Vortexbox music server in an ESXi VM hooked to OpenFiler

January 18, 2011

The story About four years ago I got started on a project to rip all my music CDs to FLAC. About seventy albums in, that project got put on hold. We moved the study from our spare bedroom to the basement when our boy arrived, and the CDs got scattered into numerous dark recesses of […]


Multiple vCPU encoding performance in ESXi 4.1

October 9, 2010

Background This is a continuation of my post about vSphere 4.1’s new Power Policy settings. This post will look more closely at how adding additional vCPUs to an encoding process can impact its performance, and whether the power settings make that big a difference on a more heavily-loaded system. An excellent document on the vSphere […]


Power Policy Settings in vSphere 4.1

October 7, 2010

The new Power Policy Settings in ESXi 4.1 Since the upgrade to VMWare’s ESxi 4.1, I have been curious as to how the newly added power policy settings would affect both system power usage and relative performance. This short post will look at how the various power settings affect my specific setup during idle time, […]


ESXi Windows NFS datastore inactive upon reboot

September 6, 2010

The problem The NFS datastore I recently created to hold the virtual machine backups from my home ESXi server showed as “inactive” upon a recent server reboot. This was unexpected but, after some Googling, definitely not unusual. A second reboot (why not?) still did not restore the connection. I needed to find a proper solution […]


Compressing Windows NFS share to simulate ESXi thin provisioning

September 5, 2010
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The problem In an effort to automate backups of some of my VMWare ESXi virtual machines, I configured a Windows Services for Unix (WSFU) share as a datastore, and set up GhettoVCB to backup the machines to the share. The problem that I discovered with this approach is that WSFU does not retain the “thin” […]


Using ghettoVCB.sh to backup ESXi 4.1 VMs to NFS Datastore

August 27, 2010
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Introduction I recently created an NFS datastore on ESXi, linked to a Windows Services for Unix (WSFU) share on my backup, Windows XP machine. The purpose of the datastore was to store virtual machine backups. The next step in the process is to configure ghettoVCB to perform the VM backups. ghettoVCB Details of ghettoVCB can […]