Quick Tip: Use USB storage devices as datastore on VMware ESXi

When attaching any kind of USB devices, the service usbarbitrator claims those devices to allow passing through USB devices into virtual machines. This is (one of) the reason you won’t see USB sticks as "Storage Devices" on your ESXi, therefore not allowing you to create a datastore on it.

But at this point you have to make a decision, as you can’t have both:

  1. Using a USB device as a storage
  2. OR having the ability to passthrough USB devices to VMs

Just to be very clear: This is NOT officially supported by VMware. You should not use datastores on USB devices in production.

If you decide to go ahead…

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Quick Tip: NSX-T 3.0: Removing VIBs manually from ESXi host

NSX-T 3.0 Main Site

Due to some experiments with NSX-T 3.0 in my lab with ESXi 7.0 hosts I was in need removing the VIB files manually from the host, as the NSX Manager failed doing so.

Just to be very clear: This is NOT officially supported by VMware! Do that at your own risk. If unsure, reach out to the support first.

Should you ever be in similar situation, here a few takeaways and lessons learned so far:

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VMware FAH Appliance: Making Of F@H-Stats

You might have seen my previous blog post about the VMware Appliance for Folding@Home. This article is about how the local console was made underneath – and actually how simple it is.

Usually when powering on a Linux-based operating system, you just get the usual login console after boot. I thought that it would be handy to see what or if something is ongoing without actually logging in – so in other words: Seeing how busy the virtual machine is, and what the Folding@Home software is doing.

So I went ahead figuring out a simple, fast and easy way showing both. Ending up with the idea: Using a terminal multiplexer, and showing the classic top and tail -f /var/lib/fahclient/log.txt.

That’s how it looks like (when Enable F@H Stats in VM Console was enabled during deployment):

Local Console / F@H Stats

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Horizon 7.10: Enabling dynamic codec switching

VMware Horizon 7.10 – released on September 17, 2019 – ships with a new dynamic encoder. Depending on what content you’re watching to in your VDI, it will seamless switch to the best suiting codec for optimal performance/quality-balance. While H.264 is ideal for rapidly changing contents like videos, JPG/PNG offers better quality for more static content like Office applications. Overall: Neat stuff!

As of this release the “switch”-Codec is disabled by default and must be explicitly enabled via registry. Also make sure you’re using Horizon Client 5.2 or later to make the codec work.
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Log Insight: Change node IP address

vRLI Cluster Settings

How to change the IP address of a VMware vRealize Log Insight node? Glad you asked! I’ve done this change a few weeks earlier to be able to take use of the recommended “Integrated Load Balancer” (in short ILB) while re-using the existing node IP address for the Virtual IP address, mainly for backwards-compatibility reasons like already deployed agents.Read full article »