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Run VMware Workstation Virtual Machines in the Background

VMware Workstation is a great tool for running virtual machines on a desktop computer/laptop. It allows you to run virtualized operating systems on your PC without having to go to the effort of setting up dual boot scenarios, or can be great for testing something in a hurry. Usually you would open VMware workstation, and run the virtual machine, which in turn, will start running, showing you the output from the console of the virtual machine. This is great for…

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VMWare vSphere client command line parameters

The VMWare ESXi / vSphere Infrastructure client allows for command line parameters to auto connect to a VMWare ESXi / vSphere server. The following command line options are available: Parameter Description -i Ignore untrusted certificate -s <server address> Server address of the ESXi / vSphere host. -u <username> Username to connect with. -p <password> Password to connect with. eg: VpxClient.exe -i -s 192.168.1.20 -u root -p password…

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Install VMWare ESXi / vSphere on a Adaptec 3405 RAID card

I recently set out to build a VMWare ESXi / vSphere white box. A white box in this case, is a custom built PC, that may not have all parts on the VMWare supported hardware list. Generally, ESX will work on most hardware, but the two common issues preventing things from working, are network adapters, and storage controllers. After trying to install ESXi / vSphere it became apparent that the onboard network interface and storage controller don’t work with VMWare…

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Start a Headless VirtualBox Virtual Machine on Windows

Oracle’s VirtualBox software comes with a wide range of command line tools that allow you to manage the VirtualBox virtual machines. One of these tools is “VBoxHeadless.exe”. This tool allows you to start up a virtual machine from the command line, without having to load the Virtualbox application itself. This is great for when the virtual machine you want to run is a server, and you want to only connect into it using SSH or RDP, instead of using the…

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Enable SSH on VMWare ESXi 5 (vSphere 5)

VMWare ESXi/vSphere 5 has the option to accept SSH connections to the server, to allow access to the file system of the server itself. By default SSH is disabled, and its not the easiest setting to find if you do need to enable it. This guide will show you how to enable the SSH server. Load up the vSphere client, and connect to the ESX/ESXi/vSphere host machine you wish to enable SSH on. Make sure the actual VMWare server machine…

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