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Month: February 2012

How to find where a VM is hosted

How to find where a VM is hosted

A fairly common problem is if you know a machine is virtual but you don’t know where it is hosted. A perfect example is if you get notified that a machine in your environment has a virus and needs powered off but nobody knows where the machine is hosted. This gets even more interesting when you have nested virtual ESX hosts with guests running under them. With a quick google search I found 2 PowerCLI scripts that got close to…

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Disk Space Woes

Disk Space Woes

So I have a 160GB hard drive in a laptop and I am using 155 GB of it but I can only account for about 60 GB… how do I find what is eating all my space…? Try this really cool little program, Space Sniffer. http://download.cnet.com/SpaceSniffer/3000-18512_4-10913555.html

Configuring Openfiler iSCSI and VMware Data Recover (vDR)

Configuring Openfiler iSCSI and VMware Data Recover (vDR)

If you have some extra hardware floating around with reasonable disk space you can use it as a cheap iSCSI device to store non-critical VM backups using VDR. The process is pretty easy and works really well. I have several of these running in our lab, including some that are Openfiler running as a VM on ESX 5 and even then performance is pretty good. This article assumes that you already have Openfiler (http://www.openfiler.com/community/download) installed on a piece of hardware…

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