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How to Change a VMware Network Adapter

Recently, I ran into an alert on the E1000 network adapter of a Windows virtual machine. The alert stated, this type of network adapter is not supported by Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit). This didn’t come as a surprise since previous issues have been reported on Windows Server 2012 machines utilizing E1000 network adapters. These issues have prompted the switch to VMNXNET 3 adapters for many admins.

In this post, we will discuss the process of changing a VMware network adapter; specifically removing an E1000 adapter and adding a VMXNET 3 adapter on a Windows virtual machine.

Windows 2012 Not Supported

The VMware compatibility list verifies that e1000 network adapters are not supported for both Windows Server 2012 and 2016. VMware recommends VMXNET 3 adapters for these operating systems.

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Upgrade to vRealize Log Insight 4.5

VMware vRealize Log Insight is a log collection and analysis tool for troubleshooting across your VMware and accompanying environments. Yesterday, VMware released vRealize Log Insight 4.5. Most notably introduced in version 4.5, is a greater integration with VMware vRealize Operations. Admins can now access and interact with Log Insight within vRealize Operations. Also announced, are improvements to content packs, server features, GUI items and agent items. To get the full scope of release features, check out VMware’s announcement and release notes.

With that, let’s run through the process of upgrading vRealize Log Insight to version 4.5. A few items to note before upgrade:

  • To upgrade to 4.5, you must be running version 4.3. If you are on an earlier version, you need to incrementally upgrade to version 4.3. According to VMware’s Product Interoperability Matrixes, these are the supported upgrade paths.

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PMP Exam Study Tips

It’s no secret that many technology projects require extensive planning and coordination. Effective management of these projects has become a priority in many organizations, increasing the demand for professionally managed projects. In a progressively projectized industry, the Project Management Professional certification stands as one of the most industry-recognized certifications for project managers. With that, I wanted to share some tips on studying for the PMP exam.

Studying for the Project Management Professional Exam

Commit to the Test: Don’t put off scheduling your exam. When I started the process, I studied intermittently for awhile but ultimately was not making any substantial progress. Once I scheduled my exam, the pressure was on and my most beneficial studying ensued.

Utilize Multiple Resources: The latest PMBOK Guide is an obvious key resource. There is also a wide variety of exam prep books and study videos to supplement your studying. These can help fill in gray areas or connect the dots as they present a different look at the information. Some examples are Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, PMP Exam Study Guide, Pluralsight, CBT Nuggets, etc.

Know the Process and Knowledge Area Matrix: Know this matrix. The knowledge of the process groups and knowledge areas will help guide you in your studies.

Know Formulas: Memorizing the earned value management, forecasting, and TCPI formulas will come in handy. PapercutPM has a few good resources that proved beneficial. (Note – his site wasn’t resolving as I posted this, so here is an example:)

Earned Value

Mnemonics: Mnemonics were clutch in my preparation. It aided in my recollection of the matrix as well as pertinent formulas. Create mnemonics that mean something to you for better retention.

Understand the Material: While memorizing matrices and formulas will help guide you, a true understanding of the material is the ultimate key.

Practice Exams: Many of the prep books out there provide practice exams. Additionally, there is a variety of mock exams available on the internet. Take as many as you can and determine your weaknesses. Take those weaknesses and turn them into strengths.

Brain Dump: You are no longer allowed to write down notes during the exam tutorial. However, once the exam starts, write down all the formulas and matrices for easy reference.

Know When to Stop Studying: Don’t be like me. The day before the test, I wanted to squeeze in one last mock exam. Up until that point, I was feeling pretty confident. So, I take this practice test and TANK it. Confidence out the window. Luckily, I was able to stabilize the day of the test. My tip – relax the day before the test!

Review PMI’s PMP Exam Guidance here.

Free Practice Exams:

NOTE – As we are coming up on the release of the 6th Edition of the PMBOK guide and subsequent test update, ensure you are studying the correct material. Changes do occur between editions. According to PMI, the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition will be published in the third quarter of 2017. The PMP exam will change shortly thereafter.

Top vBlog 2017 Voting Now Open

Eric Siebert from vSphere-land has kicked off his annual Top vBlog voting! Voting is a great way to show support for your favorite blogs. This year, participants can rank their top 12 favorite blogs as well as select top blogs from specialized categories. Categories include:

  • Favorite New Blog
  • Favorite Storage Blog
  • Favorite Independent Blogger
  • Favorite Scripting/Automation Blog
  • Favorite Non-English Blog
  • Favorite Podcasts
  • Favorite Female Blogger
  • Favorite News/Information Site

I have followed top vBlogs for years and am truly honored to be included in the voting list this year. If you have found my blog useful, Virtubytes can be voted on for favorite blog, new blog, and independent blogger.

Go vote!

Reset VMware vRealize Log Insight Root Password

Today I wanted to discuss the root password reset process for VMware vRealize Log Insight. Recently, I ran into an issue where console/SSH access was needed to Log Insight; however, the password for the root account was forgotten. Luckily, the reset process can be performed through the vSphere Client with relative ease.

A little bit of background – By default, no password is set and SSH is disabled for the root account. To set the password, open the console, press CTRL+ALT+F1, and enter root for the login. When prompted for a password, simply press Enter for Password and Old Password. You will now be prompted to set a new password. After the password is set, SSH access for the root user is enabled.

In our case, the password had been previously set.

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