VMware hosted on AWS?

Some exciting news came out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware last year with the announcement of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware has been the bedrock of enterprise virtualization and the leading software-as-a-datacenter for years. AWS presented the world with a new way to think about datacenters and quickly became a leader in cloud computing. A limiting factor in using AWS was the vast differences in how AWS and VMware worked to accomplish similar tasks. You will find the same buzz words, such as snapshots, but not the same actions from them. This has presented the industry with a … Read More

Fixing “VDP: No clients were found for group” Error in VMware Data Protection Advanced

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This is the solution for the vCenter Server Event Viewer error “VDP: No clients were found for group: <Job Name>  They either do not exist, or are inaccessible”. If, after configuring the VMware Data Protection VM, and creating a backup job, you receive the above error, you must register within the VDP appliance configuration any hosts holding VMs you are attempting to backup. Go to the configuration tab of the VDP appliance from which the failed backup job was run. Select the license key you added during the initial VDP configuration, click the grey cog icon then select “Edit license … Read More

Deploying FreeNAS as iSCSI SAN for VMware vSphere

Shared storage among vSphere/ESXi hosts is required for many features in VMware’s vSphere. Traditional solutions for shared storage include VMware vSAN, VMware VSA and commercial SAN. VMware vSAN, VMware’s latest offering (currently in beta), requires at least 3 hosts with a SSD/HDD pair dedicated to vSAN. Built into vSphere Kernel, vSAN beta requires at least vSphere 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5 and is targeted toward enterprise level customers looking for an alternative to traditional commercial SAN systems. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) is targeted towards small to medium businesses and is deployed on either two or three vSphere hosts. Each host in the … Read More

Installing ESXi with BCM57781 Driver Fix

VMWare’s ESXi is a freely available type 1 (bare metal) hypervisor, here we will step through installing ESXi version 5.1. Before Installing The target machine needs a x86 64-bit CPU with at least two cores and a large amount of RAM. VMWare requires 2GB and suggests at least 8GB to take advantage of all features of ESXi, but most applications of virtual machine hosts will need much more than this. Our target machine has 32GB RAM. If your target machine supports booting from USB, then load the ISO onto a thumb drive at least 1GB in size and install at … Read More