How to create a NFS share on a Windows 2008 R2 server for use with ESXi or XenServer

November 14, 2013

I’ve had a requirement recently to create a small XenServer 6.2 test/demo environment. I decided to use a Windows 2008 R2 host as an NFS server to provide shared storage to the XenServer hosts as it is quick and easy to set up. First of all you have to install NFS services. This is done […]

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ESXi 5 Partition Layout

April 11, 2013

I’ve recently gone through an exercise to configure the scratch partition on a number of boot from san hosts, which got me thinking about partition layout in general on ESXi hosts. When you install ESXi you do not get the opportunity to modify the partition layout, its automatically set by the installation process. If you’re […]

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Quick Tip #2 Export VM Information From List

August 2, 2012

To export a list of virtual machine attributes, using a text file for input, we can use the following PowerCli code: Get-VM -Name (Get-Content c:\vmnames.txt) | Select Name,NumCpu,MemoryMB | Export-Csv C:\test.csv -NoTypeInformation -UseCulture

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VMKFSTOOLS Examples – Working With Virtual Disks

July 26, 2012

VMFSTOOLS is something I perhaps don’t use as regularly as I’d like and as a result find myself having to refer to the documentation pretty much anytime I do anything with it. With that in mind I thought I’d document some examples of what vmkfstools can do here, so I’ll have something to refer back […]

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Quick Tip #1 View Detailed ESXi Host Information in your Browser

July 25, 2012

If you have used esxcfg-info before you’ll know it was a convenient way to gather detailed information on a ESXi(i) host, but did you know you can also access the same information, via a browser, for an ESXi 5 host? You can retrieve this information by browsing to https://youresxhost/cgi-bin/esxcfg-info.cgi. The output looks like this:

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