New Jeep!

OK, so it’s still my old jeep (’93 Jeep Wrangler), but it sure feels new!  My brother bought it brand new in ’93, and I bought it from him five years ago when he and his family were heading over seas.  I replaced the the top when I got it, and after five years, it’s time to replace the top again.  I’ve doctored it for the past year trying to keep the seams from coming apart.  I think five years is pretty good for a soft top though.

So I decided it was time for a new top before I started to really get wet during a rain storm.  I chose to go back to the factory color (black) but with tented windows.  Check it out!

New top & tire cover, new radiator, new water pump, new thermostat, new gas lines, new engine head (about 30k miles ago).  Tires, breaks, clutch all less than five years old. I think I’m good for a while!

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Backing up VM files from ESXi

If you’re like me, then you have a separate, backup copy of your images and VM files so that if something happens to your VMware Server/ESXi Server or your storage of choice where your production vm files are stored, you can quickly move them from your backup location to a new vm server while you work to get the problem resolved.  This was pretty straight forward with VMware Server.  You go to your vm server, browse to the files where the “Virtual Machines” are stored, and copy them to a backup location (completely seperate from your production storage device, i.e. SAN, NAS, DAS, or local RAID storage).

This has changed in ESXi because you can’t log into your ESXi server (like you would a windows machine).  So, how do you get to the files?  There’s probably a number of different ways, but the way that I found is to use… VMware Converter!

Just like you used VMware Converter to move your VM files from the VMware Server to the ESX Server, you can also take your VMware ESXi files and move them to a network share (or your desktop) using VMware Converter.  You then have VM files that you could easily move to another VMware Server, or use VMware Converter to move them to another ESXi Server should something happen to your production server/storage.

With the full VI3, your options are available through the VMotion, HA, and other technologies available for virtually no-down-time moves from one physical server to another.  But, you don’t get that free with ESXi.  🙂

More on ESXi…

Just an update on the ESXi Server I installed yesterday.  I currently am running three VM’s on it:  Intranet, SpiceWorks Server, and our Certificate Authority Server.  Things are working great!  I really like the Virtual Infrastructure Client.  If you are using ESX (the paid version), then you are already using this.

I mentioned in my post yesterday that there’s not a “VM Guest Management Console” at the server.  To add, delete, and/or otherwise manage virtual machines, you do it from the VI Client.  The ESXi Server has a 32mb foot print, so there are primarily just a few configuration settings.  Here are a few screen shots that I snapped with  my phone.  This is everything you see at the Server.  Click the pics for a larger view…

WSUS as a Virtual Machine?

Anyone running Microsoft’s WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) as a Virtual Server.  I was leaning toward physical during early planning, but now more toward virtual.  I found this forum with network environments much larger than we are saying they are running it without any trouble.

http://communities.vmware.com/message/984973;jsessionid=F04F8B9AA07A905E5DA37E497D0796FC

What are your thoughts?

Virtualization Forum 2008 – Information

I wasn’t able to make it to Atlanta this week for the Virtualization Forum 2008, but here’s an email I received with downloadable presentations, etc. Click the image below for the online version…

Funny…

The Don’t Song…  LOL  🙂

VMware Infrastructure 3 Demo

Here’s a good demo of VMware Infrastructure 3.  The features they go over are mostly paid features.  But, it’s a good overview of VMware Virtualization if you are not familiar with VMware (or would like to see more of the paid features).