Installing ESXi to a USB key using VMware Workstation 11

This is an updated post covering VMware Workstation 11 instead of Workstation 9, it’s been updated to cover installing using the formatwithmbr switch during the initial boot process as well as highlighting an issue with creating multiple USB keys from the same VM template.

This is still the the quickest and easiest method for […]

vRealize Operations Manager 6 – Initial vCenter Configuration

In previous posts I have demonstrated the installation and initial configuration for the vRealize Operations Manager 6 installation. At the end of the last post we were left at the log on screen to continue the configuration.

Log in with the admin user and password and let’s continue after the break to configure vRealize […]

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 […]