Last week I had a conversation with one of my customers who asked me if I know some good, fast, modular way for provisioning around 20-25 VMs for a lab environment. The first thing I asked was “what are you using today?” So he opened his vSphere Client and showed me how he is using NetApp Rapid Clone Utility (RCU) to deploy the VMs. The problem with the RCU is that it isn’t elastic and modular enough although using it is great for gaining fast provisioning. You can watch a few YouTube videos here. I’ve decided to write a PowerCLI deployment [Read More]
Be selected as a vExpert is such a great honor. Being an active part of the VMware community is rewarding by itself but getting recognized for your contribution is a whole new ball game. When I started this blog all I wanted was to have some sort of technical archive for myself but rather quickly I was sucked in. The VMware community is more than just a group of super-technical people. The biggest thing that unites us is our passion for the technology and our desire to share knowledge and experience. I would like to take the opportunity to [Read More]
Last week I had a conversation with one of my team mates We were asked to provide a way for a VDI user to connect to a random VMware View desktop (floating) pool automatically each time a desktop is needed. I’ve created a PowerCLI script which will provide a way for a random pool selection from the user’s pool assignment. The only prerequisite for this to work is that the View administrator will grant user pool permissions up-front. [sourcecode language=”powershell”] #Random View Desktop Pool Connection #Created for: imallvirtual.com #Created by: Lior Kamrat #Created on: 16/04/2013 #Map VMware View Connection Server and desktop [Read More]
In the last part for this series I will be focusing on automating the deployment process using PowerCLI and VB script combination.
In part 2 of this series, we have created our new “pagefile” and “OS-W2008” datastore storage profiles.
Today, while installing my DR lab vCenter 5.1.0b (build 947939) server in a simple installation mode, just when the SSO installation part was about to finish, an error message pops-out: I remembered a couple of days ago I performed a Windows Update with the new Internet Explorer 10 included. Although there is no mentioning in the following Microsoft KB regarding IE10, I’ve decided to deploy a new VM and give it a go. Gladly it worked: 1. Open the Registry Editor 2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer 3. Create a new key that is called Styles 4. Create a [Read More]
In part 1 of this series I talked about some of the basic pros and cons in moving the VM swapfile and the guest OS virtual memory to a dedicated datastores. Now, let’s start using some of VMware goodies.
Looking at customer’s various VMware environments, one of the most unusable options is changing the virtual machine swapfile location. Why is that? Well, the obvious answer is that they are just not familiar with it and let’s face it, the most common motto for IT administrators is “if it’s not broken don’t fix it!”