Month: March 2011

How to add a datastore in VMware ESX Farm.

How to add a datastore in VMware Farm.

Let me share on how to add a new datastore. Please follow the below steps.

1. Choose the ESX Server.
2. Click on “Configurations”.
3. Select “Storage”.
4. Click on “Add Storage”.
5. Choose storage type “LUN/Disk”.
6. Select the LUN and click Next.
7. Type the name for the LUN.
8. Select the maximum file size.
9. Click on “Finish”.
10. Wait for “Create VMFS Datastore” task to be completed.

Now you will be able to view the datastore or else click on rescan to view the recently created datastore.

Filed under: VMware (ESX / vSphere)Tagged with: , ,

EMC Powerpath license registration

I was supposed to register EMC powerpath in one of the servers and I did not have an proper idea to do so. I did not have the key with myself.

Then after a lots of googling I found the command to check the EMC powerpath registration status.

C:\Users\administrator>powermt check_registration
There are no license keys now registered.

Then I logged into another server, executed the same command and got the key.

C:\Users\administrator>powermt check_registration

Product: PowerPath
Capabilities: All

I then used the same key for the server using the command.

C:\Users\administrator>emcpreg -add XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX
Success: License added

I succeeded in registration.

Filed under: Storage (EMC/NetApp), Windows(2003/2008/2012)Tagged with: , ,

Unable to ping among the blade servers in an Enclosure.

Recently I had an issue where we recently built up new blade servers in a very new enclosure. The problem was that I was unable to ping among any server available in the same enclosure.

After a long struggle I found that the issue was due to the enclosure configuration and settings.

This was because the “Private Network” option was enabled. Private Network option provides an extra networking security.

Once I unchecked the Private Network I was able ping all the server from each other.

To enable Private Network,
1. Login to the HP Virtual Connect Manager.
2. Choose Ethernet networks” and choose the network.
3. You will now find an option “Private Network”.
4. Uncheck the option to resolve the issue.

Filed under: HP (Servers/products), Windows(2003/2008/2012)Tagged with: , ,

McAfee update fails: unable to update repository

The McAfee fails to update automatically

There are different possibilities of issue. However, few of the troubleshoot steps were previously discussed in our portal. This time I have got one more possibilities. This issue could occur if it could not connect to the repository.

Therefore, please check whether the Autoupdate repository list is updated properly.

Please follow the below steps to confirm the same:

1. Open “McAfee Virus Console”.
2. Click on “Tools” and select “Edit Autoupdate Repository list”.
3. Select the desired server list and click “Ok”.

Now try Autoupdate, this should work fine.

Came to know about one more fix. However am not sure whether it works. Its didnt work for me but might work for you, so try and share your experience.

Try to copy the file “sitelist.xml” (from same location as mentioned below) from any working server to the required server in the location

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\McAfee\Common Framework

Filed under: McAfee (Antivrus/ePO)Tagged with: , , , ,

Expand C Drive (System Drive) in Windows machine 32/64 bit.

This can be achieved using the free utility available from Dell. Its very simple and easy to use. This works fine on Basic disk and I have tried with Windows 2003 Standard Edition 64 Bit.

Download the utility ExtPart

Open the command utility and browse to the location where the Extpart is located.

Then execute the command extpart

Syntax: extpart [volume size]
volume – the volume to extend. e.g. f:, g:, etc (only basic volumes)
size – the size in megabytes by which to extend the volume.

To extend the C: volume by 10 GB (10240 MB) use the following command: extpart g: 1024

Updated: 23/03/2011:
I tried in both physical and virtual machine. It works fine without any down time!!!!! Good news for Windows Administrators 🙂

Filed under: Windows(2003/2008/2012)Tagged with: , ,