Category Archive: vSphere Links

Mar 04 2012

HA/DRS/Storage DRS

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

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Mar 04 2012

Virtualization 101

Virtualization in the trenches with VMware, Part 1: Basics and benefits (Ars Technica)
Virtualization in the trenches with VMware, Part 2: Storage, networking, and blades (Ars Technica)
Virtualization in the trenches with VMware, Part 3: Networking in the enterprise (Ars Technica)
Virtualization in the trenches with VMware, Part 4: Performance tuning your virtualized enterprise setup (Ars Technica)
Virtualization in the trenches with VMware, Part 5: Physical-to-virtual conversion in the enterprise (Ars Technica)
Back to basics (Part 1): Virtualization 101
(Virtualization Admin)
Back to basics (Part 2): Virtualization 101: A Storage Primer (Virtualization Admin)
Back to basics (Part 3): Virtualization 101: A Storage Primer (Cont.) (Virtualization Admin)

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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)
New Training Course – VMware vSphere: Overview [V5.0] (NTPro.nl)
New VCP 3 to VCP 5 Upgrade Path (NTPro.nl)
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] Training Course by VMware Education (ESX Virtualization)
VMware vSphere 5 Video Training – Now Available (Petri IT)
VCP 5 Beta Exam – a Pass – but it aint easy (Technodrone)
VCP5 vs VCP4: Comparing exam blueprints (vmDK)

Command Line Interface (CLI)

ESXi 5.0 Command Line Part 1 – Introduction to the new ESXCLI (ESXi Chronicles)
Does the new 5.0 ESXCLI eliminate the need for vCLI? (ESXi Chronicles)
Major Enhancements in esxcli for vSphere 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
What’s New in VMware Vsish for ESXi 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
How to Format and Create VMFS5 Volume using the CLI in ESXi 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
New vSphere 5 CLI Utilities/Tricks Marketing Did Not Tell You About Part 1 (Virtually Ghetto)
New vSphere 5 CLI Utilities/Tricks Marketing Did Not Tell You About Part 2 (Virtually Ghetto)
New vSphere 5 CLI Utilities/Tricks Marketing Did Not Tell You About Part 3 (Virtually Ghetto)
How to Add a Splash of Remote Color to ESXi Shell (Virtually Ghetto)
Host Profiles Free in ESXi 5? (Virtually Ghetto)
Tips and Tricks for vMA 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
How-to fix vMA 5.0 password complexity issue (vReality)
vSphere 5.0: ESXCLI (Yellow Bricks)

Documentation

vSphere 5.0 Documentation Center (VMware)
vSphere Documentation Main Page (VMware)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 (VMware)

Downloads

ESXi 5.0 Installable
vCenter Server5.0 and modules

ESXi

What’s New with ESXi in vSphere 5.0? (ESXi Chronicles)
What’s in a VIB? (ESXi Chronicles)
Setting up the ESXi 5.0 Dump Collector (ESXi Chronicles)
Setting up the ESXi Syslog Collector (ESXi Chronicles)
ESXi and Lopsided Bootbanks (ESXi Chronicles)
Sample Scripts for Automating Auto Deploy (ESXi Chronicles)
Tech Support Mode Warnings Revisited In vSphere 5 (Boche.net)
mem.minfreepct Sliding Scale Function (Frank Denneman)
vSphere 5 – How to run ESXi stateless with vSphere Auto Deploy (Gabe’s Virtual World)
Create a bootable VMware ESXi 5 USB stick in Windows and perform a scripted installation (Ivo Beerens)
Create a VMware ESXi 5 PXE unattended scripted installation using Windows (Ivo Beerens)
Virtual HD Audio Hardware in vSphere 5 (Kendrick Coleman)
vSphere 5 Hardware Version 8 & New vCPU Config for Licensing Trickery (Kendrick Coleman)
Introducing Virtual NUMA in vSphere 5 (Krystaltek)
ESXi 5.0 Enhanced Security Profile (My Virtual Cloud)
vSphere 5 What’s New – Image Builder and Auto Deploy (NTPro.nl)
vSphere 5 Video – EFI the Extensible Firmware Interface (NTPro.nl)
vSphere 5 Auto Deploy Demo (NTPro.nl)
3 Design Considerations for Your vSphere 5 Auto Deploy Environment (Paul Richards)
Running VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 on the HP Proliant Microserver (TechHead)
How to enable & disable ESXi Host SSH via the vSphere Client in vSphere 5 (TechHead)
Connecting a USB device to an ESXi 5.0 VM (Technodrone)
VMware ESXi 5 Interactive PXE Installation Improvements (vCritical)
VMware ESXi 5 Scripted Install to USB Flash (vCritical)
Getting Started with ESXi 5 (Part 1) (Virtualization Admin)
Getting Started with ESXi 5 (Part 2) – Create your first virtual machine (Virtualization Admin)
Automation with ESXi and vSphere 5.0 (Virtualization Practice)
Automating ESXi 5.x Kickstart Tips & Tricks (Virtually Ghetto)
SSH Keys & Lockdown Mode Caveat in ESXi 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
Free Linux & Windows Syslog Alternatives to depercated vi-logger in vMA 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
ESXi 5.0 Supportability Features (VMware Support Insider)
Punch Zeros! (Yellow Bricks)
ESXi 5.0 and Scripted Installs (Yellow Bricks)
ESXi 5: Suppressing the local/remote shell warning (Yellow Bricks)
Cheat sheet – Auto deploy (Yellow Bricks)
Understanding Memory Management in VMware vSphere 5 (VMware)

Feature Demo Videos

vSphere Storage Appliance Installation and Configuration Demo (VMware TV)
vSphere Auto Deploy Demo (VMware TV)
vSphere Storage Appliance Resilience Demo (VMware TV)
vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Demo (VMware TV)
vSphere Storage DRS Demo (VMware TV)
vSphere Web Client Demo (VMware TV)

General

VMware Cloud Infrastructure Launch – VMware vSphere 5 (VMware TV)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5 and vCenter Heartbeat 6.4 (VMware TV)
VMware Unveils vSphere 5 and the Cloud Infrastructure Suite (The Console Blog)
Sessions for VMware vSphere 5 and Cloud Infrastructure Suite (VMTN Blog)
VMware vSphere 5 digs deep into infrastructure pie (SearchVMware)
Five big changes in VMware vSphere 5 to consider before updating (SearchVMware)
Five vSphere 5 features that flew under the radar (SearchVMware)
Virtualization Wars: Episode V – VMware Strikes Back (Boche.net)
vSphere 5 and Cloud Infrastructure Suite introduced (ESX Virtualization)
Five vSphere 5.0 enhancements you may have missed (Infoworld Virtualization Report)
Slide Deck from the vSphere 5 / SRM 5 Presentations (Jason Nash)
VMware vSphere 5 (Knudt Blog)
My first vSphere 5 “Monster VM” (My Virtual Cloud)
Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to vSphere 5 (Pivot Point)
Running Apple OSX Lion on vSphere 5 (Pivot Point)
Unclear future for the free vSphere Hypervisor (Rickard Nobel)
VMware’s Launch Event (Scott Lowe)
VMware vSphere 5.0 – What’s New & Exciting (TechHead)
VMware vSphere 5: The BIG feature list (The VM Guy)
VMware vSphere can virtualize itself + 64-bit nested guests (vCritical)
The Arrival of VMware vSphere 5 (vDestination)
Raising the Bar V = vSphere 5! (Virtual Geek)
vSphere 5 (Virtualised Reality)
vSphere 5 – New vSphere Web Client (Virtualised Reality)
5 Features of vSphere 5 That You Should Care About (Virtualization Admin)
What’s new in vSphere 5 (Part 1) (Virtualization Admin)
What’s new in vSphere 5 (Part 2) (Virtualization Admin)
5 Design Considerations for vSphere 5 (Virtualization Review)
vSphere 5 – Virtualize Business Critical Applications with Confidence (Virtualization Practice)
How to Enable Support for Nested 64bit & Hyper-V VMs in vSphere 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
When Can I Run Apple OSX on vSphere 5? (Virtually Ghetto)
VMware vSphere 5.0 Overview (VMackem)
Liveblogging the VMware vSphere 5 Launch (vmDK)
VMware announces vSphere 5 (VMGuru.nl)
Live Blog: Raising The Bar, Part V (Yellow Bricks)
5 is the magic number (Yellow Bricks)

High Availability (HA)

vSphere 5.0 is released with new HA features! (VMware Uptime Blog)
vSphere HA 5.0 Best Practices Guide Now Available! (VMware Uptime Blog)
Supported vSphere 5.0 Advanced Options (VMware Uptime Blog)
vSphere 5 – New High Availability Agent Introduced – FDM (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 5 What’s New – High Availability (HA) (NTPro.nl)
vSphere 5 Release-HA Improvements (Virtual Bill)
VM HA – Laying a foundation for today and tomorrow (Virtual Geek)
There’s a new mob in town, FDM MOB for ESXi 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
New vSphere 5 HA, DRS and SDRS Advanced/Hidden Options (Virtually Ghetto)
How Fast is the New vSphere 5 HA/DRS on 64 Node Cluster? FAST! (Virtually Ghetto)
New Application Awareness API in vSphere 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
HA Architecture Series – FDM (1/5) (Yellow Bricks)
HA Architecture Series – Primary nodes? (2/5) (Yellow Bricks)
HA Architecture Series – Datastore Heartbeating (3/5) (Yellow Bricks)
HA Architecture Series – Restarting VMs (4/5) (Yellow Bricks)
HA Architecture Series – Advanced Settings (5/5) (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5.0 HA: Changes in admission control (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5.0 HA: Application Monitoring intro (Yellow Bricks)
Partitioned Cluster with HA vSphere 5, who owns what? (Yellow Bricks)

Home Labs

Will the HP Proliant ML110 G5 & ML115 G5 work with VMware vSphere 5? (TechHead)
VMware ESXi 5 whitebox supported motherboard (Ivo Beerens)

Licensing (post 8/3/11)

VMware has a change of heart on licensing (vSphere-land)
Official: Revisions to VMware vSphere 5 Licensing (The Lone Sysadmin)
Changes to the vRAM licensing model introduced on July 12, 2011 (VMware’s Rethink IT)
Adjusting the New vRAM Model with vSphere 5 – We Heard You! (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware relents, changes license model for vSphere 5. Here’s a new analysis of the desktop pricing (Brian Madden)
VMware listens to customers, changes vSphere 5 licensing again (InfoWorld Virtualization Report)
VMware Announces Revised vRAM Licensing! (Jason Nash)
VMware Listened: vSphere 5 Licensing Changes (Latoga Labs)
vSphere 5 License Entitlement changes (Virtu-al)
VMware Licensing Debate Post-Mortem (Virtual Insanity)
Impact of Latest vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing Model upon Data Center Virtualization and Virtualization Management (Virtualization Practice)

Licensing (pre 8/3/11)

VMware vSphere 5.0 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging (VMware)
vSphere 5 Purchase Advisor (VMware)
vSphere 5 Entitlement Mapping (VMware)
Upgrading to VMware vSphere License Keys (VMware)
vSphere Desktop – vSphere Edition to host Desktop Virtualization FAQ (VMware)
Understanding the vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing Model (VMware – Rethink IT)
Why VMware licensing changed in vSphere 5 and what it means for you (SearchVMware)
How VMware can fix the vSphere 5 licensing mess (SearchVMware)
VMware vSphere 5 licensing sets virtual RAM limits (SearchVMware)
VSphere 5 licensing furor calms down, but problems remain (SearchVMware)
VMware vSphere 5 pits scale-up against scale-out (SearchVMware)
VMware shops search for savings on vSphere 5 licenses (SearchVMware)
VMware users suggest changes to vSphere 5 licensing model (SearchVMware)
VMware CTO explains vSphere 5 licensing changes (SearchCloudComputing)
Scale Up with VMware vSphere 5: “I’m Not Dead Yet!” (Aaron Delp)
Will VMware’s new licensing scheme open the door for Microsoft? (Ars Technica)
Dear VMware … (AuTechheads)
vSphere 5 Licensing – Not Quite So Bad? (Blue Shift)
Is VMware screwing the non-View VDI community with the vSphere 5 licensing changes? (Brian Madden)
Confirmed: VMware will introduce a new “vSphere Desktop” license for vSphere 5. But should you use it? (Brian Madden)
Opinion: What you need to know about vSphere 5’s new pricing model (Computer World)
VMware Customers Fuming Over vSphere 5 Licensing Changes (CRN)
How to Save With New vSphere 5 Licensing Model (DoubleCloud)
vSphere 5 licensing with vRAM isn’t that bad at all (Gabe’s Virtual World)
#vTax FUD real life example (Hans DeLeenheer)
vSphere 5 Licensing – Enterprise Viewpoint (It’s Just Another Layer)
VMware vSphere 5 licensing explained (Ivo Beerens)
vSphere 5 Licensing – Are We Overreacting? (Jason Nash)
Is VMware Killing Itself? (Motley Fool)
vSphere License Changes Bring Out Pitchforks (Network Computing)
The new vRAM license model in vSphere 5 (Rickard Nobel)
vSphere 5 Licensing is (some kind of) per-VM licensing (Technodrone)
Yes, VMware’s License Change Is That Bad: It’s A Trap! (The Data Center Overlords)
The Five Stages of VMware Licensing Grief (The Lone Sysadmin)
A Look at VMware Licensing & Environment Growth (The Lone Sysadmin)
VMware Scale Up vs. Scale Out: The Big Picture (The Lone Sysadmin)
VMware pricing changes add cost to cloud (The Troposphere)
VSphere 5 licensing: VMware also considered… (The Virtualization Room)
How to determine your vRAM footprint in vCenter (The VM Guy)
Licensing in VMware vSphere 5 (ThinkCloud)
VMware licensing : vRAM entitlement explained (ThinkCloud)
vSphere Licensing : Desktop edition (ThinkCloud)
vSphere 5 Licensing: A few things to consider ($blogname)
vSphere 5: What’s in Enterprise Plus? (Virtual Future)
vSphere 5 for Desktops license (Virtual Future)
The calm after the storm – My take on vRAM (Virtual Insanity)
Calculated Cost Implications of vSphere 5 Licensing (Virtual VCP)
A Deeper Look Into VMware vSphere 5 Licensing (Virtual VCP)
vSphere 5 License Entitlements (Virtu-al)
Understanding vSphere5 Licensing (Virtualised Reality)
vSphere 5 – Did VMware Misjudge its Licensing Changes? (Virtualization Practice)
Licensing: Pools and Architecture Changes? (Virtualization Practice)
VMware vSphere 5 vRAM Pricing and Taxes (Virtualization Practice)
Could the new vSphere vRAM Pricing Slow Down Virtualizing Business Critical Applications? (Virtualization Practice)
7 reasons why VMware vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing is not as bad as it Look at First Glance (Virtualization Team)
New VMware licensing explained (VMGuru.nl)
vRAM licensing with VMware View (VMGuru.nl)
vSphere 5 Licensing thread (VMTN forums)
VMware Enterprise or Enterprise Plus? (VMware Info)
vSphere 5 and new licensing – Good or bad? (vNinja)
vSphere Licensing – Doing Some Math (vTesseract)
Scale Up/Out and impact of vRAM?!? (part 2) (Yellow Bricks)

Licensing Calculators

vSphere Licensing Advisor (VMware)
Simple VMware vSphere 4 & 5 License Calculator (Virtual VCP)
VMware vSphere 4 versus vSphere 5 for VDI desktops licensing cost calculator (Brian Madden)

Licensing Scripts

Download License Validator Script (Virtu-al)
Query vRAM (LucD)
Discover Memory Overallocations (LucD)
Calculate vSphere 5 Licenses with Powershell (PeetersOnline)

Networking

Configuring the ESXi firewall in VMware vSphere 5 (SearchVMware)
vSphere 5 New Networking Features – Introduction (VMware Networking Blog)
vSphere 5 New Networking Features – NetFlow (VMware Networking Blog)
vSphere 5 New Networking Features – Port Mirroring (VMware Networking Blog)
Multicast Performance on vSphere 5.0 (VMware VROOM Blog)
vSphere 5 new Networking features (My Virtual Cloud)
LLDP support added in vSphere 5 (Rickard Nobel)
Multi-NIC vMotion Support In vSphere 5.0 (Frank Denneman)
Leveraging the vSphere 5.0 NetFlow support to monitor and report traffic data in a Service Provider vCloud environment (Hypervizor)
vSphere 5 How To Series: vDS Port Mirroring (Jason Nash)
vSphere 5 Brings VMKernel Port Binding To The GUI (Kendrick Coleman)
Configure iSCSI port binding in VMware vSphere 5.0 (Krystaltek)
vSphere 5 Video – ESXi Firewall Configuration (NTPro.nl)
Video – How to setup a vSphere 5 Port Mirror (NTPro.nl)
Video – Enabling NetFlow on vSphere 5 Distributed Switches (NTPro.nl)
Video – vSphere 5 User Defined Network Resource Pools (NTPro.nl)
vSphere 5 and the new vSphere Distributed Switch – NetFlow (Virtual Insanity)
How to Create Custom Firewall Rules in ESXi 5.0 (Virtually Ghetto)
vDS Netflow explained (vroem.co.za)

Performance

Achieving a Million I/O Operations per Second from a Single VMware vSphere 5.0 Host (VMware VROOM Blog)
Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.0 (VMware VROOM Blog)
vMotion Architecture, Performance, and Best Practices in VMware vSphere 5 (VMware VROOM Blog)
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Performance on vSphere 5 (VMware VROOM Blog)

Release Notes

Scripting

How to Automate Host Cache Configuration in ESXi 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
2 Hidden Virtual Machine Gems in the vSphere 5 API (Virtually Ghetto)
New vSphere Health Check 5.0 & ghettoVCB Script (Scripting)
PowerCLI 5.0: New cmdlets and PowerShell snap-ins for vSphere (SearchVMware)
What’s new in PowerCLI 5? (vmDK)
PowerCLI Poster 5.0 (vSphere PowerCLI Blog)
PowerCLI 5.0 – Better than ever before (vSphere PowerCLI Blog)

SRM

Look what’s new with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager v5.0! (VMware Uptime Blog)
Failback? Where is the button!? (VMware Uptime Blog)
SRM 5 and Scripts (VMware Uptime Blog)
Bulk IP Customization in SRM 5 (VMware Uptime Blog)
SRM 5 Evaluator Guide (VMware Uptime Blog)
VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 Overview (Around the Storage Block)
SRM 5 vSphere Replication – how to install and configure (Fred van Donk)
What’s New in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 (NTPro.nl)
Site Recovery Manager 5: The BIG Feature List (The VMGuy)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0 Demo (Vimeo)
HBR (Host Based Replication) CLI for SRM 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
New SRM 5 APIs (Virtually Ghetto)

Storage

vSphere Blogs Series

vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 1 – VMFS-5 (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 2 – Storage vMotion (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 3 – VAAI (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 4 – Storage DRS – Initial Placement (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 5 – Storage DRS – Balance On Space Usage (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 6 – Storage DRS – Balance On I/O Metrics (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 7 – VMFS-5 & GPT (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 8 – Handling the All Paths Down (APD) condition (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 9 – Snapshot Consolidate (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 10 – VASA – vSphere Storage APIs – Storage Awareness (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 11 – Profile Driven Storage (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 12 – iSCSI Multipathing Enhancements (VMware vSphere Blog)

General

VMware vSphere Replication breaks disaster recovery storage barriers (SearchVMware)
VMware vSphere 5 storage management features pique interest (SearchVMware)
Enhanced Storage vMotion in vSphere 5 with Mirror Mode (Deinos Cloud)
Configuring FCoE for VMware ESXi 5.0 (Intel)
How vSphere 5 Challenges Storage Design (Krystaltek)
vSphere 5.0 Datastore Clusters & VDI (My Virtual Cloud)
vSphere 5.0 New .vswp file & Storage Tax on VDI (My Virtual Cloud)
vSphere 5 What’s New – Storage DRS (NTPro.nl)
vSphere 5 Video – iSCSI User Interface support (NTPro.nl)
ESXi 5.0 partitions (Rickard Nobel)
Setting up Software FCoE on vSphere 5 (Scott Lowe)
Storage Changes in VMware vSphere 5 (Stephen Foskett)
vSphere 5 – APD gets a new friend… PDL (Virtual Geek)
NFS changes in vSphere 5 and true scale-out NAS (Virtual Geek)
vSphere 5: Storage Chum Chum (Virtual Tacit)
How to Trick ESXi 5 in seeing an SSD Datastore (Virtually Ghetto)
Virtualized Exchange Storage: VMDK or RDM or…? (VMware Business Critical Applications Blog)
Guest OS Partition Alignment (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware’s Software FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) Adapter (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage vMotion, Storage DRS & Virtual Machine Snapshots Interoperability (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage vMotion, Storage DRS & Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Interoperability (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage vMotion, Storage DRS and vSphere Replication Interoperability – Revisited (VMware vSphere Blog)
Performance Implications of Storage I/O Control-Enabled NFS Datastores in VMware vSphere 5.0 (VMware White Paper)
vSphere 5.0: Storage vMotion and the Mirror Driver (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5.0: Storage initiatives (Yellow Bricks)
Swap to host cache aka swap to SSD? (Yellow Bricks)

vStorage APIs

Overview vSphere Storage API for Storage Awareness (VASA) (Around the Storage Block)
The new vSphere 5.0 VAAI primitives (Around the Storage Block)
vSphere 5.0 – Optimized storage efficiency (VAAI phase 2) (Hu’s Blog)
vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) (Pivot Point)
A Deeper Look at VASA (Scott Lowe)
Hidden VAAI Command (Scott Lowe)
A Complete List of VMware VAAI Primitives (Stephen Foskett)
vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) -vSphere 5 edition (Virtual Geek)
Why VASA is important to have in your VMware CASA (Virtualization Practice)
A sneak-peek at how some of VMware’s Storage Partners are implementing VASA (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0: UNMAP (vaai feature) (Yellow Bricks)

Storage DRS

Upgrading VMFS datastores and SDRS (Frank Denneman)
SDRS out of space avoidance (Frank Denneman)
Datastore unable to enter SDRS Maintenance mode (Krystaltek)
vSphere 5 Video – Storage DRS (NTPro.nl)
Happy World: VMware SDRS or Auto-Tier? (Virtual Tacit)
NetApp & Storage DRS (Virtualization Arcade)
VMware vSphere v5 and Storage DRS (Virtualization Practice)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Technical Whitepaper (VMware)
VMware vSphere Storage DRS Interoperability (VMware Tech Paper)
vSphere Storage DRS Demo (VMware TV)
Storage DRS Demo (VMware Videos)
vSphere 5.0: Storage DRS introduction (Yellow Bricks)
Storage DRS interoperability (Yellow Bricks)
SDRS and Auto-Tiering solutions – The Injector (Yellow Bricks)
VMware vSphere 5: Feature Spotlight – Storage DRS (vSamurai)
Harnessing vSphere 5′s Datastore Clusters and SDRS (Wahl Network)

Profile Driven Storage

Profile Driven Storage Demo (VMware Videos)
vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Demo (VMware TV)
vSphere 5 What’s New – Profile Driven Storage (NTPro.nl)
vSphere 5.0: Profile-Driven Storage, what is it good for? (Yellow Bricks)

VMFS5

2TB VMDKs on Upgraded VMFS-3 to VMFS-5. Really? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Exactly how big can I make a single-extent VMFS-5 datastore? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Upgraded VMFS-5: Automatic Partition Format Change (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMFS-5 VMFS-3, What’s the Deal? (Boche.net)
VMFS-5 introduced in vSphere 5 (ESX Virtualization)
VMFS-5-what you need to know in a nutshell… (Virtual Geek)
VMFS-5 LUN Sizing (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5.0: What has changed for VMFS? (Yellow Bricks)

vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC)

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Case Study (VMware Tech Paper)

vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)

vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) – Introduction (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) – A Very Nice Resilience Feature (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) – Installed & Configured in under 10 minutes (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) – Even More Resilience (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Storage Appliance – Can I run vCenter on a VSA cluster member? (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance – How does it work? (VMware TV)
vSphere Storage Appliance Resilience Demo (VMware TV)
vSphere Storage Appliance Installation and Configuration Demo (VMware TV)
vSphere 5 What’s New – Storage Appliance (VSA) (NTPro.nl)
VMware Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) v1.0 – The Facts & The Features (The VM Guy)
Getting Starting with the vSphere 5 vCenter Server Appliance (Virtualization Admin)
VMware: Install & Configure vCenter Server Appliance (vmDK)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Evaluation Guide (VMware)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance FAQ (VMware KB article)
General vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) licensing information (VMware KB article)

Upgrade

VMware vSphere Upgrade Center (VMware)
VMware vSphere 5.0 Upgrade Best Practices (VMware Tech Paper)
vSphere 5 – upgrading vCenter Server video (ESX Virtualization)
My Thoughts on Upgrading to vSphere 5 (The Lone Sysadmin)
vSphere 5 video – Migrating from ESX 4.1 to ESXi 5.0 (NTPro.nl)
Upgrade path to vSphere 5 (vInfrastructure Blog)
Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The hardware part (vInfrastructure Blog)
Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The View 5 part (vInfrastructure Blog)
Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The vSphere part (vInfrastructure Blog)
Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The VM part (vInfrastructure Blog)
Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The storage part (vInfrastructure Blog)
Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The backup part (vInfrastructure Blog)
Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – Conclusions (vInfrastructure Blog)
Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5 (Virtual IEF)
How to Automate the Upgrade of Classic ESX 4.x to ESXi 5 (Virtually Ghetto)
VMware: Upgrading ESXi 4.1 U1 to ESXi 5 with Update Manager (vmDK)
How to: Upgrade to vSphere 5 (VMguru.nl)

vCenter Server

General

vSphere 5 – vCenter as a linux VM (ESX Virtualization)
Configure a vCenter 5.0 integrated Syslog server (Boche.net)
vCenter Server 5.0 and MS SQL Database Permissions (Boche.net)
VUM – VMware Update Manager installation Video from my Lab (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 5 – Installing web client (ESX Virtualization)
Demo Video of the new snapshot consolidation feature in vSphere 5 (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere vCenter 5 Design Considerations (Kendrick Coleman)
Update Manager Changes on vSphere 5 (Malaysia VM)
vSphere 5 Video – The vSphere Web Client (NTPro.nl)
vSphere 5 Web Client Demo (NTPro.nl)
Video – Running vMotion on multiple-network adaptors (NTPro.nl)
Easy installations for vCenter and VMware Update Manager (Mike Laverick)
VMware vSphere 5 and Update Manager Bliss (Virtual Insanity)
Creating a vSphere Update Manager Depot (VMware Tech Paper)
No more Windows Patching via VMware Update Manager 5 (VMware Info)
The design options grow with vCenter 5 (Forbes Guthrie)
vSphere 5:0 vMotion Enhancements (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5.0: vMotion enhancement, tiny but very welcome! (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5 – Metro vMotion (Yellow Bricks)
Multiple-NIC vMotion in vSphere 5 (Yellow Bricks)
VMware vCenter Design and Installation Options (Virtualization Admin)
VMware vSphere vMotion Architecture, Performance and Best Practices in VMware vSphere 5 (VMware)
Getting Started with vSphere 5: vCenter Server 5 Basic Installation (VMware KB TV)

vCenter Server Virtual Appliance

vCenter Server Appliance. Part 1 – Configuration and deployment (Juanma’s Blog)
vCenter Server Appliance. Part 2 – vCenter associated services (Juanma’s Blog)
vCenter Server Appliance. Part 3 – Managing the embedded DB2 database (Juanma’s Blog)
vCenter 5 – To Appliance or Not? (Kendrick Coleman)
VMware vCenter Server Appliance and vRAM Reporting (vCritical)
How to Configure the vSphere 5 vCenter Server Appliance (Virtualization Admin)
vSphere 5 vCenter Server Virtual Appliance Quick-Start Guide (VMwire)
VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (VCSA) features and benefits (VMwire)
vCenter Appliance (Yellow Bricks)

vCloud Director

What’s New in VMware vCloud Director 1.5 (NTPro.nl)
Installing vCloud Director 1.5 With SQL Server 2008 (Kendrick Coleman)
VMware vCloud Director 1.5 Config Maximums (Virtual-blog)
Automating vCloud Director 1.5 & Oracle DB Installation (Virtually Ghetto)
Cool Undocumented Features in vCloud Director 1.5 (Virtually Ghetto)
What’s New in VMware vCloud Director 1.5 (VMware TV)

Videos

VMware Unveils vSphere 5 and Cloud Infrastructure Suite (VMwareTV)
VMware vSphere 5 Licensing & Pricing (VMware)
vChat – Episode 19 – LIVE from the VMware vSphere 5 Launch in San Francisco (VMware Videos)
Interview of Ed Hsu, VMware VSA Product Manager by David Davis (VMware Videos)
Duncan Epping Interviewed by David Davis about vSphere 5 and his New Book! (VMware Videos)
Overview of VMware’s July 2011 Products (Wikibon)
Breaking Down the VMware Announcement (Wikibon)
David Floyer Breaks Down the VMware Announcement (Wikibon)
What’s Missing from the VMware Announcement? (Wikibon)
The Services Angle on VMware’s July 2011 Announcement (Wikibon)
The Storage Angle on VMware’s Announcement (Wikibon)
New VMware Licensing Confuses Users and the Ecosystem Alike (Wikibon)

vShield

Updated VMware vShield App 5 includes sensitive data discovery (SearchVMware)
What’s New in VMware vShield 5.0 – Trust Your Cloud (VMware TV)
What’s New in VMware vShield 5 (NTPro.nl)
vShield App with Data Security … my favorite part of vSphere 5 (Common Denial)
vShield App 5 Data Security = awesomesauce and free to try… (Virtual Geek)

What’s New Whitepapers

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Platform (VMware)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Storage (VMware)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Performance (VMware)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Networking (VMware)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Availability (VMware)
What’s New in VMware vCloud Director 1.5 (VMware)
What’s New in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (VMware)
What’s New in VMware Data Recovery 2.0 (VMware)

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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 5.0 on HP ML110 G7 (Bussink.ch)
2013 Homelab refresh (Bussink.ch)
HP ML110 G7 and Power Management (iLO3 & vSphere DPM) (Bussink.ch)
New ESXi test box: the green machine (Conrey.org)
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 (NTPro.nl)
New ESX WhiteBox Asus V3-P5G45 (NTPro.nl)
A VMware High-Availability Cluster at Home (NTPro.nl)
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 (SearchVMware.com)
VMware lab at home: Assembling the parts for advanced vSphere features (SearchVMware.com)
Sifting through the hardware options for advanced VMware home labs (SearchVMware.com)
Creating a VMware home lab: Dollars and sense (SearchVMware.com)
My VMware vSphere Home lab configuration (Shogan.tech)
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 (vClouds.nl)
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 (Vinf.net)
Distributed Power Management (DPM) for your Home Lab (Vinf.net)
vT.A.R.D.I.S – 10 ESXi node cluster on a trolley as demonstrated at London VMUG (Vinf.net)
vTARDIS Cloud (Vinf.net)
Performance Update on Cheap vSphere Server (Vinf.net)
Cheap vSphere Server (Vinf.net)
New Home Lab Design (Vinf.net)
iTARDIS vSphere on a Mac Mini (Vinf.net)
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 (VM-help.com)
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” (Vuemuer.it)
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++)

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Nov 30 2009

Distributed Power Management

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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)

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Jul 09 2009

vShield Zones Links

vShield Zones: What it is and how it works (Pt. 1) (SearchVMware)
Installing and Configuring vShield Zones (Pt. 2) (SearchVMware)
Quick tips for managing vShield Zones (Pt. 3) (SearchVMware)
Introduction to vShield Zones (VMware)
vShield Zones 1.0 FAQ (VMware)
vShield Zones featured on VMTN Community Roundtable Podcast (Talkshoe)
VMware vShield Zones (Musings of Rodos)
Why use vShield Zones? (Virtualization Pro)
Securing vShield Zones CLI user accounts and the Privileged mode (KB article)
Which ports are required for vShield Zones operation? (KB article)
vShield Zones resource utilization and latency statistics (KB article)
Should I install VMware Tools for vShield Zones virtual machines? (KB article)
How is time integrity maintained between vShield agents and the vShield Manager? (KB article)

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Jul 09 2009

VMware Data Recovery Links

VMware Data Recovery Product Page (VMware)
VMware Data Recovery FAQ (VMware)
VMware Data Recovery Evaluator’s Guide (VMware)
VMware Data Recovery Product Datasheet (VMware)
Technical Track: VMware vCenter Data Recovery (webcast) (VMware)
VMware Data Recovery Manager: A guide to installing and using VDR (SearchDataBackup)
Test-driving VMware Data Recovery: A review & VMware responds (SearchVMware.com)
VMware’s Backup and Recovery product (VMware Uptime Blog)
VMware Data Recovery Taking Advantage of vSphere 4 (VMware Uptime Blog)
VMware Data Recovery 1.1 and File Level Restore (VMware Uptime Blog)
VMware Data Recovery Dedupe Store Setup Guideline (VI:OPS)
VMware Data Recovery and the hidden un-removable snapshots (NT Pro.nl)
Jing movie of the new VDR File Level Restore client for Windows (NT Pro.nl)
What is VMware Data Recovery? (RTFM Education)
VMware Data Recovery – a tool for Easy backups of your Virtual Infrastructure (ESX Virtualization)
Upgrading VMware Data Recovery to 1.1 and testing the new FLR GUI (ESX Virtualization)
Test Driving VMware Data Recovery (vDR) (The Hyper Advisor)
Archiving VMware Data Recovery Destination Stores (vSphere Blog)
Advanced vDR Configuration (Professional VMware)
Experimental support for File Level Restore in VMware Data Recovery (KB Article)

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