Category Archive: vSphere Links

May 11 2009

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May 06 2009

Backup & Data Recovery Links

vSphere and VMware Consolidated Backup (VMware)
Designing Backup Solutions for VMware vSphere (VMware)
A review of VMware disk-to-disk backup apps: Veeam, Vizioncore, PHD Virtual and VDR (
What is Changed Block Tracking in vSphere? (Virtualization Pro)
Array-based backup advantages in a VMware virtual infrastructure (By The Bell)
VMware Backup with Avamar and vSphere (The Backup Blog)
vStorage APIs for Data Protection and Avamar 5 (Virtual Geek)
What is VMware vStorage API? (vNotion)
The Great VSS Debate (Veeam Me Up)
Changed Block Tracking? (Yellow Bricks)
Comparing the top virtual infrastructure backup tools (Part 1) (
Veeam Backup and Replication: A review (Part 2) & Veeam Software responds (
Vizioncore vRanger Pro 4.0 review (Part 3) & Vizioncore responds (
PHD Virtual Techologies’ esXpress 3.6.7: A usability review & PHD Virtual responds (Part 4) (
Test-driving VMware Data Recovery: A review (Part 5) & VMware responds (
VM backup testing: Comparing Veeam, Vizioncore, esXpress and VMware Data Backup (Part 6) (

May 06 2009

Certification Links


Navigating VMware certifications: VCP, VCDX, VCAP (
VMware certification options: VCP, VCDX (
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (VMware)
The VMware vSphere 4: What’s New Course
VMware vSphere 4: Install, Configure, Manage (Musings of Rodos)
VMware vSphere Certification Program (Punching Clouds)
New VMware Education Roadmap for vSphere 4 (Punching Clouds)
Professional VMware BrownBags (Professional VMware)
vChat – Episode 13 – VMware Certifications – VCP, VCAP, VCDX (VMware Videos)


VCP4 Beta Exam – Complete! (VMware Tips)
VCP vSphere 4 Practice Exam (The SLOG)
VCP4 vSphere Study Notes (The SLOG)
VCP on vSphere 4 Blueprint (VMware)
VCP4 Exam (Virtualization Evangelist)
Useful study material for VCP-410 Exam (Going Virtual)
VCP on vSphere 4 (VMware Training)
VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 Blueprint (VMware)
VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 (NT


A few notes about the new VCAP certifications (VMware Training)
vExpert David Davis: My VCAP-DCA Exam Experience (Train Signal)
VMware VCAP-DCA Exam Section 6: vSphere Troubleshooting (Train Signal)
VMware VCAP-DCA Exam Experience (Virtual VCP)
My VCAP-DCA Exam Experience (
Looking for VCAP practice questions? Here they are… (
VCAP-DCA & DCD Resources (The Saffa Geek)
VCAP-DCA Index (Sean Crookston)
VCAP-DCD Index (Sean Crookston)
Another VCAP-DCA Post (Sean Crookston)
VCAP Datacenter Administration Exam Landing Page VDCA410 (Kendrick Coleman)
VCAP DCA Study Notes (vExperienced)
VCAP-DCA Beta Experience (J.F.V.I.)
VCAP-DCA UI demo (VMware)
VCAP-DCD UI demo (VMware)
VMware VCAP-DCA Study Guide MindMap (Chris Dadswell)
VCAP-DCA4 Study Guide (vmDK)
VCAP-DCA Exam Blueprint Guide (VMTN)
VCAP-DCD Exam Blueprint Guide (VMTN)
VCAP Study Guide (VMTN)


VMware VCDX Qualification Review (VMware)
vChat – Episode 12 – Jason Boche on the VCDX, Interviewed by David Davis (VMware Videos)
Bad News My VCDX Design Defense Experience (
VCDX: VMware Certified Design Expert forum on VMTN (VMware)
Are you studying for the VCDX Enterprise Admin Exam? (Virtual Insanity)
VCDX Admin Exam Notes – Section 1.1 (Virtual Insanity)
VCDX Admin Exam Notes – Section 1.2 (Virtual Insanity)
VCDX Admin Exam Notes – Section 1.3 (Virtual Insanity)
VCDX Admin Exam Notes – Section 1.4 (Virtual Insanity)
VCDX Enterprise Exam prep material (Yellow Bricks)
VCDX Tips from VCDX 001 John Arrasjid (Yellow Bricks)
VCDX Application Form (Yellow Bricks)
VCDX Design Exam, how to prepare? (Yellow Bricks)
VCDX Defense, the blog article! (Yellow Bricks)
VCDX Defense Panels (Yellow Bricks)
On the VCDX Defense (Scott Lowe)
My VCDX Defense Experience (Virtualization Evangelist)
My VMware VCDX Defense Experience (VMware Tips)
My VCDX Defend Experience (Virtual Kenneth)
On Becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) (InformIT)
VMware VCDX Design Exam Preparation Resources (Virtual Lifestyle)
VCDX Enterprise Administration Exam (Virtualization Evangelist)
VMware Enterprise Administration Exam study guide 3.5 (Peter van den Bosch)
VMware Enterprise Administration Exam Blueprint v3.5 (VMware)
Enterprise Admin Exam (3.5): study notes (VMTN)
Another VCDX Study Guide – Part 1 Storage (VMTN)
Another VCDX Study Guide – Part 2 Networking (VMTN)
Another VCDX Study Guide – Part 6 Logging (VMTN)
Another VCDX Study Guide – Part 7 Security (VMTN)

Aug 13 2009

CPU Links

Hyper-Threading Gotcha with Virtual Machine vCPU Sizing (Chris Wahl)
The CPU Scheduler in VMware ESX 4 (VMware Tech Paper)
The CPU Scheduler in VMware ESX 4.1 (VMware Tech Paper)
The CPU Scheduler in VMware vSphere  5.1 (VMware Tech Paper)
Virtual Machine Monitor Execution Modes: in VMware vSphere 4.0 (VMware)
Does corespersocket Affect Performance? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Four Things You Should Know About ESX 4’s Scheduler (Virtual Performance)

Nov 30 2009

Distributed Power Management

May 11 2009

ESX Links

VMware ESX 4.0 installation video (
Video: vSphere4 Unleashed: 01 – Installing ESX4 (HyperVizor)
Installing VMware ESX 4 in Text Mode (Daily Hypervisor)
ESX 4 Quick Install Guide (Xtravirt)
How to Reset the Root Password in VMware ESX 4 (Xtravirt)
Partitioning your ESX host – part II (Yellow Bricks)
Configuring the Net-SNMP Agent on ESX Hosts (VMware)
Changes to the ESX Service Console for ESX 4.0 (VMware)
ESX4 man pages (Jume)
Three ways to kill a frozen vSphere ESX host virtual machine (Virtualization Pro)
Howto: 101 Scripting ESX server installation on vSphere 4 (VI Tips)
Creating USB based boot media for ESX 4 installs (Ubiquitous Talk)
Automating vSphere ESX4 host installations (Ubiquitous Talk)
Best Practices for vSphere (ESX 4) Service Console Partitions (VM/ETC)
Determining detailed build number information for VMware ESX 4.0.x hosts (KB Article)
Cannot log in to an ESX 4 host with vSphere Web Access (KB Article)
Restarting the Management agents on an ESX or ESXi Server (KB Article)

May 11 2009

ESXi Links

PXE Booting VMware ESXi (VMware)
ESXi 4 Quick Install Guide (Xtravirt)
ESX3i to ESX4i Update (Technodrone)
Upgrade ESXi 3.x to 4.0 Video (VMware Tips)
Installing VMware ESXi 4.0 on a USB Memory Stick – The Official Way (TechHead)
vSphere ESXi on a USB memory stick (Yellow Bricks)
Three ways to kill a frozen vSphere ESXi host virtual machine (Virtualization Pro)
How-to install ESXi 4.0 on USB memory Key (ESX Virtualization)
Create ESXi 4 USB flash drives with Workstation (vCritical)
The Mechanics of VMware GO (
Using VMware Go to get going on your ESXi virtualization project (
Using ESXi & VMware Go – Part 1 Download & Install (Professional VMware)
VIDEO: Jumpstart ESXi and P2V with VMware GO (VMware Videos)
ESXi Lessons Learned – Part 1 (Yellow Bricks)
ESXi Lessons Learned – Part 2 (Yellow Bricks)
VMware Easter Egg? Easy Install of ESXi 4 On VMware Player 3.0 (VM/ETC)
VMWare ESXi 4.0 Installation on UCS Blade Server with UCS Manager KVM (Cisco)
10 Reasons why VMware ESXi 4 is perfect for the SMB (Virtualization Admin)
10 Steps to Install and Use the Free VMware ESXi 4 (Virtualization Admin)
Restarting the Management agents on an ESX or ESXi Server (VMware KB)

May 11 2009

Fault Tolerance Links

VMware Fault Tolerance Recommendations and Considerations on VMware vSphere 4 (VMware)
Protecting Mission-Critical Workloads with VMware Fault Tolerance (VMware)
VMware vSphere 4 Fault Tolerance: Architecture and Performance (VMware)
Fault Tolerance Datasheet (VMware)
Master’s guide to VMware Fault Tolerance (Virtualization Pro)
VMware Fault Tolerance: What it is and how it works (Virtualization Pro)
More details on VMwares Fault Tolerance Feature (Virtualization Pro)
New SiteSurvey utility from VMware checks for Fault Tolerance compatibility (Virtualization Pro)
VMware engineers caution IT pros: Use Fault Tolerance sparingly (SearchServerVirtualization)
FT Problem Decoder Chart (Virtualization Evangelist)
Not All FT Compatible CPUs Are Created Equal (Virtualization Evangelist)
After enabling FT on a VM – subtleties to expect (Virtualization Evangelist)
vSphere FT disk format (Musings of Rodos)
How does Fault Tolerance prevent a split brain scenario? (The VM Guy)
vSphere 4.0 Fault Tolerance (Architecture Diagram, Video and Use Cases) (HyperVizor)
Video: vSphere4 Unleashed: 04 – Fault Tolerance (HyperVizor)
List of VMware FT (Fault Tolerant) compatible CPUs (Gabes Virtual World)
Fault Tolerance Checklist (NTPro)
CPU compatibility with VMware Fault Tolerance (NTPro)
VMware Fault Tolerance at your home-lab (NTPro)
VMware Fault Tolerance, Determinism, and SMP (The Lone Sysadmin)
Disaster Recovery and vSphere 4.0 Fault Tolerance (Xtravirt)
Comparing Performance of 1vCPU Nehalem VM with 2vCPU Harpertown VM (VMware VROOM!)
Performance of Exchange Server 2007 in a Fault Tolerant Virtual Machine (VMware VROOM!)
Scheduling VMware’s FT (Professional VMware)
VMware FT (Virtualised Reality)
Demo of Fault Tolerance (video)
Meet the Engineer – VMware Fault Tolerance (video)
Fault Tolerance discussion on VMware Communities Roundtable (podcast)
Fault Tolerant VMs in VMware Infrastructure: Operation and Best Practices (VMworld 2008)
VMware Fault Tolerance Architecture and Performance (BC2961) (VMworld 2009)
VMware Fault Tolerance Real-World Use Cases (BC3369) (VMworld 2009)
VMware Fault Tolerance – Overview and Best Practices (BC3370) (VMworld 2009)
VMware Fault Tolerance – vSphere Workflows and API Considerations (BC3602) (VMworld 2009)
VMware Fault Tolerance FAQ (KB Article)
Reducing FT logging traffic for disk read intensive workloads (KB Article)
Processors and guest operating systems that support VMware Fault Tolerance (KB Article)
VMware Fault Tolerance migration transition states (KB Article)
Understanding VMware Fault Tolerance (KB Article)
The turn on Fault Tolerance option is disabled (KB Article)

Oct 11 2014

Flash Storage Links

Understanding TLC NAND (Anandtech)
The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and new drives from OCZ (Anandtech)
Threshold Voltage Distribution in MLC NAND Flash Memory: Characterization, Analysis, and Modeling (
An Introduction to Flash Technology (Cormac Hogan)
Storage 101: Flash Storage Myths and Facts (Enterprise Storage Guide)
Solid State Drive Technology: Differences between SLC, MLC and TLC NAND (HP)
Understanding endurance and performance characteristics of HP solid state drives (HP)
What is the difference between MLC Flash and eMLC Flash, and is it required for Enterprise Flash? (Hu’s Blog)
All-Flash Array Performance Testing Framework (IDC)
Anatomy of SSDs (Linux Magazine)
NAND Flash Primer (Micron)
How Solid State Drives are Made (Micron)
NAND Flash 101: An Introduction to NAND Flash and How to Design It In to Your Next Product (Micron)
TLC, MLC, and SLC Devices (Micron)
NOR/NAND Flash Guide: Selecting a Flash Storage Solution (Micron)
Choosing the Right NAND (Micron)
Flash Memory Reliability – Read, Program, and Erase Latency Versus Endurance Cycling (NASA)
Introduction to Flash Memory (Pure Storage)
01: Why SSDs Are Awesome: An SSD Primer (Samsung)
02: Understanding SSD System Requirements: SATA Interface Basics (Samsung)
03: NAND Basics: Understanding the Technology Behind Your SSD (Samsung)
04: Understanding SSDs: A Peek Behind the Curtain (Samsung)
05: Maximize SSD Lifetime and Performance With Over-Provisioning (Samsung)
06: Protect Your Privacy: Security & Encryption Basics (Samsung)
07: Communicating With Your SSD: Understanding SMART Attributes (Samsung)
08: Benchmarking Utilities: What You Should Know (Samsung)
09: Why Integration Matters: What Samsung’s Vertical Integration Means to You (Samsung)
10: The Samsung Advantage: Why You Should Choose a Samsung SSD (Samsung)
11: Samsung Data Migration Software: The simplest way to get your new SSD up and running (Samsung)
12: Samsung Magician Software: OS Optimization Feature Overview (Samsung)
Floating Gate Basics (scu.ecu)
Increasing Flash SSD Reliability (Silicon Systems)
E‐MLC vs. MLC NAND Flash (Smart Storage Systems)
A detailed overview of flash management techniques (Smart Storage Systems)
Making the case for solid-state storage (Storage Magazine)
The truth about SSD performance benchmarks (Storage Magazine)
NAND vs. NOR Flash Memory Technology Overview (Toshiba)
FAQ: Using SSDs with ESXi (VMware Front Experience)
Yaffs NAND flash failure mitigation (

Mar 04 2012

HA/DRS/Storage DRS

Mixing ESX/ESXi Versions in an HA/DRS Cluster (VMware ESXi Chronicles)

May 11 2009

Hardware Links


VMware vSphere: Got 64-bit hardware? (SearchVMware)
Hardware Virtualization: the Nuts and Bolts (Anandtech)
ESX Monitor Modes (VMware)
Ensuring Virtualization Technology is enabled on your VMware host (KB Article)
Determining if Intel Virtualization Technology or AMD Virtualization is enabled in the BIOS without rebooting (KB Article)


The Intel processor roadmap for industry-standard servers, 11th edition (HP white paper)
The AMD processor roadmap for industry-standard servers, 7th edition (HP white paper)
AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon x86 processors in industry-standard servers (HP white paper)
Inside the Intel Sandy Bridge Microarchitecture (Hardware Secrets)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) Explained (Hardware Secrets)
Intel Virtualization Technology FlexMigration Enablement (Intel)


HP local I/O technology for ProLiant servers (HP white paper)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (Intel)


DDR3 memory technology (HP white paper)
Memory technology evolution: an overview of system memory technologies (HP white paper)
Everything You Need To Know About DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 Memories (Hardware Secrets)
DIMMs And The Intel Nehalem Memory Architecture Connection (Deinos Cloud)


Virtual Machine Device Queues (Intel)
Simplify VMware vSphere 4 Networking with Intel Ethernet 10 Gigabit Server Adapters (Intel)
Virtual Switches Demand Rethinking Connectivity for Servers (Intel)


Power Regulator for ProLiant servers (HP white paper)
HP Power Capping and HP Dynamic Power Capping for ProLiant servers (HP white paper)
Everything You Need to Know About the CPU C-States Power Saving Modes (Hardware Secrets)
C-states and P-states are very different (Intel)
C-states, C-states and even more C-states (Intel)


SSDs In RAID: A Performance Scaling Analysis (Tom’s Hardware)
SSD Performance: TRIM And Firmware Updates Tested (Tom’s Hardware)
How Do SSDs Redefine Storage Performance? (Tom’s Hardware)
SSD 102: The Ins And Outs Of Solid State Storage (Tom’s Hardware)
Q&A: Tom’s Hardware And Kingston On SSD Technology (Tom’s Hardware)
What is the TRIM function for solid state disks (SSDs) and why is it important? (Windows IT Pro)
I heard solid state disks (SSDs) suffer from a decline in write performance as they’re used. Why? (Windows IT Pro)
SSD security: the worst of all worlds (ZDNet)
How do you make an SSD even faster? (ZDNet)

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 (
Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab (12-part series) (Boerlowie’s Blog)
vSphere 5.0 on HP ML110 G7 (
2013 Homelab refresh (
HP ML110 G7 and Power Management (iLO3 & vSphere DPM) (
New ESXi test box: the green machine (
Meet My ESX(i) Server, the BabyDragon (Error 404 – It’s a Blog)
My lab Setup (ESX Virtualization)
My ESXi 4 Whitebox (ESX Virtualization)
Video of my VMware vSphere HomeLAB (ESX Virtualization)
My switch adventures (ESX Virtualization)
My homelab – The Network design with Cisco SG 300 – a Layer 3 switch for €199 (ESX Virtualization)
Supermicro Single CPU Board for ESXi Home lab – X10SRH-CLN4F (ESX Virtualization)
Homelab for VCP and VCDX (Gabe’s Virtual World)
My new whitebox ESX home lab (Gabe’s Virtual World)
Home Lab Hosts – Just in time for vSphere 5 (Jase’s Place)
Home Lab Hosts – Could it have been leaner? ($$) (Jase’s Place)
Nested vSphere Lab in VMware Workstation – Faster/Affordable/Portable Storage Alternative (Jase’s Place)
vSphere Home Lab: Part 1 – Storage (Jason Nash’s Blog)
vSphere Home Lab: Part 2 – Networking (Jason Nash’s Blog)
vSphere Home Lab: Part 3 – Compute (Jason Nash’s Blog)
vSphere Home Lab: Part 4 – Upgrading a Synology NAS (Jason Nash’s Blog)
VMware vSphere Home Lab – “The Green Machines” (Kendrick Coleman)
Scrap Lab – Home lab for the cheap (Michael Ryom)
My Work & Home Lab Environments (My Virtual Cloud)
My ESX future version compatible WhiteBox (
New ESX WhiteBox Asus V3-P5G45 (
A VMware High-Availability Cluster at Home (
The Mac Mini VMware ESXi 5 Server – Part 1 (Research) (Paraguin Consulting)
The Mac Mini VMware ESXi 5 Server – Part 2 (Installation) (Paraguin Consulting)
The Mac Mini VMware ESXi 5 Server – Part 3 (Follow Up) (Paraguin Consulting)
OS X on a Mac Mini with VMware ESXi 5 (Paraguin Consulting)
VMware vSphere Whitebox Server Lab Setup Part 1 (Ray Heffer)
VIDEO: VMware vSphere Whitebox Server Lab Setup Part 2 (Ray Heffer)
VMware vSphere Whitebox Server Lab Setup Part 3 (Ray Heffer)
Home Lab Server (Rick Mur)
Better than Ever – it’s the BabyDragon II! (Rootwyrm’s Corner)
NetGear ReadyNAS review: A look at the ReadyNAS 2100 (SearchSMBStorage)
Building a virtual test lab to boost VMware skills (
VMware lab at home: Assembling the parts for advanced vSphere features (
Sifting through the hardware options for advanced VMware home labs (
Creating a VMware home lab: Dollars and sense (
My VMware vSphere Home lab configuration (
Iomega ix2-200 Adds iSCSI, Sync To Dual-Drive SOHO NAS (Stephen Foskett)
Running your own EMC Celerra ‘Uber’ Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) in your vSphere Lab – Part 1 (TechHead)
VMware ESXi vSwapping with SandForce SSDs (TechHead)
Running VMware vSphere on an HP MicroServer (TechHead)
VIDEO – HP Proliant MicroServer Hands On Review (TechHead)
New HP Proliant MicroServer – a decent vSphere lab server candidate? (TechHead)
VMworld Slide Deck – “Building an Affordable vSphere Environment for a Lab or Small Business” (TechHead)
VIDEO: vChat – Episode 3 – vSphere Home Labs (TechHead)
Running VMware vSphere 4.1 on a MacBook Pro with dual disks (incl SSD) (TechHead)
Lenovo TS200 Server Review – Part 1: Hardware (TechHead)
Lenovo TS200 Server Review – Part 2: Running vSphere (TechHead)
VMware ESX(i) Home Lab – Why, What and How? Considerations when building your own home lab (TechHead)
Building your own VMware vSphere lab – A step by step guide. Part 1 – Lab Overview (TechHead)
HP Proliant ML110 G6 Released – Still a worthy virtualization work or home lab server? (TechHead)
VMware vSphere ESX: Install, Configure, Manage – Preparing your Test Lab (TechHead)
Running VMware ESXi on a home lab HP Proliant ML115 G5 with a Dell PERC 5i Array Controller (TechHead)
Installing and Running VMware vSphere (ESX 4.0) on your lab HP Proliant ML110 or ML115 (TechHead)
Network Cards Used For My VMware ESX Home Lab (TechHead)
VMware ESX WhiteBox Solutions – An Article Summary (TechHead)
HP Proliant MicroServer G8 – A Decent Home Lab Server? (TechHead)
HomeLab Part 1: Design Process – Low Power Designs (vBrain)
HomeLab Part 2: Design Process – Medium Designs (vBrain)
HomeLab Part 3: Design Process – High End Design (vBrain)
HomeLab Part 4: Summary and Final decision (vBrain)
HomeLab Part 5: Upgrade LSI2308 Firmware (vBrain)
HomeLab Part 6: Install most recent driver for the LSI2308 controller (vBrain)
How to build a 64Gb Low Power and Fast ESXi Home Lab (
Home labs – the Synology 1512+ (vExperienced)
Home labs – a scalable vSphere whitebox (vExperienced)
Home labs – a poor man’s Fusion-IO? (vExperienced)
Building a Fast and Cheap NAS for your vSphere Home Lab with Nexentastor (
Distributed Power Management (DPM) for your Home Lab (
vT.A.R.D.I.S – 10 ESXi node cluster on a trolley as demonstrated at London VMUG (
vTARDIS Cloud (
Performance Update on Cheap vSphere Server (
Cheap vSphere Server (
New Home Lab Design (
iTARDIS vSphere on a Mac Mini (
My VMware Home lab (Virtual-blog)
SMB/LAN NAS Review (Virtual Future)
Cisco NSS324 review (Virtual Future)
Iomega IX4-200D review (Virtual Future)
Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6 review (Virtual Future)
QNAP TS-859U-RP+ Review (Virtual Future)
Synology DS1511+ NAS Review (Virtual Future)
Building a Home VMware Infrastructure Lab (Virtual Geek)
Updated “Homebrew” ESX Hardware List (Virtual Geek)
Updated 2011 vSphere ESXi 4.1 (and future) Homebrew/Whitebox parts list (Virtual Geek)
vCloud 5.1 Suite Home Lab-circa 2013 (Virtual Geek)
Building a Home Lab with ESXi 5.5, VSAN, and Mac Mini Server (6,2) (Part 1 of 3)
Post VMworld, Upgrading the Home Lab (Virtual Langer)
New whitebox for ESX4 (Virtual Lifestyle)
A new server for my lab (Virtual To The Core)
Home Lab (Virtualised Reality)
My New Lab Infrastructure (Virtualization Eh)
The Ultimate Portable Lab part1 (Virtualize Planet)
Running nested hypervisors on the Ultimate Portable Lab (Virtualize Planet)
Building new whitebox servers for VMware home lab (Virtualize Tips)
VIDEO: My Home VMware vSphere Lab (VMware Videos)
vSphere WhiteBox HCL (
The SBHVL project – Part 1: Basic setup, Networking and Security (VMware Front Experience)
The SBHVL project – Part 2: Backup and Disaster Recovery (VMware Front Experience)
The SBHVL project – Part 3: Management, Remote Access and more Security (VMware Front Experience)
HP’s new itty-bitty Microserver, the little server that couldn’t (vSphere-land)
The new HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 – a great virtualization home lab server (vSphere-land)
The VMware Home Lab (vTexan)
Home vLab: no more “home” (
Loading Up Your HP N40L MicroServer With 16GB Of RAM (Wahl Network)
Synology DS411 vSphere Home Lab Storage – Protocol Bakeoff (Wahl Network)
Efficient Virtual Networking Designs for vSphere Home Lab Servers (Wahl Network)
The HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L – VMware Home Lab Review [Video] (Wahl Network)
SuperMicro Advanced Features for Home Lab Servers [Video] (Wahl Network)
My Lab (Wahl Network)
Designing A Home Lab? Here’s My Three Favorite Tips (Wahl Network)
Three Example Home Lab Storage Designs using SSDs and Spinning Disk (Wahl Network)
New Super Quiet Supermicro X8SIL VMWare ESXi Server (Wolf++)

May 12 2009

Nested ESX/ESXi Links

vSphere RC RAM Under VMware Workstation: How Low Can You Go? (
How to run vSphere in a 4 GB memory Laptop (ESX Virtualization)
Running vSphere within Workstation will take up a lot of memory (Yellow Bricks)
VMware ESX 4 can even virtualize itself (vCritical)
VMotion from physical ESX 4 to virtual ESX 4 (vCritical)
vSphere Lab on VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation (Punching Clouds)
How to Install ESX 4.0 on Workstation 6.5.2 as a VM (Xtravirt)
How to Install ESXi 4.0 on Workstation 6.5.2 as a VM (Xtravirt)
vSphere ESXi as a VM – VMKernel Traffic Not Working (
Installing ESX 4.0 on VMware Fusion (Van-lieshout)
Running VMware ESXi 4/vSphere in VMware Workstation (video) (VMware Videos)

May 11 2009

Networking Links


What’s New in VMware vSphere 4: Virtual Networking (VMware)
Virtual Networking Features of the VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch and Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches (VMware)
VMware vSphere vDS, VMkernel Ports, and Jumbo Frames (Scott Lowe)
vSphere Networking Enhancements and Features (OZvms)
Testing Network throughput between VMware ESX Hosts (The SLOG)
Optimizing Quality of Service for vSphere 4 Networking with Intel Ethernet 10 Gigabit Server Adapters (Dell)
TCP and UDP Ports for vCenter Server, ESX hosts, and other network components management access (KB article)

Network I/O Control

VMware Network I/O Control: Architecture, Performance and Best Practices (VMware)


Learning NVP/NSX – 15 part series (Scott Lowe)
NSX Manager – Part 1 – Deploy OVA (VCDX133)
NSX Manager – Part 2 – Upgrade to 6.1 (VCDX133)
NSX Manager – Part 3 – Configure (VCDX133)
The VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware NSX Network Virtualization Design Guide (VMware Tech Paper)
Data Center Micro-Segmentation (VMware Tech Paper)
Working With NSX – Deploying NSX Manager (Wahl Network)
Working with NSX – Assigning User Permissions (Wahl Network)
Working with NSX – Deploying NSX Controllers via GUI and API (Wahl Network)
Working with NSX – Preparing The Cluster and Hosts (Wahl Network)
Working with NSX – Configuring VXLAN and VTEPs (Wahl Network)


vNetwork Distributed Switch Datasheet (VMware)
VMware Roadmap Demo: vNetwork Distributed Switch (VMware video)
Migrate an Existing Virtual Adapter to a vNetwork Distributed Switch (
vNetwork Distributed Switch back-up files (
Distributed Virtual Port Groups and Distributed Virtual Uplinks (
vSphere DvSwitch caveats and best practices! (
VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch: Migration and Configuration (VMware)
Two vSwitches are better than 1, right? (Faz1)
VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch and vSphere (video)
vNetwork Distributed Switches (vDS) an overview (Virtualised Reality)
dvSwitch? (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 4.0 vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) – Video Demonstration + Architecture Diagram (Hypervizor)
vNetwork Distributed Switch on ESX 4.x – Concepts Overview (KB Article)
Configuring vNetwork Distributed Switch using vCenter (KB Article)
vNetwork Distributed PortGroup (dvPortGroup) configuration (KB Article)
Configuring vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) Virtual Adapters (KB Article)

Cisco Nexus 1000V

Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch Product Overview (Cisco)
Cisco Nexus 1000V: Come and Get It (Cisco)
Cisco Nexus 1000V In Depth (Cisco)
DMZ Virtualization Using VMware vSphere 4 and the Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch (VMware)
Nexus 1000V with FCoE CNA and VMWare ESX 4.0 deployment diagram (Internetwork Expert)
10 Things to Know about the Cisco Nexus 1000V (Bobolwig)
VM Network Security with the Nexus 1000V (Faz1)
How to install an (60-day) evaluation license for Nexus 1000V (video)
Cisco Nexus 1000V and vSphere (video)
Detailed Feature Demo of Nexus 1000V (video)
Cisco Nexus 1000V installation and licensing information (KB article)

vNICs & pNICs

What vNIC? Choosing an adapter for your VM (VMware)
Which NIC is my VM using? Load Balancing Visibility with vSphere (VMware)
Which NIC is my ESXi based VM using? resxtop for ESXi and ESX (VMware)
Performance Evaluation of VMXNET3 Virtual Network Device (VMware)

May 11 2009

Performance Links

What’s New in VMware vSphere 4: Performance Enhancements (VMware)
Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.0 (VMware)
Virtualizing Performance-Critical Database Applications in VMware vSphere (VMware)
VMware vSphere 4 Performance with Extreme I/O Workloads (VMware)
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Performance on VMware vSphere 4 (VMware)
Performance Evaluation of VMXNET3 Virtual Network Device (VMware)
Storage System Performance Analysis with Iometer (VMware)
vStorage: Troubleshooting Performance (Professional VMware)
Troubleshooting Performance Related Problems in vSphere 4.1 Environments (VMware)
Interpreting esxtop Statistics (VMware)
IOPs? (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere Virtual Machine Performance Counters Integration into Perfmon (
VMware Performance Advancements and vSphere (video) (YouTube Video)
Memory Performance Counters – An Evolved Look at Memory Management (VMware vSphere Blog)
Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Part 1 – The Basics (VMware vSphere Blog)
Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Part 2 (VMware vSphere Blog)
Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere (Part 3) – SSD Performance (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware vSphere Performance FAQ (VMware Tech Paper)
Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.0 (VMware Tech Paper)
Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.0 (VMware Tech Paper)
Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.1 (VMware Tech Paper)
Performance Study of Oracle RAC on VMware vSphere 5.0 (VMware Tech Paper)
Best Practices for Performance Tuning of Latency-Sensitive Workloads in vSphere VMs (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Performance (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware vSphere 5.1 vMotion Architecture, Performance and Best Practices (VMware Tech Paper)
VXLAN Performance Evaluation on VMware vSphere 5.1 (VMware Tech Paper)
Impact of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility on Application Performance (VMware Tech Paper)
Network I/O Latency in vSphere 5 (VMware Tech Paper)
A Benchmarking Case Study of Virtualized Hadoop Performance on VMware vSphere 5 (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Database Performance Improvements and Best Practices for Large-Scale Environments (VMware Tech Paper)
Application Performance Improvement with DRS (VMware VROOM! Blog)
Comparing Performance of 1vCPU Nehalem VM with 2vCPU Harpertown VM (VMware VROOM! Blog)
Performance of Exchange Server 2007 in a Fault Tolerant Virtual Machine (VMware VROOM! Blog)

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