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Converting Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Virtual Machines to VMware

September 14, 2008

We just converted 3 of our virtual machines running on Virtual Server 2005 R2 to VMware ESXi yesterday and it went pretty smoothly with just a couple of minor issues.

The first issue is the mouse cursor not working in VMware console after installing the VMware tools. The fix is just a simple registry edit:

  1. Open Registry Editor (regedit)
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E96F-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
  3. Double-click on UpperFilters and delete msvmmouf.
  4. Reboot the VM.

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VMware ESXi First Impressions

September 3, 2008

I finally got a chance to try this out yesterday on a Dell PowerEdge 6600 server that we use for testing at work. I’ve been testing it pretty much most of yesterday and today and I have to say that I’m very impressed with it so far.

Installation was very easy:  download and burn the ISO image, boot from it, follow the installation instructions on the screen (which is pretty much next, next next), …

VMware ESXi

August 30, 2008

I just found out last night that VMware ESXi, VMware’s bare metal hypervisor, is now available for free. I got really excited and wanted to try it out right away so I decided to use my Lenovo ThinkPad X60s laptop as a test machine. I backed up all my files last night so I can play around with ESXi on it today.

So I installed it from the bootable CD which seem to have …