Tag Archive: vSphere 5


Jan 07

What happened to vShield in vSphere 5?

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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 …

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Nov 19

New ESXi 5.0 build to fix Software iSCSI Initiator issue

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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 …

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Nov 02

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 …

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Oct 28

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 …

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Oct 28

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 …

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Oct 28

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, …

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Aug 10

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

Biggest collection of vSphere 5 links on the planet!

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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

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) …

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