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Sometimes you need to boot a system into Safe Mode. But with a virtual machine you don’t have enough time to put a Windows system into Safe Mode. To put a normal system into safe mode, you can just hit the F8 key when Windows is booting. But with a virtual machine the BIOS screen is by default set to go away in 0 settings. Therefore, you need to add a boot delay to mimic a physical host. To get a virtual machine in ESX to have such a boot delay, view all the virtual machines and then right click on the virtual machine you need to configure a delay for.

Next, click on Edit Settings and then click on Option. In the options screen, click on Options and then Boot Options. At the Boot Options screen, set the Power-on Boot Delay to 5000ms, which will give you a 5 second delay. Given that 5 second delay you will be able to click on a booting virtual machine and then press the F8 key. From here, open the console window for the virtual machine and start the boot process.

June 8th, 2013

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Setting up iSCSI to work with ESX is usually a pretty straight forward affair. But like with many things, change can be hard. But sometimes things get moved to different subnets or storage gets replaced. To configure a vSphere client to connect, select a virtual machine and then click on it and click on the Configuration tab. From there, click onĀ Storage Adapters using the Hardware panel.

From the Hardware Panel, click on anĀ initiator and then click on Properties and then click on Configure. Then provide the new name or IP. Make sure that the name is unique and then if needed provide an iSCSI alias. Then change the IP settings if needed and click on save. New iSCSI sessions can be used immediately whereas old sessions will require you to logout and then log back in.

June 13th, 2012

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To register a virtual machine using VMware’s ESX and ESXi is a pretty straight forward process. You will use the vmware-cmd and respectively. On ESX, simply issues the vmware-cmd followed by the path to your vmx file and then the register verb. For example, if the path to the vmx were /VMs/XP/xp.vmx then you would use the following command to register that virtual machine to ESX:

vmware-cmd /VMs/XP/xp.vmx register

ESXi (and vSphere) are just a bit more complex (what, bein’ perl and all). You will need to define the -H for the host, the -U for username and the -P for password as well. The path to the vmx and the register verb follow the operators.

January 17th, 2011

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