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VMware Converter downloads

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/02

Since the VMware site is a maze, so below are some download and information links.

[WayBack] Upgraded to 6.1.1. build-3533064 – cannot restore from Acronis TrueImage TIB files… |VMware Communities -> you need 6.0 or earlier for that:

Support notice

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 is the last release of the product to support third-party backup images and virtual machines as sources for conversion. This capability will be discontinued in the next release. If you use this capability, you should start planning your transition.

Interoperability

Third-party backup images and virtual machines – to be discontinued. See Support notice.

  • Acronis True Image Echo 9.1 and 9.5, and Acronis True Image Home 10 and 11 (.tib)
  • Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (formerly LiveState Recovery) 6.5, 7.0, 8.0, and 8.5, and LiveState Recovery 3.0 and 6.0 (.sv2i format only)
  • Norton Ghost version 10.0, 12.0, and 14.0 (.sv2i format only)
  • Parallels Desktop 2.5, 3.0, and 4.0 (.pvs and .hdd). Compressed disks are not supported
  • Parallels Workstation 2.x (.pvs). Compressed disks are not supported. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers are not supported.
  • StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop, ShadowProtect Server, ShadowProtect Small Business Server (SBS), ShadowProtect IT Edition, versions 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 (.spf)
  • The Microsoft VHD format for the following sources:
    • Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (.vmc)
    • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and 2005 R2 (.vmc)

For conditions and limitations about converting Backup Exec System Recovery, ShadowProtect, and Consolidated Backup images, see the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone User’s Guide.

–jeroen

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Logging to syslog on a VMware ESXi machine

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/07/29

Since “esxi write entry to syslog” didn’t return results on how to add new syslog entries, only how to configure syslog.

It was much easier than I hoped for:

logger TEST

With a default configuration this then ends up in /var/log/syslog.log:

grep TEST /var/log/syslog.log

2019-07-29T10:48:31Z root: TEST

Now I know the command, I found

–jeroen

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ESXi Embedded Host Client

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/07/15

This version of the ESXi Embedded Host Client is written purely in HTML and JavaScript, and is served directly from your ESXi host and should perform much better than any of the existing solutions.

Installing went smooth:

# esxcli software vib install -v https://download3.vmware.com/software/vmw-tools/esxui/esxui-signed-6360286.vib -f
Installation Result
Message: Operation finished successfully.
Reboot Required: false
VIBs Installed: VMware_bootbank_esx-ui_1.23.0-6360286
VIBs Removed: VMware_bootbank_esx-ui_1.21.0-5724747
VIBs Skipped:

Source: ESXi Embedded Host Client

–jeroen

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esxi listing usb devices on host console: lsusb

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/07/10

Searching for esxi list usb devices on host console did not return meaningful results, but after a few more deeper tries I found that ESXi has lsusb at

Here the difference when connecting another USB hub with devices to an existing ESXi machine:

[root@ESXi-X10SRH-CF:~] lsusb
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0781:5583 SanDisk Corp. Ultra Fit
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0557:2419 ATEN International Co., Ltd 
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0557:7000 ATEN International Co., Ltd Hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 8087:8002 Intel Corp. 
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:800a Intel Corp. 
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0557:2221 ATEN International Co., Ltd Winbond Hermon
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0e0f:8002 VMware, Inc. 
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0e0f:8002 VMware, Inc. 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0e0f:8003 VMware, Inc. 
[root@ESXi-X10SRH-CF:~] lsusb
Bus 001 Device 010: ID 0409:005a NEC Corp. HighSpeed Hub
Bus 001 Device 009: ID 0922:0019 Dymo-CoStar Corp. LabelWriter 400
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 06bc:0324 Oki Data Corp. 
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0409:005a NEC Corp. HighSpeed Hub
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 1a40:0101 Terminus Technology Inc. Hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0781:5583 SanDisk Corp. Ultra Fit
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0557:2419 ATEN International Co., Ltd 
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0557:7000 ATEN International Co., Ltd Hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 8087:8002 Intel Corp. 
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:800a Intel Corp. 
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0557:2221 ATEN International Co., Ltd Winbond Hermon
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0e0f:8002 VMware, Inc. 
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0e0f:8002 VMware, Inc. 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0e0f:8003 VMware, Inc.

A few odd things about the devices listed above:

  1. are in none of the /var/log/* files when searching for Oki, Dymo or NEC
  2. are listed differently in Windows:
    • Windows lists the 06bc:0324 Oki Data Corp.  as a “Composite device” with a few sub-devices “MC5(3)x2/ES5(3)4×2” and “USB Printing Support”
    • Windows lists the 0922:0019 Dymo-CoStar Corp. LabelWriter 400 as “USB Printing Support” with a subdevice “DYMO LabelWriter 400”
  3. are listed differently when assigning them to a VM:

Two indispensable tools on Windows for dealing with USB devices are:

They give a much easier to read view than devmgmt.msc, this despite the “hidden devices” trick at [WayBack] Tweak Device Manager for a more Complete View of Devices

Related:

–jeroen

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Determining the ESXi installation type (2014558) | VMware KB

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/05/31

Via [WayBackDetermining the ESXi installation type (2014558) | VMware KB

# esxcfg-info -e
boot type: visor-usb

That’s on my X10SRH-CF system which runs from USB.

Values you can get:

  • visor-pxe indicates a PXE deployment
  • visor-thin indicates an installable deployment
  • visor-usb indicates an embedded deployment

If your installation is visor-thin based (running from hard-disk), then you can convert it to visor-usb; the steps are at [WayBackvisor-thin & vsantraces – Hypervisor.fr (in French, but Google Translate is quite OK). It skips a few of the steps mentioned in [WayBack] How To Backup & Restore Free ESXi Host Configuration | virtuallyGhetto, so for saving your current config it’s best to follow these steps:

  1. Shutdown or suspend all VMs
  2. vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/sync_config
  3. vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/backup_config
  4. Copy the generated backup from /scratch/downloads (a UUID directory under it)to a safe location
  5. vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter
  6. shutdown
  7. Install the same ESXi version on a USB disk
  8. Boot from the USB disk
  9. copy the backup to /tmp/configBundle.tgz
  10. vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/restore_config /tmp/configBundle.tgz
  11. reboot

–jeroen

via [WayBackHow to tell if ESXi is installed to SD card or local HDD? : vmware

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