Installing NIC drivers via CD/DVD onto ESXi 4.1

A good summary document that tackles how to install Emulex NIC card drivers from a CD/DVD onto the free version of ESXi. Thanks to Matthew Scicluna 🙂 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B133ZFctNVtsak54SWN2dWVLY1k

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Tip: Adding pre-existing storage to VMWare ESXi

Scenario VMWare ESXi is being used in conjunction with external storage (IBM SAN). We needed to upload VMWare images and virtual disks from one ESXi server to the external storage. Then, we needed to “mount” the same storage without losing the pre-existing data. Maybe counter-intuitively, using the “add storage” option in the vmware configuration page … Continue reading Tip: Adding pre-existing storage to VMWare ESXi

KVM & BRCTL in Linux – bringing VLANs to the guests

I recently had the opportunity to setup a KVM machine running on a Centos machine. Tools such as Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) help immensely in the provisioning and administration of virtual machine guests within KVM, and bring the KVM solution on par with other solutions such as Xen, VMWare and VirtualBox. Networking is one of … Continue reading KVM & BRCTL in Linux – bringing VLANs to the guests

Networking tips in VMWare ESX server

Two notes to make here : regarding VLANs and regarding virtual routers ################################################################################## VLANs Ran across a very useful nugget of information. VMWare ESX server allows you to define virtual switches, but it also allows you to assign a particular switch a VLAN ID. In other words, any traffic that originates from virtual machines that … Continue reading Networking tips in VMWare ESX server

Virtual Box Shared Folder between WinXP host and Ubuntu guest

This command really saved me a lot of time. Its easy enough sharing folders when both the host and guest machine are windows (Network Neighbourhood is used) But, when the host is windows XP and the guest is ubuntu you need the command: sudo mount.vboxsf [share_name] [directory - mount point eg /mnt/share/] So in my … Continue reading Virtual Box Shared Folder between WinXP host and Ubuntu guest

Virtualizing our Testlabs

The advantages of virtualizing are well known, so I won't go into much detail here. Personally, I have to use a lot of virtualization, especially when studying and testing. Nowadays we can virtualise or emulate anything. In this article I outline a menthod I used to emulate both cisco routers using GNS3, as well as … Continue reading Virtualizing our Testlabs

Virtual Box – bridging to a wireless NIC

Virtual Box is my virtualization system of choice at home. In previous versions (pre 3.1.4) I was able to bridge the virtual guest NIC to the hosts wireless NIC without problems. Once I installed v 3.1.4, I could still bridge but I noticed some wierd behavior. While I could ping internal hosts without problems, after … Continue reading Virtual Box – bridging to a wireless NIC