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VMotion Links

VMotion CPU Compatibility for Intel processors
VMotion CPU Compatibility for AMD processors
VMotion – How to override CPU masks due to CPU mismatch
VMotion between Apples and Oranges: Understanding CPU Compatibility Restraints for VMotion
VMotion Compatibilty
VMotion and VM Compatibility Matrix for Dell PowerEdge Servers
VMotion and VM Compatibility Matrix for HP Proliant Servers
How to setup and use VMotion: A Screencast
How to obtain, configure and use VMotion and how VMotion works
VMware VMotion and CPU Compatibility
Overview of VMotion migration compatibility error messages
VMware Enhanced VMotion Compatibility
Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) processor support
Understanding CPU Compatibility Constraints for VMotion (VMworld 2007)
Live Migration with AMD-V Extended Migration Technology
What is Enhanced VMotion Compatibility anyway?
Enhanced Vmotion Compatibility (EVC) – Intel Example
AMD and Red Hat Demonstrate Cross-Platform Live Migration
VMotion Performance
VMotion and Change Management
VMotion fails at 10 percent

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Virtual Machine Links

Anatomy of a virtual machine (Pt. 1) (
Anatomy of a virtual machine (Pt. 2) (
How to install Windows XP as a guest operating system in VMware products (VMware KBTV)
Installing Windows XP on ESX
Improving Guest Operating System Accounting for Descheduled Virtual Machines in ESX Server 3.x Systems
Log Rotation and Logging Options for vmware.log
Problems with VMware Tools Shared Folders and Windows Server 2003
Modifying the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for a Windows virtual machine
HAL options after Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Setup
How to install VMware Tools with Group Policy
Large I/Os Are Split into 64KB Units When Using LSILogic Driver
VM Communication Interface – An Inter-VM Communication (VMworld 2007)
USB Devices Not Supported in ESX Server Virtual Machines
Why do I need to install VMware Tools?
Automating VMware Tools Installs and Upgrades in Linux Guests

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Virtual Disk Links

Determining the right size for your VMware VMFS data stores
Choosing a virtual disk type for VMware ESX: Raw, thick and thin disks
Using VMware Converter to resize virtual disk files (Pt. 1)
Increasing virtual disk partition size using DISKPART or GpartEd (Pt. 2)
Extend boot volume of Windows 2003 VM
Moving Virtual Disks to or from ESX Server
ESX Server Raw Device Mapping
Performance Characteristics of VMFS and RDM (ESX 3.0.1)
Performance Characteristics of VMFS and RDM using a SAN (ESX 3.5)
What VMware features work on RDMs and which don’t?
Keeping your Disks Aligned
Web based VMDK descriptor file creator
Aligning disk partitions to boost virtual machine performance
Recommendations for Aligning VMFS Partitions
Best Practices for File System Alignment in Virtual Environments
Storage Block Alignment with VMware Virtual Infrastructure
Storage Alignment and VMFS Block Sizes
VMware Virtual Machine File System: Technical Overview and Best Practices
What causes VMFS volumes to get resignatured?
VMFS Best Practices
Understanding VMFS volumes
VMFS Volume Management
VMFS – Best Practices, and counter-FUD
VMFS Storage Sizing for Maximum Performance

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vCenter Server Links


VirtualCenter Technical Best practices
Bulletproof VirtualCenter (VMworld 2007)
VirtualCenter Monitoring and Performance Statistics
Replacing VirtualCenter Server Certificates
Running VirtualCenter in a Virtual Machine
Using MSCS to Cluster VirtualCenter
Template Usage and Best Practices
Managing Vmware VirtualCenter Roles & Permissions
Testing SMTP with Telnet for VirtualCenter email communication
How to delay loading of specific services if running the database server on the VC server
Maximizing VirtualCenter Data Collection (VMworld 2007)
Clustering VirtualCenter 2.5 Using Microsoft Cluster Services
VM Template best practices (Windows)
VM Template best practices (Linux)
VI3 Roles and Permissions
Proven Practice: ROBO – Managing Remote ESX Hosts Over WAN with VirtualCenter
vCenter Server Heartbeat, the concept, deployment and considerations!


VirtualCenter Database Sizing Calculator
Converting VirtualCenter on Access to SQL Server 2000
Reclaiming space in SQL Server databases
VirtualCenter 2.X Using Database Views
Move SQL database to another SQL server and MS Kb Article
How to manage MSDE 2000 or SQL Express 2005 with Osql
DBAMgr – free GUI utility to manage MSDE
Statistic Rollup Stored Procedures – Optional Parameters
VirtualCenter Statistics Rollup Stored Procedure Fix
VirtualCenter Database Maintenance: SQL Server
Monitor the Virtual Infrastructure Database for authentication attempts
VirtualCenter Database Performance for Microsoft SQL Server 2005
How can I purge old data from the database used by VirtualCenter Server
Troubleshooting transaction logs on a Microsoft SQL database server
Troubleshooting the database data source used by VirtualCenter Server
Investigating the health of a VirtualCenter database server
Extending the tablespace on an Oracle database
Performing a defragmentation of the VirtualCenter performance data indexes on a Microsoft SQL database
Moving VirtualCenter SQL DB to another server
Why you should delete outdated vCenter Server data (Pt. 1)
Deleting extra VI3 vCenter Server data with Microsoft SQL Server (Pt. 2)

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Update Manager Links

VMware Update Manager Performance and Best Practices
Patching an ESX server with Update Manager

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Troubleshooting Links


Troubleshooting Vmware ESX Server 3 and Vmware VirtualCenter 2 (VMworld 2006)
VI3 Advanced Diagnostics Logs Analysis (VMworld 2007)
Tips for Troubleshooting VMware ESX Server Faults (VMworld 2006)
When disaster strikes VMware
VMware Technical Support Guide
Top Support Issues and How to Solve Them – Batch 1 (VMworld 2007)
Top Support Issues and How to Solve Them – Batch 2 (VMworld 2007)
VI3 Advanced Diagnostics Logs Analysis (VMworld 2007)
Troubleshooting VMware Infrastructure 3 (VMworld 2007 Lab)
Common System Management issues in VMware Infrastructure
Common Licensing issues in VMware Infrastructure
Collecting diagnostic information for VMware products
VI Problem Resolution Paths


Best practices for troubleshooting VMware Converter
Converter Problem Resolution Paths


Troubleshooting common VMware ESX host server problems
Tips for Troubleshooting ESX Server 3.x Faults (VMworld 2007)
Troubleshooting ESX
Collecting diagnostic information for VMware ESX Server
Troubleshooting a VMware ESX Server Upgrade Failure
Troubleshooting permissions errors when connecting to an ESX Server host with the Virtual Infrastructure client
Troubleshooting host architecture incompatibility
Troubleshooting a VMFS that is out of heap memory


Network Problem Resolution Paths
Troubleshooting VMware ESX network performance
VI3 Networking:Advanced Troubleshooting
Common Network issues in VMware Infrastructure
VI3 Networking – Advanced Configurations and Troubleshooting (VMworld 2007)
VI3 Network Scenarios and Troubleshooting (VMworld 2006)
TCP/IP Troubleshooting: A Structured Approach


Using esxtop to troubleshoot performance problems


Troubleshooting SCSI Reservation failures on Virtual Infrastructure 3 and 3.5
Storage Problem Resolution Path
Identifying shared storage issues with ESX 3.x
Troubleshooting VMFS-3 datastore issues
Troubleshooting fibre channel storage connectivity
Troubleshooting ESX and ESXi connectivity to fibre channel arrays
Troubleshooting LUN connectivity issues
Troubleshooting iSCSI array connectivity
Troubleshooting ESX Server and ESXi connectivity to iSCSI arrays using software initiator
Troubleshooting ESX and ESXi connectivity to iSCSI arrays using hardware initiators
Troubleshooting NFS server connectivity
Troubleshooting ESX Server and ESXi host connectivity to an NFS Server
Troubleshooting connectivity issues to an NFS data store
Troubleshooting the failed process of adding a data store from a Windows Services NFS device
Troubleshooting a LUN that is extended in size past the 2TB/2047GB limit
Troubleshooting a virtual machine outage across multiple hosts connected to the same array

vCenter Server

Preventing a VirtualCenter predicament
VirtualCenter 2 Diagnostics (VMworld 2007)
Troubleshooting Adding an ESX Server Host to a VMware High Availability Cluster
Diagnosing an ESX Server that is Disconnected or Not Responding in VirtualCenter
Diagnosing a VMware High Availability cluster configuration failure
Collecting diagnostic information for VMware VirtualCenter 2.x
Troubleshooting a virtual machine that fails to clone from VirtualCenter
Troubleshooting the VMware VirtualCenter Server service when it does not start or fails

Virtual Machines

Resolving VMware ESX problems without pulling the plug
Troubleshooting a virtual machine that has stopped responding
Troubleshooting unresponsive guest operating system issues
Troubleshooting a virtual machine that has no network connectivity
Troubleshooting a failed VMware Tools Installation in a Windows Operating System
Troubleshooting a failed installation of VMware Tools in Linux
Troubleshooting the installation of 64bit guest operating systems
Cannot power on a virtual machine because the virtual disk cannot be opened
Investigating if an ESX virtual machine is powered on
Verifying ESX virtual machine file integrity & how to rename a virtual machine
Verifying ESX virtual machine file names
Verifying that ESX virtual machine storage is accessible
Virtual Machine seems to install VMware Tools but Tools never get installed

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Time Sync Links

Configuring windows time service (not in ESX)
VMware time sync and windows time service (understand windows time first)
Timekeeping in VMware virtual machines
Clock in a Linux guest runs more slowly or quickly than real time
How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows Server 2003
How Windows Time Service Works
Adjusting ESX Server Time Zone
Script to setup NTP on ESX
VM Time (reporting)
Time falls behind in a virtual machine when the memory of the virtual machine is paged from disk by the VMkernel
Time falls behind in a virtual machine when the guest operating system writes to previously unwritten regions of its virtual disk
Time runs too fast in a Windows virtual machine when the Multimedia Timer interface is used
Determining and changing the rate of timer interrupts a guest operating system requests
Time in virtual machine drifts due to hardware timer drift
Timekeeping best practices for Linux

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