Apr 24

Best Practices for using VMware Converter

This video provides an overview of the best practices for converting a machine with VMware Converter. This video is based on VMware knowledge base article 1004588. This video also provides tips to consider when converting your machine. The video can help you avoid some of these errors:
Unknown error returned by VMware Converter Agent
Out of disk space
Failed to establish Vim connection
Import host not found
P2VError UFAD_SYSTEM_ERROR(Internal Error)
Pcopy_CloneTree failed with err=80
The file exists (80)
Failed to connect
Giving up trying to connect
Failed to take snapshot of the source volume
stcbasic.sys not installed or snapshot creation failed. err=2
Can’t create undo folder
sysimage.fault.FileCreateError
sysimage.fault.ReconfigFault
sysimage.fault.PlatformError
Number of virtual devices exceeds maximum for a given controller
TooManyDevices
QueryDosDevice: ret=270 size=1024 err=0
Error opening disk device: Incorrect function (1)
Vsnap does not have admin rights
Specified key identifier already exists
vim.fault.NoDiskSpace
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Rating: 5/5


Apr 16

How to expand a VMDK and extend a partition in Windows for VMware ESX

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1007266 This video steps you through expanding a VMDK and extending a partition using DiskPart. Essentially, this allows for expanding the virtual disk for virtual machines in VMware ESX.
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Rating: 5/5


Nov 21

How to backup and restore the embedded vCenter Server 6.0 vPostgres database

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Ramesh B S

This video demonstrates how to backup and restore an embedded vCenter Server 6.0 vPostgres database. Backing up your database protects the data stored in your database. Of course, restoring a backup is an essential part of that function.

This follows up on our recent blog & video: How to backup and restore the embedded vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 vPostgres database.

Note: This video is only supported for backup and restore of the vPostgres database to the same vCenter Server. Use of image-based backup and restore is the only solution supported for performing a full, secondary appliance restore.

Rating: 5/5


Oct 22

How to recreate a missing virtual machine disk descriptor file

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002511

This video demonstrates how to recreate a missing virtual machine disk descriptor .vmdk file.

Note: VMware recommends to attempt to restore the missing descriptor file from backups if possible. If this is not possible, proceed with recreating the virtual machine disk descriptor file.

To create a virtual machine disk descriptor file:

– Identify the size of the flat file in bytes.

– Create a new blank virtual disk that is the same size as the original. This serves as a baseline example that is modified in later steps.

– Rename the descriptor file (also referred to as a header file) of the newly-created disk to match the name of the original virtual disk.

– Modify the contents of the renamed descriptor file to reference the flat file.

– Remove the leftover temporary flat file of the newly-created disk, as it is not required.

This procedure will not work on virtual disks configured with a Para-virtualized SCSI controller in the virtual machine

For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article 1002511 at the following URL https://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002511

Rating: 5/5


Jul 19

Understanding Virtual Machine Snapshots in VMware ESX and ESXi

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1015180 – This video explores the concept of Virtual Machine Snapshots so that you can understand and troubleshoot problems relating to Snapshots.

Be sure to read the full content of the KB article for additional information: “Understanding Virtual Machine Snapshots in VMware ESX and ESXi(1015180)” at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1015180

Note:For best viewings results, ensure that the 720p quality setting is selected an view using full screen mode.

Rating: 5/5


Jun 12

KBTV Webinars: VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

This video is the fifth in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware’s product portfolio.

The title for this presentation is “VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery” and it goes through some aspects of Disaster Recovery within vCloud Air. Topics that are covered include “Disaster Recovery Architecture”, “Disaster Recovery Additional Features”, “A Disaster Recovery Demonstration”, “Disaster Recovery Use Cases” and “Disaster Recovery Challenges”.

This presentation was originally broadcast live on Thursday 23rd April 2015.

To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2015/02/ne…
NOTE: This video is roughly 25 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

Rating: 5/5


Jun 12

KBTV Webinars – vCloud Connector and Datacenter Extension

This video is the thirteenth in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware’s product portfolio.

The title for this presentation is “vCloud Connector and Datacenter Extension”.
To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2015/02/new-free-webinars.html

NOTE: This video is roughly 35 minute in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

Rating: 5/5


Jun 12

KBTV Webinars – vCloud Director Design and Scale

This video is the third in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware’s product portfolio.
The title for this presentation is “vCloud Director – Design and Scale” and it dives into some best practices and recommendations as to how you can design your vCloud Director product infrastructure and how best to scale it out.

This presentation was originally broadcast live on Thursday 12th March 2015.
To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2015/02/ne…

NOTE: This video is roughly 1 hour in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

Rating: 5/5


May 22

Common vCenter Server Tasks in the vSphere Web Client Part 2

https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2145397

This video tutorial demonstrates how to perform some common tasks in VMware vCenter Server using the vSphere Web Client.

The tasks covered in this video are:

– Creating a virtual machine
– Powering on a virtual machine
– vMotioning a virtual machine
– Editing or changing the virtual machine settings
– Storage vMotioning a virtual machine

This video tutorial is aimed at VMware users who are new to the vSphere Web Client.

Rating: 5/5


May 22

Common vCenter Server Tasks in the vSphere Web Client Part 1

https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2145397

This video demonstrates how to perform the following common VMware vCenter Server tasks using the vSphere Web Client.

– Creating a Datacenter
– Creating a Cluster
– Adding an ESXi host
– Licensing an ESXi host

This vmware video tutorial is aimed at vSphere users who are new to the vSphere Web Client.

Rating: 5/5