This Xtravirt utility is designed to reduce the time to deploy and configure VMWare ESX 3 servers and well as eliminate inconsistencies that can arise with manual operations. This Windows GUI based utility is based upon similar functionality of the VMware Web based Scripted Installer but with the additional options of creating post configuration files and loading and saving configurations for repeated use. Complete the form and select the Save option from the toolbar or File menu to generate a pre-configured deployment file. The resulting file can then be used to automatically deploy a fully configured VMWare ESX 3 server. There is tool tip help for each line in the form as well as a help page in the Help menu. All fields must be completed, and a partition file created/selected to create a valid custom configuration file. The resulting ks.cfg file is written in binary format so is fully compatible with Linux Operating Systems.
Tuesday, May 29. 2007
Alex Mittell, prolific and well known contributer to the VMware forums has joined Xtravirt. You can look forward to more of Alex's insights, solutions and utilities posted at Xtravirt. Alex released a new verion of the VISBU – The Virtual Infrastructure Scripted Backup Utility. VISBU is a free backup utility that is run from the Service Console that provides VMDK level backups of any VM on the host. The script is designed to be easy to use and offers all features from a simple menu driven interface, so a non-Linux administrator can use it with the minimum of fuss. It provides email reports, automated restoration scripts for every backed up VM, and supports backups to SMB, NFS, EXT3, iSCSI and SAN based volumes – in both 2GBsparse or non-2GBsparse format. It also handles scheduled backups, configuration file creation, automatic SMB volume mounting, and provides a good level of logging for easy troubleshooting.
Wednesday, May 23. 2007
Gavin Jolliffe over at Xtravirt released a new whitepaper which shows those of you interested in scripting and automated build deployment how to configure some of the more advanced networking functions such as nic teaming, security, traffic shaping, and more. This paper outlines some of the advanced network configuration options using the VMware ESX ‘vimsh’ command. This paper assumes the reader has good technical knowledge of VMWare Virtual Infrastructure 3 together with some basic scripting experience although we have endeavoured to write this avoiding unnecessary technical jargon. Note that as this command is currently undocumented by VMware some assumptions about its use and function have been made. The command is to be used at your own risk.
Monday, May 21. 2007
Andrew Kutz has released the source code of his tool that can add port groups to all your ESX servers via the commend line. Although his application is written in C# you can get a good understanding from the comments Andrew wrote in his code. Especially those about the traversal object. Andrew has been professionally involved in the technology sector for 11 years. For the last six of them he has worked with the latest technologies while employed by the University of Texas at Austin. Two years ago, Andrew started his own consulting firm and development house, l o s t c r e a t i o n s. He is also a founding member of the Austin VMware Users' Group (VMUG). His current pet development project is Sudo for Windows.Continue reading "Port Group adding" »