VMware: Cannot Resize a VMs Hard Drive?
Sep30

VMware: Cannot Resize a VMs Hard Drive?

KB ID 0001704 Problem One of the lads in support messaged me this week, he needed to raise the size of the hard drive on a VM, and the option was greyed out (not available).  Solution Now assuming you actually have the rights to do this, the problem is ‘nearly always’ that the ‘disk’ in question has an active snapshot on it. Remove your snapshots first. Now you can raise the size. Don’t forget: In your OS...

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PowerCLI: Get All Snapshot Information
Aug03

PowerCLI: Get All Snapshot Information

KB ID 0001690 Problem This was asked on EE today, and it was an interesting one so I wrote it up. How to locate all the Snapshots in your VMware virtual infrastructure, and see how much space they are taking. Solution Use the following PowerCLI; Get-Snapshot * | Select-Object -Property VM, Name, SizeGB, Children | Sort-Object -Property sizeGB -Descending | ft -AutoSize Related Articles, References, Credits, or External Links...

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VMware Converter ‘A file I/O Error Occurred’
Jul20

VMware Converter ‘A file I/O Error Occurred’

KB ID 0001688 Problem It seems every time I use VMware Converter, there’s some new error that jumps up and makes me stumble! Yesterday the problem was; FAILED: A file I/O error occurred while accessing Solution Some searching told me this is actually a DNS problem, (where the converter could not resolve the DNS name of the machine being converted). BUT I had put the FQDN directly into this machines ‘hosts file’ so I...

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vSphere: Get ESX Server Serial Numbers
Apr20

vSphere: Get ESX Server Serial Numbers

KB ID 0001670 Problem A few weeks ago I needed to sort out some extended warranty for a customers servers. To do that  I needed the serial numbers of those servers, (a mixture of IBM/Lenovo and Dell Servers). As I didn’t fancy a drive to two different datacenters, I wanted to try and get them programatically. Solution After some searching I came across a post by one of my old EE buddies LucD with exactly what I needed. I’m...

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VMware Edge Gateway VPN to Cisco ASA
Feb18

VMware Edge Gateway VPN to Cisco ASA

KB ID 0001658 Problem I was asked to setup a VPN to help out a colleague this week. When I had a look, one end turned out to be an Edge Gateway, I wasn’t that concerned, I’d done similar things in my prior role, I just didn’t have access to the vCloud or VMware at this datacenter. Depite my best efforts on the ASA, the tunnel refused to come up, it took a little looking ‘under the covers’ to accurately...

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DHCP Scope: Full of BAD_ADDRESS Entries
Feb05

DHCP Scope: Full of BAD_ADDRESS Entries

KB ID 0001651 Problem I had a client machine struggling to get an DHCP address, and when I looked in DHCP the scope it was full of this; BAD_ADDRESS This address Is Already in Use Solution A tour of Google and forums is full of posts by people with this problem, and other than, ‘Oh I looked in the logs and fixed it’ (with no mention of what log, or where this log was), or ‘Yeah I used Wireshark and located a problem...

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