Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 24 2011

Happy Birthday to VMware’s Head Cheerleader!

It’s John Troyer’s birthday, for those that do not know John he’s VMware’s dynamic, social media and community person who will give you the shirt of his back if you ask. For those who do know him, well you probably already know this. I know John very well and he has graciously written the foreword …

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Jul 22 2011

Interesting recent VMware KB articles

I subscribe to the weekly VMware Knowledgebase updates and regularly go through the new articles to find interesting posts. The VMware KB has more than just solutions to problems, it also has a lot of great information and how-to articles as well. There are a lot of great nuggets of information posted on a regular …

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Jul 21 2011

HP’s new acquisition: Eric Siebert

It’s time to start a new chapter in my life. I’ve been at my current job since Sept. of 1993, almost 18 years. My job is at a small restaurant company (Boston Market) as a senior systems admin who has responsibilities for many areas including VMware, Lotus Domino, IBM WebSphere, Windows Server and much more. I’ve …

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Jul 19 2011

vSphere Fault Tolerance will soon support SMP

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Came across this session in the VMworld 2011 lineup – (BCO2874 vSphere High Availability 5.0 and SMP Fault Tolerance – Technical Overview), according to the description the Fault Tolerance feature which previously only supported VM’s with a single vCPU will soon support vSMP. Providing this support has been a major development challenge for VMware as …

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Jul 14 2011

Biggest collection of vSphere 5 links on the planet!

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As usual I’m putting together my mega-list of every link I can find related to vSphere 5. So head on over to my vSphere 5 link page and check it out. This list is continually growing so be sure and bookmark it and keep checking back.

Jul 13 2011

vSphere 5 Links

Books Announcing Mastering VMware vSphere 5 (Scott Lowe) Hot of the press: vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive (Yellow Bricks) New Book – VMware vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive (video) (NTPro.nl) SRM 5.0 Book “Rough Cut” Available on Safari (RTFM Education) Certification & Training vSphere 5 – New Training Courses: What’s New [V5.0] and VCP5 (NTPro.nl) …

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Jul 08 2011

VMware’s vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI): How they work and which arrays support them

In a virtual server environment, the interaction between hypervisor and the storage hardware that supports it is complicated. In an effort to simplify that interaction and make it more efficient, VMware developed the vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI). The APIs create a separation of duty between the hypervisor and its storage devices, enabling each …

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Jul 08 2011

Patching VMware ESXi Installable

ESXi 4.1 brought changes to the patching process. Previously, the Host Update utility — an application included with the vSphere Client — could patch ESXi 4.0 hosts. VMware removed Host Update from ESXi 4.1, presumably to encourage users to upgrade to paid versions that are managed and patched with vCenter Server’s Update Manager. As a …

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Jul 08 2011

Installing and configuring VMware ESXi

VMware announced that ESXi will be the exclusive hypervisor of vSphere 5. As such, we will likely see a greater adoption of VMware’s smaller hypervisor. ESXi can be either embedded on a server (boot from flash) or installed on existing servers, using the Installable version. The free version of ESXi, the VMware vSphere Hypervisor, includes …

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Jul 08 2011

CapacityIQ: Installing VMware’s capacity planning tool

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ is a capacity planning tool that adds much-needed reporting features to vCenter Server. While the installation process is pretty straightforward, some subtle configuration choices can optimize CapacityIQ deployment. CapacityIQ seamlessly integrates with vCenter Server, and it offers detailed infrastructure metrics, such as CPU, memory and disk I/O. This capacity planning tool offers …

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Jul 08 2011

Top five lessons learned from a virtualization veteran

I’ve been involved with virtualization for almost six years now, and I’m still learning new things about the technology — and the community around it — every day. The major benefits of virtualization are well known to even the most novice users, but some of its gotchas and drawbacks only become apparent through years of …

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Jul 07 2011

Register for VMware’s special event on 7/12 or else…

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… Mr. T will come whoop your butt. Seriously though, if you’re involved in virtualization in any way, VMware’s special event on 7/12 is one you really can’t afford to miss. VMware is being vague on what the event is about but you should be able to put two and three together and come up …

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