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Updating to VMware Tools 10 – Must Read

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2017 UPDATE: A more recent article is now available with the latest information on VMware Tools lifecycle management. In September we announced that VMware Tools 10.0.0 Released and that VMware is now shipping VMware tools outside of the vSphere releases. Since then, we have received a lot of feedback from the community, customers, and internal Read more...

Open-VM-Tools (OVT): The Future of VMware Tools for Linux

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For those of you who attended my VMworld sessions with Salil Suri, we dropped a hint that there are things happening with Open-VM-Tools (OVT). We at VMware know that vSphere lifecycle is a difficult task to take on and that updating VMware Tools across hundreds or thousands of virtual machines is an ever-increasing burden. There Read more...

VMware Tools 10.0.0 Released

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An announcement we made during our repeat session “INF5123 – Managing vSphere Deployments and Upgrades – Part 2” at VMworld last week, was that VMware Tools 10.0.0 was released and is available for download in MyVMware. Read more...

Configure Auto Deploy Rules – PowerCLI

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In the previous post Configure DHCP and TFTP for Auto Deploy, we discussed how to setup your DHCP and TFTP servers to allow your ESX hosts to PXE boot. However, once an ESX host boots, it will need directions to know what to boot. This is where Auto Deploy Rules come in. Read more...

Configure DHCP and TFTP for Auto Deploy

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In the previous post, we covered Enabling Auto Deploy on vCenter Server Appliance 6. There are several more steps that need to be taken to get Auto Deploy configured correctly. In this post we discuss the next step in our journey to running Auto Deploy in your environment, which is Read more...

Enable Auto Deploy on vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6

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Many customers are now converting over to use the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 since vSphere 6 has reached feature parity with the Windows vCenter Server. For those of you who are new to using the appliance, I figured I would walk you through setting up the Auto Deploy portion of the server. Read more...

vSphere 6: Updates to Host Profiles

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With the announcement of vSphere 6 becoming Generally Available, I figure it a good time to shine some light on some of the updated features of Host Profiles. Host Profiles allow you to establish standard configurations for your ESXi hosts and to automate compliance to these configurations, simplifying operational management of large-scale environments and reducing errors Read more...