Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 21 2011

Home Lab Links

Creating a Virtual (Home) Lab for VMware VCP & VCAP – Step One: Design (Aaron Delp) Is a whitebox or branded box better for a VMware lab? (Backup Central) Intel Avoton: The Perfect Home Lab Host? (BeyondVM) Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage, Cloud Edition (Boche.net) Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab (12-part series) (Boerlowie’s Blog) vSphere …

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Jan 21 2011

ESX vs. ESXi: Convincing your boss to move to ESXi

Since VMware first introduced its ESXi hypervisor at the end of 2007, the ESX-vs.-ESXi debate has escalated. But now that VMware plans to phase out ESX and switch to ESXi, migrating to ESXi has become increasingly important. But the reality is that many VMware shops still run the ESX hypervisor. ESXi has a radically different …

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Jan 18 2011

NetGear ReadyNAS review: A look at the ReadyNAS 2100

Having shared storage is a must for most IT environments, whether they are large or small. Shared storage enables collaboration, document sharing and is a key requirement for many advanced features in virtualization. An attractive alternative to complex and expensive storage area networks (SANs) for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are network-attached storage (NAS) units. …

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Jan 13 2011

10 VM administration tips and virtualization best practices

I originally did these 10 tips for searchvmware.com but they ended up with 5 of the general ones published on searchservervirtualization.com and 5 of the VMware specific ones published on searchvmware.com. 5 tips at searchvmware.com VMware administration and management can be complicated and frustrating. But it’s much easier when you know the optimal way to …

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Jan 07 2011

How PCI DSS 2.0 affects virtualization compliance

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 2.0 is hot off the presses, and the question everyone’s asking is, “Does it cover virtualization compliance?” Well, kind of. Two years in the making, PCI DSS 2.0 offers additional guidance and clarifies portions of the previous PCI DSS 1.2 standard. Virtualization compliance is mentioned, but …

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Jan 07 2011

Which VMware certifications are right for you?

It used to be that VMware had only one certification: the VMware Certified Professional (VCP). Becoming a VCP was fairly basic; you had to attend an approved training class and then pass an exam. And if you passed the VCP exam with a high-enough score, you were eligible to become a VMware Certified Instructor (VCI). …

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Jan 07 2011

Why physical performance monitoring tools aren’t enough

You can’t rely on traditional performance monitoring tools for monitoring a virtual infrastructure. Using the same tools that you would in a physical environment often results in inaccurate and incomplete metrics. For the most accurate method, you need to know which performance monitoring tools to use and what to monitor in your infrastructure. Physical performance …

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Jan 07 2011

Utilizing vSphere features, resource controls for VM priority

After you implement virtualization for your customers it is important to define the priorities for their virtual machines (VMs). If you do not, your customers may find that their critical applications now run slower than before. Setting up resource controls can be a valuable service that VARs can offer their customers. The value can be …

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Jan 07 2011

Top eight VMware vSphere backup best practices

When it comes to backing up virtual machines in VMware vSphere, you need to leverage the strengths of virtualization to maximize your backup efficiency. You also need to know what to back up as well as how to back it up. In addition, you can’t use the same principles that you use in a traditional …

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