August 2009 archive


Tech Target VMworld 2009 coverage
VMworld blogger coverage page
List of Bloggers at VMworld
Live Stream from VMworld Communities Lounge
Virtual Strategy Magazine VMworld 2009 coverage
98 Resources for VMworld (ZDNet)

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Conference Info


VMworld 2009 Registration FAQs
Register for General Session Webcasts
Alumni Program
Sunday Registration


Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Session Schedule
Solutions Exchange Theater Schedule
vCloud Pavilion Theater Schedule
VMworld 2009 Partner Track Agenda
VMworld Book Signings
Online Schedule Builder
Schedule Builder FAQ
Content Catalog
Agenda at a Glance
Developer Day
Super Sessions
Tracks & Sessions
Hands-on Labs
Partner Track


VMworld 2009 Conference Pocket Guide
VMworld 2009 Conference Program Guide


Map – Marriott Hotel (for Labs)
Map – Moscone Center (Mezzanine Level)
Map – Moscone Center (Lower Level)
Map – Moscone Center (Street Level)
Map – Solutions Exhchange
Map – Local Area around Moscone Center, San Francisco

Blogger/vExpert Info

vExperts at VMworld
Blogging at VMworld
Official VMworld blog
vExpert Booth Schedule at VMworld (Private link)


VMworld Social Media Links
VMworld 2009 Meals
Location of Labs
Sponsors & Exhibitors

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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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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.

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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 it functions. The white paper details how the scheduler works, changes made to it in ESX 4, verifies the effectiveness of CPU resource controls including Shares/Reservations/Limits, compares different co-scheduling algorithms and evaluates the performance impact of CPU scheduler changes in ESX 4. Be sure and go check it out.

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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 the windows down cranking Juke Box Hero or Hot Blooded on my cassette player. Over 20 years later I still have the lyrics for Juke Box Hero stuck in my head. Foreigner was a big band in their day, they had many hits including  16 top-40 hits and 9 top-10 hits which is pretty damn good achievement for a band.  Here’s a bit of history about Foreigner:

  • Formed in 1976 by English musicians (Mick Jones, Ian McDonald and Dennis Elliott,  American musicians (Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi) and an American singer (Lou Gramm). Mick Jones who is the lead guitarist is the sole original band member, Lou Gramm left in 2003 to pursue a solo career.
  • Jason Bonham, the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham played drums for Foreigner from 2004 – 2008.
  • They have released 8 albums, the last one in 1994, and have sold over 50 million albums world-wide, their albums are listed below:
    • 1977 – Foreigner,  #4 on U.S. charts, 5x multi-platinum
    • 1978 – Double Vision, #3 on U.S. charts, 7x multi-platinum
    • 1979 – Head Games, #5 on U.S. charts , 5x multi-platinum
    • 1981 – 4, #1 on U.S. charts, 6x multi-platinum
    • 1984 – Agent Provocateur, #4 on U.S. charts, 3x multi-platinum
    • 1987 – Inside Information, #15 on U.S. charts, platinum
    • 1991 – Unusual Heat
    • 1994 – Mr. Moonlight
  • Their 16 top 40 hits and 9 top 10 hits including the following well-known songs:
    • Cold As Ice
    • Double Vision
    • Head Games
    • Waiting for a Girl Like You
    • Feels Like the First Time
    • Urgent
    • Dirty White Boy
    • Juke Box Hero
    • Long, Long Way From Home
    • Hot Blooded
    • I Want to Know What Love Is (#1 hit)
    • Say You Will

So yes they are an older band who’s last album was released in 1994 and they currently only have one original band member but who cares, they have lots of great songs, they put on a good show and I’m sure they will really rock the VMworld party.  So instead of all the negative comments and whining please show some appreciation that VMware stepped up and chose an original band to play this year instead of a cover band like last year. I know everyone’s musical tastes vary and you definitely can’t please everyone but the VMworld party planners tried to book an original band that they thought would please the majority of attendees and I think they did a good job. Some of you might not be old enough to remember Foreigner so I say give them a try before you criticize them, there is a good chance you’ll like them. And for those that simply don’t like Foreigner, there are alot of other clubs in San Francisco that you can go to that night that might be playing the type of music you enjoy, you can always go check them out instead.

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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 will be posting all of the links relevant to that day, so if you can’t physically attend VMworld this year you will still be able to virtually attend it through all the links posted here. You can get to the VMworld 2009 links several ways: directly using this URL:, by clicking the button in the right sidebar or by selecting vLinks from the navigation menu. By the time the show is over I should have hundreds of links posted here so keep checking back.

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