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How To Update ESXi 6.x From CLI

How To Update ESXi 6.x From CLI Introduction Been setting up test VM’s on my ESXi 6.7 host and found several critical patches out there that needed to be applied. Since I have only one host I looked to the CLI. Process to Update ESXi Place the host in maintenance mode, enable SSH to your host, and log in. Right-click your host and select Enter Maintenance Mode. Select Manage > services. Select... read more

How To Export VMX to OVA in VMware Fusion 11

How To Export VMX to OVA in VMware Fusion 11 Introduction While migrating to a new iMac ran into an issue involving a VM being corrupted after migrating to the new iMac, luckily the old iMac was still available to access the VM. When digging into the VMware Fusion interface did not see a GUI entry for exporting a VMX to OVA, only import feature. With a bit of digging found that the ovftool is installed... read more

Installing and Running PowerCLI on Linux

Introduction The wait is over, you can now run PowerCLI on Linux. This is due to Microsoft PowerShell Core 6.x and .NET Core which includes the modules. According to, PowerCLI Core uses Microsoft PowerShell Core and .Net Core to enable users of Linux, Mac and Docker to now use the same cmdlets which were previously only available on windows. PowerCLI Core enables a multi-platform scripting... read more

Network performance with VMXNET3 on Windows Server 2016

Introduction In this post we will cover an updated version for addressing VMXNET3 performance issues on Windows Server 2016. As with an earlier post we addressed Windows Server 2012 R2 but, with 2016 more features were added and old settings are not all applicable. What To Change According to VMWare you may experience issues similar to: Poor performance Packet loss Network latency Slow data transfer The... read more

How To Convert VDI to VMDK

Introduction So you have create a VM using VirtualBox and need to have a way to add it to you VMware farm or ESXi system, but the VirtualBox VM is in VDI format. No worries, using tools in VirtualBox we can convert the VM to a VMDK. The Process First step is to remove the VirtualBox guest additions if they are installed on your VM. If this is a Windows system use Programs and Features and uninstall them.... read more

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