If you are using SNMP to manage/monitor your devices on your network then you might think about enabling SNMP on your ESXi host, this will give you more information about the performance on your host. Depending on what monitoring/management platform you are using could really make this not a worthwhile change to your ESXi host as a lot of the platforms can communicate with the hosts via vCenter and extract a lot of the performance data. Your mileage will vary! (more…)
This guide will give you the steps to reset the license file so that you can apply the evaluation license back to your ESXi host.
WARNING: This is for education/informational testing/development purposes only, and should not be used on a production server.
To reset your ESX 4.x, ESXi 4.x and ESXi 5.x 60 day evaluation license:
- Login to the HOST via SSH or Shell
- Remove /etc/vmware/license.cfg
- Copy /etc/vmware/.#license.cfg to /etc/vmware/license.cfg
- Restart the vpxa service
Or simply copy the code below and paste it into your SSH session.
rm -r /etc/vmware/license.cfg cp /etc/vmware/.#license.cfg /etc/vmware/license.cfg /etc/init.d/vpxa restart
Then open the “Licensed Features” option in the configuration tab of the ESXi host through the vSphere Client.
Click on “Edit” in the top right of the “Licensed Features” page
Once the “Assign License” window opens you will see two options. There will be a category for “Evaluation Mode” and Assigned License. Click on the “(No License Key)” option and then click “OK”. This will set the host back to “evaluation” mode and will give you access to all features for 60-days!
There are times when in it’s a pain having to type a password in order to logon to your Windows 7/8 machine. AutoAdminLogon is idea for situations where you are operating in a secure environment, or where you are testing endless reboots and want auto login. Although the technique is very different, the principle is the same as having a website remember your username and password. (more…)
Have you been trying to apply group policies to only certain versions of windows without applying that policy to all of your computers/servers that don’t match what the policy is meant for? WMI Filtering your Group Policy is the answer for this. (more…)