Monthly Archive: August 2010

Aug 26 2010

VMworld 2010 – The Links

As usual I have my huge link mega-rama for VMworld this year with just about every useful link about VMworld that is available all nicely categorized. It will be continually growing as new links from bloggers and other sources are published so be and sure and check back often. Click the button on the top …

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Aug 26 2010

My new book Maximum vSphere is out!

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My new book Maximum vSphere has been released and will be shipping Monday, the VMworld book store will also have 100′s of copies if you want to pick it up there. Simon Seagrave from Techhead wrote two chapters in the book and John Troyer from VMware wrote my foreword again. One of the brightest guys …

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Aug 26 2010

What I’m doing at VMworld

Here’s what I’ll be doing at VMworld this year: Friday I hit the road Friday at noon, I’m half driving/half flying to VMworld this year. The epic 2-day 2,000 mile journey last year was too much, driving to Phoenix from Denver, CO wasn’t too bad but from Phoenix to San Fran was long & boring, …

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Aug 25 2010

I felt a great disturbance in the force, nah its just VMworld…

If Obi Wan Ken Obi were around he would feel a great disturbance in the force as a large portion of the virtualization talent in the world converges on San Francisco next week for VMworld 2010. This promises to be one of the biggest and best years yet with an estimated 15,000 people attending, lots …

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Aug 24 2010

Vizioncore vRanger Pro 4.5 backup and recovery tutorial

Vizioncore Inc. (acquired by Quest Software Inc.) recently released version 4.5 of it virtualization backup product, vRanger Pro. Features in the new version include better integration with VMware’s vStorage APIs, Changed Block Tracking (CBT), a new technology called Active Block Mapping, as well as object-level recovery for Microsoft Exchange servers. This tutorial will review the …

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Aug 18 2010

Best of VMworld awards judging process

With Tech Target’s Best of VMworld awards once again coming up and this being my 3rd year judging it I thought I would share my insights in to the judging process from a post that I did last year: I wanted to comment on some recent controversy concerning the Best of VMworld award winners by …

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Aug 13 2010

Announcing the Official VMworld 2010 Tweetup!

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For the past few VMworld’s we’ve tried to have a social event for the many VMware community members to get together and hang out. I’ve worked with VMware’s Social Media team (John Troyer/Tony Dunn) each year to help organize the event. At VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas we had it at the V Bar inside …

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Aug 13 2010

Workstation 7.1.1 released today with support for vSphere 4.1 guests

Just happening to be downloading VMware Workstation today to run ESX 4.1 as a guest OS and lo and behold a new version came out today with official support for running ESX/ESXi 4.1 as virtual machines. Doesn’t look like there are any other major changes to Workstation besides the added support for vSphere 4.1 and …

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Aug 13 2010

Sessions & Labs

VMworld 2010 – Storage Super-Heavyweight Challenge (TechHead) VMworld 2010 Session – “Building an Affordable vSphere Environment for a Lab or Small Business” (TechHead) Maritz on vCloud Datacenter (Musings of Rodos) TA8037: vApps, OVF, and Advanced VM Templates (Scott Lowe) DV7706: View Composer Technical Deep Dive and Best Practices (Scott Lowe) MA6580: Bridge the ESX/ESXi Management …

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Aug 13 2010

New vChat video posted

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I participate in a weekly video podcast called vChat along with Simon Seagrave (techhead.co.uk) and David Davis (vmwarevideos.com). Each week we discuss certain topics related to virtualization for about 30 minutes. This weeks episode (vChat #3) we discuss home labs and give advice and our experiences with building our own home labs. So head on …

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Aug 12 2010

Tackling esxtop for VMware performance management prowess

While the vSphere client provides performance data, the esxtop and resxtop performance utilities offer more advanced information to ease virtualization troubleshooting efforts. In this tip, we focus on using esxtop and resxtop; but the same performance statistics can be viewed from the vSphere client. Esxtop and resxtop run in a shell session, and manual coding …

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Aug 12 2010

Pre-conference

VMworld 2010 preview video (Tech Target)

Aug 09 2010

vSphere networking features: Distributed vSwitches; private VLANs; IPv6

VMware’s vSphere 4 brings a number of new vSphere networking features to the table, including tighter VM traffic management and control with the vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) , as well as support for third-party virtual switches (vSwitches). Along with that come a new high-performance virtual NIC, VMXNET3, the ability to create private VLANs and support …

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Aug 09 2010

Virtualized infrastructure design for vSphere

If designing a physical server is similar to designing a house, designing a virtualized infrastructure is almost like designing a small city. There are lots of interrelated components, and you have to make many critical design decisions to ensure that all of the residents’ needs are met properly. If you don’t properly account for water, …

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Aug 09 2010

Assigning vSphere security access controls

Security is critical in a vSphere environment. Virtual machine (VM) architecture, access methods and management is much different from that for physical servers. Because VMs are encapsulated into a single file that resides on a shared data store, additional attack vectors need to be secured. Further, any change or operation in a virtual environment can …

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