VMware vSphere: Adding NFS Storage
Mar13

VMware vSphere: Adding NFS Storage

KB ID 0001408 Problem If you have some NFS storage, and you want to use it as a Datastore in your VMware environment, this is the procedure to follow. Pre-Requisites I’m assuming you already have a network connection between your ESX servers and the NAS box, (i.e you have a VM Kernel NIC) on the same network. I’m also assuming you have the NFS setup correctly, in this example I’m using  a Buffalo NAS box. But you can...

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VMWare vCenter: Cant Remove ‘Orphaned’ VMs
Feb08

VMWare vCenter: Cant Remove ‘Orphaned’ VMs

KB ID 0001398 Problem I noticed I had a VM that was ‘Orphaned’ in my vCenter web console. It was not a production server or anything, I just wanted to delete it. However the option to Delete or Remove from Inventory was not available. Solution It turns out, you just need to ‘dig a little deeper’. All Virtual Infrastructure Action > More Uncategorized Actions > Remove from inventory. Related Articles,...

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VMware Fusion: Windows 10 ‘Lost’ Mapped Drive to the Host
Jan26

VMware Fusion: Windows 10 ‘Lost’ Mapped Drive to the Host

KB ID 0001394 Problem My Windows 10 VM decided it was going to do a major update last night, so I let it get on with it. However today I can no longer access the ‘shared’ drive that it had back to the host (my MacBook). Solution I’m pretty sure this is the second time this has happened, so after berating myself for not documenting the fix last time, this is the fix. Run Regedit (Windows Key+R > regedit {Enter})...

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VMware: Depreciated VFMS Volume(s) Found On This Host
Jan11

VMware: Depreciated VFMS Volume(s) Found On This Host

KB ID 0001383 Problem Well there is a bug on ESX version 6.0.0 that causes this error message, in my case the client had VFMS3 volumes. Depreciated VFMS volume(s) found on the host. Please consider upgrading volumes(s) to the latest version. That’s what was causing the error in my case! Solution I chose to simply update the VFMS3 volumes to VFMS5 > Right click the volume > Upgrade to VFMS5. Select the volume(s) > OK....

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vSphere – Adding iSCSI Storage
Dec14

vSphere – Adding iSCSI Storage

KB ID 0001378 Problem iSCSI storage is nice and cheap, so adding iSCSI storage to your virtual infrastructure is a common occurrence. I had to do this for a client this week to present an IBM Storagewize v3700 SAN into vSphere 6.5. It’s been so long, (i.e. back in the trusty FAT VMware client) that I did this so I thought I’d document it for next time. Solution Add a Software iSCSI Adaptor: Select the host > Configure...

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VMware: Windows VM – No Mouse & Cannot Install VMware Tools
Nov23

VMware: Windows VM – No Mouse & Cannot Install VMware Tools

KB ID 0001370 Problem Every time this happens to me I have a rant about it, and everyone looks perplexed, surely this does not only happen to me? Using ESX6.5 I build a new Windows VM, and theres no mouse, web client has nothing, try the VMRC then I get a mouse pointer, but it’s as responsive as trying to play chess with a firehose!  Once you install VMware tools it’s fine, but here’s the problem – try...

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