Jan 222013
 

A step by step guide to moving a virtual machine from one datastore to another in VMware ESXi 5.1 (probably applies to earlier versions too)

I had been running my VMware host with two small physical hard drives, but added a new SATA III 2TB drive which should be a bit faster and give me space for more images. I needed to migrate my existing guests to the new datastore.

In the vSphere Client, expand the host in the left window of the inventory screen and highlight the guest you want to migrate. Click the ‘Summary’ tab in the right pane.

Under ‘Resources’, right-click on the datastore and choose ‘Browse Datastore…’

Browse Datastore...

Browse Datastore…

In the Datastore Browser, click the folder in the left window which contains your guest OS files. Click the ‘Move a file…’ button on the menu bar.

Move a file

Move a file…

Click ‘Yes’ on the Confirm Move pop-up window.

Confirm move

Confirm move

In the ‘Move Items To…’ dialog, choose the new Datastore (and a directory if you like) and click the ‘Move’ button.

Move To...

Move To…

The directory will be moved – the progress bar shows how long remains.

Moving progress bar

Moving progress bar

Once the move is complete, the virtual machine will still be listed in the inventory, but it still links to the old location, so if you try to power it on you will get an error message.

Error message

Error message

To resolve this, right-click the guest in the inventory and choose ‘Remove from Inventory’

Remove from Inventory

Remove from Inventory

Highlight the host at the top of the inventory list, then click the ‘Configuration’ tab. You should see all your datastores listed. Right-click the datastore you moved the guest to and choose ‘Browse Datastore…’, open the directory which you moved in the earlier step and locate the .vmx file. Right click it and choose ‘Add to Inventory…’

Add to inventory

Add to inventory

Choose a new name for the image if appropriate.

Choose a name

Choose a name

Click ‘Next’ on the Resource Pool Screen.

Resource pool

Resource pool

Click ‘Finish’ on the Ready to Complete screen.

Ready to complete

Ready to complete

Your guest will now appear in the inventory list again. When you power the guest on, you will be asked whether you moved or copied the machine. Choose ‘I moved it’ .

Virtual Machine Question

Virtual Machine Question

Your guest OS should now boot from the new datastore.

Guest Booting

Guest Booting

Let me know in the comments how you get on, or if any of the instructions above are unclear.

 

 

 

Jan 122013
 

I’m now about 6 months into my diet and fitness challenge and I’m continuing to make good progress!

Since starting on July 23rd 2012, I’ve lost about 25kg, my weight at the start was 95kg, I’m now 69.6kg. My body fat percentage when I started was >33%, it’s now 18.6%.

On the fitness side, things are better too. When I started the diet, I could only run for 2 or 3 minutes on the treadmill before my calves would tighten and I had to stop (although I could use the elliptical trainer for 20-30 minutes with a bit of effort).

I started the Couch to 5k program near the end of September 2012 and managed to work through it without any serious injuries, finishing my last session on 26th December. At that time I was running about 5.8km in the 30 minute session. As an incentive, I signed up for the Bupa Great Winter Run which was held in Holyrood park on 5th January. I completed the 5k in 25:14, although I had a PR of 24:24 during training on a flatter course. I raised £650 for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland at the same time.

I’m continuing to do runs, every 2 or 3 nights at the moment, and did a 10k last night in a time of 56:44 – still a long way of my teenage PR of 43′, but I’ll get closer! I managed to draw a giant shark, too.
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I’ve also signed up for the Edinburgh Spartan Sprint which happens in September, it’s a 5k with obstacles and should be a fun challenge!

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Jan 082013
 

Adobe have kindly made Creative Suite 2 (CS2) available to download for free – you can download it at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html – however, there are a couple of tricks to getting it to run successfully on Windows 7 64-bit

Step 1 Download the required files

Download the following files from the link above:

CS2_install_Win.pdf
CreativeSuiteCS2Disc1.exe
CreativeSuiteCS2Disc2.exe
CreativeSuiteCS2Disc3.exe
VCS2.zip
CS_2.0_WWE_Extras_1.exe

Step 2 Extract the files

Error when creating folder

Error message when trying to create folder

The Disk1, Disk2 and Disk3 files contain a compressed version of the files which originally came on CDs, the Disk1 file also contains the installer which will run automatically after extracting.

Run the CreativeSuiteCS2Disc2.exe, CreativeSuiteCS2Disc3.exe and CS_2.0_WWE_Extras_1.exe files and allow them to extract to their default locations. Do not run Disk 1 yet.

If you get an error “Unable to create the specified output folder!”, click ‘OK’ and retry – it should work the second time.

You now need to extract the files from CreativeSuiteCS2Disc1.exe, but cancel before the installer tries to install the applications.

Run CreativeSuiteCS2Disc1.exe and let it extract the files to C:\Creative Suite CS2\, but when the white ‘Welcome’ window appears, click ‘Cancel’ then ‘Quit’.

Step 3 Move the files to the required locations

After the files have extracted, you will find that Disk 2 has extracted to C:\Creative Suite\Adobe Creative Suite 2.0\

Disk1 and Disk3 have extracted to C:\Creative Suite CS2\

Extras has extracted to C:\CS_2.0_WWE_Extras_2

You must now move both folders from C:\Creative Suite\Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 to C:\Creative Suite CS2\Adobe Creative Suite 2.0\ – you can then delete C:\Creative Suite\

Check: C:\Creative Suite CS2\Adobe Creative Suite 2.0\ should now look like:

CS2 Install File list

The required installation files after extracting and moving them.

If you do not move these files, you will be prompted to “Insert Disc 2″ during the install and it will fail.

Step 4 Check the installation path

When you run the installer in the next step, it will default to install in C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe but the installer does not like the space in the file name and will fail. If you choose another folder (e.g. C:\ProgramFiles\Adobe), Photoshop will not start successfully and will show an error “‘Your Adobe Photoshop user name, organisation, or serial number is missing or invalid. The application cannot continue and must now exit.”

Open a command window (Start button,  type CMD, press enter)

Type “CD \” to change to the root of your c: drive

Type “DIR /X” to see what the DOS name for your Program Files (x86) directory is. It is likely to be PROGRA~2 – Make a note of this, you need it in the next step.

CMD Window

The highlighted section is the part you need to take note of

Step 5 Run the installer

Navigate to C:\Creative Suite CS2\Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 and run Setup. This will run the installer which you cancelled in step 2.

Read and agree to the license, enter your name, company and the serial number which can be found on the download page.

When you are prompted for the install location, amend it to read c:\PROGRA~2\Adobe (where PROGRA~2 is the name you found in step 4) If the ‘Next’ button does not become active, press ‘Tab’ and it should become available.

Choose which components you want to install (probably ‘Entire suite’) and step through the rest of the wizard.

Register the software if you want to at the end, and check for updates.

Bonus: If you register, you will receive an email from Adobe which offers you a complimentary benefit – choose from:

Garamond Premier Pro
A new Adobe original typeface family, complete with optical sizes designed by Robert Slimbach.

2 issues of Photoshop® User
An award-winning, cutting-edge “how-to” magazine, packed with tutorials, cool tips and insider information.

2 issues of Layers® magazine
This magazine highlights hidden shortcuts and tutorials, with a more creative look into Adobe products.

Once the install completes, you should have a working CS2 installation! Try running Photoshop to confirm it starts correctly.

Let me know in the comments how you get on!

Update: Thanks to a couple of commenters spotting an error in step 3, I have uninstalled and reinstalled from scratch to make sure I get the steps all correct. Now with added screenshots!