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Month: September 2010

A Truly Virtual ESX Environment

A Truly Virtual ESX Environment

Here is a training environment that I am almost done building on my laptop. I am running Windows 7 x64 with 8GB RAM and VMware Workstation 7.Guests are:1. Openfiler NAS (iSCSI Target)2. ESX 4.1 Host3. ESX 4.1 Host4. XP5. vCenter Server In the past I always put the vCenter box on the ESX hosts however 4.1 requires a 64 bit OS and that is not possible yet in a nested virtual environment. Up next DRS needs configured and I will…

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Issues Configuring VMware ESX HA

Issues Configuring VMware ESX HA

I got the following error when attempting to add my ESX hosts to a vCenter Cluster: “Cannot complete the configuration of the HA agent on the host. Misconfiguration in the host network setup.” This was caused because I don’t have a default gateway since it is a small test environment. It appears that you have to be able to ping your default gateway to enable HA. For my test environment I now have a VM that is a guest under…

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Removing BitLocker on Windows 7

Removing BitLocker on Windows 7

When attempting to remove BitLocker drive encryption from your Windows 7 machine you would naturally right click on the drive in question and say “Manage BitLocker”. This brings up a couple options but none of them will allow you to remove BitLocker and decrypt the drive. What you need to do is go Control Panel > System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption and select the option to remove BitLocker.