A. Mikkelsen VMware ESX scripts, commands, tools and other nice to know things that will make your virtualization days easier!!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Change the network in a VM to e1000

Filed under: vSphere (ESX),White Papers — A. Mikkelsen @ 15:12 pm

To change the network driver in a 32 Bit VM do the following:
1. From the VM download and extract the Intel e1000 network driver for your Windows 32 Bit OS here
2. Shut down the VM
3. If you wan’t to be damm sure your VM doesn’t crash make a Snapshot
4. Connect to the host with ssh and edit the VM’s vmx file
5. Find the first entry that starts with ethernet0 and add the below line just before
ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”
6. Save and exit the vmx file
7. Power on the VM
8. When promted for the driver to the network card browse to the folder PRO1000 in the extracted folder.

64 Bit VM’s uses the e1000 driver as default.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The ultimate SATA controller list for ESx 3.x

Filed under: Hardware,vSphere (ESX) — A. Mikkelsen @ 8:57 am

Dave.Mishchenko  has “reversed enginered” the RPM’s shipped on the ESX CD and created a list of all the SATA controller drivers that is shipped with ESX 3.x.
You can see the entire list in the discussion http://communities.vmware.com/message/839577?tstart=0#839577

A. Mikkelsen

Monday, January 14, 2008

Ever nneded a easy way to deploy your ESX hosts – look no further…

Filed under: Scripting,Tools,vSphere (ESX) — A. Mikkelsen @ 17:06 pm

Take a look at this cool application for deployment of ESX hosts.

A. Mikkelsen

Monday, January 7, 2008

A easy way to document and import VC Roles and Permissions

Filed under: ESXi,Scripting,Virtual Center,vSphere (ESX) — A. Mikkelsen @ 9:03 am

René vd Linden  at www.renevdlinden.nl has released a excel sheet that can be used to document and update roles and permissions in VC.

It look very easy and straight forward.


A. Mikkelsen

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Create your own updated ESX 3i – bootable USB stick….

Filed under: ESXi,Hardware,Tools,vSphere (ESX),White Papers — A. Mikkelsen @ 13:11 pm

VCPaul has been so nice to share how he was able to create a bootable USB stick with the latest ESX 3i.

You can read his post in the VMware Community at

Or read it here:



  • 1 GB USB flash drive
  • WinImage
  • IZArc

Of course you can use your favourite tools and larger USB flash drives, but 1 GB is enough space for the boot image.

Perform the following steps to create a bootable ESX Server 3i USB flash drive:

  1. Download ESX Server 3i Installable ISO
  2. Extract INSTALL.TGZ from the root directory of the ISO image using an IZArc
  3. Extract /usr/lib/vmware/installer/VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0-67921.i386.dd.bz2 from INSTALL.TGZ using IZArc
  4. Extract VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0-67921.i386.dd from VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0-67921.i386.dd.bz2 using IZArc
  5. Attach the USB flash drive and make sure you no longer need the data on it
  6. Use WinImage to transfer VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0-67921.i386.dd to the USB flash drive
    1. Disk->Restore Virtual Hard Disk image on physical drive…
    2. Select the USB flash drive (Warning: If you select the wrong disk you will lose data!)
    3. Select the image file VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0-67921.i386.dd
    4. Confirm the warning message
    5. Wait for the transfer to complete
  7. Unplug the USB flash drive (Warning: If you forget to unplug the flash drive from the PC you might lose the data on your hard drives the next time you boot!)
  8. Attach the USB flash drive to the machine you want to boot (Warning: If ESX Server 3i recognizes local drives, you might lose the data on it, so make sure you don´t need it anymore or unplug all hard drives!)
  9. Turn the machine on and make sure the USB flash drive is selected as boot device
  10. Watch ESX Server 3i boot
  11. Configure
  12. Enjoy!

I cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss of data this procedure might cause.


Hope anyone can use this 🙂
I know I can….

A. Mikkelsen

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