Quick tour of the Veeam ONE 6 for VMware and Hyper-V

Part of my daily job is checking clients infrastructure health. Most of them have VMware vSphere, some have Hyper-V. I use a home-developed set of tools to gather, compute and report performance and health data and metrics. Quoting Veeam ONE for VMware and Hyper-V homepage: “(…) Veeam ONE is a single solution for powerful and easy-to-use monitoring and reporting for VMware and Hyper-V. It provides complete visibility of the virtual infrastructure and affordably delivers the capabilities that matter most to virtualization administrators”. Read the official homepage for more information.

Here I’m going to have a quick look at what Veeam ONE 6 does, how and if it’s worth it.

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Managing ESXi 5 VM from the command line

I only have one physical machine and my vSphere client is installed on a Windows XP virtual machine. If, for some reason, that VM is not usable, I need a way to manage my VM from the ESXi. Here’s a few reminders on commands to use to manage VM from the VMware ESXi v5 command line.

Every command is used from the ESXi itself, via a remote SSH connexion. Those could also be run from a distant machine where the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) has been installed.

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Mac OS X Lion on vSphere ESXi 5

I find my MacBook Pro mid-2009 quite slow when rendering my personal H.264. I would like to see if the Sandy Bridge Core i5 2500T in my hypervisor does a better job. So I installed Mac OS X Lion as a virtual machine on my ESXi v5.

I’m not sure about licensing… Purchasing Lion for App Store for your Mac, you seem to have the right to install it on every Mac you own… My Hypervisor is not a Mac… But I bought Lion… Anyway, here’s a simple way to install Mac OS X Lion in ESXi 5.

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Monitor VMware vSphere from FreeBSD using the Perl SDK

VMware provides a CLI and a Perl SDK that allows managing and monitoring vSphere and ESXi environment from Windows and Linux. The Perl SDK is also available in the FreeBSD ports tree.

Here’s how to install and, basically, use the VMware Perl SDK on FreeBSD.

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Buffalo LinkStation Mini as an iSCSI target for VMware ESXi

I own a Buffalo LinkStation Mini that does nothing now that the Synology DS409slim owns my files. Because the LS Mini has two 500GB disks, I thought it might do a nice iSCSI target for my ESXi. The thing is: the stock firmware doesn’t offer iSCSI feature.

This is how I turned my LinkStation Mini into a iSCSI target for VMware, using Debian 6.

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