Installing the Home Lab – Creating and Configuring an iSCSI Distributed Switch for VMware Multipathing

In an earlier post I configured my Synology DS1513+ Storage server for iSCSI and enabled it for Multi-Pathing, in this post I will show you how to create and configure a vDS (vSphere Distributed Switch) for iSCSI use and how to enable Multipathing to use more than one network path to your storage (there by […]

Installing the Home Lab – Configuring Datacenters and Hosts

In the previous post we installed and configured access to vCenter 5.5, it’s great that we have vCenter installed but with no datacenter or Hosts configured we aren’t going to be doing too much with our new installation so what we need to do is add a new datacenter and a host to allow us […]

Installing the Home Lab – Installing vCenter 5.5 on Windows 2012R2

This post will detail all the steps required to install vCenter 5.5a on to a Windows 2012R2 guest machine, I should add that at the time of writing 2012R2 isn’t on the supported OS list and that there is an additional step that needs to be done to ensure that the installation succeeds first time.


ESXi 5.5 Upgrade in 7 Steps

So with the release of ESXi 5.5 I decided to follow my previous instructions and upgrade my hosts using the esxcli commands.

1. Place the Host into Maintenance Mode and ensure that there are no running VM’s on the host.

2. Ensure you have SSH enabled


3. Make sure that the […]

vCloud Suite 5.5 Announcement

VMware have announced updates to their vCloud Suite product.

VMware have extended the number of products that are included in the vCloud Suite 5.5, this includes vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) availability in all editions rather than just the Enterprise Suite. Prior to this announcement vCloud Automation Center came in a single version, however the announcement […]

What’s new in vSphere 5.5

VMware has just announced the vSphere 5.5 product at VMworld 2013. Here are the new features and enhancements.

vSphere ESXi Hypervisor Enhancements

Hot-Pluggable SSD PCI Express (PCIe) Devices Support for Reliable Memory Technology Enhancements for CPU C-States

Virtual Machine Enhancements

Virtual Machine Compatibility with VMware ESXi™ 5.5 Expanded vGPU Support Graphic Acceleration for Linux Guests […]

vCenter 5.1 Logbrowser Error – Unauthorised access fix

After a recent upgrade to our vCenter 5.1 infrastructure we discovered that we were getting the following error when trying to use the log browser component of the web client.

Having tried a number fixes from the usual sources (Derek Seamans excellent blog) none of them seemed to resolve the issue, a reboot of […]