New job, new challenges, new opportunity to learn

If you have been following my blog so far you might have noticed that I’ve kept a long radio silence recently.

The reason for this is that I am leaving the company I am working for to join a Citrix Partner, Sinthera.

I will be part of the Citrix Group there and still be involved in VMware projects, so it seems I will be able to know both sides of the EUC river.

A lot to learn, a lot of new stuff… many new challenges.

I’ll do my best to keep writing in this blog and you might expect I will open a Citrix section as well ūüôā

I would like to thank you all the people at Gruppo Sinapsi who helped me develop as a professional in all those years.

Wish me luck!

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How to upgrade your home lab ESXi hosts to vSphere 5.5

After VMworld 2013 VMware announced vSphere 5.5 which has been made publicly available shortly afterwards.

Time to update our home labs.

Since i have a small number of ESXi hosts to take care of i don’t use Update Manager but i prefer to do it manually.

Download the update package from the VMware website (VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-133182 0-depot.zip) and place it on a VMFS datastore on the ESXi host you want to update.

Now let’s list the profiles included in the update package:

esxcli software sources profile list -d /vmfs/volumes/local_esxi/VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-133182 0-depot.zip
Name Vendor                          Acceptance              Level
---------------------------          ------------            ----------------
ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard          VMware, Inc.            PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-no-tools          VMware, Inc.            PartnerSupported

Let’s install the profile including the VMware Tools, but first let’s validate the package to make sure there won’t be any errors during the deployment.

esxcli software profile validate -d /vmfs/volumes/local_esxi/VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-depot.zip -p ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard

Happy with the result? Go ahead and update:

software profile update -d /vmfs/volumes/local_esxi/VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-depot.zip -p ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard

When prompted reboot your host and enjoy!

Please note that many desktop-like drivers have been removed from 5.1 to 5.5 so be aware some disk controllers might not work anymore after the update. In my host i had a secondary ASM1061 that is now unusable.

There is a way to perfom those command without donwloading the package locally but using it straight from the internet. I’ve never tried it but here’s an example about how to use it to list profiles on all updates from the VMware website:

esxcli software sources profile list -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/vum/production/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

VMware releases Horizon Workspace Manager 1.5.1!

On October 10 VMware released a minor update to Horizon Workspace.

The update is focused on the Horizon Workspace client for Mac and Windows.

You can download here as usual.

First Post!

So finally i have a blog.

Honest to God my intention wasn’t to open one, i started with the idea of building up my own KB articles with detailed steps and considerations about how and why i do things in a certain way. The problem is that since there is never enough time i tend to suck when it’s time to write documentation, so i thought i would put it in the public eye to force myself to do a decent job when it comes to it.

And then i quickly realised that most of the online resources where i learn new things or how to improve knowledge about the things i already know are always great blogs written by great people, so i thought: “why not a blog?”

I am going trough all phases of a new born creature: i have no idea if i will have enough time to dedicate to it, i don’t know if it will come out the way i expected it, if i have what it takes to make it interesting enough for others to read it‚Ķ the list goes on and on but i decided i will do it for myself first of all, if others can benefit from it will be a great plus for me so don’t be shy with the comments and go ahead and motivate me ūüėČ

Most of my posts will be dedicated to my present working activities which usually are VMware focused and lately mainly in the EUC line of products, so expect a lot of articles about Horizon Workspace since it’s the most recent product and not so many blogs articles are around quite yet. I’m sure i will get off the track from time to time just for a change.

Since i just built a new home lab that i will be using to support my posts i might even describe how i built it if it’s of some interest for anyone.

Well then, see you at the first real post!!

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