Building Mission Critical VMs on VMware vSphere is pretty simple. There are just a few commonly acknowledged Best Practices with which to adhere, regardless of whether you are installing Windows or Linux:
- Use Paravirtualized drivers wherever possible
- Remove unnecessary hardware from the VM (settings)
- Disable unnecessary or unused devices in BIOS
- Assign no more resources to the VM than are actually required
In the following steps, I am going to be building a VM to serve as Active Directory Domain Controller for my lab (jb-lab.local) on Windows Server 2012. Continue reading
Ubuntu is one of the most well-known and useful server Operating Systems available. Today I am going to show you how to build Ubuntu Server 14.04.3 LTS as a Virtual Machine running on VMware vSphere ESXi using the VIrtual Machine Remote Console (VMRC) and ISO Image on local disk. Let’s get started…. Continue reading
Most every Virtual Machine needs to have some sort of VMware Tools running. In the “Old Days,” the norm was to mount an ISO provided by VMware and install their version of the VMware Tools. More recently, VMware has been encouraging Operating System vendors and communities to develop their own version of the VMware tools, which are known as the “open-vm-tools.” The VMware Tools (VMware ISO) installations for most Operating Systems are now described as “deprecated”.
In the following steps, we will install open-vm-tools for Ubuntu from the command line. In order to do this, our VM needs to have access to the internet to be able to download the packages from the configured repositories.
In Part two, we will install the VMware vSphere Client for Windows, create forward and reverse DNS (which is a prerequisite for installing vCenter in any form) and then we will install the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to manage our ESXi VMs Continue reading