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ESXi 5.1 Whitebox Build

So it’s finally time for me to replace my Dell PowerEdge T300. The T300 has done incredibly well, at 4 years old it still happily runs 4-5 of my virtual machines and has definitely been a huge help in test labs for my work and personal studies. I’ve been reading around the net for a […]

Update VMware ESXi via PowerCLI

Out of habbit I generally update standalone ESXi boxes via the VMware CLI. I thought today I would make use of PowerCLI and note my steps for reference. Download Required VMware Patches: www.vmware.com/go/downloadpatches Download VMware PowerCLI: www.vmware.com/go/powercli Optional – Download PowerShell 2.0 (Only if XP/Vista): support.microsoft.com/kb/968929 Once PowerCLI is installed open via Program Files – […]

Installing VMware Tools for Linux Guests

More for quick reference as I don’t generally manage too many Linux boxes (yet anyway ;)). Have recently done a few P2V migrations on to an ESXi 5 platform so the below helps get the tools installed inside a RedHat based VM, commands of course may vary slightly depending on distribution – As root (su […]

Veeam FastSCP – Error 800700c1

Having stumbled across this before I thought it easier to add the fix here for quicker reference. When using Veeam’s FastSCP to copy a VM on a 64bit PC you can often see the below error: “Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID [5F1555F0-0DBB-47F6-B10B-0AB0E1C1D8CE} failed due to the following error: 800700c1” The following […]

Patching VMware ESXi 5.0

More for my own reference as I always forget the commands! Nice guide via the community forum on how to patch a host via CLI can be found HERE In brief for a standalone ESXi host: Upload the patch Zip file to the ESXi datastore Shutdown any VM’s running on the ESXi host Enter Maintenance […]