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VMware Type IDs

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I am looking into the VMware database to try and setup some automated reporting, and the first thing needed is to find the various objects in the database. Looking at the views I see VPXV_ENTITY, a good place to start looking. It appears that every object (or entity) in VMware is listed here. Now to […]

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ETrust updates not workig on Windows 7

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I upgraded my system to Windows 7, but noticed that ETrust was not downloading updates. Turns out the ETrust downloader needs to run in Vista compatibility mode. To fix this, do the following: Open file explorer and go to C:Program FilesCASharedComponentsScanEngine Right-click the file ITMDIST.EXE and select Properties On the Compatibility tab, click Change settings […]

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Setting Custom Attributes in VMware programtically

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If you have more than a few VMs in your ESX environment, you have already found a need to properly organize the VMs with folders and hierarchies. However, this structure goes away when you view all the VMs in your datacenter, making your carefully created tree structure useless. The good news is that VMware has […]

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VMware guest level monitoring and alerting

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Probably 90% of the monitoring needed in any environment consists of extremely basic measures: CPU utilization, Memory Utilization, Disk throughput, Network throughput, etc… Defining thresholds for these and alerting on them provides immesurable insight into an environment and quickly identifies any problems or bottlenecks. Amazingly, VMware provides many of these basic system monitors out of […]

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VSphere and Windows 7 / Windows 2008 R2

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It appears that VSphere (VMware 4.0) does not fully support the latest releases of Windows. Luckily there are some published workarounds. Running Windows 7 or 2008 R2 as a VMThis is a simple fix – just dont use the VMware SVGA driver on the OS, instead use the generic Windows driver. It may also help […]

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/3GB and /PAE management

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Managing memory in computers has always been a nightmare. Back in the DOS days there were TSR and drivers that had to be tweaked, an in the x86 Windows there is additional tuning to be aware of. Below are a couple of links that help describe the various options avialable.http://blogs.technet.com/askperf/archive/2007/03/23/memory-management-demystifying-3gb.aspxhttp://blogs.technet.com/perfguru/archive/2007/12/05/scenarios-using-3gb-and-pae-switch-and-appropriate-uses-of-these-switches.aspx