMware Go.

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VMware Go was even nice enough to add it to its inventory for me!  So thats it, without ever touching an ISO I nuked my Windows server and turned it into a functional ESXi server!.

Thank you to Jonathan Frappier for allowing us to re-post this helpful blog.  Feel free to check out his blog here and follow him on Twitter (@jfrappier)!

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