#Ravello #VEEAM and the chaos monkeys

Starting off a quick spin through Ravello. Ok, I got all registered up… now what

hmm I bet there is some way to import a VM image… although really an virtualized ESXi server would be more interesting.

Hitting the google, found some instructions here …

Ok, seems pretty straight forward, just drop an empty ESXi container and then attach a CD-ROM and install…. although wouldn’t it be nice if Ravello already had the iso there already to go for me…. hmmm could be a security issue though. Although I’m already trusting them with all the keys of the castle so… why do I have to drop an empty ESXi, how about I drop an already made ESXi 5.5 box… Oh well, I’ll stop my complaining 🙂

Pretty easy, go to the library and the upload an .ISO (I would have liked a drag and drop of the file into the window to upload, but it was easy enough to use.)

So, now I choose that disk image and attach it to the empty ESX box.

Choose Disk Image

This window could be improved, it’s hard to tell what you are able to click on. Radio buttons would be appropriate.

P.S. its hard to delete a box from the canvas. I expected to be able to right click it and then option delete. Instead, its hidden under the more button, bah.


Ok, published. Looks like I should press the play button 🙂 err, go to the console 🙂

Ok, firing up the console… that is just plain cool!!!


Ok, so now I need to do some tweaks to allow the ESXi box to be added to the same cluster. So it has you make some changes to enable SSH on the ravello side and then turn on the SSH on the ESXi box…. and then tells you to make changes. It fails to mention you should SSH into the box now 🙂 but anyways after futzing I was able to ssh in, and make the changes.

OK, so now I have two ESX severs up and running. Now for some fun.

See next post 🙂


Error 0x800F0A1 when installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on a Veeam Backup & Replication server, solution

So this is an interesting one. In order to install SP1 they want you to disable the automount. From what I know about the automount, with it on you could seriously screw up your VM environment. So this guy found a work around

My syntax differed from his

Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 only needs temporay access to the system partition which is prevented with automount disabled.
I installed the service pack as follows: (Drive J can be any free drive letter not used).

1. At command promtp: Type “mountvol /? “(This will display help and will also list volumes). Identify system partition (will not have drive letter) ie: \\?\Volume{9be074ce-d55f-11df-83d7-806e6f6e6963}
2. Mount a temporary drive letter to the system partion “mountvol j:/ \\?\Volume{9be074ce-d55f-11df-83d7-806e6f6e6963}” (Enter your own system partition guid).
3. Run SP 1 update and restart.
4. Dismount temporary drive “mountvol j: /d”.

For me it was mountvol j: \\?\Volume{9be074ce-d55f-11df-83d7-806e6f6e6963} (Enter your own system partition guid).

Also, I found you could just open up computer management and assign a drive letter to the funky 100MB or so partition there and it appears to accomplish the same thing! tally ho