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How To

A closer look at the new ESXi Embedded Host Client fling.

Some time ago a new fling by VMware Labs has been released to manage your ESXi hosts. The ESXi Embedded Host Client is written in HTML and JavaScript, and is served directly from your ESXi host which means it has to be installed on the ESXi host first. Since this fling is currently in its development phase the ESXi Embedded Host Client is not fully featured and only implements a hand full of the most […]

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PowerCLI

PowerCLI Basics – Backup and Restore ESXi Configuration Data

Here is a quick post on how to backup and restore the ESXi configuration data using PowerCLI. Cmdlets used and the corresponding reference page: Get-VMHostFirmware Set-VMHostFirmware Backup First, connect to the vCenter Server with the PowerCLI C:\> Connect-VIServer command and enter your credentials. Backup the configuration data with PowerCLI C:\> Get-VMHostFirmware -VMHost <IP_or_FQDN> -BackupConfiguration -DestinationPath <Path> For example: PowerCLI C:\> Get-VMHostFirmware -VMHost 10.10.10.21 -BackupConfiguration -DestinationPath D:\Configs\esx03 The backup file will be saved as a .tgz […]

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PowerCLI Basics – Create custom ESXi ISO image

Here is a quick post on how to create a custom ESXi ISO image using PowerCLI. Cmdlets used and the corresponding reference page: Add-ESXSoftwareDepot New-EsxImageProfile Export-EsxImageProfile First, connect to the vCenter Server: PowerCLI C:> Connect-VIServer <IP_or_FQDN> Next, add the ESXi offline bundle to the depot: PowerCLI C:> Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-depot.zip Add a custom driver to the depot. I used the iSCSI Driver for Emulex: PowerCLI C:> Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:be2iscsi-10.0.727.44-offline_bundle-1525244.zip Clone the ESXi image: PowerCLI C:> New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile […]

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ESXCLI

ESXCLI Basics: Installing a custom CIM provider on ESXi 5.x

A quick blog post on how to install a custom CIM provider on an ESXi 5.x host. Command reference can be found here. In this example I will use an Emulex vib CIM provider for ESXi which is necessary if you using Emulex OneCommand vCenter plug-in in your environment. Install custom CIM provider First, enable SSH on the host. Upload the vib to the tmp directory on the ESXi host. Login to host via SSH […]

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ESXi 4

How to: Backup and restore ESXi configuration using vMA

A quick blog post about backing up and restoring the configuration of your ESXi hosts. It will shorten your recovery time when something goes wrong during an upgrade or in case of hardware failure and you want to restore the configuration of your ESXi hosts as soon as possible. Here are the steps to perform a back-up and restore of your ESXi host. Backup SSH or login to the vMA. Add the host as target […]