Converting VMware thin disks to thick using Inflate

Inflate VMDK

Just a quick note today, more of a reference than anything else. I had the requirement recently to convert a load of VMs that had thin VMDKs to thick provisioned, however the client was not licensed for live Storage vMotion. In an effort to minimise downtime I decided the best thing to do was use […]

vSphere 6.0 is up for download

vSphere 6.0

A slip of the tongue earlier in the month mentioned that the release date might be March 12th, and here we are. You can download all the vSphere 6.0 goodness from the newly revamped my.vmware.com Docs available here. As always, it’s just out, don’t roll it right into production, without checking out known issues, your […]

Safely check/remove orphaned VMDK files from ESXi

Snapshot Manager

I have come across a number of environments where mystery “snapshot” files exist – they are not seen in snapshot manager, running a consolidation them doesn’t help, creating a snapshot (with memory, or guest OS quiescing) then running “Delete All” doesn’t resolve it, but some applications still think a snapshot is there. To take care […]

Deployment Options for vCenter Server Appliance 6.0

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The new version of vSphere brings some major improvements to the vCenter management end of things, the main thing is that it is now a highly available solution (previously reserved for vCenter Server Heartbeat – a separate, now EOL, product VMware offered) that can run in two modes.

Deploying and Installing your first Juju Charm on Vagrant

Juju interface

I’ve been playing with cloud platforms quite a lot recently, and in particular Juju‘s way of operations caught my particular attention.