pfSense Transparent Bridge Firewall + VMware ESXi

You have setup pfSense as a VM via the OVA. Your VM that you want to filter its traffic is on a portgroup on a vSwitch with no uplink. pfSense has 2 NICs – 1. WAN – Using a portgroup that has internet access 2. LAN – Using the same portgroup/vswitch as your VM that ...

Disable VR (vSphere Replication) on VM

You have long removed SRM/vSphere replication. You discovered a VM still had vSphere Replication enabled. system has paused replication disk added to vm Manually remove vSphere replication from vCenter 1. In a webbrowser go to: http://YOUR-vCenter Server/mob 2. Remove this extensions: “com.vmware.vcHms” More information about MOB, and removing plugins from vCenter, here: http://www.viktorious.nl/2012/05/06/vcenter-howto-remove-a-plugin-from-the-plugin-manager/ Remove vSphere ...

VMware Tools For FreeBSD

cd /usr/ports/emulators/open-vm-tools-nox11/ make all install vi /etc/rc.conf vmware_guest_vmblock_enable=”YES” vmware_guest_vmhgfs_enable=”YES” vmware_guest_vmmemctl_enable=”YES” vmware_guest_vmxnet_enable=”YES” vmware_guestd_enable=”YES” vi /etc/ntp.conf First line: tinker panic 0 vi /boot/loader.conf kern.hz=100 vi /etc/sysctl.conf kern.cam.da.retry_count=100 vmware-toolbox-cmd timesync disable

Configure HP ILO via ESXi CLI – Reset ILO Password via ESXi CLI

The HP server must have been installed with the HP ESXi ISO -or- Updated via VMware Update Manager (VUM) with the latest vibs from vibsdepot.hp.com. The process to configure the ILO is as follows: 1.  SSH to the ESXi host 2. cd /opt/hp/tools 3. Export the current config:   ./hponcfg -w /tmp/ilo_config.txt 4. Edit the above ...

Reset TopSpin Infiniband Switch Password

To reset the password on a TopSpin Inifiband switch you’ll need to boot the system in the single user mode. To do this: Connect a console to the serial port and stop the booting at ppcboot.   Do the following: 1) at the “Hit any key to stop autoboot:” prompt, press a key quickly ( <5sec ...

CentOS / RHEL horrible disk performance with SSD

noop, is essentially a first-in first-out (FIFO) queue with no extra logic. Each virtual machine can stop worrying about the disk, instead passing I/O requests along to the hypervisor to make a better decision about overall performance. Add “elevator=noop” to the kernel parameters in your boot loader’s configuration in /etc/grub.conf `echo noop > /sys/block/${DEVICE}/queue/scheduler`. Set ...

VMware converter does not find or recognize LVM CentOS 6 |-wi-ao|

As discussed in this VMware thread:  http://communities.vmware.com/thread/413602 VMware converter 5 fails to recognize LVM slices on CentOS 6 or Red Hat 6. Log files shows: WARN storage.lvm ]: Failed to match lvs output line ‘  lv_root|vg00|587034787840B|-wi-ao–|1 This issue is:  -wi-ao–    converter is expecting:  -wi-ao  (no –) Two fixes: 1.  downgrade to:   lvm2-2.02.72 -or- 2. Wrap ...

VMware “Unable to connect to the MKS:”

Unable to connect to the MKS: Login (username / password) incorrect Open /etc/vmware/config with a text editor. Add this:  vmauthd.server.alwaysProxy = “TRUE” Check your firewall config/network setup.    This error is caused by your vSphere client not able to communicate with the ESX/ESXi host directly. All “Unable to connect to the MKS:” errors are network issues.   ...

VMware vCenter SSL Certificate Locations

ESX/ESXi 4.0 /etc/vmware/ssl/ vCenter Server 4.0 C:UsersAll UsersVMwareVMware VirtualCenterSSL For Windows Server 2008, C:ProgramDataVMwareVMware VirtualCenterSSL    

Connect vCenter To ESX/ESXi Through MIP NATd IP

To make both connectivity to vCenter and clone operations function with NATd ESX service consoles: 1. In Vmware vCenter client, disable Vmware HA and DRS. 2. In Vmware vCenter client, disconnect the host. The VMs will continue to run. 3. Log in to the ESX service console via SSH and change to root. $ ssh ...