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Build VM Templates Automatically On a Schedule

Build VM Templates Automatically On a Schedule

Building VM Templates for your preferred Hypervisor can take a lot of time and also involves a couple of manual steps. Most importantly, when was the last time you updated your VM Templates? Templates are like tomatoes, they’re rotten after just a couple of days. Even though you have Windows Updates… Continue Reading

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and ESXi

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and ESXi

Last week I showed you The Fastest Way to VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). That installation was based on version 6.0.0, and just a few days ago Update 1b was released for both ESXi and VCSA. In this post I’m going to show you the correct and fastest way to update both.… Continue Reading

The Fastest Way to VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

The Fastest Way to VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

Installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) version 5.x was very clumsy to say at least. This improved with version VCSA 6.x when the installation became web based, but still… Now with the release of the ESXi Embedded Host Client 4 we finally got OVA/OVF support. So let me show you how… Continue Reading

Altaro and Nakivo VM Backup Review

Altaro and Nakivo VM Backup Review

A couple of week ago I stumbled upon a tweet from Rory Monaghan about the simplicity of Altaro VM Backup. So I set out on a mission to research the marked for an affordable and simple backup solution for home labs. The products I found and will cover below are Altaro and… Continue Reading

Raspberry Pi Thin Client Project

Raspberry Pi Thin Client Project

Finding a good and affordable Thin Client for your home lab is now history. The awesome Raspberry Pi Thin Client Project gives you a ready-to-go image with Microsoft RDC, Citrix Receiver 13.1 and VMware View 3.2 to name just a few. I bought the Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit… Continue Reading

PHD Virtual Backup and Exporter

PHD Virtual Backup is a fantastic piece of software that I highly recommend. I’ve been running this backup solution in my xenapptraining lab since June 2011 and it has saved my ass many times. It also made it very easy for me to setup my new lab in Brasil –… Continue Reading

How to upgrade Citrix Merchandising Server

How to upgrade Citrix Merchandising Server

The new version of Citrix Merchandising Server 1.2 (CMS) was released last week and the most important feature is Receiver for Macintosh, Download All feature, Receiver News and Receiver Forum links, Task-based video instruction, Enhanced browser support, Active Directory Server Backup and Receiver for Windows support for new languages. The… Continue Reading

How to Virtualize Citrix XenApp 5.0 on VMware vSphere 4

How to Virtualize Citrix XenApp 5.0 on VMware vSphere 4

Many reports have showed that Citrix XenServer 5.5 scales better and optimizing for Citrix XenApp is done in a second. With VMware it has been, and still are more complex to tuning the guest OS. VMware claims 30% improved performance for Citrix XenApp hosted on vSphere 4. Feedback from customers… Continue Reading

Citrix XenServer 5.5 on VMware Workstation 6.5

[youtube c_c5MzsUG00] This video shows you how to install Citrix XenServer 5.5 on VMware Workstation 6.5. Though it’s not possible to run Virtual Machines inside XenServer it demonstrates how fast & easy it is to install. XenServer on VMware Workstation is also great for exam preparation & upgrade scenarios. Continue Reading