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Monthly Archives: March 2010

How to use the Virtual Network Editor in VMware Workstation

We have a new video today which guides you through using the Virtual Network Editor in VMware Workstation.

The video covers adding adapters, removing adapters, and modifying adapters. The video also covers changing DHCP settings and configuring NAT, including configuring the incoming port. This video was created using VMware Workstation 7, but the same basic steps apply other versions of VMware Workstation. If you need more information about using VMware Workstation, see http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/ws_pubs.html

For more information and context, continue reading Using the Virtual Network Editor in VMware Workstation.

How to use the Virtual Network Editor in VMware Workstation

VMware Fusion Keyboard Issues—Best of the Docs

Keyboard-related issues come up from time to time in using VMware Fusion virtual machines, since Fusion users' keyboards vary so (Mac, Windows, querty, azerty, and more). Here are some excerpts from the docs and Communities to collect the best answers for keyboard issues. There are many more keyboard issues in Community threads — see the three-part post Finding vAnswers in VMware Communities for specific instructions and tips on searching Communities and posting questions there.

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New articles published for week ending 3/27/2010

VMware Converter
Custom or database dependent applications hosted on shared storage fails to start after P2V conversion & remapping the shared storage (1013868)
Date Published: 3/24/2010
VMware ESX
Windows 2008 x64 virtual machines lose their Gateway IP address after rebooting (1016878)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
Determining why multiple virtual machines are inaccessible (1019000)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
Determining why a virtual machine was powered off or restarted (1019064)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
Determining why an ESX host is inaccessible (1019082)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
Updating an ESX host using vCenter Update Manager (1019545)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
Collecting VIX diagnostic information (1019561)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
Unable to create a VMFS datastore (1014144)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
Changing Paravirtualized SCSI Controller Queue Depth (1017423)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
"Unsupported virtual machine configuration for Fault Tolerance" when attempting to enable Fault Tolerance feature (1019165)
Date Published: 3/23/2010
VMware ESXi
Determining why a VMware ESX host was powered off or restarted (1019238)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
Interpreting a virtual machine backtrace (1019471)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
Network failure when ESX/ESXi loads the bnx2 driver in a shared VLAN environment (1019513)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
Lab Manager cannot communicate with vCenter Server 4.0 (1019565)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
Poor virtual machine application performance on HP hardware (1018206)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
VMware Server
Connecting to VMware virtual machines using the Windows Remote Desktop utility (1018809)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
VMware vCenter Converter
Converted machine fails to power on with the error: Stop:0X0000001 KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED (1018745)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
VMware vCenter Server
Virtual machines configured to use IPv6 make vCenter 4 slow or unresponsive (1016629)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
Converting a template fails with the error: This Host or Cluster is not Valid Selection (1017991)
Date Published: 3/22/2010
Configuring VMware High Availability fails with the error: Cannot complete the configuration of the HA agent on the host (1019200)
Date Published: 3/23/2010
Collecting diagnostic information for vSphere Client Plug-ins (1019558)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
Detached datastore still showing vSphere client Datastores view even though the datastore is no longer connected. (1017098)
Date Published: 3/23/2010
Determining why a single virtual machine is inaccessible (1018834)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
VMware Workstation
Converting physical machines to virtual machines using VMware Workstation (1018406)
Date Published: 3/24/2010
Installing virtual machines and configuring preferences using VMware Workstation (1018415)
Date Published: 3/25/2010
Adding, removing and modifying virtual network adapters with the Virtual Network editor in Workstation (1018697)
Date Published: 3/26/2010
Upgrading a Windows XP virtual machine to Windows 7 on VMware Workstation 7.x (1019508)
Date Published: 3/22/2010

What is the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)?

The vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) is a virtual machine that includes prepackaged software such as a Linux distribution, the vSphere command‐line interface, and the vSphere SDK for Perl. Basically it is the missing service console for ESXi. But it’s more than that too.

This allows administrators to run scripts or agents that interact with ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server systems without having to explicitly authenticate each time. vMA can also collect ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server logs and store the information for analysis.

This latest video provides an overview of vMA and demonstrates the fastpass feature, which allows you to pass commands to the host or run scripts on the host and only enter the credentials one time. The video also demonstrates the vi-logger feature, which periodically collects the logs from the hosts it manages.

For more information and context, continue reading vSphere Management Assistant Documentation.

What is the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)?

How to import / convert physical computers to virtual machines using VMware Workstation

Our latest video overviews importing or converting a physical computer (also called a physical machine) to virtual machines (VMs) using VMware Workstation. The video uses VMware Workstation 7, but the same basic steps apply to other versions of Workstation if that’s what you have. The video provides detailed information about the options available in the conversion wizard and walks you through all the steps.

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Converting physical machines to virtual machines using VMware Workstation.

How to import / convert physical computers to virtual machines using VMware Workstation

How to install patches or updates for your VMware ESX host using Update Manager

We have a new video for you today detailing installing patches or updates to your VMware ESX host using VMware vCenter Update Manager. This video was created using ESX 4.0 and Update Manager 4.0. The same basic steps apply to other versions of ESX. This video also shows you how to determine how often your host checks for patches or updates, where to schedule the task, and how to run the task manually.

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Updating an ESX host using vCenter Update Manager.

Updating an ESX host using vCenter Update Manager

New articles published for week ending 3/20/2010

VMware ACE
Mouse Pointer in View Client Is Out of Sync with the Mouse Position in the Virtual Desktop (1019110)
Date Published: 3/15/2010
VMware ESX
Installing VMware Tools requires manually compiling modules for 32bit and 64bit SuSE Linux Enterprise Server SP3 guests (1014740)
Date Published: 3/16/2010
vCenter server alarm for Virtual Machine heartbeats: The heartbeat of guest keeps changing between yellow and green (1017091)
Date Published: 3/17/2010
After you stage a baseline, a bulletin might be shown as Missing instead of Staged (1018530)
Date Published: 3/18/2010
Install PowerPath/VE for VMware vSphere by using vCenter Update Manager (1018740)
Date Published: 3/18/2010
Migrating virtual machines from hosts running ESX 1.5.2 to ESX 3.x (3009756)
Date Published: 3/19/2010
VMware ESXi Installable
Firmware on TEAC CD/DVD drive causes ESX or ESXi host consoles to be show as disconnected in vCenter server (1017297)
Date Published: 3/18/2010
VMware Fusion
Investigating virtual machine lock files in Fusion (1019357)
Date Published: 3/15/2010
VMware ThinApp
Inconsistent names of ThinApp child processes appear in Task Manager (1019243)
Date Published: 3/17/2010
Virtual Opera 9.6 generates error on Windows Vista and Windows 7 (1019068)
Date Published: 3/16/2010
Virtual Microsoft Excel cannot send email on systems with native Microsoft Outlook (1019140)
Date Published: 3/16/2010
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
Converting Amazon EC2 Windows Instances to VMware Workstation or VMware vSphere Virtual Machines (1018015)
Date Published: 3/17/2010
VMware View Manager
View Administrator events older than 7 days do not display (1019333)
Date Published: 3/15/2010
Windows Mobile Device Center can prevent the redirection of USB devices for RDP (1019205)
Date Published: 3/17/2010

How to virtualize an application using VMware ThinApp

This video walks you through the process of virtualizing an application using VMware ThinApp. The video uses the Setup Capture Wizard in Thinapp and provides some context to some of the screens you will interact with. Virtualizing an application lets you deploy it to many users without having to install the application on every system.

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Using the ThinApp Setup Capture wizard to virtualize an application.

Using the ThinApp Setup Capture wizard to virtualize an application

Finding Answers in VMware Communities—part 3

In part 1 of this post, we took a quick look at using VMware Community discussion forums to find the answer to a user’s doc feedback question. In part 2, we tried using the Google Search instead of the default Communities search. In both cases, we were looking to see whether someone had already answered our question in the forums. In this post, we’ll explore posting your own query.

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Finding Answers in VMware Communities—part 2

In part 1 of this post, we took a quick look at using VMware Community discussion forums to find the answer to a user’s doc feedback question. In this post, we’ll look at another way to search the forums.

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