Nested Lab – Domain Controller / Control Center VM

March 25, 2015 2 comments

This VM is there as a Windows Domain Controller, but also hosts DNS and DHCP services.

I have also installed Update Manager to this VM.

As a VM its is configured as follows:


The networking settings in the guest are configured as below:


I have configured Routing and Remote Access as follows:


DNS is configured as below:


And DHCP as follows:


As far as installing Update Manager (vSphere 6 version), I will cover this in a later post.

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Nested Lab – VMware Workstation Network Settings

March 25, 2015 Leave a comment

I have used VMware Workstation 11 for my nested lab, but older versions (9&10) should be ok.

The networking settings are configured as below:


I use host-only connections for the Management, vMotion and Production networks, and have a NAT connection for internet access (via the DomainController / ControlCenter vm).

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“Not enough Physical Memory” error – VMware Workstation problem on Windows 8.1

March 25, 2015 Leave a comment

When I first started virtualising vSphere 6, I had issues with VMware Workstation starting VMs.

I kept getting message “not enough physical memory is available”, when powering on VMs, despite having 16Gb and only attempting to start 1 VM with 1Gb RAM.

To fix this issue, edit c:\ProgramData\VMware\VMwareWorkstation\config.ini and add the line:

vmmon.disableHostParameters = “TRUE”

Then reboot.

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vSphere 6 – My nested lab experiences

March 17, 2015 Leave a comment

So vSphere 6 is finally generally available, and I have been getting my nested build up to date, and thought I would share some of my experiences.

More to follow….

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VMware Announces me as VCI of the quarter EMEA!

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The New VCP5-DCV exam is out!

January 22, 2014 8 comments

VMware today have announced the availability of a new VCP5-DCV exam.

For students that have attended 5.0 and 5.1 versions of courses, the VCP510 exam will continue to be available for a short time.

For students that attend the new 5.5 versions of the courses, there is a new VCP550 exam available.

This means that if you have studied for the exam having attended a 5.0 or 5.1 version of the course, there is no additional studying required now that 5.5 has shipped.

Hat’s off to VMware as this makes the whole process much easier!

Check out the VCP-DCV requirements at VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)

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VMware VCA Exams FREE until 31st October 2013

October 9, 2013 2 comments

VMware recently announced VMware Certified Associate certifications as entry level exams for:

Cloud (VCA-Cloud)
DataCenter Virtualisation (VCA-DCV)
Workforce Mobility (VCA-WM)
Network Virtualisation (VCA-NV) – Coming Soon!

Currently you can take all of the exams available FREE!

They can be taken on-line anywhere, so pop along to the VMware Certification site to check out the eLearning materials to prepare, and book your exam with the following code:


For more information on the certification and associated free web based training visit the VMware certification site at

Good luck!

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