Introducing NSX in Your Enterprise – Crossing Over the IT verticals

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Virtualization has forever changed the way IT departments operate and VMware with its flagship vSphere brought the concept of virtualization to companies of all sizes, big and small. Well, now that is history and in this digital time and age, it could be considered as old as “Once upon a time” kind of history. Virtualization technologies have come along a long way and with the product portfolio of VMware and its partner organizations, these technologies are now encompassing several functions of IT and datacenter operations such as server, desktops, storage, networking, and security.

The challenges faced by IT departments for server virtualization  were vastly different from those seen for vSAN and NSX. When server virtualization was initially introduced, the concept of virtualization was too geeky for mainstream IT deployment and was deemed that it would never support production environment. In my own experience, More

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VMware P2V Conversion: GrubInstaller Error During Conversion of Debian Linux Host

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When you perform a P2V conversion of Debian Linux host using stand-alone version of VMware Converter host you may get a GrubInstaller error as “An error occurred during the conversion: ‘GrubInstaller::InstallGrub: /usr/lib….”.

You can right click the error message and export the logs for detailed error logs. The detailed log file contains the message as below.

msg = “An error occurred during the conversion: ‘GrubInstaller::InstallGrub: /usr/lib/vmware-converter/installGrub.sh failed with return code: 127, and message: –> Installing GRUB1 on (hd0)… –> /vmware-updateGrub.sh: 59: grub: not found –> Error installing GRUB –> Error running vmware-updateGrub.sh through chroot into /mnt/p2v-src-root –> ‘”.

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Configuring NC365T Network Adapter with VMware ESXi 4.1

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Intel NC365T network adapter (Intel 82576 and 82580 Gigabit Ethernet Controller) is not identified during standard installation of VMware ESXi 4.1. The installation may also show the adapter incorrectly identified as Broadcom iSCSI adapter.

To correctly identify and configure the NC365T as a network adapter, network adapter device drivers have to be manually installed. In ESXi version, VMware CLI utility is also required to upload drivers to VMware installation.

The correct driver for NC365T are included with VMware ESX/ESXi 4.x driver CD for Intel 82576 and 82580 Gigabit Ethernet controller, ISO image of the CD and can be downloaded from VMware site at http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/esx40_intel_82580_v4002198_dt/ZHcqYmRwakBiZCVodw==

VMware CLI utility can be downloaded from http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vcli/

Installation Procedure:

· Copy driver zip file from CD image to VMware CLI installation folder under Bin directory.

· Set VMware ESXi server in maintenance mode

· Accept confirmation for maintenance mode.

· Start VMware CLI utility and execute the update command. Enter password when prompted and wait for update to complete.

· Enter password when prompted and wait for update to complete.

· Reboot ESXi host

· All NC365T network adapters will be correctly identified after reboot.

Hidden network adapter in Windows after VMware P2V or V2V

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After performing a P2V or V2V for a Windows server, you get an error message as

“The IP address aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter which is no longer present in the computer. If the same address is assigned to both adapters and they both become active, only one of them will use the address. This may result in incorrect system configuration.”

In Windows 2008, you get an option to remove the static IP address from the absent adapter. Selecting this option will remove the static IP address configuration from the missing adapter, but will not remove the adapter configuration from the device manager.

In earlier versions of Windows, the option of removing static IP address from missing adapter is not available.

The problem is because Windows detects a new network adapter after P2V process is completed, but the drivers of the original adapters are still presents in the system. The original NIC is hidden in the system configuration and has to be removed to resolve the issue.

To resolve the problem, you have to remove the hidden network adapter from system configuration.

  • Log on to the server using administrative account.
  • Start Command Prompt
  • At the command prompt type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
  • In the same command window type Start devmgmt.msc

  • In device manager, select View –> Show hidden devices
  • Expand Network adapters
  • Right click and Uninstall the dimmed network adapter.

  • Close Device Manager and Command window.

You should now be able to assign the IP address to the newly identified network adapter.

Silicon Valley VMware User Group (VMUG) Regional User Conference

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Just returned from Silicon Valley VMware User Group (VMUG) Regional User Conference. It was a fabulous event showcasing products and technologies leading the path to virtualization.

It is not possible and practical to implement all technologies into my datacenter, but knowing the direction of innovation will help in designing comprehensive datacenter strategy and benefit from the new technologies and products available

In addition to server virtualization, storage virtualization, network virtualization, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) were the prevalent product technologies – No surprises here.

The presentation of Virtensys I/O virtualization was very impressive and Power-CLI session was superb and provided new resources for scripting and automating VMware administration.

Companies to watch:

In his keynote speech VMware CTO Steve Herrod introduced the term SuperVM – Sounds interesting….

VMware ESX 4.1 Installation, Using NC522SFP 10GB Ethernet Adapter Freezes at 29%.

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While installing VMware on HP DL xxx servers with NC522 SFP 10GB Ethernet adapter, the installation freezes at 29% during the process of loading networking drivers.

Additionally, if you remove the 10GB adapters and install VMware, the installation will crash after you add the 10GB adapters again.

In the earlier days, NC522SFP 10Gbe adapter were not supported by VMware, but with the new version these adapters are supported.

To resolve this issue, you need to install additional drivers when prompted to install additional third party drivers during VMware installation.

These drivers can be downloaded from http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/esx4x_qla_nx_nic_dt/ZHcqYmRAdyViZHdlZQ

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