VMware Explore 2022

Long time since I last posted, and while a lot has changed, a lot of things are still the same… Anyway, this is quick post to reference that I am in San Francisco right now, and excited to attend VMware Explore 2022. I am also presenting on Tuesday at 1.30pm in the Moscone South – Expo Theater #2. My session is called “Simplify Storage and Data Protection For Google Cloud VMware Engine “. I will be talking about Google Cloud VMware Engine & the Google Cloud Backup and DR product and capability. Where I will go into some of the capabilities of the product, and also some of the architecture principles and benefits for the product. It’s a pretty neat solution for VMware workloads, but also Enterprise Databases, and Filesystems too. I look forward to seeing you there, if you are around. In addition to my session, I will be spending time…

vSphere / ESXi 7.0 installed on your older hardware (unsupported)

Let me preface this post by saying, this is not a supported way to get vSphere / ESXi 7.0+ running on legacy hardware. Please only perform these actions if you are comfortable with the steps below, and know that you will not be entitled to support for VMware. For my example in this article, I am using an IBM M3 X3550 Series server. While this approach might also work for other vendor hardware, you may need to make some slight modifications to the process, but it should still work. TL;DR – You basically need to do two things, 1. Install ESXi onto a USB drive, instead of local hard drives, and 2. Implement the allowLegacyCPU=true mode in the boot.cfg. Here are the list of things you need: 1. The VMware vSphere ISO to use for the installation. I used this one I downloaded from VMware “VMware-VMvisor-Installer-7.0.0-15843807.x86_64.iso” 2. A 16Gb or larger USB flash drive….