How-To: VMware ESX or vSphere – Check CPU’s for 64 bit Compatibility

vSphere 4 requires your processor to be 64 bit. This lesson will show you how to check your existing ESX server to see if it supports 64 bit and the required CPU features in order to run vSphere.

Command from VMware Service Console


On your existing VMware ESX server, you can use a simple command to see if the CPU supports 64 bit and the required "flags" (or features) that vSphere needs.
Open up a SSH session to your ESX server and log in as root.
Then type in:
egrep ‘(vmx|svm)’ /proc/cpuinfo


The flags on the CPU will show if it supports Virtualization Technology (VT) or not. If your system supports VT, then you’ll see vmx or svm in the list of flags.
The vmx flag is for Intel based processors. The svm flag is for AMD based processors.
You’ll see that in the screenshot above, our processor (Intel) does support VT as we have the vmx flag in the results, circled in the red box.

Nothing Listed? Check BIOS

VT technology can still be disabled in your computer’s BIOS, however, so you’ll want to check there to make sure that it hasn’t been disabled. The flags in cpuinfo simply mean that your processor supports it.

Another Method

Another method of checking your CPU’s to see if they support 64 bit and the necessary features for vSphere is to use a utility from VMware. More information about this can be found at this site, which has an excellent write up on it:

Release: Symantec Enterprise Vault 8.0 SP4 for EV, CA and DA is now available

Symantec has released Service Pack 4 for Enterprise Vault 8.0, Discovery Accelerator 8.0 and Compliance Accelerator 8.0 on April 21, 2010.

This release should be considered a recommended update for Enterprise Vault.

Enterprise Vault 8.0 SP4 documentation-
Compliance Accelerator 8.0 SP4 documentation –
Discovery Accelerator 8.0 SP4 documentation –

How can Symantec Enterprise Vault customers access this release?

Enterprise Vault 8.0 SP 4 is a full product release and can only be obtained from the Symantec Licensing Portal.

Enterprise Vault 8.0 SP4 provides the following new features:
·        Move Archive Wizard

Enterprise Vault’s new Move Archive wizard lets you move content from existing mailbox archives and journal archives to new archives or existing archives in other vault stores. You can use the wizard to move archives between vault stores in one site and, in the case of mailbox archives, between two sites. This includes moves between two sites that are controlled by different Enterprise Vault directories.

Move Archive supports the move of archives between source and destination servers that are running Enterprise Vault 8.0 SP4 or later.

Before you start, read the section called Moving archives in the Administrator’s Guide for detailed information about this new feature.

  • System Status Displays in the Vault Administration Console (VAC)

The Enterprise Vault Administration Console now includes a Status display that shows the results of the most recent monitoring checks.

Enterprise Vault automatically runs checks to monitor the health of the Enterprise Vault system. If any check finds a problem Enterprise Vault displays an alert in the Status pane of the Administration Console.

The Status display provides the quickest way for you to check the health of the Enterprise Vault system. There is help on how to fix each problem that is shown in the Status display.

The monitoring checks that System Status uses are those that are enabled on the Monitoring tab of the Site properties. You can customize the monitoring checks as required on the Monitoring tab.

See the ‘Automatic Monitoring’ chapter in the Administrator’s Guide.

Note that the System Status display requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or a later service pack to be installed on the computer that is running the Administration Console. There is no support for .NET Framework 4

·    Enterprise Vault Online display in the Vault Administration Console (VAC)

The Enterprise Vault Administration Console now includes ‘Enterprise Vault Online’ in the tree view.

Enterprise Vault Online provides a page with links to many online Enterprise Vault resources, including the Enterprise Vault Compatibility Charts, white papers, data sheets, a knowledge base, and discussion forums.

Use Enterprise Vault Online as a quick means to find information about Enterprise Vault

  • Enterprise Vault proxy server for Outlook Anywhere client connections

You can now use an Enterprise Vault server as a proxy server for Enterprise Vault requests from Outlook Anywhere clients. The Enterprise Vault proxy server forwards Enterprise Vault requests to the Enterprise Vault server that hosts the archive. An Enterprise Vault proxy server is useful in the following situations:

  • If you do not want to publish multiple Enterprise Vault servers to external users.
  • If you want to publish separate URLs for external and internal Enterprise Vault users.

Note The Enterprise Vault proxy server can only be used to manage connections from Outlook Anywhere clients. It cannot be used for other types of connections, such as OWA.

For information on how to configure an Enterprise Vault proxy server, see the chapter, Configuring access to Enterprise Vault from Outlook RPC over HTTP clients, in Setting up Exchange Server Archiving.
Information Management Group Product BLOGS (Enterprise Vault) (EV Discussion Forum)  (Mail Security)

My first month with the iPad

First off a little background, other than a first generation iPod nano I have never purchased any apple products, in fact I even uninstalled iTunes and used 3rd party software to sync with windows media player. It would be a fair statement that I have not been Apple friendly. 

I pre-ordered my iPad the day it became available on the web, I bought the 32GB model, a dock, and the apple case.  The day the iPad was to arrive I sat by my front window and waited for the UPS guy to show up…I even took a picture of him as he was walking up to my front door.

My role of a Solutions Architect at Lewan is one where I spend a fair amount of time taking notes, from webcasts, vendors, training, customers…I deal with a lot of data. In the past I’ve used numerous methods to stay on top of it all: blog posts, rss readers, Twitter, and my least favorite…paper notes in a very nice leather…but heavy, notebook.  Enter the iPad…since the iPad arrived I now take most of my notes on the iPad, I check most of my RSS feeds and twitter via the iPad and usually from the comfort of my couch while browsing thru the channels on TV.  I do much more consumption of data on the iPad, my laptop is still my preference for creating new data and large amounts of typing.  Sure, people say it’s just a different form factor than a laptop, but that makes all the difference.  My fiancée didn’t understand why I needed an iPad either and why I wouldn’t just use my laptop…now I have to hide it to keep her off it.

There is just something wrong about using a laptop with the screen opened up in front of a customer…it seems unfriendly, so I’ve always used paper.  At home the portability of the iPad means I take it in every room I go in to.  The instant on is certainly better than sleep or hibernate on a laptop.

My favorite apps?  Evernote, Twitterrific, GoodReader, Citrix Receiver, NewsRack, Sonos, and Netflix!  The biggest enabler of the applications I use is their ability to store their configuration online so that moving between devices is seamless.

I think our view of the cloud may be a little fuzzy, at least for now. What the cloud has done for me is made irrelevant the device I use, whether a windows pc, my phone, or my iPad, my data and applications that I use are all there at my fingertips…after all, that is the only value we in IT really hold…applications and data, everything else is waste.

My next purchase for the iPad…a 3G one.  It turns out the iPad has changed my life so much I NEED it to be connected to the internet (and my data) from everywhere.  Maybe at the end of May I can post another blog post about my first month with the iPad 3G.  I heart you iPad…I’m even considering a MacBook now…yikes!


Desktop Virtualization Training

For those of you who attended our Desktop Virtualization training here is the slide deck for the opening that was used.  The other slides that were presented by Kenneth and David started their life as slides from VMware and Citrix and were modified by us, I’m not sure they would like their slides posts so they have not been included.  Enjoy…if you have any questions, need any help, want to see a demo in person let me know!

Desktop Virtualization Training

Problem Steps Recorder

If you are a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 user then this utility might be useful to you.  Problem steps recorder allows you record the activities leading up to a problem, then save that to a mht file that you can send to support.  If you have an error on an IIS application (yellow screen) then it will even copy all that information out as text and put it as part of the capture.  I like this utility because it’s easy for the user and useful for support…in fact I’m not only a fan, I’m a user of it!

As if you needed another reason

But if you do need another reason to not allow users to be Administrators on their PC’s here is another study that shows a vast majority of the security flaws for Windows or Office have no effect if the user isn’t an Administrator on their PC.