Recent Posts

Hardware Health Monitoring via CIM, part 5

posted

In our last post, we looked at the IPMI SEL and how you can use that to gather events recorded by the hardware.  In this installment, we'll take a look at a different sub-system – storage.  In particular, we'll look at internal RAID card support so you can see the health of your RAID volumes Read more...

Hardware Health Monitoring via CIM, part 4

posted

In our last post, we started to dive deeper into writing CIM client code, and looked at some of the IPMI based data.  In this post, we'll explore a little more detail on some of the log data that comes from IPMI and touch on a few new CIM concepts. Read more...

Log files in ESXi 4.0

posted

Simon Long has published a great blog on log files in ESXi 4.0.  It goes over the primary log files in ESXi 4.0, and the various ways to obtain and view them.  If you're used to logging into the COS on classic ESX to view these files, then please do read this entry to see Read more...

Hardware Health Monitoring via CIM, part 3

posted

In our last post, we looked at some SMBIOS based asset information.  In this post we'll start to explore what information is available from IPMI. As with our previous posts, lets explore the relevant technology a little before we dive into code.  IPMI – the Intelligent Platform Management Interface, is a specification that defines how Read more...

Hardware Health Monitoring via CIM, part 2

posted

In our last post, we looked at some of the basics of CIM technology and a very basic script that can dump out the version of ESX the system is running.  Now lets take a deeper dive into some of the hardware asset information that's available. Before we look at the code, lets talk a Read more...

Hardware Health Monitoring via CIM

posted

The following is the first of a multi-part posting, once again from Daniel Hiltgen, one of the senior developers on the ESXi product. Starting in ESX 3.5, VMware has leveraged the industry standard CIM technologies to enable interoperable remote hardware health monitoring and 3rd party extensibility on both the ESX and ESXi platforms.  This post Read more...

Useful tips for working without the COS

posted

Over at Professional VMware, Cody Bunch has recently posted a couple of blogs that show how to perform some common tasks on ESXi that some might be used to using the COS for.  One is on adding a vSwitch, and the other is on finding CPU Ready values.  Also, at vKnowledge, Ted Steenvoorden has posted on how Read more...

Management of VMware ESXi on HP ProLiant Servers

posted

A joint paper between VMware and HP was published recently that goes over another option for hardware monitoring on ESXi systems.  This paper describes the integration of VMware ESXi with HP System Insight Manager to provide full hardware management capabilities on HP ProLiant Servers. It also describes the hardware information and monitoring features available with Read more...

Learn Why Fulton Financial Chose ESXi Over ESX

posted

We wanted to showcase another ESXi customer story. Fulton Financial Corporation, a leading financial services organization, is currently running their entire virtual footprint on VMware ESXi, which includes 200 virtual machines running on 55 HP ProLiant BL465 blade servers.  Fulton made the switch from VMware ESX to ESXi when they decided to upgrade to VMware Read more...

Learn Why and How to upgrade from ESX to ESXi

posted

Visit the new VMware ESX to ESXi Upgrade Center to learn about the ESXi architecture and how to upgrade from ESX to ESXi. VMware ESXi is an operating system independent hypervisor, designed to improve hypervisor management in the areas of security, deployment and configuration, and ongoing administration.  All VMware vSphere features are fully supported on ESXi. Read more...