Tag Archive: Top 10


Oct 06 2012

Top 10 things you must read about vSphere 5.1

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There has been so many documents, white papers, videos and blog posts posted about the vSphere 5.1 release that it’s hard to keep up with them all. I have at least 250 links gathered in my vSphere 5.1 Link-o-rama and it is still growing. With so many links it’s easy to miss some of┬áthe┬áreally good …

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May 01 2009

Top 10 things you must read about VMware vSphere

VMware vSphere 4 Cheat Sheet – A cheat sheet document from VMware on vSphere that outlines new features, editions, entitlements and comparison tables to other virtualization products. vSphere 4 Pricing, Packaging and Licensing Overview – A white paper from VMware that outlines the various vSphere and VMware vCenter Server editions and the latest changes to …

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Mar 26 2009

Top 10 things you must read about VMFS & Virtual Disks

VMware Virtual Machine File System: Technical Overview and Best Practices – A white paper from VMware that gives a technology overview of VMFS, including a discussion of features and their benefits. It also provides best practices and architectural considerations for deployment of VMFS. Recommendations for Aligning VMFS Partitions – A white paper from VMware that …

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Mar 18 2009

Top 10 things you must read about Virtual Machines

Anatomy of a virtual machine (Pt. 1) – An article from Tech Target that covers what a virtual machine is and the differences between the physical hardware of a host server and the virtual hardware that a virtual machine sees. Anatomy of a virtual machine (Pt. 2) – An article from Tech Target that covers …

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Feb 11 2009

Top 10 things you must read about Patching and Monitoring ESX & ESXi hosts

Best Practices for Patching VMware ESX/ESXi – This best practices document from VMware gives a brief explanation of patching and the different mechanisms for applying patches for the VMware ESX 3.5 product line. It focuses on the ESX patching model, patch packaging, and deliverables- key topics you need to understand to maintain your ESX systems. …

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Jan 11 2009

Top 10 PowerShell scripts that VMware administrators must use

Quick Migration – A script from Mike DiPetrillo that duplicates the Quick Migration of HyperV in a VMware environment by suspending a running VM and moving it to another ESX host server. Report into MS Word – A script from Alan Renouf that provides a report in Microsoft Word of the virtual machines in your …

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Jan 08 2009

Top 10 things you must read about VMware High Availability (HA)

VMware High Availability – Concepts, Implementation and Best Practices – A white paper from VMware that provides a high level overview of HA, technical details on how it works, how to implement it and best practices for using it. HA Technical Best Practices – A technical presentation from VMware on HA technical details, best practices …

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Dec 08 2008

Top 10 things you must read about Processors (CPUs) and Virtualization

ESX Server CPU Scheduling – A VMworld 2007 presentation (free registration required) on CPU scheduling that covers how it works, performance tips, how to use ESXTOP for analysis and using resource controls. ESX Server 2 Best Practices Using VMware Virtual SMP – A white paper from VMware that provides information on when and when not …

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Dec 08 2008

Top 10 things you should read about VMware’s VMotion technology

VMware VMotion and CPU Compatibility – A white paper from VMware that explains how VMotion works, the differences between CPU types and features, what CPU masks are and how to use them and what Enhanced VMotion is. Understanding CPU Compatibility Constraints for VMotion (VMworld 2007 – free registration required) – A VMworld 2007 presentation that …

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Dec 08 2008

Top 10 things you should read about Virtualization and Compliance

How Server Virtualization Impacts Data Security and PCI Compliance – A great webinar that handles the topic of how server virtualization impacts PCI compliance. This is often a misunderstood area as virtualization is not specifically covered in the PCI specification. How to Achieve Security and Satisfy Compliance – A VMworld 2007 presentation (free registration required) …

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Nov 06 2008

Top 10 Blogs that VMware administrators must read

Yellow Bricks – Duncan Epping’s relatively new blog on VMware topics is another great source for technical tips and information. Duncan recently accepted a job working for VMware and we look forward to more great posts from him. Scott Lowe’s blog – Scott Lowe blogs on many technical areas that administrators will find extremely useful. …

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Oct 12 2008

Top 10 things you must read about ESXi

Installing and Configuring ESXi (Pt. 1) – A basic guide to installing and configuring the installable version of ESXi. Two ways to patch ESXi installable (Pt. 2) – A basic guide on using two different methods for patching ESXi. VMware ESX Server 3i – A presentation from VMware on ESXi, this executive summary provides an …

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Oct 12 2008

Top 10 things you must read about VMworld 2008

Day 1 (Tuesday) Paul Maritz Keynote also here and here – Several links from the Day 1 keynote including the official webcast and live blogging with commentary. This keynote introduced some of the new concepts and products that Vmware has planned for the future. Day 2 (Wednesday) Stephen Herrod Keynote also here and here – …

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Jul 14 2008

Top 10 News and Information websites that VMware administrators must visit

Virtualization.info – This popular website covers the entire virtualization industry and is a great source for all the latest news. Alessandro often reports major news scoops before anyone else and is the place to go to find out all the news, speculation and rumors in the industry. Tech Target’s SearchVMware.com – Tech Target’s website that …

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Jul 14 2008

Top 10 things you must read when making a Business Case for implementing VMware

Getting the Green Light for Your Virtual Infrastructure – A VMworld 2007 presentation from VMware on the benefits of virtualization as well as the financial and commerical aspects. Covers virtualization strategies, communication methods and the development of business plans and cost models. Will also show you how to make the strongest case for virtual infrastructure …

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