Basic Commands for VMware Photon and Docker

photon-logoThis post is a quick collection of commands used to configure VMwares recently released Photon OS, and to get started with Docker.

Photon is a technology preview of a minimal Linux container host. It is designed to have a small footprint and boot extremely quickly on VMware platforms. Photon is intended to invite collaboration around running containerized applications in a virtualized environment.

To get started with Photon, check this post.

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vSphere Release History PDF – April 2015 Update

The download of my vSphere Release History in PDF Format is now available. It includes the latest vSphere updates. The document is a printable Version of my VMware ESXi Release and Build Number History.



ESXi 6.0 Image for Gigabyte BRIX

The ESXi 6.0 base image provided by VMware does not work with Gigabyte BRIX out of the box. This post explains how to create a customized ESXi 6 ISO for your Gigabyte BRIX. These images can be used to do a fresh install or upgrade a BRIX to VMware ESXi 6.0.brix-pro

The Image works for the following BRIX:

  • GB-BXi3-4010: Intel Core i3-4010U (2x 1.7GHz)
  • GB-BXi5-4200: Intel Core i5-4200U (2x 2.6GHz)
  • GB-BXi7-4500: Intel Core i7-4500U (2x 3.0GHz)
  • GB-BXi3H-4010: Intel Core i3-4010U (2x 1.7GHz)
  • GB-BXi5H-4200: Intel Core i5-4200U (2x 2.6GHz)
  • GB-BXi7H-4500: Intel Core i7-4500U (2x 3.0GHz)
  • GB-BXi5-4570R: Intel Core i5-4570R (4x 3.20 GHz)
  • GB-BXi7-4770R: Intel Core i7-4770R (4x 3.90 GHz)

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Guide to Install Photon in VMware Workstation and Deploy a Container

photon-logoOn April 20th, 2015, VMware announced Photon, its own container-friendly Linux distribution. Photon is a technology preview of a small footprint Linux container host. It has been released as open source software and is available at GitHub.

This post explains how to install Photon in VMware Workstation, do some basic configuration and implement the first container.

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How to Install VCSA6 in VMware Workstation

If you want to install the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) from vSphere 6 in VMware Workstation you might have noticed that the new guided installer is not suitable for you. The appliance is still available as ova, but it’s a little bit hidden. This post explains how you to deploy VCSA in VMware Workstation.


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Virtual Volumes Vendor Status

vvol-vendorsVMware vSphere 6.0 with the new Virtual Volumes (VVol) storage architecture is in the market since one month now. Many vendors are working on the new technlogy and have announced to support VVols for their storage arrays. This post takes a look on the current status and what vendors are supported today:

  • HP
  • NEC
  • IBM
  • NetApp
  • SANBlaze


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ESXi 6.0 April 2015 Patch (Build 2615704)

VMware has published a patch for ESXi 6.0

Product: VMware ESXi 6.0
Release date: April 9, 2015
Patch: ESXi600-201504001
Build: 2615704
Links: KB2111975 | Download

The update resolves 5 critical issues: Read more »

Which vSphere 6.0 Features are available in Editions?

VMware vSphere 6 has been released to the market 4 weeks ago. There are many new features and enhancements, but as you know there are different pricing and licensing models. It is available as a la carte licensing priced on a per CPU basis or in packs of 25 VMs and for small deployments as Kits. This post takes a look on the availability of new vSphere features in different vSphere editions.

  • VMware vSphere Standard (A la carte licensing on a per CPU basis)
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise (A la carte licensing on a per CPU basis)
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus (A la carte licensing on a per CPU basis)
  • VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard (Priced in packs of 25 VMs)
  • VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced (Priced in packs of 25 VMs)
  • VMware vSphere Essentials Kit (All-in-one solutions for up to three physical servers)
  • VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Kit (All-in-one solutions for up to three physical servers)

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ESXi 5.5 April 2015 Patch (Build 2583090)

VMware has published a patch for ESXi 5.5

Product: VMware ESXi 5.5
Release date: April 7, 2015
Patch: ESXi510-201503001
Build: 2638301
Links: KB2112672 | Download

The update resolves an issue that might cause data unavailability in VMware Virtual SAN when upgrading from VMware vSphere 5.5 EP06 or 5.5 P04 to vSphere 6.0 GA.

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The latest ESXi 5.5.0 Build number is now: 2638301
Updated: ESXi Release and Build Number History
Updated: VMware Product Latest Version
Updated: ESXi Image Profiles

ESXi 6.0 – ESXCLI Command Reference

ESXCLI is the most powerful command line tool on an ESXi host. You may need it for troubleshooting, configuration or for ESXi installations by using a kickstart file. I’m having these command line reference since vSphere 5.x on my desktop and I am using it quite often. Here is the command line reference for vSphere ESXi 6.0.

Download: esxcli-60-command-reference.txt

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