YouTube Fever

Got this Facebook post announcing VMware has re-launched their TV channel on YouTube. Finally, something to watch while eating my lunch at the office ūüôā

Check it out here:

Virtual Machine expiration date PowerCLI script

From time to time a new VM request pops out but what if this specific VM is only temporary? Well, it would be great if you could put an expiration date on this VM just like a carton of milk, don’t you think?


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My VMware Portal – I can now add 151 characters description!

Did your ESXi license expired?

Want to check your VMware products evaluation?

Need to give your system administrator the ability to handle with all of these questions? Continue reading

Looking towards the “Horizon”

For those of you that have slept for the last 3-4 years, you really need a wakeup call ‚Äď cloud computing is here!

I’ve been following the VMware “Horizon” products family for some time now and it’s pretty cool and in my¬†opinion, will set the the tone in VMworld 2012 this summer in San¬†Francisco¬†and Barcelona. This new upcoming line of cloud based products includes lots of new features which I will try to cover some of them in this post. Continue reading

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Poster 5.0

Although it was released last September I thought it would be useful to share with you the latest PowerCLI poster which can help system administrators to start exploring the PowerCLI scripting world.

If you aren’t¬†familiar with PowerCLI I suggest you to start doing some digging so you can use and¬†understand my¬†upcoming scripts which will be¬†release in future posts.

You can download the poster and find additional info on the subject here:

The road to VCAP4-DCA..

Well, got this email from VMware this morning:

“Dear¬†Lior Kamrat,

Thank you for your interest in the VMware Certified Advanced Professional ‚Äď Datacenter Administration program!¬† You have met the prerequisites and are now authorized to take this exam.¬† To schedule this exam, please contact Pearson VUE.¬† It can be scheduled online or by phone.”

For those of  you who are not familiar with VMware advanced exams they are pretty hard to pass and include working on live servers and not just answering multiple-choice questions.

I guess all I need now to become VCAP4-DCA is to schedule the exam (i’m thinking¬†sometime in July), study hard and convince my wife it is worth the 310$ :-), I will update soon on this one …

Using VMware Tools with roaming profiles – a big no no!

Hi there,

While configuring bunch of Citrix XenApp farms and Microsoft remote desktop farms in a vSphere based environment I came across the annoying collision between VMware Tools Shared Folders feature and the roaming profile mechanism.

Shared Folders feature provides a good way to share files and folders between your host computer and the VM. I know lots of administrators are using this feature and in general I don’t think it’s a bad idea but in the world of CIFS and shares there are some better and much more secured alternatives.

After installing this feature notice that a new file called hgfs.dat was created under

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\VMware folder and a new registry value data named vmhgfs added to  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\NetworkProvider\Order 

The file is being handled by the VMware Tools with a “royal” access permission preventing the file from being¬†deleted or moved which is mandatory in the process of moving the user’s roaming profile to a dedicated location on your storage or file server.

My Tip to you is do not use VMware Tools Shared Folders feature on your Citrix or Microsoft remote servers if you are implanting a standard roaming profiles policy or Citrix Profile Management policy (UPM) and if you have already installed this tricky feature there is no risk in deleting the vmhgfs  registry value data (not the entire key just this value) which will disable the feature. Of course uninstalling the Tools and re install it back without the feature will also do the trick.

So if you are noticing weird profile folders called USERNAME1.001 or USERNAME2.001 for example you will know what to do.

Good luck!