Mike Leone on 5 Jul 2011 17:55:53 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] VMWare Control

On 7/5/2011 8:43 PM, Art Alexion wrote:
> On Jul 5, 2011 7:05 PM, "jeff" <jeffv@op.net <mailto:jeffv@op.net>> wrote:
>> On 07/05/2011 06:50 PM, Mike Leone wrote:
>>> On 7/5/2011 6:43 PM, Doug Stewart wrote:
>>>> Vcenter requires ESX if I recall correctly. It's the control app for
> LARGE VMw installs.
>>> vCenter is the controller app.
>> and a real pig, whether running two or two hundred machines.
>> There are some less mature and less piggy apps but I have to find my
> notes.  Nothing as robust, though.
> vCenter loads slowly, but runs quickly enough. It should be on a server
> running nothing else. I think there is only a Windows version, though
> ESX / ESXi is bare bones Linux.
> I echo Michael. Don't run it in a VM. Otherwise, how do you bring up
> your environment if your controller is down as well.

You run the viclient direct from the ESX server. IOW, you point your
vSphere client directly at the ESX server, rather than at the vCenter
server. As long as your ESX server is up, you'll get the same interface,
but you can only access the VMs (and templates) running on that one ESX
server. But you can at least reach the remote control console of the VM
that is running your vCenter app ...

That's why I migrated it to a physical server ..

> It is very mature application and does far more than control VMs. Hosts,
> clusters, storage, etc.

One of the things I'll be doing soon is loading the Emulex OneCommand
plugin, which (is supposed to) allow me to update firmware and drivers
of my Emulex fiber channel cards in the ESX servers, from within vCenter.
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