How to: Get a VSphere Client working on a Windows 7 RC or RTM machine

16 09 2009

Update:  If you are running the Update 1 or later on your hosts, the vSphere client it now works with Windows 7.

I have been struggling with this ever since going over to the Windows 7 RTM.  Over at the vmware community forums, GlenR has posted a zip file that when extracted to the right place, lets you run the vsphere client on Windows 7!  Thanks GlenR! I am going to expand on his work with a step-by-step…

1.  Go here to get the zip file…

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/211440?start=105&tstart=0

His post is about halfway down.  Download that zip file to your computer.

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2.  Next step is to download and install the vsphere client from your vcenter server if you havent already.  Just go to the vcenter IP or hostname in your browser and click Download vSphere client.

3.  Once you have the client installed, extract the zip file to c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\.  Make sure to overwrite the files with what is in the zip file.

4. Now browse to c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher.  You will see a start_viclient batch file in there.  That’s what you need to run to launch the client.

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5.  Now, to make it a little more elegant, edit the vsphere client shortcut on your desktop.  Delete the vpxclient reference, and instead reference the start_viclient batch file instead.  In the latest version of GlenR’s zip file, you can also use the shortcut’s he has included if you like.  You are good to go!

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Apps.gov: The future of IT?

16 09 2009

Well, how about this?  The GSA has started an “app store” for U.S. government image agencies.  This is not your everyday, fart app.  No, these are major applications like Salesforce offered up in the cloud.  The agency picks what they want, how many users, etc., and it gets built.  I think this is where true virtualization really kicks off.  All I have to do is pick my application that I want, how many people are going to use it, and maybe some SLA’s, and I am off and running.  Does the agency care about how much storage or redundancy is required on the back end?  Nope, they just order it…

https://apps.gov/cloud/advantage/main/start_page.do





Data Domain is now owned by EMC

22 07 2009

Well it’s official folks, EMC owns Data Domain.  As you may know, EMC also owns VMWare.  I am ready for a completely deduped datacenter, all the way from production data to backup.  Who is with me?  The following letter was sent by the CEO’s of EMC/Data Domain…

Dear Data Domain Customers,
Today, with a majority of Data Domain’s shares owned by EMC, we are pleased to
announce that Data Domain and EMC have officially joined forces and become one company.  We are excited about the opportunities to accelerate our leadership in the fast-growing next-generation disk-based backup, recovery and archive markets.
Our companies already share many customers and business partners, and we intend to enhance and expand these essential relationships.  As a result of our business combination, our customers and partners will now have access to an extraordinary portfolio of storage products and services.
Deduplication technology is fundamentally altering the way our industry stores, protects and archives data.  It has ushered in new economics to long-running storage processes such as backup and disaster recovery. This powerful technology is permeating the entire storage infrastructure in various forms and approaches.  Both source-based and target-based deduplication approaches will feature prominently in our strategy, and in combination with virtual and physical tape automation architectures.
We are dedicated to maintaining and increasing the quality of innovation, support, and service that you have come to expect from our companies.  Together, we will continue to focus on cost reduction, power and space efficiency, and simplicity.  For our respective partners, you can expect to see increased market opportunities through an expanded set of solutions, programs and services.
Both EMC and Data Domain are very grateful to our partners and customers who have already chosen our companies for their storage needs, and we greatly appreciate the partnership. As we proceed with our integration in earnest, we expect many questions. Please refer to the
FAQ document, and we look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.
Frank and Joe
Frank Slootman, President and CEO, Data Domain
Joe Tucci, Chairman, President and CEO, EMC





Windows 7 Pricing!

25 06 2009

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/06/25/microsoft-announces-windows-7-pricing-unveils-upgrade-program/

That pre-order pricing looks attractive!





Index EVERYTHING on your computer

8 06 2009

Are you tired of google desktop and microsoft’s indexing tools? I am tired of them sucking up all my resources and making my hard drive seek 24/7. This little tool called everything will literally index everything on your computer in under a minute. This tool is not indexing the text of files, it simply indexes the file names and folders. It is quick, free, and handles expressions like *.mp3 or the like. Give it a try.

http://www.voidtools.com/





Help I can’t vmotion with vsphere!

5 06 2009

Are you having trouble using vmotion after you upgraded to vSphere? There seems to be an issue where some improper cpu-id masks are applied as part of the hardware upgrade procedure. When you go to migrate a machine, you will get a cpu mismatch error. VMWare has addressed the problem with this KB article….

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1011294

You basically shutdown the vm, go to edit settings, go to options, then down to CPU-ID and click advanced. Then click Reset All to Defaults. Click ok, then boot the vm back up. That should let you vmotion the vm around again. You will have to do this for all you vms that are having an issue.





vSphere upgrade and Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES)

1 06 2009

If you are running a Blackberry Enterprise Server in a vm, before you do the hardware upgrade, set the blackberry MDS services to a manual start in services. Since you are refreshing the nic hardware, the upgrade will really make your server take FOREVER to boot if MDS is set to automatic. Set it to manual, at least until you are done with all the upgrades for vSphere.