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  1. Call HostServiceSystem.Start for object fail when starting SNMP on ESXi 5

    May 28, 2014 by The Man

    Simply log into the box via ssh and

    esxcli system snmp set --communities SecretName
    esxcli system snmp set --enable true

    and you are good to go.

  2. Marketing in Technology Products

    May 22, 2014 by The Man

    Here is how I imagine the conversation went…

    vmware no go

    In a meeting room at VMware


  3. Ubuntu show IP address at login screen

    August 31, 2013 by The Man

    Sometimes it’s handy to know the ip address of an Ubuntu box before you log in, great for VMs

    First open /etc/rc.local

    sudo nano /etc/rc.local

    then add this line

    and you should get something like this

    Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 01.02.52

  4. Add outbound port 25 for SMTP in VMware ESXi v5

    August 6, 2013 by The Man

    If you use the great backup script from ghettoVCB you have an option to email the logs. However the port is not open on the ESX firewall so

    1. Create a text doc called smtp.xml and add the following.


    2. Upload this file to /etc/vmware/firewall/

    3. Run esxcli network firewall refresh on the ESX device.

    All done

  5. Install VMWare tools on Windows 2012 with no GUI

    November 6, 2012 by The Man

    Turns out to be quite easy

    1. Load the tools cd in the usual way.

    2. Change to the d: drive

    3. Run setup64.exe


    Setup will run just fine, a quick reboot and we are good to go.

  6. Sometimes it the little things that make you smile… :)

    February 29, 2012 by The Man