Category Archives: virtualization

Virtual Private Server on SSD storage

Recently I read about the virtual private servers you can create on They call them Droplets, and they get created in less then a minute if you don’t enable back-ups, or just a couple of minutes with back-up service enabled. You can choose between different geographically located datacenters. You can choose between New York, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam and Singapore. You get one public ip address (or ipv6 if you prefer, but who does anyway).

You can choose out of some preselected minimal OS installations such as Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora and CoreOS. Or you could even deploy your VPS complete with a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) or even with wordpress of Drupal setup. If I looked at the price (10$/month or 12$ with back-up) for a VPS, with 1CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB DISK and 2TB data transfer, and compared that to what I was currently paying for 2 shared hosting plans, the math was clear.

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HP VAAI plugin missing from Vmware ESXi 5.1 U1 HP Customized edition sep 2013

HP has left out the VAAI plugin in the September 2013 ISO’s for ESXi 5.1 and 5.5. People adding a hosts to a SAN (like a P2000G3) will have troubles without this plugin.
New VMFS-5 Datastores that are created on a host that has the VAAI plugin will use ATS-Only locking mechanism for the datastore. Adding another host without this VAAI plugin will keep that host for correctly seeing the datastores.

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MONITOR PANIC: Unable to decompress PPN from swap slot for VM

VMWARE ESXi 5.1U1 My VM would power off without apparent reason. Looking in to the logs this error appears. MONITOR PANIC: Unable to decompress PPN from swap slot for VM I believe the underlying storage (a single SATA disk in …

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VMware ESXi 5.1 on USB stick won’t boot Proliant DL380 G5

Installation using the cdrom was succesful but after restarting the server won’t boot from the USB stick. Make sure you set the correct BIOS options to allow to boot from USB. If still doesn’t boot than it probably has to …

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Delete or show hidden no longer active or present network adapters Device Manager

Open a command prompt. Start: RUN -> CMD (OK) At the prompt type: set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 At the prompt type: start devmgmt.msc In the menu view, click on “Show hidden devices”. Now go to network adapters and uninstall the ones that …

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Install HP offline bundle on VMWARE ESXi v5

EDIT: You can always just download HP’s ready made install ISO for Vpshere 5. When using the VMWARE iso image on HP Proliant you should install the HP offline bundle for hardware status and event log viewing in the Vsphere …

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Enable software iSCSI adaptor on ESXi v5

Through SSH or on local console: esxcli iscsi software set –enabled=true

HP ESXi 5.0 image license problem

The vmware.lic file is read only with a free ESXi key inside. Execute on the command line of the particular ESX host: esxcli software vib remove -n hp-esx-license –no-live-install Connect with the VI client directly as root to the host …

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Upgrade ESXi (free) 4.0 to 4.1.0 U1 (Update 1)

Are you upgrading from 4.0 to 4.1U1 ? Then read on or you will end up like me browsing trough the ZIP file and the XML files inside to find out the correct bulletin name. It’s not pleasant to do …

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GhettoVCB ESX(i) VM’s backup: E-mail logfile

UPDATE: GhettoVCB now has it’s own function to send a report mail. It only works on ESXi > 4.1. I’m using an excellent script to backup my virtual machines called GhettoVCB. This script works perfect. I wanted to get the …

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