Category Archive: General/VI3 Links

May 11 2009

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Apr 05 2009

Application Virtualization Links

Active Directory

Considerations when hosting Active Directory domain controller in virtual hosting environments
Virtualizing a Windows Active Directory Domain Infrastructure (VMworld 2006)
How to detect and recover from a USN rollback in Windows 2003 Server
How to detect and recover from a USN rollback in Windows 2000 Server
ESX Server-AD Integration
ESX Server Integration with Active Directory
How to use Active Directory to Identify and Track Virtual Machines
Virtualizing existing domain controllers
Resources: Virtualizing Microsoft Active Directory


Optimizing Citrix Presentation Server on VMware ESX Server (VMworld 2006)
Citrix and VMware (VMworld 2006)
Improving Scalability for Citrix Presentation Server
Best practices for deploying Citrix on ESX
Citrix and VMware: Oil and Water?
BriForum 2006 Video: Ron Oglesby on the feasibility of running Citrix in a VM
Resources: Virtualizing Citrix / XenApp


How to size Domino and Sametime systems for full production loads on VMware ESX Server
VMware product support information for IBM Lotus Domino-based server products
High CPU usage by router and poor performance of Domino under VMware
IBM Lotus Sametime Reference Architecture in a VI3 Environment
IBM Lotus Domino and Lotus Sametime on VMware Infrastructure 3 (VMworld 2007)
Troubleshooting performance issues for a Domino server on VMware ESX


Deploying Microsoft Exchange in VMware Infrastructure
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Performance on VMware ESX Server 3
Virtualizing Exchange 2007 – The Final Frontier? (VMworld 2007)
Exchange and SQL on ESX Server (VMworld 2007)
Proven Practice: P2V Exchange 2003
16,000 Exchange Mailboxes, 1 Server
Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Virtual Solution for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Transitioning Exchange 2003 to VMware Virtual Exchange 2007 Using EMC CLARiiON
Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 mailbox roles on VI3 using HP ProLiant servers and HP StorageWorks
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Performance on VMware ESX Server 3
Microsoft Exchange server 2007 with VMware ESX Server 3
Virtualizing Exchange: Roundtable podcast #32
Best Practices Guide: Microsoft Exchange Solutions on VMware
Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Building a Better Platform with VMware Infrastructure 3
Secure and Consolidated 16,000 Exchange Users Solution on a VMware/EMC Environment
Deploying Exchange Server 2007 on VMware Infrastructure: A VMware Internal Case Study
Solution Brief – Availability and Recovery Options: Microsoft Exchange Solutions on VMware

Java (JVM)

Java in Virtual Machines on VMware ESX: Best Practices
ESX Runs Java Virtual Machines with Near-Native Performance
Using VMware ESX Server with IBM WebSphere Application Server

Mar 05 2009

Backup Links

Consolidated Backup in Vmware Infrastructure 3
VMware Consolidated Backup Best Practices, Tips and Tricks
Backup and Recovery of Virtual Servers (VMworld 2006)
Hot Backups and Restores (VMworld 2006)
Non-disruptive Backups of Vmware Environments Using Veritas Netbackup (VMworld 2006)
Perl Backup Script for Vmware ESX 3.x
Online Backup to Windows Share using vmsnap_all and (W2K3)
VMware Consolidated Backup Technology: Today and Future (VMworld 2006)
Implementing VMware VCB
VMware Consolidated Backup Lab Manual (VMworld 2006)
Troubleshooting VMware Consolidated Backup
Configuring Tape Drives and Media Changers on ESX Server 3.x Systems
CA Arcserve Backup – Best Practices Guide for VMware ESX Server Backup
How to backup VMware ESX 3.0: File level and raw file backup
VMware Consolidated Backup: Adding an iSCSI LUN to ESX Server
Troubleshooting VMware Consolidated Backup
VMware Consolidated Backup Script Additions
Chapter download: Backing Up and Recovering Virtual Machines
VMware Consolidated Backup Best Practices
VMware Consolidated Backup: Improvements in Version 3.5
Comparison of VI3 Backup Tools
Best Practices for Architecting VCB Enabled Solutions (VMworld 2007)
Making Backup Simple – An Appliance Approach to VCB (VMworld 2007)
A Backup a Day Keeps Disasters Away (VMworld 2007)
Alternatives to VCB for VMware backup
Full backups of virtual machines and Windows VSS
VMware and VSS: Application Backup and Recovery
Five things backup administrators should know about VMware Consolidated Backup
How to Backup VMware ESX Servers
VMware Consolidated Backup ‐ Partner Integration Guide

CA ARCserve Backup r12 Virtualization Support
CA ARCserve Backup Best Practices Guide for VMware ESX Server Backup
Data Protection for VMware and Application Data in Mission Critical Environments
How to Attach Local Tape Device to VMware ESX Host
E-Guide: What You Need to Know about Virtual Machine Backup

May 05 2009

Book Links

VMware VI3 Implementation & Administration (Eric Siebert)
RapidApp’s Quick Start guide to ESX 3.0
VMware ESX Server 2.5 Advanced Technical Design Guide (Free download)
VMware ESX Server: Advanced Technical Design Guide (Ron Oglesby, Scott Herold)
VMware Infrastructure 3: Advanced Technical Design Guide and Advanced Operations Guide (Scott Herold, Ron Oglesby, Mike Laverick)
VMware Infrastructure 3: Advanced Technical Design Guide (Free Chapter Downloads)
Mastering VMware Infrastructure 3 (Chris McCain)
VMware Infrastructure 3 For Dummies (William Lowe)
VCP Exam Cram: VMware Certified Professional (Elias Khnaser)
VMware Certified Professional Test Prep (Merle Ilgenfritz, John Ilgenfritz)
Scripting VMware: Power Tools for Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration (Al Muller)
Managing VMware Infrastructure with Windows PowerShell (Hal Rottenberg)
Virtualization for Dummies eBookVMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center (David Marshall, Stephen S. Beaver, Jason McCarty)
VMware ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers (Edward Haletky)
VMware Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment (Edward Haletky)
Mastering VMware Infrastructure (Scott Lowe)

Apr 05 2009

Cloud Links

Cloud Computing in Plain English
Cloud Computing in Plain English PART 2 from
BrightTalk: Cloud Computing
The Cloud is Kicking My Butt
What is the Cloud? A conversation
Recent Cloud Postings
EMC 2009 Strategic Forum – Paul Maritz and VMware – Part 1
EMC 2009 Strategic Forum – Paul Maritz and VMware – Part 2
Deep Dive on VMware vCloud by Orran Krieger

Apr 05 2009

Converter Links

Introducing the Next Generation of P2V: Vmware Converter 3.0 (VMworld 2006)
VMware Converter Best Practices (VMworld 2007)
P2V Product Comparison
Ultimate P2V
Remove non-present devices from converted system and Microsoft KB Article
Virtualize a Linux Server with VmWare Converter 3.0.1
Linux P2V
Virtual Machine to Physical Machine Migration
Best practices for troubleshooting VMware Converter
Using VMware Converter for P2V migration (Pt. 1)
Conducting hot P2V migrations with VMware Converter (Pt. 2)
Troubleshooting failed VMware Converter P2V migrations (Pt. 3)
Performing a P2V conversion to VMware ESX Server using VMware Converter Enterprise
Converter required ports
Converter Problem Resolution Path

Apr 05 2009

CPU Links

ESX Server 2 Best Practices Using Vmware Virtual SMP
ESX Server 3 Ready Time Observations
A Performance Comparison of Hypervisors
ESX Server CPU Scheduling (VMworld 2007)
How to be a Good Guest – AMD – (VMworld 2007)
Evaluation of ESX Server under CPU Intensive Workloads
AMD & Intel Servers Compete for Ultimate Virtuality
What to choose, Intel or AMD?
Intel, AMD, VMware and Aircrafts
Improving Guest Operating System Accounting for Descheduled Virtual Machines in ESX 3.x Systems
High CPU Utilization of Inactive Virtual Machines
Slow performance of virtual machines that use vSMP when running on an ESX Server using certain hardware
ESX scheduler support for SMP VMs: co-scheduling and more
Co-scheduling SMP VMs in VMware ESX Server
VMkernel Scheduler
Live Migration with AMD-V Extended Migration Technology
AMD-VTM Nested Paging
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) in Converged Application Platforms
Technology Brief: Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT)
Evaluating Two- and Four-Socket Server Virtualization Platforms
VMware and CPU Virtualization Technology
Hyper-Threading on ESX Server
Performance Evaluation of AMD RVI Hardware Assist
Hardware and firmware requirements for 64bit guest operating systems
I/O Passthrough Methodologies for Mainstream Virtualization Usage
The Role of the ESX Monitor
An Introduction to 64-bit Computing and x86-64
Understanding the Microprocessor
Platforms and Tools for the AMD Athlon 64 Processor

Apr 05 2009

Database Virtualization Links

SQL Server

Your SQL Server Performance Is Not VMware’s Fault
SQL Server Performance in a VMware Infrastructure 3 Environment
Exchange and SQL on ESX Server (VMworld 2007)
Best Practices for SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server and VMware Virtual Infrastructure


Oracle licensing
Using ESX Server and VirtualCenter to Reduce Oracle Real Application Clusters Deployment Costs and Cycle Times
Installation gotchas for Oracle Linux , Oracle RAC 10gR2 and VMware ESX 3.0.1
Oracle 10g RAC On Linux Using VMware Server
Ten Reasons Why Oracle Databases Run Best on VMware
Getting started with Oracle in VMware
Virtualize your Oracle Landscape
Virtualizing Oracle (Vmworld 2007)
VMware and Oracle Core Technology – Current State (VMworld 2007)
Making Local Expertise Global (Oracle VMworld 2007)
Deployment of Oracle Peoplesoft HCM on VMware Infrastructure
VMware and Oracle Databases Software Solutions Deployment Guide
Deployment of Oracle E-Business Suite on VMware Infrastructure
Best Practices for Siebel Deployment on VMware Infrastructure
Oracle Database Scalability in VMware ESX
Why Oracle Doesn’t Like VMware
What the Oracle / VMware support statement really means…and why

Apr 06 2009

Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Links

VMware users explore disaster recover options
VMware ESX Server and Storage Architecture Best Practices for Performance, Backup, and Disaster Recovery (VMworld 2006)
Using Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning to Drive Virtualization in the Production Data Center (VMworld 2006)
An Aggressive Approach Using P2V to Address Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning (VMworld 2006)
Leveraging VMware ESX Server in Disaster Recovery Solutions (VMworld 2006)
Implementing Effective Backup Strategies For Disaster Recovery (VMworld 2006)
VMware Infrastructure 3 Capabilities for Improving Disaster Recovery (VMworld 2006)
Using Virtual Infrastructure as a High Availability Platform for Physical Production Servers (VMworld 2006)
VMware ESX Server as a Foundation for High Availability and Disaster Recovery for the Microsoft Server Platform (VMworld 2006)
Migrating Server Operations from Remote Sites to the Data Center for Disaster Recovery and Protection (VMworld 2006)
VMware Consolidated Backup for Disaster Recovery (VMworld 2006)
Innovative Approaches for High Availability and Disaster Recovery in Your VMware Infrastructure Environment (VMworld 2006)
Double-Take Replication in the VMware Environment
Disaster Recovery Virtualization
New Trends in Disaster Recovery for VMware (VMworld 2007)
Disaster Recovery Solution Architecture for VMware (VMworld 2007)
Tips and Tricks – Disaster Recovery in a Box (VMworld 2007)
Successful Disaster Recovery Testing for Virtualized DR (VMWorld 2007)
Simply Addressing the DR Needs of Virtual Infrastructures (VMworld 2007)
Using Virtualization as a Recovery Platform (VMworld 2007)
A Practical Guide to Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery with VMware Infrastructure 3

May 06 2009

Distributed Power Management (DPM) Links

Configuring Distributed Power Management
Does VMware DPM shorten ESX server lifespan?

May 06 2009

Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) Links

Resource Management with Vmware DRS
Effective DRS and HA in Production
DRS Performance and Best Practices
VMware HA and DRS Capacity Planning
VI3 Resource Management and DRS – Performance Use Cases (VMworld 2007)

May 06 2009

Energy Savings Links

Reducing Data Center Energy Costs with Power and Cooling Savings Calculator
Virtualization – The Most Impactful Solution to Data Center Power Crisis
Virtualization: The Best Initiative for Alleviating the Power Crisis in the Data Center
PG&E Energy Efficiency Program Datasheet
Averting the IT Energy Crunch
Virtualization takes on the Data Center
VMware’s Energy Savings Green Calculator
Virtualizing Sharepoint – How about saving 74% of your power?

May 06 2009

ESX Links

ESX Server Architecture (VMworld 2007)
ESX Server 3.0 Tips and Tricks (VMworld 2006)
Enabling Active Directory Authentication with ESX Server
Configuring Management Agents for ESX Server 3.0.1
Adjusting ESX Server time zone
What does ESX stand for?
How to get VMware ESX virtual machine redundancy without VMware HA or vMotion
How to script one VMware ESX virtual machine for failover
Rebooting an ESX Server host
Investigating disk space on an ESX host
In-depth ESX Server Service Console Partitioning and Provisioning
Best Practices for ESX Host Partitions
Partitioning local storage on a ESX host
VMware Infrastructure 3.5 Review Guide
Using Linux shell scripts to automatically create VMware ESX 3.5 hosts
A deep dive into scripting VMware ESX host creation

May 07 2009

ESXi Links

Installing and Configuring ESXi (Pt. 1)
Two ways to patch ESXi installable (Pt. 2)
VMware ESX 3i: Technology Evolution, not Revolution

VMware ESX 3i Guide
How to upload files to a VMware ESX 3i Server
How to create your own bootable ESX 3i USB stick
Get full control over your ESXi server
VMware ESX Server 3i
The Architecture of VMware ESXi
Managing VMware ESXi
Getting Started with ESX Server 3i Installable
Webcast: VMware ESXi: The Easiest Way to Get Started with Virtualization
ESX 3.5i for Free and the Impact on Hyper-V and the SMB
ESX 3.5i for free and the impact on Hyper-V and the SMB (my thoughts on Mike’s post)
Building an ESX3i White Box: Enterprise Virtualization for Less
Vmtn Community Roundtable podcast – ESXi
VMware ESX and ESXi comparison
Differences in Supported Networking Features Between ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i
How does VMware ESXi Server compare to ESX Server?
PXE Boot ESX3i Installable Edition
PXE Booting a Stateless ESXi Hypervisor
Boot ESXi from USB Storage
ESXi 3 Server Hosts Without Swap Enabled Cannot be Added to an HA Cluster
What’s the difference between free ESXi and licensed ESXi?
Disabling root login via SSH on VMware ESX 3i
ESXi Tech Support Mode for Emergency Support
How to access the VMware ESXi hidden console
VMware ESXi Configuration Checklist
Stateless VMware ESX Server 3i Version 3.5 Update 4 Using PXE Booting
VMware ESXi FAQs
How to create a bootable VMware ESXi USB pen drive

May 07 2009

General Links

VMware Versions compared
Choosing between VMware Server and ESX Server
VI3 Key Feature and Benefits Summary by Version (3.0.x)
VI3 Key Feature and Benefits Summary by Version (3.5.x)
A Comparison of Software and Hardware Techniques for x86 Virtualization
Understanding Full Virtualization, Paravirtualization and Hardware Assist
VMware ESX Server: Scale Up or Scale Out?
VI Support Lifecycle FAQ
Should VMware lower pricing of ESX Server?
Virtualization Management – New Technologies and Standards (VMworld 2007)
Operational Readiness – Five Steps to Success (VMworld 2007)
100% Virtual – Debunking the Myths and Realities (VMworld 2007)
Determining VMware Software Version and Build Number
The New Sprawl: Managing Virtual Server Environments

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