Author Archives: Tom Nyongesa

How to Install and setup Postfix on Ubuntu 14.04

Introduction Postfix is an extremely prominent open source Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) that could be utilized to course and convey email on a Linux framework. It is evaluated that around 25% of open mail servers on the web run Postfix. … Read More

WIMBoot in Windows 8.1 allows saving storage and memory

All you need to know about WIMBoot in Windows WIMBoot in Windows. From the latest update of windows 8.1 you have a new feature that allows users to use lower-end machines with small SSD, it enables a user to save … Read More

VMware Horizon View 5.3 brings Windows 8.1, IOS 7.0, vDGA and VSAN support

In addition to VMware Mirage to manage DR of endpoints likes laptops and current PCs or Horizon Workplace to push applications to any device, when you get the full Horizon Suite you get every function needed for clients’ desktops , … Read More

vSphere 5.0 Update 1 and Related Product Launches

VMware has unveiled a point release update to several of their products tied to the vSphere 5 virtual cloud datacenter platform plus a few new product launches. vCenter 5.0 Update 1 – Added support for new guest operating systems such … Read More

Storage Center 5.6 Released

There is a release of the storage center 5.6 and it comes with some features and platform support currently built into storage center 6.x as well as a large number of bug fixes. This is good news for those with … Read More

VMware Extends Lab Manager 4.x Support 1 Year

Some years ago, with the release of VMware vCloud Director 1.0, VMware announced the end of support date for Lab Manager 4.x.  That date had actually come and gone last month.  This morning there was a communication from VMware that … Read More

vCloud Director , RHEL 6.3 , and Windows Server 2012 NFS

One of the new features introduced in vCloud Director 5.1.2 is cell server support on the RHEL 6 Update 3 platform , cell server support on RHEL 5 Update 7 was quietly removed in the recent past – verify the … Read More

Software Defined Single Sign On Database

Software Defined Single Sign On Database. One difficult task since the release of vSphere 5.1 has been the creation of SSO (Single Sign On) databases.  Creating an SSO database is not that incredibly difficult, but to achieve this; you require … Read More

RVTools 3.3 Now Available

Good news: RVTools 3.3 from Rob de Veij is now generally available to the public.  Release notes for this build: GetWebResponse time-out value changed from 5 minutes to 10 minutes (for very big environments) New tab page with HBA information … Read More

vMA 5.1 Patch 1 Released

Expendable news item here too good not to be posted.  For those who may have missed it, VMware has released an update to the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) 5.1 appliances formally referred to as Patch 1.  This release is documented … Read More

vSphere 5.x – How to Enable SSH & ESXi Shell

Today we are going to learn how to enable SSH and the ESXi shell on VMware vSphere 5.1 and 5.x in very simple steps. We are going to do this using the ESXi/vSpher Hypervisor console window. This post hopefully will … Read More

VMware vCenter Server Update 5.5.0a Update Available

 vCenter Server Update 5.5.0a available. vCenter Server – VMware have released just released an update to the vCenter Server 5.5 product. The new release is numbered 5.5.0a and addresses a number of vCenter released bug fixes, mostly around the area … Read More

VMware vCenter Log Insight- Puppet Enterprise Content Pack Available

vCenter Log Insight VMware vCenter Log Insight is software that performs log aggregation and analysis across various devices and components in your infrastructure, for example storage. The Puppet Enterprise Content Pack is now available for VMware vCenter Log Insight. Those … Read More

Veeam Launches Backup & Replication v7

When it comes to data protection, data replication and data recovery, these are very challenging tasks. Consolidation through virtualization has forced customers to retool automated protection and recovery methodologies in the datacenter and at remote DR sites. Veeam has evolved … Read More

vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 root account locked out after password expiration

I was browsing and I came across this new VMware KB article which could potentially have widespread impact. This is very important, particularly in lab, development and proof of concept environments. The VMware KB article number is 2069041 and it … Read More

Using vim-cmd To Power On Virtual Machines

When you have a lab it is very wise to have a UPS that will protect you in case of a power shortage, this is because a power shortage can bring everything down. When everything is 100% virtualized, DHCP , … Read More

Update VMware Tools via Windows System Tray

Those that use windows platform may inquire why they are unable to update an out of date VMware tools installation using the VMware tools applet in the system tray. When you click on the Update Tools button either produces an … Read More

Using PowerCLI to Answer Virtual Machine Message Questions

Many people, who do not like working hard, but believe in efficiency, automation and working smarter.  Just like scripters. You’ll sometimes hear them say something like “Any process which is repeated once or more should be scripted”.  Thus my personal … Read More

Creating vCloud Director Transfer Server Storage on NFS

We are going to learn how to instantiate vCloud Director Transfer Storage on an NFS export which is where all scalable VCD implementations in production are supposed to reside. The process is pretty straightforward but can be difficult to remember … Read More

Adding an IP Alias to the vCloud Director Cell Server

Those who are aware of vCloud Director Installation and configuration, you would have noticed that two NICs or an IP alias are required to support two separate SSL connections on each vCloud Director cell server. One IP is used for … Read More

A Look at vCenter 5.5 SSO RC Installation

vCenter single sign on (SSO)  vsphere 5.5  release has several improvements, like the following: Completely re-written from the ground Multi-master architecture Native replication mechanism SSO now has site awareness (think of the possibilities for HA stretched clusters) MMC based diagnostic … Read More

7 Things You Should Know about Windows 2012 R2 Licensing on VMware

Windows Licensing Microsoft has yet again adjusted the licensing policy regarding the availability of windows server 2012R2 in combination with virtualization and cloud environments. There are a lot of questions regarding how they should license windows server products with virtualization … Read More

Windows Update Cleanup Plugin

Here is some good news for windows 7 SP1 users and maybe for VDI admins running windows 7 desktops in their VDI environments. Windows update cleanup plugin allows to uninstall outdated windows patches and some disk space on the root … Read More

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update Released

VMware have just released a maintainance update (6.0.2) for their Mac based Fusion product. This minor update addresses a number of bug fixes to the recently released Fusion 6.X virtualization product. Those running nfusion 6.X then the next time you … Read More

Trust Relationship between Workstation and Domain Fails – fix without double reboot

Have you ever seen a message saying “The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed’’. Usually happens after a restore operation, after restoring an older VM and the windows VM can’t authenticate with the domain because the … Read More