VMware has released an Express Patch to counter the problem with the original ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 which casued the server licenses to expire as of 12 August 2008. This patch and more information can be found at: http://www.vmware.com/go/esxexpresspatches
In the meantime, VMware has also re-issued the entire ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 release. They are available for download at http://www.vmware.com/download.
Script to enable support in the VMKernel of ESX 3.5** for the SATA controller built into the HP Proliant ML115 G5.
We know now that VMware ESX Server 3.5 works well with the HP Proliant ML110 G5. So, I thought I'd try running it on the HP Proliant ML115 G5. This however did not go as well a I thought it would.The integrated NIC in both the ML110 and ML115 is not supported, that I knew, so I installed an Intel Pro1000 GT NIC in the ML115. This card is supported so I was able to install VMware ESX 3.5 on the ML115 with no problems at all.
However, when the server booted up and started loading the VMKernel modules... that was where it all went horribly wrong. The server could not mount the root partition!!! Read on, because there is a fix to this problem.
(C) 2008 Article from ZDNet by Dan Kusnetzky
Virtual machine overhead has been part of the folklore for quite some time. I’ve heard it described as the “virtualization tax” by those opposed to the use of this technology. In the past, they may have been right. A technology that offered consolidation, agility and yet imposed a 15% to 20% performance overhead clearly wouldn’t be the proper tool for performance sensitive workloads. VMware’s Richard McDougall (Chief Performance Architect) brought that topic up and, in my view, successfully put it to bed.
Just a quick guide to patching a standalone ESX 3.5 Server using esxupdate from the service console:
Download all available patches to your local computer from the following link: (ALSO DOWNLOAD THE FILE CALLED contents.zip)
Decide where to place the patches in a partition with enough space to accommodate the patches on the target ESX Server. It is not recommended to use the root ( / ) partition at all. A good strategy is to create a directory called updates under the /var partition.
Mike Laverick from RTFM Education created some video presentations on the myths of virtualization. The videos can be viewed on RTFM's website, www.rtfm-ed.co.uk.
In the videos, Mike set the record straight of some issues that surrounds the myths of virtualization and VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and more.
The videos are made in 3 parts, however I believe only part 1 and part 2 are currently available.