I just received word that I have been accepted into the VMware Certified Design Expert Program. This is a new certification program from VMware that is designed to really separate itself from traditional certification paths.
I’m hoping to start studying for the VMware VCDX exam process so I did a little research on getting a home VMware Virtual Infrastructure environment setup.
I needed to modify the sysprep.inf file inside of virtual disk and I needed a utility that would allow me to just use a vanilla text editor on the file. Why not just power on the virtual machine you say? Well if I were to power it on then I would have to re-create my sysprep.inf from scratch because there would be no way to stop it from running once Windows started to boot.
Configuration of NTP is an often overlooked step in setting up a VMware ESX environment. It is important to keep accurate time not only on the guests but also on the hosts. In the 3.5 release of ESX you can configure NTP from the VI Client, but some older releases require configuration from the Service Console. Here are the steps involved in NTP configuration from the Service Console.
For the most part working with networking in a VMware Infrastructure environment can be easily done through the Virtual Infrastructure Client. However, sometimes the need arises to change the IP address of the Service Console. While you can go the route of creating a new Service Console port and removing the old one, I find it easier to change the IP details on the original Service Console port from the actual server console.