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Archive for the ‘ESXi5.1’ Category

Keeping your ESXi infrastructure up-to-date: Subscribe to VMware ESXi Patch Tracker RSS Feed

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/06/29

[WayBack] Subscribe to VMware ESXi Patch Tracker RSS Feed has all the post-feedburner (see below) RSS links in a nice table:

Subscribe to VMware ESXi Patch Tracker RSS Feed

For popular web based readers:
Feedly [All] [6.7] [6.5] [6.0] [5.5] [5.1] [5.0]
My Yahoo! [All] [6.7] [6.5] [6.0] [5.5] [5.1] [5.0]
netvibes [All] [6.7] [6.5] [6.0] [5.5] [5.1] [5.0]
For manual subriptions with other web based or offline readers copy-and-paste these links:
manual [All] [6.7] [6.5] [6.0] [5.5] [5.1] [5.0]

Post-feedburner

Parts of feedburner have been deprecated since 2012: FeedBurner – Wikipedia.

There are all sorts of reports of feedburner being unstable, for instance:

–jeroen

Posted in ESXi5, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, ESXi6, ESXi6.5, ESXi6.7, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi | Leave a Comment »

esxi what is my ip – Google Search

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/06/25

[Archive.is] esxi what is my ip – Google Search:

esxcli network Commands
Command Description
network ip dns server remove Remove a DNS server from the list of DNS servers to use for this ESXi host.
network ip get Get global IP settings
network ip interface add Add a new VMkernel network interface.
network ip interface ipv4 get Get IPv4 settings for VMkernel network interfaces.

60 more rows

More columns and rows of that table in

[WayBack] vSphere Documentation Center: vSphere 5 Command Line Documentation > vSphere Command-Line Interface Documentation > vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference: esxcli network Commands

Not much has changed since, so this still works:

[root@ESXi-X9SRI-3F:/] esxcli network ip interface ipv4 get
Name  IPv4 Address   IPv4 Netmask   IPv4 Broadcast  Address Type  Gateway       DHCP DNS
----  -------------  -------------  --------------  ------------  ------------  --------
vmk0  192.168.71.94  255.255.255.0  192.168.71.255  DHCP          192.168.71.1      true
[root@ESXi-X9SRI-3F:/] network ip interface ipv6 get
Name  IPv6 Enabled  DHCPv6 Enabled  Router Adv Enabled  DHCP DNS  Gateway
----  ------------  --------------  ------------------  --------  -------
vmk0          true           false                true     false  ::

If the box has IPv6 configured, the last command would have shown the IPv6 vmdk information as well.

–jeroen

Posted in ESXi5, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, ESXi6, ESXi6.5, ESXi6.7, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi | Leave a Comment »

Running ArchiveTeam Warrior version 3.2 on ESXi

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/05

A while ago I wrote about Helping the WayBack ArchiveTeam team: running their Warrior virtual appliance on ESXi.

Since it was scheduled before my cancer treatment started and got posted when still recovering from it, I missed that version 3.2 of the [Wayback] ArchiveTeam Warrior appliance appeared in the [Wayback] Releases · ArchiveTeam/Ubuntu-Warrior at [Wayback] Release v3.2 · ArchiveTeam/Ubuntu-Warrior. You can download it form these places:

These two sites have not yet been updated, so they contain the older versions:

The source code now has been moved three times:

  1. [Wayback] ArchiveTeam/warrior-code
  2. [Wayback] ArchiveTeam/warrior-code2 · GitHub
  3. [Wayback] ArchiveTeam/Ubuntu-Warrior at master (this is version 3 and up)

The docker container

The new version of Archive Team Warrior now is basically a shell around [Wayback] Watchtower and the [Wayback] ArchiveTeam/warrior-dockerfile: A Dockerfile for the ArchiveTeam Warrior docker container. This makes updating the core way easier.

More on the docker container (in case you want to run it yourself) is at [Wayback] ArchiveTeam Warrior – Archiveteam – Installing and running with Docker:

You’ll need Docker (open source) and the Warrior Docker image.

  1. Download Docker from the link above and install it.
  2. Open your terminal. On Windows, you can use either Command Prompt (CMD) or PowerShell. On macOS and Linux you can use Terminal (Bash).
  3. Use the following command to start the Warrior as well as Watchtower, which will automatically keep your Warrior updated:
    docker run --detach --name watchtower --restart=on-failure --volume /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock containrrr/watchtower --label-enable --cleanup --interval 3600 && docker run --detach --name archiveteam-warrior --label=com.centurylinklabs.watchtower.enable=true --restart=on-failure --publish 8001:8001 atdr.meo.ws/archiveteam/warrior-dockerfile

    (For a full explanation of this command, see items 3 and 4 here.)

  4. Using your regular web browser, visit http://localhost:8001/.

The virtual appliance

The virtual appliance is released as virtual appliance aimed by default at VirtualBox and steps to run with VMware: [Wayback] ArchiveTeam Warrior – Archiveteam.

Totally agreeing with Kristian Kohntopp, I do not understand why people use Virtualbox at all: I just run in too much issues like [Archive.is] Kristian Köhntopp on Twitter: “Hint: Wenn die Installation einer Linux-Distro in Virtualbox mit wechselnden, unbekannten Fehlern scheitert, hilft es, stattdessen einmal VMware Workstation oder kvm zu probieren. In meinem Fall hat es dann jedes einzelne Mal mit demselben Iso geklappt.”.

Inspecting the .ova file, which is basically a tar compressed file consisting of an OVF directory as per Open Virtualization Format:Design – Wikipedia

The entire directory can be distributed as an Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) package, which is a tar archive file with the OVF directory inside.

Inspecting the disk image inside the directory learned me that pure one-file binary VMDK disk images start with a KMDV signature in big-endian and KDMV in little-endian (first four bytes are 4b 44 4d 56). More on the VMDK file format can be found in these links (all via [Wayback] vmdk file format specification – Google Search):

So here are some steps to get the .ova image to run on ESXi. I think it should work for ESXI 5.1 and up, but I have tested only on ESXi 6.7:

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Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, Cloud, Containers, diff, Docker, ESXi5, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, ESXi6, ESXi6.5, ESXi6.7, ESXi7, Infrastructure, Internet, InternetArchive, Kubernetes (k8n), patch, Power User, VirtualBox, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi, VMware Workstation, WayBack machine | Leave a Comment »

Using telnet from the VMware 5.x and 6.x ESXi shell: use nc

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/08/03

The short answer is: you can’t use telnet. But you can use alternatives, obviously. For instance, to troubleshoot some iSCSI connectivity problems, you would be used to doing something as this. ~ # telnet 10.0.2.3 3260 -ash: telnet: not found Instead, you can use netcat to test the connectivity. ~ # nc -z 10.0.2.3 3260 […]

Source: [Archive.is/WayBackUsing telnet from the VMware 5.x ESXi shell

The VMware knowledgebase mentions a few other alternatives as well (of which telnet obviously does not work):

–jeroen

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

Always use SCSI for your VM guest disks – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/20

Rephrased from [WayBackJeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+:

If you install a virtual machine, ensure the disk controller and disks are SCSI based.

This has many advantages, including:

  • speed (usually the SCSI drivers can be paravirtualised)
  • hot addition of new disks

It holds for virtually any virtualization platform including all non-ancient (less than ~10 year old) versions of:

  • VMware (Workstation, Viewer, but I expect this also to work on vSphere, ESXI, Fusion)
  • Hyper-V
  • KVM (and therefore Proxmox)
  • VirtualBox

Based on my notes in the above link and the links below:

Note this isn’t just for Linux guests/hosts: Most guests (including Windows) can do a SCSI bus re-scan and detect new SCSI devices.

The trick here is that the guest must already have a virtual SCSI controller (adding that will require a reboot of the guest).

Then adding a new SCSI disk on that controller from any host (Windows, Mac, ESXi, vSphere) should work fine.

–jeroen

Posted in ESXi4, ESXi5, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, ESXi6, ESXi6.5, Fusion, Hyper-V, KVM, Power User, Proxmox, View, VirtualBox, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi, VMware Workstation | Leave a Comment »

 
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