VMWare ESXi 3.5 on Optiplex GX280

It is possible. Pretty simple, actually. I was able to get it working with the following code (which I harvested from a number of sites I’ve since lost the links to):

  1. Press TAB key on initial boot from media to change the instal configuration to look like this:
    mboot.c32 vmkernel.gz nocheckCPUIDlimit — binmod.tgz — ienviron.tgz — cim.tgz — oem.tgz — license.tgz — install.tgz
  2. Once it was installed successfully, on the server and the Configuration tab. Select Advanced Settings
  3. For the item “VMKernal.Boot.checkCPUIDlimit” clear the check box and you should be good to go!

HA in a Small Business Environment

I think this comment by deet is spot-on with respect to disaster recovery and it’s place in a small business. We’re talking 100 nodes – not 10,000. He gets it – it’s about keeping your executives working, keeping your sales team selling, and keeping every employee working (inevitably one person without a computer is going to distract the rest).

For us, client redundancy is essential. System goes down, swap it out for “Rerun” (our spare pc) and they’re back up, and running on all systems. Server Redundancy is still in process, but virtualization will be our next step. And don’t forget the ever-so-learned lesson: local backups are the key to quick recovery (online, offsite are essential for catastrophic failure, but restoration takes day(s)).

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Excellent Tool: ABR (Activation Backup and Restore)

In searching for a quick and easy solution to the age-old “clean install” I came across ABR. What an amazing tool!

This, of course, is only for LEGITIMATE copies of Windows Vista (x86 and x64) from an OEM system (I tested it on a Dell). It worked flawlessly, without annoying activation worries.

Excellent Tool: ABR (Activation Backup and Restore)

You can get a copy here: http://directedge.us/content/abr-activation-backup-and-restore