PCoIP Configuration and Status Tool

The other day I needed to tweak and troubleshoot PCoIP connectivity. There is a really great tool by Chuck Hirstius on http://mindfluxinc.net/?cat=17 which I urge you to check out! It’s by far the easiest way to get more insights on what’s happening …

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Microsoft Advanced Firewall – Open SQL port 1433 for vCenter

When installing vCenter and SQL Server on two separate virtual machines, it is necessary to open the Windows Firewall for port 1433. The easiest way of doing this is to open an augmented command prompt (CMD – Run as Admin) …

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Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise CA – Issue certificates with more than 2 years validity

The other day I got stuck issuing Enterprise CA signed certificates for a VMware vSphere 5.0 installation. Even though the custom Web Server Template with private key export was set to 5 years, the SSL certificates only had two years …

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Test your speed

I’ve recently installed SpeedTest Mini on this server which is located in a Hetzner data center in Germany. Feel free to test yours on http://alexander.walden.de/speedtest/ . I’ve also added an IP address and a proxy checker to this host. For …

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Storage vMotion Considerations when using dedicated VM Swapfile Datastore

This blog post by Kyle Gleed of VMware is a must read for all VMware architects. It explains how we need to size a VM swapfile datastore! Storage vMotion creates a second vswp file during a migration – depending on …

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How to create an ISO from a VMware patch ZIP file

Kyle Gleed of VMware has published a great post on how to create an ISO file from a VMware patch ZIP file using PowerCLI. Read about it here.

Create your own vSphere Update Manager Depot

Continuing to investigate creating your own ESXi 5 installation image, I’ve come across this Technical Whitepaper from VMware: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vsphere-50-update-manager-depot.pdf I’ll give that a try soon and post more.

Create your own ESXi 5 installation image

There are probably a dozen posts out there on how to add/remove packages from ESXi 5 images. I did feel however that I’ve had to look around in very many places to achieve my goal and therefore decided to write …

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SSH access to VMware ESXi 4.1 – making it more secure and automated

Much has been written about enabling SSH to access ESXi 4.0 and 4.1. Luckily, ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 4.1 U1 make it a lot easier to enable SSH access as it can be done via the DCUI. What hasn’t been …

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Performance tuning for Windows 2008 and 2008 R2

These two docs are a nice “push for thought” when thinking about tuning Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2: Windows 2008 R2 Windows 2008