Archive for the ‘Virtualisation’ Category

ESXi won’t boot from USB stick

I was installing ESXi 5.5 onto a USB stick today, something I have done hundreds of times. The install went fine, however no matter what I tried in the bios it just wouldn’t boot. Turns out, the server (in this case a HP DL380 G8) had no support for UEFI. Since ESXi5.5 installs as GPT […]

Veeam as a vSphere backup solution

I’ve recently had the pleasure of implementing Veeam Backup & Replication v8 as a direct replacement for BackupExec 2012/2014 vRay edition.  BackupExec 2012 was a terrible product, which is such a shame considering how good its Veritas predecessor was.  BackupExec 2014 was just as bad; its low reliability and poor usability create a huge support […]

Restart ESXi management agent

ESXi 5.x /etc/init.d/hostd restart /etc/init.d/vpxa restart ESXi 4.x /etc/init.d/hostd restart service vmware-vpxa restart ESX: service mgmt-vmware restart service vmware-vpxa restart

Force dismount VMware tools

First post in two years, been incredibly busy and blogging always sinks to the bottom of the list! If VMware tools installer has been mounted to a VM for too long you may experience a scenario where you are unable to unmount it no matter how many times you click end or run dismount-tools. To […]

Increasing Partition Size on a VMWare Linux Virtual Machine

Naively, when creating my new VMWare ESXi virtual machines, I was expecting to be able to resize the disks with a one-liner as I have done in the past with container based virtualisation. Unfortunately it’s not quite that simple, the VM partitions will need manually resizing: Increase the virtual disk size via Vsphere to the […]

Install Linux Guest Support (CD2) after Citrix Xenserver installation

If you forget to install the Linux Guest Support cd during Xenserver installation, there are a few ways to install it post install. Mount the CD in your KVM/DRAC etc and do: cd / mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/CD cd /mnt/CD ./install.sh follow the installation…. cd / umount /mnt/CD Or wget the ISO then: mkdir -p /mnt/iso […]

Citrix Xenserver [Errno5] Input/Output error during install

During installation of Citrix Xenserver 5 over DRAC (Dell Remote Access Controller) using amounted ISO, I got the error: [Errno5] Input/Output error during install The initial install phase started properly and it allowed me to enter all configuration settings, but failed at the end of installation. Presumably this is either an issue with the DRAC […]