vCenter

Tweaking Java.exe memory usage on vCenter Server 5.1

During the upgrade of my home lab from vSphere 5.0 to vSphere 5.1 I have noticed that there is more memory consumption on my vCenter Server than before the upgrade. According to the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide, this happens because vCenter Server includes several Java services in the installation (VirtualCenter Management Webservices, Inventory Service, Profile-Driven Storage Service and Single Sign On) and when you install vCenter Server, you have an option to select the […]

Dump Collector

Configure vSphere ESXi Dump Collector

Here is a quick post about configuring the vSphere Dump Collector for your ESXi hosts. I’m not going to cover the installation process because it is really simple and straightforward. You can install the Dump Collector as stand-alone instance or integrated with vCenter Server. If you choose the last option you will have to provide the IP address, port and log in credentials for the vCenter Server. After the installation, you can configure the Dump […]

ESXi 5

Upgrading from ESXi 5.x to ESXi 5.1 using VMware Update Manager

In-place upgrade of ESXi hosts is quick and simple and well suitable for small environments. However, if you want to upgrade a large number of ESXi hosts without any downtime, you can simply use VMware Update Manager to do the job which is provided with the vCenter Server installation ISO. Before you can upgrade your ESXi hosts make sure that you upgrade the vCenter Server and VMware Update Manager to version 5.1 first. Also, make […]

vCenter

Install or upgrade the vSphere Web Client

The vSphere Web Client lets you connect to a vCenter Server system to manage your vSphere infrastructure and ESXi hosts through a browser. The vSphere Web Client requires a connection to the vCenter Single Sign On server so make sure you install it before installing vSphere Web Client. Also, make sure that the Inventory Services and the vCenter Server are upgraded to version 5.1. Currently the following web browsers are supported in version 5.1 of […]

ESXi 5

Upgrading ESXi 5.0 host to ESXi 5.1

In the last article I have covered the upgrade process from vCenter Server 5.0 to vCenter server 5.1. In this article I will cover a quick how to on upgrading your ESXi host to version 5.1. In this case, I will perform an in place upgrade of the host. Before you proceed with upgrade in your production environment, please read chapter 6 “Upgrading and Migrating Your Hosts” from the vSphere Upgrade guide. Boot your server […]

ESXi 5

Upgrade vCenter Server 5.x to vCenter Server 5.1

As you probably all know, the vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Suite binaries have been made available for download yesterday. The vCenter Server ISO is now about 3,4 GB in size which is quite significant compared to 2,4 GB in version 5.0 Update 1. The size of ESXi hypervisor is now about 307 MB which is about 10 MB more than the version 5.0 Update 1. Before you begin with upgrading your production environment, make sure […]

News

News from Veeam!

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