How to fix “inaccessible” virtual machines in VMware ESX

How to fix “inaccessible” virtual machines in VMware ESX Occasionally my storage goes offline, this can put VMware ESXi into a bit of a spin if your VM guests are hosted on the storage that went offline. The guests on the datastore will be greyed out with “(inaccessible)” next to them. There is a quick… Read more »

VMware Anti Affinity Rules in VMware ESX

I recently had to setup anti affinity to separate two guest operating systems that were clustered using Microsoft Cluster. This ensured that each guest would not be on the same host, reducing the risk of hardware failure bringing down both hosts and the cluster. Other examples might be that you want your primary and secondary… Read more »

How to vMotion from Intel to AMD and Vice Versa in VMware ESX

Live migrations (aka vMotion) is still one of the most impressive features of the vSphere platform although it has been around for quite a while now. It demonstrates the superiority of virtual machines over physical servers and their independence from the underlying physical hardware. But the hardware independence is not complete, unlike other devices CPU’s… Read more »