Tag Archive: vSphere 5

Jan 07 2012

What happened to vShield in vSphere 5?

I was updating my VMware build/release tables a few weeks ago and noticed that I could not find a version 5.0 of vShield Zones which is included with the Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions of VMware. When you go to the download links for vSphere 5 under the Enterprise Plus category it says VMware vShield Zones for vSphere 5 – 1.0 Update 1.


So I thought that can’t be right in vSphere 4.1 the version of vShield that was included was vShield Zones 4.1, how can it be version 1.0 now. In vSphere 4.1 there was the Zones version and the App version of vShield, you could upgrade from Zones to App by buying the licences for it and once you applied them Zones became App which provided more features that were not part of Zones.

So I was having lunch with Rob Randall, VMware’s security guru last week and asked him about it. Turns out they are no longer providing the updated vShield Zones as part of the bundle with Enterprise/Plus licenses. They did a switch-a-roo and are now providing the old version 1.0 Update 1 instead. I’m guessing they thought they were giving too much away for free with the updated vShield Zones which was not all the much different from vShield App and as a result people were not upgrading to App. This is disappointing as there is a huge difference between the 4.1 version of vShield and the  1.0 version. The biggest difference is version 1.0 does not use the VMsafe APIs and only worked inline between vSwitches in bridged mode. So if you are upgrading from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5 and you are using vShield Zones be aware that you are going to lose it after you upgrade. Your only options are to switch to version 1.0 (not very appealing) or cough up the dough to buy vShield App licenses. This VMware KB article breaks the bad news to you.

If you want to read more about vShield and the differences between the 1.0 and 4.1 versions as well as the differences between Zones & App I did a detailed multi-part series on each that you can read.

Nov 19 2011

New ESXi 5.0 build to fix Software iSCSI Initiator issue

VMware has recently released a new build of ESXi to fix a bug that causes ESXi to hang for a long period of time while it tries to connect to all iSCSI targets. I’ve personally seen this happen in my lab and it can take quite a long time for ESXi to boot as it will try 9 times to connect to each iSCSI target. VMware sees this as a serious enough issue that not only have they released a patch to fix the problem but they’ve also released a special patch express release of ESXi. So when you go to download ESXi 5.0 now you will see two options for the ESXi ISO: one for systems without software iSCSI configured and one for systems with software iSCSI configured. If you are already using software iSCSI or plan on it at some point  you should choose the ISO image for systems with software iSCSI. You can read more about this issue in this VMware KB article. Here is the details on the two ESXi builds:

  • Original release: Version 5.0.0 – Release Date 8/24/11 – Build 469512
  • iSCSI patch release: Version 5.0.0 – Release Date 11/10/11 – Build 504890


Nov 02 2011

VSphere 5 features for VARs: VCenter server appliance, auto deploy (Part 2)

While part one of this vSphere 5 upgrade series dealt with the challenges that solution providers may need to deal with during a migration, but there are also benefits. Because of their simplistic nature and improved capabilities, the vSphere 5 features listed below can be assets during a customer upgrade:

vCenter Server appliance
VSphere 5 supports running vCenter Server as a pre-built Linux virtual appliance. This makes deploying and maintaining vCenter Server much easier and also means it’s no longer required to run it on a server running a Windows operating system (OS). The virtual appliance comes packaged with IBM’s DB2 Express and also supports only Oracle or DB2 for external databases. This will appeal to customers that mainly use Linux because vCenter Server doesn’t require the use of Microsoft products.

Solution providers can use a Web user interface (UI) for configuration, and it’s compatible with the new Flex based Web UI that is part of vSphere 5. Flex is a framework for web development from Adobe that enables rich functionality for Web browsers. This allows for better Web administration UI’s to be created so VMware can mimic the Windows based vSphere Client’s functionality through a Web browser. The previous web UI in vSphere 4 just used basic HTML and was not as feature-heavy as the new Flex based Web UI in vSphere 5.

Read the full article at searchsystemschannel.com…

Oct 28 2011

Setting up VMware Auto Deploy for customers (Part 2)

You learned about VMware Auto Deploy’s benefits in part one of our two-part series, but it’s also important to know the vSphere 5 feature’s nuts and bolts and how to set it up for customers.

Auto Deploy takes advantage of the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) boot feature that is present in many physical network interface cards (NICs). This allows a server to boot from a remote image file using only a physical NIC and without local storage.

A server booting with PXE first obtains an IP address using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and then loads a boot image from a Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server. Auto Deploy uses PXE booting to download an ESXi image file to a host and its components work to define which image a host should use, customizations and host-specific configuration information.

Auto Deploy relies on software depots that are used to store collections of vSphere Installation Bundles (VIB) and image files that are accessed remotely via HTTP to deploy or update hosts. VIB files are used to deploy the ESXi software and any hardware vendor customizations. The Auto Deploy Server uses the software depot to pull VIBs and image profiles when booting an ESXi host.

Read the full article at searchsystemschannel.com…

Oct 28 2011

How VMware Auto Deploy can ease VAR workloads (Part 1)

Although creating new hosts is a common server virtualization task, it is also a tedious process. Solution providers can use VMware Auto Deploy for vSphere 5 to do it much more efficiently.

Installing single hosts isn’t hard for solution providers but configuring multiple hosts can be time consuming. A VAR that has to create a new vSphere host without VMware Auto Deploy typically has to do the following:

1. Locate the installation media for ESX or ESXi and boot the server from it.

2. Follow the setup prompt to set configuration information.

3. Complete the installation and then reboot the server.

4. Verify that management console networking works properly.

5. Add the host to vCenter Server.

6. Configure networking, storage, security and other settings.

In doing all this, you risk making mistakes during the build process and could configure hosts inconsistently. Consistency is very important in a virtual environment both from a security and operational perspective. Once you’ve built and configured a host, another challenge is to back up host configuration data so if a problem occurs and you need to rebuild the host, you don’t have to restart from scratch.

Read the full article at searchsystemschannel.com…

Oct 28 2011

vSphere 5’s Storage DRS and storage profile function deliver control over storage resources

The release of VMware Inc.’s vSphere 5 brings many exciting new features and enhancements to the virtualization platform, especially when it comes to storage. Two of the biggest new features in that area are Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Profile-Driven Storage, which provide some much-needed control over storage resources.

In previous versions of vSphere, Distributed Resource Scheduler balanced VM workloads based on CPU and memory resource utilization. Storage DRS extends this capability to storage, enabling intelligent VM initial placement and load balancing based on storage I/O and capacity conditions within a cluster. Profile-Driven Storage, for its part, ensures that VMs are placed on storage tiers based on service-level agreements (SLAs), availability, performance and capabilities of the underlying storage platform. In this tip, we’ll examine both Storage DRS and the storage profile functionality in detail.

Storage DRS

Similar to the traditional DRS feature, Storage DRS uses a new type of cluster called a data store cluster, which is a collection of data stores that are aggregated into a single unit of consumption. By controlling all of the storage resources, Storage DRS allows intelligent placement of VMs that are powered on, as well as the shifting of workloads from one storage resource to another when needed to ensure optimum performance and avoid I/O bottlenecks. What this means in simpler terms is that, similar to vMotion’s movement of VMs from host to host, VMs can now be moved from data store to data store as well; the decision to move a VM from one data store to another is made by Storage DRS, which tells Storage vMotion to make the move.

Read the full article at searchvirtualstorage.com…

Aug 10 2011

vSphere Licensing Advisor tool now available

VMware has released the Licensing Advisor tool that I talked about in this post for you to download and run in your environment to see how it complies with the new licensing model in vSphere 5. The download link and FAQ for the tool are available on VMware’s website.

Jul 14 2011

Biggest collection of vSphere 5 links on the planet!

As usual I’m putting together my mega-list of every link I can find related to vSphere 5. So head on over to my vSphere 5 link page and check it out. This list is continually growing so be sure and bookmark it and keep checking back.


Jul 13 2011

vSphere 5 Links


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)


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


ESXi 5.0 Installable
vCenter Server5.0 and modules


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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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)


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)