vSphere Client Download Links

vSphere v4.1

– VMware vSphere Client v4.1 : VMware-viclient-all-4.1.0-258902.exe
– VMware vSphere Client v4.1 Update 1 : VMware-viclient-all-4.1.0-345043.exe
– VMware vSphere Client v4.1 Update 2 : VMware-viclient-all-4.1.0-491557.exe
– VMware vSphere Client v4.1 Update 3 : VMware-viclient-all-4.1.0-799345.exe
– VMware vSphere Client v4.1 Update 3a : VMware-viclient-all-4.1.0-925676.exe

vSphere v5.0
– VMware vSphere Client v5.0  :  VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-455964.exe
– VMware vSphere Client v5.0 Update 1 : VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-623373.exe
– VMware vSphere Client v5.0 Update 1b : VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-804277.exe 
– VMware vSphere Client v5.0 Update 2 :  VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-913577.exe

vSphere v5.1
– VMware vSphere Client v5.1  :  VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-786111.exe
– VMware vSphere Client 5.1.0a : VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-860230.exe 
– VMware vSphere Client 5.1.0b : VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-941893.exe
– VMware vSphere Client 5.1 Update 1 : VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1064113.exe
– VMware vSphere Client 5.1 Update 1b: VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1235233.exe

vSphere v5.5
– VMware vSphere Client v 5.5 : VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1281650.exe
– VMware vSphere Client v 5.5 Update 1 : VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1618071.exe

VCP 5 Passed!

Passed the VCP5 exam yesterday. Obviously im bound by the NDA so no specifics on the exam however I can share what materials I used to prepare:

1.) Checkout the VCP blueprint over at vmware.com

2.) For a list of vSphere documents see http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-pubs.html

3.) Lab time, lots and lots of lab time. I can’t stress this one enough. If you have a half resonable desktop PC, or even a laptop then you can easily build your own lab using VMware workstation. I reccomend at least 12GB of RAM preffreibbly more. Alternativly save the RAM the OS would use and build your lab in a nested ESXi environment. For help see here: http://tsmith.co/2011/creating-a-nested-esxi-5-environment/

4.) Mastering VMware vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe

5.) VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive by Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping. For an example of what you’re in for see Duncan’s great article on HA  http://www.yellow-bricks.com/vmware-high-availability-deepdiv/

6.) Try out Simon Long’s VCP5 practice exams at http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/vcp5-practice-exams/

If you’re more a Video training kinda perosn then I’ve also heard a lot of positive feedback for the Train Signal and CBT Nugget vSphere 5 video series.

VMware Auto Deploy, Download Profiles from VMware.

If anyone is having problems getting ahold of the ESXi 5 offline package then dont bother! Simply get your profiles by entering this PowerCLI command:

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

You can checkout what profiles it makes available by using Get-EsxImageProfile

Here’s the output:

Using this command does mean that the first rule you generate from one of the above profiles is going to take some time as it’s going to have to download all the files from VMware but hey better than no Auto Deploy lab 😉



Server 2008 R2 Template BSOD’s after Deployment

Very annoying after the template had deployed and done its sysprep magic it rebooted and immediatly BSOD’d.

Turns out this is a result of cloning a powered on Server 2008 R2 VM to template, you can fix your broken VM by following these steps:

use win2k8 iso to enter repair mode …

  •  run command prompt
  • diskpart
  • list volumes
  • select volume 1
  • attributes volume
  • attributes volume clear nodefaultdriveletter


Big thanks to Ubadog who provided this solution @ http://communities.vmware.com/message/1787158