Category: vSphere

Goodbye vSphere C# Client

So for as long as I've been using VMware, the Windows C# client has been a staple of my workflow. Even when VMware started transitioning to the icky Flash based interface, I know many MANY people still used the C# client. Between dodgy performance, reliance on Flash (and all it's...

Critical VMware Security Patches Released

In case you missed it, VMware has released a number of product updates to address critical vulnerability in JRE. JRE is used in many products, so a wide range of products are affected. You can read the full bulletin here. The bulletin details which product version you need to be...

Sample VCDX-DCV Architecture Outline

This post covers my approach to writing my VCDX-DCV Architecture Guide. I've been debating in my mind for a while whether I should write this post or not. I hesitated for a few reasons. First, I'm just a regular guy that happened to jump through the VCDX hoops and have no "insider"...

Downgrade your ESXi Host

On rare occasions you may need to downgrade your ESXi host. In my case I was working on a VMware certification test and my host was using a newer build than what was called for. Or, maybe you run into a situation like the NFS bug earlier this year and needed to...

Automate Sysprep on vSphere w/o Custom Specs

I'm a huge fan of using vCenter customization specifications to automate the sysprep process for deploying new Microsoft VMs. The sysprep process ensures a unique Windows SID, sets the VM's hostname, and can even join a VM to the domain, among other things. However, the customization specifications can only be...

Align your partitions with VMware Converter 5.0 Beta

Update: VMware released the GA version of 5.0 and you can download it here.A few days ago VMware released a significant update to their standalone converter utility, Converter 5.0 beta (download here). One of the cool new features is the ability to re-align partitions. By default Windows Server 2003 and Windows...

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