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vCenter Error: Cannot synchronize host. A general system error occurred.

I came across an interesting issue today with vCenter 5.0 (ESXi build 5.0.0 515841). For some reason one of my hosts was in a disconnected state, and the following error was being displayed in the vSphere console: A more complete error description is below: Cannot synchronize host HOSTNAME. A general system error occurred: Unexpected exception […]

Ubuntu open-vm tools on VMware

Just a quick one today.  I have been using Ubuntu Server as a staple for linux virtual machines on VMware as it is stable, and fast.  I don’t like using the VMware based vmware tools, as I find it can break things on occasion.  Open-VM Tools is a good substitute as it is based on the opensource […]

VMware Serial Port Named Pipes

Just a quick one today.  VMware Workstation has the ability to attach serial ports to virtual machines and guest operating systems such as Vyatta use the /dev/ttyS0 serial port as a console port, allowing you to simulate administering the system “headless”.  One situation you may want to use this in is when you’re trying to […]

VMware Error: Unable to communicate with the remote host, since it is disconnected.

I ran into an interesting issue today when I had to move my VMware ESXi lab back to the basement.  My lab consists of three servers; two ESXi 4.0 nodes and an Openfiler 2.3 iSCSI SAN.  To power the beast down, I would normally power down all virtual machines, then power down the ESXi nodes, […]