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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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Pass through USB device access to VMware Guest OS

As of VMWare ESX/ESXi/vSphere version 4.1 and above, you can now pass through USB devices to the guest virtual machine, as though it was directly connected to that machine. This is great for passing through USB HDD’s, USB tape drives, printers, etc. The following steps outline how to set up ESXi to pass through a USB device to a virtual machine. This is a two stage process the first time you set this up. You need to add a USB…

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