If you’ve ever battled with time-drift with Linux virtual machines, this KB article is for you.
The KB provides a table of Linux distro’s and versions, along with the appropriate kernel parameters to help make them keep time properly when virtualized. Also includes NTP config options to help NTP cope with time jumps.
Whenever performing a P2V (Physical to Virtual) process, you’ll usually have some devices that are left over in the system which are no longer present. It is best practice to remove these devices from the VM so that it is no loading unnecessary drivers for hardware that’s been removed.
To see hidden devices through Device Manager that are no longer present in the system, follow these steps:
Open up a command window and type in:
Then start device manager from the same command window by typing in:
Choose the option “Show Hidden Devices” under the “View” menu.
Go through the different hardware sections and look for greyed out devices (which represents that they are no longer present in the system) and right click on the device and choose “Uninstall”. This will remove the greyed out device permanently.
I’ve recently spent some time working on deploying Win2K8 servers, and thought it’d be handy to have a template to automate future deployments.
Problem is, under current (U3) VI3 code, you can’t customize the 2008 server.
I found a work around for this in the forums – at http://communities.vmware.com/message/963992#963992
The short version is that before making your VM into a template, tag it as being Windows Vista rather than Server 2008. You’ll be able to deploy and customize. Just remember after you deploy that VM, you’ll want to go back into it’s options and set it as being Win2008.
VM/ETC posted awhile back an excellent article about a free iSCSI SAN VM appliance that you can download from Xtravirt, which I just found today. It doesn’t sound like it can scale beyond using storage from 2 ESX servers, but for a really small environment or a home lab, it might do the trick.
This post is similar to these other options we’ve mentioned for iSCSI SAN VM appliances:
The Knowledge base team over at VMware has started a blog (seems to be a trend these days 😉 )
I’ve added the link to our Link section on the right hand side of the page.
The website address is: http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/
There isn’t much on there right now, but I think it will be useful once they start posting to it.
I found this really useful program called DropBox. It’s another Beta program that’s taking a “cloud” approach to storing files and data. It looks to be for home/SMB use but I’ve found it very useful so far. You can use it on Mac, Windows or Linux and store your files online and sync all of the files between computers (for those Mac users out there, think .Mac or MobileMe functionality, without the Apple pricetag). It also does versioning (for backup sake), as well as un-delete and all that jazz. You can also share files with users by giving them a direct link to folders or files, say for a team project or something.
Hope it’s useful to you!