Creating Raw Disk Mappings for VMware ESXi

What are Raw Disk Mappings?

In VMware you can create a Raw Disk Mapping to assign a physical hard drive directly to a virtual machine. This bypasses a VMFS datastore and allows you to dedicate a whole drive to a VM. One use for this would be to create a software RAID on a VM for a ESXi host that doesn’t have a supported RAID controller. Or if you are converting a physical machine to a virtual one and want to access the data without running VMware Converter. Continue reading Creating Raw Disk Mappings for VMware ESXi

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How to run a Mac OS X VM on non-Apple VMware ESXi host.

darwin11GuestMany of you may have wanted to run a Mac OS X virtual machine in your vSphere setup but get hit with the error that darwin1164Guest is not supported, as outlined in VMware KB 2006093. As the KB explains that this is because you must be running Apple certified hardware to run a Mac OS X virtual machine. I’m sure that this has to do with the licensing of the OS X product. But you may want to run a vm or two to test software in your environment. Continue reading How to run a Mac OS X VM on non-Apple VMware ESXi host.

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Welcome!

Well, here we are again. Back to blogging about what I find worth sharing.

Expect content related to technology and computers more than anything, especially on VMware virtualization, server environments, et cetera. I may post time to time about electronic projects I find spare time for, or just music, movies, and other entertainment. Posts will be regular at first, but certainly will become more spaced out.

Well, let it begin!

 

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