Wipe disk and create a new VMFS Datastore in VMware ESXi

Recently I installed VMware ESXi on a spare laptop, to expand my local infrastructure at home. During the installation of ESXi, I selected an option to wipe the main disk and install ESXi over top of it. However, I had a secondary SSD installed in the laptop as well, which wasn’t touched at all during … Read moreWipe disk and create a new VMFS Datastore in VMware ESXi

PowerShell: A first-timer’s perspective of PowerCLI

This blog post is a description of my first experience playing around with PowerCLI, which is VMware’s PowerShell module for managing vSphere servers. I haven’t really dealt with VMware much in my past, other than VMware Workstation, so I thought it was exciting to get the chance to play around with PowerShell & VMware together!

I won’t bore you with the installation details, and I’ll get right to firing it up. There’s a shortcut to launch PowerCLI in the Start Menu, and it’s got a custom icon on it, which makes it easily recognizable on the Windows Taskbar.

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Installing VMware Workstation 9.0 on Windows 8 RTM

I recently ran into an issue where VMware Workstation 9.0.1 refused to install, with the management port configured to the default of port 443. It was complaining that another process was using that port already. I broke out [cci]netstat -aon[/cci] and discovered that wwahost.exe was listening on port 443. It turns out that [cci]wwahost.exe[/cci] is … Read moreInstalling VMware Workstation 9.0 on Windows 8 RTM