My Number 1 Tip for ESX

Today I bring you VMware ESX users a valuable tip that I have picked up in the few weeks I have worked at VMware Tech Support . By this time next week I will have reached the end of my probationary period and will be a regular full time employee. Even though I’m still greener … Read more

There’s Help for Windows Vista

Chris Pirillo says he just went back to Windows XP from Vista. For Chris, Vista just had too little support for his current USB hardware and he missed the way XP just worked. His suggestion?

VMware.

I quote-

“So, why recommend VMWare’s software over Microsoft’s own Virtual PC? That answer is exceedingly simple: VMWare is an amazingly robust virtualization tool – and it’s the only one that supports USB 2.0 device passthroughs. Virtual USB device support *ALONE* is makes it possible to run your XP-happy hardware on Windows Vista. Virtual PC is an inferior product by comparison – no arguments, my friends.”

That’s an awesome endorsement from a guy who is more Microsoft friendly than most other outspoken tech bloggers/podcasters.

I too have just had it with Vista and tossed it out. I bought a brand new laptop last weekend from my local big box electronic chain which had Vista preloaded on it. Sure looked nice and shiny in the store. Got it home and much to my dismay a lot of my software had issues with Vista, not to mention I couldn’t run my copy of VMware Workstation on it. Arrrgh!!

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Installing ESX Server from a USB Drive

Here is an example of the great kind of information you can find in the VMware Community Forums. Paul provides complete instructions on how to install ESX Server from a USB flash drive. I’ll give you the requirements for this here, but you’ll have to read the full post yourself here. Requirements: – You will … Read more

VMware Player

VMware Player

Have you tried the VMWare Player? If you’re new to VMware or virtualization VMware Player is a good place to start getting your feet wet and testing how it works. VMware Player is a free download from VMware. You can’t create virtual machines with Player, but you can find all kinds of community-contributed virtual appliances … Read more

The Virtual Center Datastore

In the short six weeks that I have worked at VMWare I have already notice a number of cases revolving around database issues. Database connectivity, connections dropping, transaction logs filling. You might wonder why we have database issues with a virtualization product? Virtual Center is the central peice that binds Virtual Infrastructure 3 together. To … Read more