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Archive for March 29th, 2019

Sending SMS from your PC using a web browser through your Android Phone

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/29

I have been a long-time PushBullet user, but I bumped into an alternative if you just want to send SMS from a PC using a web browser through your Android Phone.

You will miss out all the other neat PushBullet features (like clipboard support), but it does work:

There is even a Mac warpper for it:


Posted in Android Devices, Power User | Leave a Comment »

ESXi 6.5: mount a datastore that does not automount; esxcfg-volume to the rescue

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/29

I had a 1.5 TB SATA disk with VMFS5 created on ESXi 5.1 that would not want to mount on ESXi 6.5 automatically, not even after a rescan, or fresh boot, so I did this:

[root@ESXi-X10SRH-CF:~] esxcfg-volume --help
-l|--list                                List all volumes which have been
                                         detected as snapshots/replicas.
-m|--mount              Mount a snapshot/replica volume, if 
                                         its original copy is not online.
-u|--umount             Umount a snapshot/replica volume.
-r|--resignature        Resignature a snapshot/replica volume.
-M|--persistent-mount   Mount a snapshot/replica volume
                                         persistently, if its original copy is
                                         not online.
-U|--upgrade            Upgrade a VMFS3 volume to VMFS5.
-h|--help                                Show this message.
[root@ESXi-X10SRH-CF:~] esxcfg-volume --list
Scanning for VMFS-3/VMFS-5 host activity (512 bytes/HB, 2048 HBs).
VMFS UUID/label: 59a5306c-a8793061-4a23-001f29022aed/ST1500LM0032D9YH148-backup
Can mount: Yes
Can resignature: Yes
Extent name: naa.5000c5002dba6642:1 range: 0 - 1430527 (MB)

Scanning for VMFS-3/VMFS-5 host activity (512 bytes/HB, 2048 HBs).
VMFS UUID/label: 532cd010-6e8c01d1-45be-001f29022aed/Raid6SATA
Can mount: Yes
Can resignature: Yes
Extent name: naa.600605b00aa054a0ff000021022683ae:1 range: 0 - 1830143 (MB)

[root@ESXi-X10SRH-CF:~] esxcfg-volume -m 532cd010-6e8c01d1-45be-001f29022aed/Raid6SATA
No matching volume 532cd010-6e8c01d1-45be-001f29022aed/Raid6SATA found!
[root@ESXi-X10SRH-CF:~] esxcfg-volume --mount 532cd010-6e8c01d1-45be-001f29022aed
Mounting volume 532cd010-6e8c01d1-45be-001f29022aed

Based on: [WayBackMount VMFS Datastore – via GUI or via CLI [Guide] – ESX Virtualization


Posted in ESXi5.1, ESXi6.5, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi | Leave a Comment »

ssh from Mac OS X to ESXi: “WARNING: terminal is not fully functional”

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/29

When connecting from my Mac to my ESXi rig, some commands (especially less) show this output:

WARNING: terminal is not fully functional

So I created this alias to connect from my Mac to the internal address of my ESXi rig:

alias ssh-esxi-X10SRH-CF-internal='TERM=xterm ssh -p 22 root@'

The trick is the bold part: TERM=xterm (which you can also replace by export TERM=xterm; if you want future ssh sessions to use the same [wayback] TERM setting).

The reason is that the Mac defines the TERM variable as containing xterm-256 which is defined on the Mac itself, but ESXi has a hard time coping with it.

Some Mac OS and Xcode combinations had a problem with xterm-256 not being present ([WayBackmacos – Terminal strangeness after installing Xcode on Lion – Super User), but this isn’t the case on my system:

$ ls -alh `find /usr/share/terminfo | grep 'xterm-256color'`
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 3.2K Jul 30 2016 /usr/share/terminfo/78/xterm-256color

On the Mac you really want to use xterm-256color as it looks way better than xterm-color or xterm: [WayBacklinux – What is the difference between xterm-color & xterm-256color? – Stack Overflow (thanks [WayBack] Chris Page!)

It seems I already did something similar on ESXi itself to get esxtop working: ESXi: when esxtop shows garbage. That was on the ESXi side and works as well for this problem too.

However, it is a bit harder to have a script run during ESXi boot time that sets this, so it is easier to fix this on the Mac side.

It works for all OS X and ESXi versions I’ve tested so far.


Posted in *nix, Apple, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, ESXi6, ESXi6.5, iMac, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, macOS 10.12 Sierra, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi | Leave a Comment »

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