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VMware ESXi vSphere Client Start SSH Service

Enable SSH on VMware ESXi 5.5 via vSphere Client

For remote troubleshooting or other stuff, you can enable SSH on your VMware ESXi 5.5 host. You can do this on the VMware ESXi host itself or you can do this directly from the VMware vSphere Client.

On the vSphere Client click on the configuration tab

VMware ESXi vSphere Client Configuration

Click on Security Profile

VMware ESXi vSphere Client Security Profile

Now open the Properties tab so you cen see the Security Profile properties and the Remote Access services.

VMware ESXi vSphere Client Security Profile Properies

Select the SSH Service and click on Options. This will open up a new Windows where you can start the SSH service for your VMware ESXi 5.5 host and also set the startup properties for the service.

VMware ESXi vSphere Client Start SSH Service

Now you should be able to access your VMware vSphere ESXi host via SSH. If you have any problems to connect you should also check out the firewall of your ESXi server.

VMware ESXi 5.5 Firewall

If you want to enable SSH on directly on your VMware ESXi host check out the following post: Enable SSH on VMware ESXi 5.5

VMware ESXi enable SSH

Enable SSH on VMware ESXi 5.5

I already wrote how you can enable SSH on a VMware ESXi 5.1VMware ESXi 5.0 and VMware ESXi 4.1. This little guide shows you how you can enable on a VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 box. As before for the other version it is pretty easy. This allows you to remote troubleshoot your VMware ESXi host and also coping files on your server.

On the start screen press F2 to “Customize System” and login with your administrator or root account.

Enable SSH on VMware ESXi 5.5

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After the login select Troubleshooting Options on the System Customization page.

VMware ESXi Troubleshooting options

Now you can enable SSH on your ESXi 5.5 server, and you can connect via your favorite SSH client.

VMware ESXi enable SSH

If you want to enable SSH on your VMware ESXi host directly from the vSphere client you should have a look at the following post: Enable SSH on VMware ESXi 5.5 via vSphere Client.

Hyper-V 2012 R2 Poster

TechNet Switzerland Event: From VMware to Hyper-V

On Tuesday, December 03 I will present together with Markus Erlacher, former Microsoft Switzerland TSP and now Managing Director at itnetx gmbh, on a free Microsoft Switzerland TechNet event. The topic this time will be why and how you migrate from VMware to a Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center environment. The event will cover an overview about Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 and all the Virtualization features you need in your environment. At the afternoon session we will also cover how you can migrate from VMware to Hyper-V so you can quickly enjoy the new Private Cloud solutions from Microsoft.

The event is free and in will be in the Microsoft Conference Center in Wallisellen Zürich. To join that event register on the Microsoft Event Website. The event will be in German and will no be streamed to the web.


Tuesday, December 03

08:30 – Coffee
09:00 – Session 1 – Hyper-V Overview (Virtual Machines, Hyper-V Manager, Virtual Switch, VHDX format)
10:30 – Coffee Break
10:45 – Session 2 – Hyper-V Advanced Features (Hyper-V Networking and Storage, Hyper-V over SMB, Network Virtualization)
12:00 – Lunch
13:00 – Session 3 – Management (VM and Fabric Management with System Center Virtual Machine Manager, PowerShell and more…)
14:30 – Coffee Break
14:45 – Session 4 – VMware Migration (Migration from VMware to Hyper-V, Tools, Best practices, automation, real world example)
16:15 – End

More Information and registration

More information and registration on the Microsoft Event Website.

E2EVC Copenhagen

Speaking at E2EVC 2013 Rome

E2EVC Virtualization Conference is a non-commercial, virtualization community Event. The main goal is to bring the best virtualization experts together to exchange knowledge and to establish new connections. E2EVC is a weekend crammed with presentations, Master Classes and discussions delivered by both virtualisation vendors product teams and independent experts. This is not just a Microsoft only event, this event covers products from all the big vendors in the virtualization area such as Citrix, VMware and Microsoft.

This year I already had the chance to speak at the E2EVC (Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference) in Copenhagen, and this November (1.-3. November) I get the chance to speak at the E2EVC in Rome. If you are working in the virtualization space this is absolutely the right event for you. Here are some numbers:

  • Attendees and experts from around 18 countries
  • 18 Microsoft MVPs, 15 Citrix CTPs and 6 VMware vExperts.
  • 20th event in 10 years

Together with Michael Rueffli I will do a session around System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure Pack.

SCVMM 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack: The Cockpit for your private cloud

SCVMM 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack: The Cockpit for your private cloud – New Features and Capabilities to build Windows Azure like private / hybrid clouds 

So make sure you to checkout the E2EVC homepage and register for the event in Rome, Italy.

This will be my third E2EVC, as already mentioned I was speaking at the E2EVC Copenhagen this year and at the E2EVC in Hamburg last year.


Veeam Backup & Replication v7 is Here!

Veeam just released their new flagship product Veeam Backup & Replication v7. The first release of the Veeam Backup & Replication was 5 years ago and Veeam did a lot of updates and improvements to their suite.


v7 brings two innovations: Built-In WAN Acceleration and Backup from Storage Snapshots. While the “labels” of these features may not seem innovative, the technology behind them is. Our Built-In WAN Acceleration was developed from the ground up to work specifically with our backup file and data format. Our WAN acceleration is designed to help you save time and money when you need to get your backups offsite. Additionally, we’ll be bringing our WAN acceleration to replication jobs in a future release.

Backup from Storage Snapshots may seem like an “easy” task but once you take a look at what’s required in vSphere, you know it’s not. A standard approach to using storage snapshots on vSphere is to promote the snapshot to a LUN and temporarily attach it to a dedicated host…this operation alone can take up to 5 minutes and your backup hasn’t even started yet. Our engineers were able to get around this time-consuming task and further accelerate the backup by being able to leverage some key technology in vSphere and we know you’ll be impressed once you see it in action.


v7 is packed full of features. We’ve already announced seven of the most disruptive features but the What’s New document contains many more. It seems that everyone has their “favorite” new feature in v7 although tape support seems to be close to the top for everyone. Personally, I’m excited about our vCloud Director support. We’ve been working on vCD support for a while but it was “not quite good enough” to make it into a previous release. I’m confident that our vCD support is second to none and when you see how easy it is to use, I’m sure you’ll agree. A big feature for our Hyper-V customers is the inclusion of Virtual Labs for Hyper-V. Now Hyper-V customers have access to SureBackup Recovery Verification, U-AIR and the On-Demand Sandbox capability that our VMware users have enjoyed for 3 years. There are a lot of other features and I’d love to hear what your favorite new feature is in the comments section.


Get more information about the Veeam Backup & Replication v7 on the Veeam Blog or on the product page.

Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery: Five Critical Decisions

Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery

Together with Symantec, Mahmoud Magdy (Microsoft MVP for Exchange Server) and Mikko Nykyri (VMware vExpert) we produced a whitepaper called “Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery: Five Critical Decisions”. This whitepaper covers an overview about virtualization and the challenges which come with the new workloads in terms of backup and recovery.

Because of the outstanding economy, flexibility, and service levels it offers, virtualization is  transforming data centers at breakneck speed: by 2016, an estimated 80 percent of the world’s x86 servers will be virtual machines (VMs).1 But the speed of this transformation, along with  the high resource utilization, ease of cloning,  moving workloads, and other ways virtualization  works its magic, raise challenges for “traditional” IT services and the teams that deliver them. Nowhere is the complexity that virtualization creates for traditional IT services more apparent than in backup and recovery, which participants in a recent Symantec survey ranked among their least-successful IT initiatives. This paper addresses five critical decisions organizations  must make when building a backup and recovery plan to:

  • Maintain protection, visibility, and control of applications  and data.
  • Maximize utilization of established infrastructure,  processes, staff, and budget.
  • Use virtualization to improve backup and recovery processes.
  • Create an efficient, scalable, future-prepared backup and recovery environment.

Each issue is presented first in general terms that apply across IT environments, and then add comments for specific platforms, applications, or industries based on our individual experience as VMware® vExperts and Microsoft® MVPs.

You can download the whitepaper here: Symantec Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery: Five Critical Decisions

Make also sure you checkout the Google Hangout event on Fri, May 10, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Join a panel of virtualization experts including Microsoft MVPs Mahmoud Magdy & Thomas Mauer and VMware vExpert Mikko Nykyri as they discuss the white paper they co-authored and offer their thoughts on the most important things to consider for a virtualized server environment.


System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager support for VMware vSphere ESX Hosts

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As System Center 2012 SP1 was released, it officially supported VMware vSphere 4.1 and 5.1, there was no support for vSphere 5.0 in SCVMM 2012 SP1. Now since a lot of customer have requested this feature, Microsoft added VMware vSphere 5.0 to the supported list of vSphere versions. For those who didn’t know that, to manage VMware ESX Hosts you need a version of vCenter. Some months ago I made a blog post about how you can add your VMware infrastructure to Virtual Machine Manager.

Virtual Machine Manager now supports the following versions of VMware vSphere:

vCenter Server:

For System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager:

  • VMware vCenter Server 4.1

For VMM in System Center 2012 SP1:

  • VMware vCenter Server 4.1
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.0
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.1

Virtual machine hosts and host clusters that run any of the following versions of VMware:

For System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager:

  • ESXi 4.1
  • ESX 4.1
  • ESXi 3.5
  • ESX 3.5

For VMM in System Center 2012 SP1:

  • ESXi 5.0
  • ESXi 5.1
  • ESXi 4.1
  • ESX 4.1

Get more information here: System Requirements: VMware ESX Hosts and here: System Requirements for System Center 2012 SP1.