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Portlock Storage Manager for VMware ESX Server BETA

Last Update: February 28, 2006


This beta release is a public open beta of Portlock Storage Manager supporting VMware ESX Server. We have released this beta in hopes that customers will be able to test and evaluate major releases of our software.

Portlock's Virtualization Strategy

Machine Virtualization is the latest buzz that will become mainstream tomorrow. Virtualizing desktops and severs will become so common place that we will not give this technology a second thought. Portlock has been hard at work partnering with the major virtualization vendors (Microsoft and VMware) and developing solutions for storage management of virtualized environments. (Beta program)

Key Features:

  • Storage Management: Management of virtual disks, partitions and file systems.

  • Physical to Virtual machine Migration: Moving Linux, NetWare and Windows desktops and server into working virtual environments.

  • Disaster Recovery and Backup: Backup and Restore including Bare-Metal of systems hosting Virtual Machines and the Guest operating systems running inside Virtual Machines.

  • Virtual Machine Management: Creating, managing and monitoring of Virtual Machine environments.

Documents - Portlock:

Title Date

Press Release


Physical to Virtual Server Migration


Documents - Novell:

Title TID Date
VMware™ ESX Server™ 2.0.1 and VMware™ Virtual SMP™    
VMware™ GSX Server™    

NetWare install fails in VMWARE because the CD-ROM wont mount as a volume

10094477 Sep-02-2004
Hang (long delay) when logging in 10094385 Aug-27-2004

Time not synchronized

10093328 Jun-21-2004
Running Netware 6 Under VMware Workstation For Windows   Jan-01-2004

NetWare 6.5 and VMware ESX Server Installation Instructions

2967370 Nov-07-2003
XP cpu usage 100% booting up after installing Novell Client 10076087 Oct-06-2003
NLM to synchronize a v-server's time 2964094 Oct-29-2002
Making Digital Airlines CD work on VMware   Jul-23-2003

Documents - VMware:

What is Virtualization?
Novell and VMware
VMware ESX Server
VMware ESX Server Documentation
VMware ESX Server White Papers
VMware Answer ID #1236
Installing VMware Tools in a NetWare 5.1, 6.0 or 6.5 Virtual Machine

VMware Books:

Title Comments Release Date
VMware ESX Server : Advanced Technical Design Guide (Advanced Technical Design Guide series) Excellent Book Sep-01-2005
Virtualization with VMware ESX Server Good Book Aug-09-2005
VMware Workstation 5.0 for Windows Good Book May-10-2005
Rob's Guide To Using VMware - Second Edition Very good section on NetWare July-2005
Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise (Books for Professionals by Professionals) Excellent Book June-2005

BETA Warning:

These downloads are previews of features that will be included in the next production versions of our products. These versions have not completed QA and may have a number of bugs. Do not use these versions on production machines. Please take the time to send us feedback, we really do listen.

Known Problems with this BETA (to be corrected before release):

  • None.

Key Features:

  • Supports VMware ESX Server 2.5.x.
  • Bootable CD for Bare-Metal Disaster Recovery (supports all VMware supported hardware and controllers).
  • Supports VMware VMFS2 File Systems.
  • Linux and VMFS2 Storage Management.
  • VMware Virtual Disk Storage Management.
  • Hot backup of Linux, NetWare and Windows Virtual Machines.
  • Extremely fast tools to migrate a Physical Machine to a Virtual Machine in a single step for Linux, NetWare and Windows.

BETA Technical Support

Technical Support for beta products is provided by support@portlock.com.

Include the following information:

  1. Please remember to mention that you are evaluating or testing a  BETA version.
  2. A logfile. Add the command line option -logfile=beta.log when running the software. Detailed information is written to the logfile during the software execution. ZIP the logfile and attach to your email as beta.zip.
  3. The VMware ESX Server version version that you are executing our product on.
  4. Mention if you are booting from the Portlock Boot CD. If so, include hardware information.
  5. Include exact steps to reproduce. Don't say, restore failed. Specify exactly what failed and how. Include the logfile in your email as a ZIP attachment.


To be released early April, 2006.


Portlock Storage Manager 3.36 (BETA) includes support for Physical to Virtual Migration.


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