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Where are the VCAPS around the world?

VMware released a blog post around the number of VCAPs around the world. The top three countries that has the most VCAP's are USA,UK and India. I noticed that in the UK there are only 448 and I happen to be one. Whoa ^_^

Creating a bootable USB ISO image

I was browsing across some forums and notice someone mentioning using a tool called Rufus  to create a bootable USB stick from a ISO image of Windows. So I thought let me give it a go with a ESXi ISO. In the steps below I was using Rufus version 2.8 and VMware ESXi 6.0 Update 2 ISO Head over to  and go to the download section (Only Windows version of the software is available, using Version 2.8 at the time of writing) Have the USB device/key that you wish to turn it to a bootable drive plugged in to your workstation/laptop Once you have downloaded the " exe ", run the software and you may be promoted to allow it to run in administrator mode You will be presented with the following screen Under Device select the USB device that you wish to use Change the volume label if you wish Tick Box " Create a bootable disk using " and select the drop down arrow to change to " ISO Image " Click on

How to get the free version of vSphere Hypervisor

A colleague today asked me how to get the free version of vSphere hypervisor and what was the limitation of the product. Off the top of my head long way back I remembered it was just requesting the number of licences you would like to use and then you would get those. The process is pretty much the same but I thought I would share the process of obtaining those licences. Getting the Licence Go to and if you already have an " My VMware " account then use those details to log in otherwise create one and it is free of charge to do it Once you have logged in head to the top right of the page and hover across " Products " and select " Trial and Free Products " On the Trial page scroll right down towards the end until you see " Download Free Products " header. Under that you should see a link for " vSphere Hypervisor (64 bit) ", click on that. It should now take you to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6

Custom ESXi Image - ISO using PowerCLI

There comes a time when you have purchased a new hardware to run your ESXi software and discover that the installable base media provided by VMware does not include the drivers or the drivers are out of date. In the world of Windows (Plug and Play) it would discover the hardware and prompt you to provide the drivers so that Windows would install/update the drivers for the hardware. For ESXi if the drivers are not present during load time then the hardware will possibly not work. VMware uses VIB (vSphere Installation Bundle) as a way for vendors to distribute their drivers. To install these VIBs you can either use Update Manager or command line (esxcli). Now this is all good but it does mean you have to first install the base ESXi then use one of the steps above to install/update the drivers.   Some people might feel that it is OK to update the drivers using the above methods but what if it was the network card that was the new hardware and you needed new drivers. Without the net