vExpert 2014

I am very proud to say that I’ve been honored with becoming a vExpert 2014.

The official list was announced yesterday, and can be seen here:
vExpert 2014 Announcement

I would like to say thanks to VMware and the people behind vExpert.

A thanks should also go to the following... Continue reading

Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware - Part 3

A VM running OS X can be cloned or turned into a template just like any other VM. But for OS X there is no vSphere/ESXi integrated “sysprep” tool. So when a clone is made, it is a 100% clone, the only thing that changes is the hardware (new Network MAC address and new virtual hardware serial).

As far as I see it, there are 3 ways around this problem... Continue reading

Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware - Part 2

Originally posted on bmspeak.businessmann.dk

Unlike Microsoft Windows, Apple’s OS X is not licensed per physical CPU socket, but it is instead generally licensed per OS instance.

But it depends on the version of the OS, how it was purchased and what the usage is.

To understand how a license for OS X is permitted to be used, it is recommended to read “Section 2” of the “Software License Agreement” for the specific version of OS X or OS X Server... Continue reading

Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware - Part 1

Originally posted on bmspeak.businessmann.dk

In this 3 part blog-series I will provide some information about how to virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware.

Considering the following questions:

  • What is required to vitualize OS X?
  • Which hardware is supported, and which hardware works?
  • How to license OS X in a virtual environment?
  • What are best practices for running OS X in a virtual environment?
  • How to safely deploy OS X from a template?
  • How to backup OS X in a virtual environment?

What is required to vitualize OS X?

Basically the requirements are same as with any another OS.

  • A computer/server
  • A hypervisor
  • An installer for the Guest OS... Continue reading

vCenter 5.5 install fails during vCenter Server Directory Service installation

Today I was installing a new vCenter 5.5 server for a customer, on a freshly installed Windows Server 2012 VM, which would also be hosting the Micrsoft SQL database locally.

I had already joined the server to the domain and setup Micrsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1, and created the vCenter Database, and an accompanying System DSN, so I was ready to do the vCenter installation.

I chose to install using the Simple Install method, because… well this was a simple installation.

SSO, vSphere Web Client and Inventory Service all installed with any issues.

But during the vCenter Server installation, I got a error... Continue reading

VMworld Europe 2013 – Day 1

I arrived in Barcelona sunday night with my colleagues, Heino Skov and Brian Markussen, and couple of customers... Continue reading

Avoid issues with backup of WordPress using BackWPup

I have used BackWPup in the past to do backup of this WordPress based website, but recently I encountered some problems.

In my original BackWPup setup there was a simple BackWPup-job that just created a ZIP-archive of everything WordPress related at my webhost, One.com, and then sent that ZIP-archive to my Dropbox.com account for offsite storing.

But recently I started receiving error-emails, that the backup did not finish correctly... Continue reading

Creating a never booted OS X template in vSphere 5.1 - Part 7 - Making the template in vCenter 5.1 using the never booted VMDK

I will focus on using the new vSphere Web Client, instead of the classic Windows-based vSphere Client. The following actions is also fully possible to do in the classic Windows-based vSphere Client... Continue reading

Creating a never booted OS X template in vSphere 5.1 - Part 6 - Converting the Sparseimage to VMDK format

The next thing is to convert our Sparseimage to VMDK format. For during this I will be using to Command Line utilities that are installed as part of VMware Fusion.

I would like to thank, a former colleague of mine, Alan Gordon, who is Chief Technology Officer at Humac Group for writing a article at Krypted.com on how to do this... Continue reading

Creating a never booted OS X template in vSphere 5.1 - Part 5 - Obtain VMware Tools from ESXi host and install into the Sparseimage

First we need to enable SSH on a ESXi.

Login to your vCenter through vSphere Web Client and navigate to ‘vCenter -> Host and Clusters’ and choose a ESXi host.

Under the ‘Manage’ tab, select the ‘Settings’ sub-tab.

In list on the left, select ‘Security Profile’, and scroll down to the section named ‘Services’ and click ‘Edit’... Continue reading