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Moving virtual machines from KVM to ESXi 6.0

I’ve been running KVM for quite a while on my lab server. It’s been running without issue but with the release of vSphere/ESXi 6.0 I felt it was time to move back to VMware. I wanted to preserve the virtual machines already running so I set out to move these to ESXi. I ran into some issues which I’m not sure is a generic problem or specific to ESXi 6.0 but I’ll describe what I…

Access your Linux disks (ext4, xfs, ReiserFS, btrfs etc) from Windows

It’s been a while since I last had to run Windows on my laptop; back then I used Ext2 Installable File System For Windows to access data on my Linux-formated partitions.

In the meantime a few things have changed: Windows 7 and Ubuntu formating ext3 with a inode size of 256 – none of these are supported by ext3 ifs.

Ext2read supports Windows 7 (as well as ext4 and LVM2) but it’s more like a file browser and does not support assigning drive letters to Linux filesystems and since my /home is formatted with XFS it does not help me anyway.

Instead of going through reformatting the filesystems I wanted to access from Windows, I decided to build a virtual file server instead; that way I can access any filesystem type supported by Linux.

Software used: Windows 7, Virtualbox and Ubuntu (server edition)

This guide will work with other versions of Windows (and other OS’es as well), there are no ties to Virtualbox and the Linux version used can be anyone you like.

Ubuntu 10.10 on Virtualbox

Just a quick heads-up. Virtualbox does not yet officially support Xorg 1.9 (which is shipped with Ubuntu 10.10). According to this ticket the problem will be fixed in 3.2.10. In the meantime, try you your luck which with this unsupported Additions build; it didn’t work for me though.

Running Windows applications on Linux with KVM and SeamlessRDP

Please go to the updated article. Since I wrote the post about running Windows applications on Linux with Sun xVM VirtualBox and SeamlessRDP I have been using the system almost daily to run some applications needed at work. It has been running well except for crashes in VirtualBox from time to time. Two new releases of VirtualBox has not fixed the problem. Growing increasingly tired of this I decided to look at KVM (Kernel-based Virtual…

Tip: Determining UUID of a LUN on VMware ESX

The fastest way of determining the UUID of a LUN on ESX is through /proc: # grep "Id:" /proc/vmware/scsi/vmhba1/8:5 Id: 60 5 7 68 1 90 81 1a d8 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 32 31 34 35 20 20 This corresponds to a UUID of 600507680190811ad800000000000034 On ESX 3.5 go to /vmfs/devices/disks to see the mapping to a vmhba.

Ubuntu 8.10 and problems with keymapping in VMware

Symptom: Various keys not working in VMware Workstation, Player and probably other produtcs. In my case the cursor keys (left, right, up, down) didn’t work. In fact pressing up or down in a Linux/GNOME session brought up the screenshot application. Solution: Add the following line to VMware’s configuration: xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true or as a one-liner: echo ‘xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true’ > ~/.vmware/config that fixed it for me. More information.

Good news everybody! VMware Workstation 6.5 is out

First of all I didn’t fall of the face of the planet. I’ve just been really busy with work, travelling a lot. After upgrading my kernel to 2.6.27 as part of the Ubuntu Intrepid test cycle I’ve sort of given up on VMware Workstation, considering switching to VirtualBox or kvm. Luckily it caught my attention that VMware had released Workstation version 6.5. I installed it and lo and behold! It’s working out of the box…

VMware Workstation 6.0.4 on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (Kernel 2.6.26)

Update 01-11-08: VMware Workstation 6.5 is out and seems to have done away with the need for patching the installation After upgradering my workstation to Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10) I have run into the same problem as always with VMware Workstation. It will not compile against the installed kernel (in this case 2.6.26). This problem is not isolated to Ubuntu but affects all distributions using a 2.6.25 or 2.6.26 kernel (from what I gather). The…

VMware Workstation 6.0.4 on Ubuntu Hardy Herron

VMware released VMware Workstation 6.0.4 almost a month ago and reading the release notes I had high hopes On Ubuntu 8.04 hosts (which use kernel 2.6.24), when you install VMware Workstation, the vmnet module does not build. (bug 236605) and it certainly does compile. But… After installing it, when one tries to fire up the first virtual machine Workstation croaks with this message

Running VMware Workstation 6.0.3 on Ubuntu Hardy Herron

Note: These instructions only applies to version 6.0.2 and 6.0.3. Version 6.0.4 now supports Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04 out of the box (Updated instructions for 6.0.4 and Ubuntu Intrepid) Seems VMware has released a new version of Workstation; 6.0.3 I had hoped that this release had fixed the problems encountered with 6.0.2. This isn’t the case (By the way; this problem is not only with Ubuntu Hardy Herron but for for all distributions using Linux…

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