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Is your environment secure?

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My friends over at the VMware Security Blog posted an article yesterday that the Security Hardening Guide for vSphere 4.1 has been released. Coiincidentally Richard Garsthagen posted an article about all the ESX/ESXi hosts he found directly attached to the internet, I guess you could say that that goes against every best practice out there. Read more...

Ops changes part 7 – Upgrading Firmware

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Upgrading firmware on any platform has always been a cumbersome task. When we asked a select group of customers what they expected to be most difficult when migrating to ESXi some answered Hardware Firmware Upgrades. The main reason for this was the fact that agents (some unsupported) were installed in the Service Console and they Read more...

Ops changes part 6 – Quick troubleshooting tips

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When ever an issue arises on an ESX host people often rush to the Service Console and start typing various commands to figure out what is wrong. Of course some of the commands are not available with ESXi and you might not even have access to the ESXi console. Many will resort to the vCLI/vMA Read more...

Ops changes part 5 – Scratch partition

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When implementing ESXi the first noticeable difference in the architecture is the partition layout.With ESX classic you always had the ability to customize your partition layout and many used the obvious "Linux" partition scheme with a /tmp, /opt, /var and /home. This however as changed with ESXi and there isn't actually much left to discuss… Read more...

Ops changes part 4 – Injecting or installing drivers

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Two weeks ago I was presented with a problem regarding the use of drivers that were not part of the standard ESXi ISO. I started looking into it and discovered there are two main solutions for a problem like this. Installing drivers during the installation Injecting drivers into the ISO Both solutions have it's advantage Read more...

Ops changes part 3 – Local disk vs USB vs BFS

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When I was planning this series of articles one of the things that was on the top of my list was to "compare" the type of install destinations that could be used as I guess the variety of options is the strength of ESXi. The reason, as hopefully all of you know by now, that Read more...

Ops changes part 2 – Scripted installation

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One of the first operational "obstacles" that will need to be concurred for the migration to ESXi is a scripted installation. I wrote an article with an sample script two weeks ago, which is a good start. I asked around on twitter  on what kind of things people would like to see and I also Read more...

Ops changes part 1 – Introduction

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One of the thing that will probably most time consuming when migrating to ESXi are the changes in operational procedures that will be required. Of course this fully depends on what type of user you are today. I guess we can qualify the users in three main categories: vCenter addict PowerCLI god Bash guru For Read more...