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Updating VMware Tools fails [SOLVED] isolation.tools.guestInitiatedUpgrade.disable = “FALSE”

VMWare Tools Update Failure [SOLVED]

Updating VMware Tools fails with the error: Update Tools failed. Edit the virtual machine’s vmx file (2007298) Symptoms You are unable to update VMware Tools. Updating VMware Tools fails. You see the error: Update Tools failed. Edit the virtual machine’s vmx file, add the line below and try again. Please read KB article 1714 on tips for editing a vmx file. isolation.tools.guestInitiatedUpgrade.disable = “FALSE” To resolve this issue, enable VMware Tools updates from within the guest by updating the virtual machine

How to enlarge a VM running Windows (NTFS)

Resize to use all available space (no free space)

Article summary: Do you have a well-used virtual machine that is running out of drive space? Here are the steps to expand the virtual drive for free… Full article: Ahh, it is that time of year again: Tax Season. That means Samantha and I are getting all of our finances in order, including making sure we are up to date on our Quicken entries. As my buddy Kevin (a quite capable CPA) is fond of doing, we keep our ‘financial’

Disable Network Boot in VMWare!

The applicable line that you need to add is highlighted

The VMWare PXE network boot screen can be rather annoying: Here are the steps for disabling network boot on a Windows 7 VM host (or Windows 8 host) and a Windows 7 guest OS: #0 Power off your virtual machine #1 Use notepad (or your favorite text editor) to edit your virtual machine’s .vmx file For example, my VMX file for this particular VM was located here: C:\Users\JD\Documents\Virtual Machines\01 Small Template, Windows 7 x64\01 Small Template, Windows 7 x64.vmx #2

VMWare Server not accessible via web interface?

vmware-services-server-2

I recently had an issue where VMWare Server 2’s web based administrative interface was no longer available It turns out the issue was that one of the services required by VMWare Server 2 had stopped. Starting the service again solved the issue! VMWare Host Agent VMWare Authorization service VMWare DHCP service VMWare NAT Service VMWare Server Web Access I had tried all sorts of things (Windows firewall adjustment, .hosts file editing, tomcat configuration etc.) and just a simple service start

FREE performance monitoring tools for ESXi

ESXi performance-chart-example

FREE (and pay) performance monitoring tools for ESXi (retain weeks of data, not just an hour) If you have used ESXi much you have probably realized it only shows you one hour worth of performance data. Sure this is handy for checking real time performance but it really stinks when you need to analyze performance during the week/month/year. So, as I find tools for overcoming this limit and helping in ESXi performance monitoring I will post the links here.  

Entering VMWare ESXi 4.1 licensing info [solved]

esxi-enter-license-configuration registration screenshot howto

Did you receive your VMWare ESXi licensing info and now you need to register your license before your 60 day evaluation is up? Never fear, here are the steps to do it: 5 Easy Steps Step 1 From the vSphere Client GUI, click the Configuration tab. Step 2 From the left pane, under Software, choose Licensed Features. Step 3 Click Edit…, which is located on the top right corner of the Licensed Features page. The Assign License page opens. Step

Install VMWare ESXi on Dell PowerEdge 1950 III server

1U Dell PowerEdge 1950 III server for Weblogs.us

Later this week I will be installing VMWare ESXi for the first time. It will be on a nice Dell 1U server and here are a few links and resources that I have gathered so far: Compatibility list for VMWare ESXi versions: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php PowerEdge 1950 = good to go with the latest ESXi versions! Install ESXi to a USB thumbdrive (so you can free a valuable SATA/SAS port for VM usage) Install ESXi 4.0 to a USB devicehttp://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/Boot_ESXi_from_USB_flash_drive.phpBelow are 2

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