Tag Archive: News


Nov 16 2009

What’s new at vSphere-land

I thought I’d give an update on some of the new things happening on this website. The vLaunchpad has been updated and over-hauled, the blog roll has been alphabetized for easier viewing. I’ve added a new Storage blogs category since virtualization and storage seem to be so closely tied to each other. I added lots …

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Oct 28 2009

New white paper on 5 Ways VMware vSphere Improves Backup and Recovery

Veeam approached me recently and asked if I was interested in writing a white paper for them to coincide with their launch of latest version of Veeam Backup & Recovery (4.0). The timeframe for writing it was short but I accepted it because I was interested in learning more about the vStorage APIs and also …

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Aug 13 2009

Another new white paper: VMware vSphere 4 Fault Tolerance: Architecture and Performance

On the heals of the CPU Scheduler white paper comes another great one entitled VMware vSphere 4 Fault Tolerance: Architecture and Performance. If you plan on using the Fault Tolerance feature be sure and give this one a read. Also check out my many links on Fault Tolerance.

Aug 12 2009

New white paper: VMware vSphere 4: The CPU Scheduler in VMware ESX 4

VMware just released a new 21 page white paper entitled VMware vSphere 4: The CPU Scheduler in VMware ESX 4 that is all about how the mysterious CPU scheduler functions. This is a highly recommended read and the scheduler is one of the most important components of the hypervisor and therefore you should understand how …

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Aug 10 2009

Enough whining about the VMworld band already!

It’s been announced that Foreigner will be the band for the VMworld 2009 party this year and I have seen many negative comments about VMware’s choice. Personally I like the choice, I grew up listening to Foreigner in the 1980′s and there was many a time that I was cruising around in my Camaro with …

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Aug 06 2009

VMworld 2009 Links – your source for everything at VMworld

My VMworld 2009 link pages are now online and I am adding new links to them every day, currently most of the links are in the Travel Info and Things to do in SF categories but the other categories will be populated as the conference approaches and during it. Each day of the conference I …

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Aug 04 2009

New articles on vShield Zones and VMware Data Recovery

I recently wrote some articles for Tech Target on the two new products that were introduced in vSphere:  vShield Zones and VMware Data Recovery. The VMware Data Recovery article covers what it is, comparisons to 3rd party products and how to install and configure it. The vShield Zones article is a 3-part series that covers …

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Jul 20 2009

OK so it’s a poem and not a limerick…

Over in the VMworld forums Theron Conrey has a thread going for his big Sunday night VMworld bash and is encouraging people to write a VMworld themed limerick to get an extra raffle ticket to win great prizes. Since I didn’t want to deal with the strict rules that makeup a proper limerick I did …

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Jul 02 2009

And the winners of the VMware top blog are…

I’ve been putting together the top 10 and lately the top 20 VMware blogs based on a few factors but this time around I wanted to poll the user community to see what they thought the  top VMware blogs were. Well the people have spoken, there were about 350 votes cast, a few duplicates (I …

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Jun 17 2009

Downloading the vMA and vSphere CLI

I wanted to download the new vSphere virtual Management Assistant (replaced VIMA) and the vSphere CLI (replaced RCLI) to play around with them today and I spent at least 5 minutes trying to find them on VMware’s download site. The previous VI3 versions were available under the VI3 Downloads page on the Drivers & Tools …

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Jun 15 2009

Here’s your chance to pick the top VMware blogs

I have a hard time picking the top blogs from the many great ones that are out there. I initially started with a top 10 and recently expanded it to the top 20 as more and more blogs have started. In this post I outline my blog selection criteria for the top 20 and it’s …

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Jun 09 2009

Is your server hardware capable of running vSphere?

With VI3 you could run on either 32-bit or 64-bit server hardware but vSphere requires 64-bit hardware because the VMkernel and Service Console are now 64-bit. I did a tip a while ago for searchvmware.com that talks about this in detail and shows how you can test your hardware to see if the CPU supports …

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Jun 04 2009

Select VMworld sessions released for general public

About 2 months ago, John Troyer asked me for recommendations for 10 or so of some of the VMworld 2008 & VMworld Europe 2009 sessions to be released for free to non-attendees. It was hard picking just 10 and I ended up with about 30 of the ones I thought people would enjoy the most. …

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Jun 01 2009

VMware Release/Build Info

I’ve just added a new section to this site under the vInfo tab called Release/Build Info which contains tables with the release dates/build numbers for each version of ESX, ESXi, Consolidated Backup, vCenter Server and Converter as well as links to download them and to the release notes. The tables cover ESX from 2.5 to …

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May 27 2009

Visual proof of the benefits of virtualization

After

I was going through some old photos and came across these before and after photos of our virtualization project: These 3 HP DL385′s And this DL585 Replaced this assorted collection of DL360′s, DL585′s, ML530′s, BL10e’s, BL20p’s and more Visual proof of the benefits of virtualization

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