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Last Build Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:45:57 +0000

 



Announcing DoubleCloud REST APIs for vSphere 1.5: Filtering Large Scale vCenter Environments

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:45:57 +0000

After the first release of the REST API, we got many downloads and questions. That has motivated us to speed up development of new features and bug fixes more than anything else. Many thanks to our awesome community! Today we’re proud to announce the version 1.5, which includes a very important new feature when working […](image)



VMDeployer 1.11 Released: More Choices to Export OVA and OVA with Multi-threading

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:26:55 +0000

It’s been 6 weeks since my last blog post announcing 1.9. There was actually 1.10 release in the middle which I did not have time to write about it. The biggest change in 1.10 is the enhancement to the virtual machine management: change from many buttons to the menu for VM related operations, and add […](image)



How to Resize Linux VM Disks and Prepare Your Linux VM Templates

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:01:57 +0000

One of great benefits o using virtual machines is that we can increase the disk sizes whenever needed with a few clicks. In the VMware case, you can open the vSphere Client or the Web Client, and locate the virtual machine. Make sure you don’t have any snapshots otherwise you will not be able to […](image)



Announcing DoubleCloud REST APIs for VMware vSphere: Complete APIs to Many vCenter/ESXi

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:11:16 +0000

After my presentation in VMworld this August, I continued to improve the REST APIs. It’s finally made available for generic public today. Compared with other alternatives, the REST APIs we have created stands out in two keywords: complete and many. Let me cover it one by one. 1. Complete. The DoubleCloud REST API provides complete […](image)



VMDeployer 1.9 Released: More Stable and More User Friendly

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:19:23 +0000

After releasing 1.8, I became extremely busy with other projects. But I still use the software frequently, in other word, “eat my own dog food.” As result, I found a few bugs here and there and things to improve. Today I couldn’t use the Web Client due to flash crash. After trying different ways to […](image)



VMDeployer 1.8 Released: Full and Fast Datastore Browser Support

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:14:16 +0000

We released 1.7 before VMworld and then headed to Vegas for the conference. I gave a tech talk at the vBrownBag on the VMware APIs, especially the full vSphere REST APIs. We will release our vSphere REST APIs soon. Stay tuned. If you are interested in early access, please feel free to ping me. On […](image)



VM Deployer 1.7 Released with GUI Enhancements: Best Tool to Import and Export Virtual Machines

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:41:50 +0000

Here is another release of VM Deployer – version 1.7. It includes the following features and fixes, most of which are GUI related for greater convenience and elegance. I am pretty confident this tool is now the most intuitive and most convenient tool available now for deploying and exporting virtual machines, even though the initial […](image)



VM Deployer 1.6 Released: Pure Java Command Line And Better UI to Import and Export OVF

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:19:02 +0000

After 1.5 release last week, I have made a few more big enhancements as detailed below: 1. Commandline. It’s a pure Java command line that you can run on any platform. The GUI is nice, but users may also need a command line some time. Given the fact that there is ovftool already, why will […](image)



VM Deployer 1.5 Released: VM Power Management, Deletion, and Regular Expression

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:54:19 +0000

Since the first release of VMDeployer, we’ve seen so many downloads that we decided to invest more time even though it’s a free tool. The community support can be bigger motivation than anything else. Here we have this 1.5 release which adds a few more features. Most of these features are there for users to […](image)



vmkping: Tricks You May Not Know for ESXi Jumbo Frame Troubleshooting

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:54:03 +0000

The vmkping is a built-in tool for troubleshooting connectivity in ESXi. It’s very similar to the normal ping command. The typical usage is as simple as: ping or ping . Several command arguments make it pretty powerful and you will find it an indispensible tool in troubleshooting ESX networking issues. Before getting started, you want […](image)



Troubleshooting Open VMware Tools

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:08:26 +0000

As I wrote in a previous article, installing open vmware tools can be as simple as one command on Linux. It worked for us all the time. Exceptions do happen sometimes. I recently helped a troubleshooting case in which the open vmware tools failed to start. Here are some of the troubleshooting steps and solution […](image)



VMDeployer 1.4 Released: Light Weight GUI to Deploy and Backup Your VMs

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:09:04 +0000

When version 1.2 was released, I had almost finished the work on 1.3. Then, I got a few interesting ideas and quickly implemented them altogether. Instead of releasing 1.3, I’d pull things together for 1.4 release. Here are a few highlights in this version 1.4: 1. Export an existing VM to local file system. This […](image)



How to Work Around Netbeans Failure to Start on Mac

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:48:31 +0000

NetBean is a great IDE because it’s not only free but also rich in features and good in quality. Its cross platform support with Java Swing is pretty good. It’s been my IDE of choice for Java after Eclipse. Recently I upgraded NetBeans 8.2 on Mac and it failed to start by double clicking on […](image)



Deploy OVA or OVF in Scalable and Automatic Way: Free VMDeployer 1.2 Released

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:39:25 +0000

The VMDeployer Java GUI application is a tool we created for our customers. We use it quite often thus see different requirements coming in and quickly implement them. Within 3 weeks, we now have yet another release and would like to share with the community. Please feel free to register and download it here. Here […](image)



Install VMware Tools on CentOS 7 – The Easy and Quick Way

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:14:35 +0000

It’s seemingly easy to install VMware Tools especially on Linux. In reality, it can take hours to get it installed correctly for the first time. The KB article on VMware site is unnecessarily complicated, and could be a source of confusion. Here is one line to get your Open VMware Tools installed on CentOS 7. […](image)



Free Tiny GUI Tool to Deploy OVA or OVF to All Versions of VMware vSphere: VMDeployer 1.1 Released

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:03:19 +0000

With the release of version 1.0 of our free GUI tool to deploy virtual machines on all platforms, we’ve successfully solved the issue of deploying our search appliance using the vSphere Web Client. We have a few more happy new customers ever since. However, it could not deploy the NSX manager because 1.0 does not […](image)



Announcing vijavaNG 6.5.1 Beta with Tagging and VCSA Management APIs

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:41:02 +0000

With the increasingly wider adoption of commercial vijavaNG in the VMware communities, we always seek to enhance and extend the APIs beyond these like ESX agent APIs. Today we are happy to announce the 6.5.1 which support for the tagging and vCenter appliance management APIs. Tagging Tagging is one important feature that was introduced in […](image)



Free Java GUI to Deploy VMs onto vSphere of All Versions – A Solid and Fast Alternative to vSphere Web Client and ovftool

Mon, 08 May 2017 08:52:56 +0000

Recently we got quite a few complaints about installing vSearch appliance OVA onto vSphere 6.5 using the vSphere Web Client. It does not work. As a quick workaround, we told customers to try the VMware ovftool command line. While it works mostly, we still got questions and issues on the usage. For one thing, it’s […](image)



Alpine Linux on vSphere: Is it Really Small in Size?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:34:22 +0000

I came to know the Alpine Linux because of its small image size for Docker. Unlike almost 200MB in size of popular CentOS and Ubuntu, it just needs 5MB. That made me wonder if I can get much smaller Linux VM using the Alpine distro for special use cases like network tools. There is a […](image)



Ultimate Guide to Build Scalable Home Labs Using VMware vSphere

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:30:32 +0000

Note: if you want to read PDF or print it, please feel to download it here. For technical professionals especially in IT field, having home lab is always advantageous so that we can play with different technologies easily and quickly. More importantly, building a lab from scratch by itself is a great learning experience that […](image)