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NetWrix VMware Change Reporter (free!)

Posted by essjae on October 19, 2011

Soneone told me about this today, it’s only for VMWare, but its freeware

NetWrix VMware Change Reporter can be used to:

  • Overview configuration changes on a daily basis to improve internal IT
  • Prepare reports for your IT compliance auditors, such as SOX, HIPAA, GLBA,
    and others – Report sample;
  • Audit the creation of new virtual machines to prevent uncontrolled
    virtual machine sprawl
  • Supported VMware platforms: VI3 or later, vSphere, ESX, ESXi.

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VMWare vSphere Hypervisor 5

Posted by essjae on September 2, 2011

I was excited to try out the new free version of ESXi 5 today on a test system with a Core 2 Quad Q6600. 

I received an ominous message that “VMWare ESXi 5.0 installs on most systems but only systems on VMWare’s compatibility Guide are supported.”  I didn’t think much of it until I got to the next stage of the install and got this message:

“Error(s) <CPU_CORES ERROR: This host has [1] cpu core(s) which is less than recommended [2] cpu cores>”

“(F9) Back                (F11) Reboot”

Game over?  Not quite.  I found a post with an almost identical hardware config referring to the same issue for ESX 3. 

Disable MAX CPUid in the BIOS, installation completed.

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VMWare 7.1.4 update now available

Posted by essjae on March 29, 2011

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New Maintenance Releases: VMWare Wks 7.1.1 and Oracle Vbox 3.2.8

Posted by essjae on August 14, 2010

Both Oracle and VM Ware have new updates.

Oracle Virtual Box is now 3.2.8

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: properly terminate the VM with an error if the guest is trying to switch to the PAE mode but PAE is disabled in the VM settings
  • GUI: switch to native file dialogs (Windows hosts only; bug #5459)
  • GUI: don’t use native file dialogs on KDE hosts (Linux hosts only; bug #6809)
  • 3D support: fixed GL_EXT_texture_sRGB support
  • PXE: fixed ZENworks PXE boot regression
  • OVF: fixed slower export and larger images under certain circumstances (3.2.6 regression; bug #7073)
  • USB: properly signal an interrupt if the port suspend status changes
  • USB: respect the remote-only filter
  • USB: avoid VM hang when changing the configuration of certain devices (Windows hosts only)
  • USB: fix a crash with older Linux kernels and non-ASCII characters in device strings (Linux hosts only; bug #6983)
  • PageFusion: fixed conflict with the guest execution feature
  • PageFusion: fixed stability issues with a large number of VMs
  • PageFusion: fixed host crashes with guest SMP and Win64 guests
  • Memory ballooning: fixed problems restoring VMs with pre-allocation enabled
  • Bridged networking: fixed performance issue with GRO enabled on bridged device (bug #7059)
  • Hostonly networking: fixed performance issue (3.2.6 regression; bug #7081)
  • Hard disks: fix auto-reset of immutable disk at VM startup (bug #6832)
  • BusLogic: several fixes for Windows NT/2000 and SCO OpenServer guests
  • LsiLogic: fixed I/O errors under rare circumstances
  • Sharing disks: support for attaching one disk to several VMs without external tools and tricks (see here for a short explanation)
  • Shared folders: several fixes and performance enhancements for Solaris guests (bugs #4154 and #6512)
  • Solaris Installer: added support for remote installations
  • Guest Properties API: correctly support enumerating the properties of a running VM with an empty “patterns” field (bug #7171)
  • Guest properties: properly delete transient properties on shutdown
  • RDP video redirection performance improvements and stability fixes
  • Settings: silently fix host audio driver when reading machine XML settings files or OVF written by VirtualBox on a different host OS, for example convert DirectSound to PulseAudio (bug #7209)
  • Settings: properly store the NAT network setting in XML settings file version 1.10 and later (bug #6176)
  • VBoxManage: handle differencing images with parent UUID correctly in subcommand openmedium disk (bug #6751)
  • Web service: enabled HTTP keepalive for much better performance
  • Web service: added timestamps to logging output
  • Web service: treat 8-bit strings as UTF-8 not ASCII
  • X11 Additions: fix for Xorg 6.8 guests (e.g. RHEL4)

VM Ware Workstation 7.1.1, Release Notes

still need the reboots 😦

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Ugh! Still 2 Reboots for VMWare upgrades!

Posted by essjae on June 3, 2010

Upgraded to 7.1 from 7.0 today…had to close everything down and reboot.

One reboot to finish the uninstall, one reboot to finish the upgrade install.

This has got to be on of my biggest peeves with VMWare.

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VMWare Workstation 7.1 Now Available

Posted by essjae on June 2, 2010

From the press release:

Packed with better graphics, increased power, and tighter Windows 7 integration

With over 10 new features including twice the 3D graphics performance, support for more scalable virtual machines, and tighter Windows 7 integration, VMware Workstation 7.1 makes it faster and more convenient than ever for technical professionals to try new operating systems, run legacy applications, and test  applications in a secure, isolated environment.

Key new features include:

  • 2X 3D Graphics Performance: Up to twice the graphics performance for DirectX 9.0 and hardware acceleration for OpenGL 2.1 in Windows 7 and Windows Vista virtual machines. Run the most demanding applications like AutoCAD 2011
  • Support for Larger Virtual Machines: Support for 8 virtual processors and 2 TB virtual disks ensure the performance demands of today’s most powerful applications are met
  • Tighter Windows 7 Integration: Launch virtualized applications directly from the Windows 7 taskbar to create a seamless experience between applications in your virtual machines and the desktop
  • Run More Operating Systems: Support for the latest Linux operating systems including Ubuntu 8.04.4, Ubuntu 10.04, OpenSUSE 11.2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5, Fedora 12, Debian 5.0.4, Mandriva 2009.1
  • Open Standards Support: Import/export Open Virtualization Format (OVF 1.0) packaged virtual machines and upload directly to VMware vSphere

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VMWare Workstation 7.0.1/Player 3.0.1.

Posted by essjae on February 16, 2010

Since I’m posting old news about VirtualBox, I might as well for VMWare.  Jan. 29th was the release date for 7.0.1.

This release provides support for the following host and guest operating systems:

    Operating System

    Host and Guest Support

    Windows 2008 R2 Host and guest
    Windows Vista SP2 Host and guest
    Ubuntu 9.10 Host and guest
    RHEL 5.4 Host and guest
    CentOS 5.4 Guest
    Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.4 Guest

Plus some other stuff

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Good comparison chart for VMW6.5, Player 3

Posted by essjae on November 11, 2009

From vmfaq?  They’ve been around since 2003?  This was my first visit.

Feature comparison
Feature/Product Workstation 6.5 Player 2.5 Player 3.0 beta Server 2.x
Intended use Desktop use, test environments, Q&A, product development Run VMs made elsewhere Desktop use, testing Host production VMs
Edit VM settings? Yes No Yes Yes
Max RAM / VM 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
 VSMP  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Snapshots  Multiple, branchable, linked clone  No  No  Single
 USB 2.0  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
3D acceleration  DirectX 9 with Shader Model 2.0  DirectX 9 with Shader Model 2.0 DirectX 9 with Shader Model 3.0  No
 Other -Integrates MS Visual Studio/Eclipse
-Allows definition of properties of the virtual networks within VM teams

– Record/replay functionality

-Unity mode

– Shared folders

– Editing of .vmx settings by hand possible
– Unity mode
– Shared folders
– Create / edit VMs

– Unity mode

– Shared folders 

 Cost  $189  Free  

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VMWare Player 3.0 no longer just a “player,” or maybe it’s now a “major player” in VM apps

Posted by essjae on November 5, 2009

The upcoming 3rd version of VMWare Player now allows users to create VMs, without the need for 3rd party add-ons.

Feature Highlights:

  • The ability to create Virtual Machines
  • Aero support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista guests!!!
  • OpenGL support for Windows guests (give Google Earth a try!)
  • New User Interface including a Virtual Machine Library
  • Windows 7 support (as a Host and Guest OS)
  • Automatically download and install the latest VMware Tools package
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Print from your VM without installing printer drivers. Virtual Printing courtesy of our friends at ThinPrint.
  • ALSA Sound support on Linux hosts enables multiple VMs to play “music” concurrently
  • VIX API support will let our coding fans write applications that can interact with their VMs

Not sure about OpenGL, I tried to run a couple older 3d games that use OpenGL on my new VMWare Workstation 7 and they error out on with OpenGL issues and want a driver update.

This is essentially a free version of Workstation…This is very interesting since I’d think it would significantly reduce the number of Workstation 7 sales.

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Problems getting VMWare or WinVPC working?

Posted by essjae on October 28, 2009

Do you have a cheap webcam that runs a program called, fixcamera.exe?

Terminate your fixcamera.exe process and this should resolve your issue.

Original post:

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