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Network – Edit Hosts file on ESX

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Here are the simple commands to edit a hosts file on an ESX server…

Log on as root
Enter vi /etc/hosts

Press ESC, then i to insert
Edit Text
Press ESX, the :wq press enter to save

Here are some common commands with vi

“you have to enter command mode first using ESC “

i = insert at this charachter

x = delete a charachter

dd = delete a line

yy = copy

p = paste a copied line

a = append to the next charachter

A = append to the end of aline

I = insert at the beginning of a line

:w = write

:q = quit

:w! = force a write (read only files)

:q! = force a quit no changes

Nasuni does a nice write up on the Phoenix VMUG

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Hey if you get a chance check out the blog below, Andres did a really nice write up about the Phoenix VMUG and their product..

https://www.nasuni.com/news/nasuni-blog/hello-vmug-phoenix/

I had a chance to watch the Nasuni presentation and they offer are really cool vm appliance that allows for “virtually” unlimited storage for a flat rate price…

When I heard the flat rate price it floored me how cost effective it was…

I currently have a need for some off site storage and we’ll be looking at Nasuni very soon…

WebSite – MXTool Box

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I found this neat web tool today… it was a pretty quick way to do a Who-is and then do simple tests like SMTP, DNS, etc..

One feature I liked the Black list checker… real easy way to see if your domain or the domain your trying to send email to has been black listed.

http://www.mxtoolbox.com/SuperTool.aspx

Exchange – Free downloadable Exchange starter kit

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VMware offers a free downloadable Exchange starter kit.

What you’ll get are 3 files (2PDF’s and one Video):
Exchange_on_VMware_WP_202007.pdf
forresterresearchwhitepaper.pdf
University of Plymouth – Video.mov

Here this link to register..

http://www.vmware.com/resources/wp/ms_exchange_kit_register.html

I found this information useful if your needing to do an “executive overview”.

If you need in-depth information and how-to’s for business critical apps then start here..
http://www.vmware.com/solutions/business-critical-apps/exchange/

Book – VMware vSphere 4.0 Quickstart Guide

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I bought this book today… based on some blog posts I found (see below).
I must say it is one of the best.. It is a pocket reference so be aware the print is a bit small…

Download the Power-CLI Scripts from the book here…
http://www.yellow-bricks.com/wp-content/uploads/quickstartguide.zip

Here are some notes about the book.. From this URL…
http://www.boche.net/blog/index.php/2009/11/23/vsphere-4-0-quick-start-guide-released-on-amazon/

What a great way to kick off the new week – The highly anticipated book, vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide: Shortcuts down the path of Virtualization, has arrived at Amazon.com! I look at this new release as the 2nd edition or vSphere edition of RapidApp’s Quick Start Guide to ESX 3.0 which is still available and was a huge success.

The vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide was written by a lineup of new authors who are well known rock stars in the virtualization community: Bernie Baker, Thomas Bryant, Duncan Epping, Dave Mischenko, Stewart Radnidge, and Alan Renouf. I obtained a preview copy of this book at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco and I can tell you that this it is absolutely amazing. Nowhere else will you find as much information in such a small and convenient footprint. Its small size allows you to put it in your pocket and take it virtually anywhere: On the plane, on the bus, into a meeting, or into the datacenter. As with the first edition, there are several blank pages in this book which allow you space to write down notes, command line information, configuration maximum changes, information about your environment, helpful URLs, etc. The authors did a great job on this book and considering the cumulative years of experience and combined expertise packed into this book, you can’t beat the price. I don’t think a better value exists. My copy has been traveling with me daily in my laptop bag. I give it two thumbs up.

TalkShoe – Call – VMware Communities Roundtable

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I found this really cool little community today thanks to a fellow VMUG User (Vlad N)

They have some really cool stuff..

TalkShoe – Call – VMware Communities Roundtable: “VMware Communities Roundtable”

IPSentry Network Monitoring Software | Systems Monitor | RGE, Inc.

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Need a cheap tool to do network monitoring… Check out IPSentry..

Fast, Cheap, and once you have it dialed in it works pretty well…

http://www.ipsentry.com/

“IPSentry Network Monitoring Suite v5

When you need the right tool for the job

Download your free trial now. (click here)
Current Version: 5.12.3 NEW: – IPSentry LITE – Free Edition (click here)

IPSentry is the monitoring software you have been looking for. For over 10 years, we have provided centralized, Windows based, network monitoring software to thousands of IT specialists, administrators, support staff, and solution providers around the world.

With IPSentry, you will have constant monitoring of your network infrastructure and be able to receive notifications and alerts should there be a problem detected based on your own specific thresholds. Your down-time will be minimized by making sure that if a problem is detected, you are made aware of the issue for immediate correction thereby reducing your costs due to inevitable network problems.

When you purchase IPSentry, you are investing in a powerful network administration tool which will continuously monitor your internet and intranet servers, routers, modems, databases, services, event logs, performance data and more, 24 hours per day; insuring that your network and devices are functioning properly. If a problem is detected, various alerts and notifications can be triggered to make sure you are aware of the problem as soon as possible.

Whether you are monitoring one server or five hundred, performing complex network tests or simple simple ping requests, IPSentry is designed to provide a simple interface with the power and complexities sitting behind the scenes allowing you to concentrate on what you do best – keep your networks up and running and all of your users and customers satisfied.”

Shadow Protect IT Edition for P2V

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Shadow Protect IT Edition for P2V

Shadow Protect IT Edition is a product that I love to use… especially for P2V (Physical to Virtual) conversions..

Benefit that I found are:

It allows you to create an image of a server, PC, notebook, etc and then push it to anything you want..
PC to Notebook, server to VM, VM to server, PC to VM, etc..

I keep every image file that I make… this comes in handy after a P2V as sometimes the applications owner wants to see there system prior to the P2V.
I simply get a piece of hardware, push the image, and let them have it..
Also, I can mount the image file and give them access as a file share..

Check them out..

http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_IT_edition.php