where to download the Dell vSphere ESXi 5 ISO from

Just a quick post to bookmark where to download the Dell branded vSphere ESXi ISO with all the Dell drivers pre-installed.  This link is just for the rather common R710:


Once you are at the above page click on the “Operating Systems” Drop down and select ESXi5.0 from the list.  Now scroll down and expand “Enterprise Solutions” and there you will see the links to download.


Error installing vSphere client on Windows 8 RTM – UPDATE 3 – FIXED!

Update 3 – FIXED – 7th January 2013

VMware have finally fixed the problem in the latest release of the vSphere server which time of writing is 5.1b.  Make sure you install build 913577 of which the installation will be something like VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-913577.exe  Download from www.vmware.com

Update 2 – 27th November 2012

For history please read below but I’m sure this problem is fairly well known now.  The best work around in my opinion is the excellent Xtravirt vSphere RDP plug-in.  Once installed this allows the user to right-click on the guest and RDP to it!  Excellent! Problem solved!  It even lets you specify the “/Admin” switch so you can get straight to the console.  The download does specify that this is for vsphere 4 but seems to work fine ion my vSphere 5.0 client fine.  Link below:


I tried to install the vSphere client 5.0 on windows 8 RTM but got the following message:

“This product can only be installed on Windows XP SP2 and above”

That’s weird as it is above Windows XP!  There are a few ways round this but the quickest method I found is too simply download the EXE rather than just running it straight from the website then locating the file usually called “VMware-viclient.exe”.  Now right click on the file and select “Properties”, the click on the “Compatibility” Tab.  In the “Compatibility mode” section tick the box for “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and then select “Windows 7”.  click OK and then run the installer!

You will find it works after that!

Failing that you can always us the ThinApp’s vSphere client Fling over at:



So after all that you may realise that you can open and use the client fine up until you open the console of a guest.  Then you will receive a message something like “The VMRC console has disconnected… attempting to reconnect”

After some more research others have pointed out that this is because of an issue with the compatibility of IE 10.  The only work around I know of at the moment is to install VMware Workstation and connect to the vCenter server from there.  Using this method does show the console and I have logged in successfully!


vNews August 2012 – with Stu McHugh and who?

vNews is still going but with a new presenter!  Mike has moved on but things are still ticking at base camp!

The Direct download is just below:


RSS link below:


iTunes Link


See below for show notes and links:

vSphere 5 versus Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V:management
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Marcel van den Berg

Citrix Honored as One of the Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance in 2012
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. » 8/10/2012 » To view the full list, please visit Glassdoor.com

On the Move: Citrix Announces Expansion in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina
Citrix Data Sharing Product Group Plans to Double in Size Over Next Five Years, Needs New Facilities to Accommodate Growth
SANTA CLARA, Calif. » 7/30/2012 »

Citrix adds MDX Technology to CloudGateway for Enterprise Mobility
New Citrix CloudGateway 2 Adds Native Support for iOS, Android and HTML5 Apps, and Integration with Citrix ShareFile
SANTA CLARA » 7/31/2012 »

Boomerang Update with View Client Functionality
Posted on August 16, 2012 by VMTN

From the Bloggers Bench: How SMBs Can Fit the Purchase of a Shared Storage Device into Their Budget – VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
Posted on August 15, 2012 by VMware SMB    – Jeff Eberhard

Virtualizing Enterprise Applications With Confidence – Edwin_Yuen 14 Aug 2012 3:40 PM

We have our winners for the DidYouKnow2012.com “Did You Know about Windows Server 2012” Partner Contest
Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team 12 Jul 2012 12:00 PM

VMworld 2012
San Francisco – Moscone Center – 26th Aug – 30th Aug
Barcelona – Gran Via – 9th Oct – 11th Oct
VMware TV – http://www.youtube.com/vmworldtv
VMware NOW – Eric Sloof NTPRO.NL – The last of the independent bloggers!

Cloud Physics – It’s Alive !

August 17, 2012 Alan Renouf


VMware Horizon Mobile: surprisingly not dead *and* not terrible!
August 15 2012 Jack Madden on BrianMadden.com

VMware Releases vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1b
August 17 – VMBlogs.com

Learning Tree International Introduces a New Course — Troubleshooting VMware vSphere: Hands-On – August 16 – VMBlogs.com

VMware vSphere Design 101 with VCDX Scott Lowe August 12 – Eric Sloof


Microsoft Announces Virtual Machine Converter Plug-in for VMware vSphere Client Beta
August 17 – VMBlogs

Microsoft has announced that a new beta version of its Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Plug-in for VMware vSphere Client version 1.0 is now available on Microsoft Connect.
VMware Kills vRAM Licensing, Will Focus On vSphere Cloud Bundles
By Kevin McLaughlin,     CRN, August 20, 2012    2:15 PM ET

VMware View in an SMB? Absolutely!

“The year of VDI”.  Have you heard this before or somewhere else?

VMware View is a great solution. A proven and tested solution that fits many different businesses of different sizes but most interesting in different ways.

Check out the podcast Mike Laverick recorded with me for some information.



June and July’s vNews is now out!

It’s a little later than usually but we have any action packed 1 hour long podcast of virtualisation news from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.

Topic’s include

  • New Books
  • Having your cake & eating – SRM & VMware HA together
  • Cloud Certifications
  • ThinApp Factory
  • Recovering Free Space from Thin Virtual Disks
  • VMware acquire people
  • Free socialcast
  • VMworld
  • Zimbra 8
  • Financial results
  • Citrix VDI and Microsoft Hyper-v stuff!!

The links are over on Mike Laverick’s site: http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/2012/08/03/vnews-the-olympic-2012-special/

If you have any comments or show suggestions then please contact me.