Category Virtualisation

List of backup solutions for VM’s on both the paid and free ESXi …

I’ve been casting around for something to backup both the paid and free¬†versions of ESXi 5.x VM for the least possible cost. Here is a list of the various ones I have come across. Note that I haven’t tried most of these yet so have not real comments. Qantum vmPRO & DXi V1000 …¬†http://www.quantum.com/products/vmbackup/vmprosoftware/index.aspx ESXi […]

Asus H87M-E and ESXi 5.5 …

I just built a computer on the weekend primarily as a test server to assist in study for VMware and Microsoft certifications. To cut a long story short (a future post perhaps), ESXi installed ok but would not boot from a local SSD drive. I tried all sorts of options in the BIOS and installing […]

Add CPU cores to VMware vSphere 4+ VM …

Staff have been complaining about a SQL application call Total Synergy running slow. There are a lot of factors here that might be impacting but in my search for answers, I came across an SQL monitoring app called Ignite. It is created by Confio (www.confio.com/performance/sql-server/ignite/). Although no SQL expert, this tool seemed to suggest that […]

CentOS 6 KVM, Bonded and Bridged Networking …

This is still a work in progress as i cannot get bridging to work over bonded NICs. At this stage i suspect at least part of the problem is the Netgear GS716T switch i’m using. I have a server with 2 NICs. I want to use both for KVM VMs that will be in the […]

Installing VirtIO drivers for Windows Guest VM on KVM host …

These are some of the pages i found useful recently while looking to install the VirtIO drivers on a Windows Server 2003 VM hosted on a CentOS 6.3 KVM host: http://serverfault.com/questions/258852/how-to-install-virtio-drivers-for-win-2008-on-kvm http://www.grosseosterhues.com/2011/03/migrate-kvm-ide-to-virtio/ http://serverfault.com/questions/452854/getting-windows-virtio-mounted-installed-for-kvm http://kahdev.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/using-virtio-drivers-in-a-kvm-windows-guest-vm/ http://blog.allanglesit.com/2011/03/kvm-guests-install-virtio-drivers-for-windows-guests/