Category: General/VI3 Links

Storage vMotion Links

Storage VMotion Script
VI 2.5 Client Plug-in for Storage vMotion
SVMotion graphical user interface
Storage VMotion Fails With Error Message “Failed to unstun VM after disk reparent”
What is storage vMotion and how do you perform a svMotion using the VI Plug-in
Technology Preview – Storage vMotion (VMworld 2007)
Real World Experiences Using Storage VMotion

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Storage Links


All-in-one Storage and Virtualization Learning Guide
Layers of Virtual Storage in VMware VI3: Configuration without Confusion
Choosing and Architecting Storage for your Environment (VMworld 2006)
iSCSI , NAS and IP Storage Configuration for Vmware ESX Server (VMworld 2006)
A look at the ESX I/O Stack
Improving system performance cost effectively (10 vs. 15K drives)
Network Appliance and VMware ESX Server 3.0 Storage Best Practices
Network Appliance and VMware ESX Server 3.0 Building a Virtual Infrastructure from Server to Storage
Get to know RAID levels
What is new in Storage in VI3 Release 3.5
Comparison of Storage Protocol Performance
Performance Report: Multiprotocol Performance Test of VMware ESX 3.5 on NetApp Storage Systems
Design, Build and Manage your SAN Environment using VI3 (Vmword 2007)
NFS & iSCSI – Performance Characterization and Best Practices (VMworld 2007)
Tuning ESX Server 3.5 for Better Storage Performance by Modifying the Maximum I/O Block Size
Easy and Efficient Disk I/O Workload Characterization in VMware ESX Server
Which storage protocol is best?
Internal vs. external guest virtual machine storage
Storage IO crash consistency with VMware products

Fibre Channel/SAN

SAN Configuration Guide
Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide
SAN Conceptual and Design Basics
SAN System Design and Deployment Guide
Using VMware ESX Server with Hitachi Data Systems NSC or USP Storage
VMware Infrastructure 3, HP StorageWorks Best Practices
Using multi-pathing in ESX Server
Round Robin Load Balancing
Obtaining LUN pathing information for ESX Server 3
Queue Depth
How to check if a LUN is locked by a host
Scripting Queue Depth in a QLogic/EMC environment
EnableResignature and/or DisallowSnapshotLUN
Script for Balancing Multipathing in ESX 3.x
Increasing the queue depth?
Understanding MRU behavior in VMware ESX 3.x
Are You Stuck with a Single REALLY busy array port when using ESX?? Script for Balancing Multipathing in ESX 3.x


Ethernet-based Storage Configuration
Configuring iSCSI in a Vmware 3 environment
How to create an inexpensive iSCSI SAN for VMware ESX
iSCSI Design Considerations and Deployment Guide
Best Practices in an EqualLogic iSCSI Virtualized SAN
Virtualized iSCSI SANS: Flexible, Scalable Enterprise Storage for Virtual Infrastructures
iSCSI in VMware ESX 3
Connect VMware ESX Server to a free iSCSI SAN using Openfiler
Use OpenFiler as your Free VMware ESX SAN Server
iSCSI: Superior Storage for Virtualization
How to configure OpenFiler v2.3 iSCSI Storage for use with VMware ESX
A “Multivendor Post” to help our mutual iSCSI customers using VMware
Installing LeftHand’s virtual storage appliance in VMware ESX
Connecting VMware ESX to LeftHand’s virtual storage appliance
Configuring and troubleshooting basic Software iSCSI setup


VMware over NFS
Why VMware over NetApp NFS
Important Note Regarding VMware over NFS
VMware and NFS on NetApp Filers
NFS Datastores and what was their BIG issue…
NFS.LockDisable what should it be 1 or 0
Advisory for advanced VMkernel parameter NFS.LockDisabled
Mythbusters – NFS for VMware
VMFS vs. NFS for VMware Infreastructure?

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Stencil & Graphic Links

Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional Add-In for Rack Server Virtualization
VI3 Visio Action Pack
Veeam Stencils for Microsoft Visio 2003 and 2007
Virtualization Visio Stencils
Various Hardware Vendor Visio Stencils
Library VMware Icons and Diagrams
VMware Logos and product screenshots & diagrams
VMware Icons and Diagrams – Visio Stencils
VMware Icons, Graphics & Diagrams

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Snapshot Links

How VMware Snapshots work (Part 1)
Deleting virtual machine snapshots without wasting disk space (Part 2)
Troubleshooting VMware Snapshots (Part 3)
Recover from expanded disk with existing snapshot or corrupted snapshots
Snapshot Technology Overview
Implementation and Performance Evaluation of Two Snapshot Methods on iSCSI Target Storages
Troubleshooting timeout issue when committing a large snapshot
After cold migration on ESX Server, virtual disk with snapshot has the wrong CID
Consolidating snapshots
Why snapshot removal can stop a virtual machine for long time

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Service Console Links

Common Linux commands on the service console
Command Line Interface Tips and Tricks for Vmware ESX Server 2 and 3 (VMworld 2006)
Third-Party Software in the Service Console
Send email from Service Console
Enabling Root SSH Logins on ESX Server 3
Guide to ESX 3 Service Console
B2V Guide to VMware ESX Server3
Customised Security Banner for Console Login
VMware ESX 3 Security with SSH and SUDO
Command Line Tools for Scripting and Snapshots
VIMSH for ESX 3.5
VIMSH for ESX 3.0
VIMSH for ESX 3.0 Networking Examples
VMware’s undocumented VIMSH
Checking for resource starvation of the ESX Server service console
Increasing the amount of RAM assigned to the ESX Server service console
Verifying that the Secure Shell Daemon is running on an ESX Server host
Unable to connect to an ESX Server host using Secure Shell (SSH)

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Security Links


Security Design of the Vmware Infrastructure 3 Architecture
VMware Infrastructure 3 Security Hardening
VMware ESX Server – Providing LUN Security
Security in a Virtualized Environment (VMworld 2007)
Security Architecture Design and Hardening VI3 (VMworld 2007)
VMware’s Security Response Policy
ESX Security White Paper
VI3 Security Risk Assessment Template
Virtualization Security Playbook
Being escorted out of the cave
Security Implications of the Virtual Data Center
Virtualization and Enterprise Configuration Policy Compliance (VMworld 2007)
Using the Secure Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) with VI3 (VMworld 2007)
Proven Practice: 20 Questions from IT Security Professionals
Top 100 Virtualization Security Questions
CPNI Technical Note 1/2009 Security Considerations For Server Virtualization
Virtualization: Disruptive Technologies Video Interview: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
The Four Horsemen of the Virtualization Security Apocalypse
The Four Horsemen of the Virtualization Security Apocalypse (Slides)

ESX Host

CIS ESX Server 3.x Security Benchmark
How to secure your VMware ESX Server
Security Hardening and Monitoring of VMware Infrastructure 3 (VMworld 2007)
ESX Server Security Technical Implentation Guide
Anti-virus software on the VMware ESX Service Console?


Surviving Regulatory Compliance in the Virtual Infrastructure (VMworld 2006)
PCI Knowledgebase
How Server Virtualization Impacts Data Security and PCI Compliance
PCI DSS Security Standard
How to Achieve Security and Satisfy Compliance (VMworld 2007)
Best Practices for Surviving Regulatory Compliance (VMworld 2007)
Achieving Compliance in a Virtualized Environment
Ten Steps to Continuous Compliance: Putting in Place an Enterprise-Wide Compliance Strategy
Reducing the Scope of Your PCI Audit: Innovative Network Segmentation Using Host Intrusion Defense
Staying PCI Compliant in Virtual and Physical Environments
Insights from an Auditor: Ensuring a Successful PCI Audit
VMware Compliance Center
How Virtualization affects PCI DSS – Part 1 Mapping PCI Requirements and Virtualization
How Virtualization affects PCI DSS – Part 2 A Review of the Top 5 Issues


DMZ Virtualization with VMware Infrastructure
Proven Practice: Choosing a DMZ Strategy
Preventing VMware ESX or ESXi network security breaches in DMZs


Subverting the Windows Kernel for Fun and Profit
On the Cutting Edge: Thwarting Virtual Machine Detection
Detecting the Presence of Virtual Machines Using the Local Data Table
Attacks on Virtual Machine Emulators
Analysis of the Intel Pentium’s Ability to Support a Secure Virtual Machine Monitor
Compatibility is Not Transparency: VMM Detection Myths and Realities
An Empirical Study into the Security Exposure to Hosts of Hostile Virtualized Environments
Hardware Virtualization Rootkits


Virtual Switch Security
802.1Q VLAN Security Report
Epiphany: For Network/InfoSec Folks, the Virtualization Security Awareness Problem All Starts With the vSwitch…
Oh Noes: We Can’t Monitor/Protect Against Intra-VM Traffic!
Keeping your Vmotion Traffic Secure
Minimizing promiscuous mode port group security breaches
Avoid high-risk data commingling with VMware virtual networks to prevent security vulnerabilities

Virtual Machine

CIS Virtual Machine Security Benchmark
Improving VM Security: Best Practices
Hardening the VMX File
Hardening the VMX File: Redux

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Scripting Links


Managing your Virtualization through the VMware API’s (VMworld 2007)
Using the VIX API (VMworld 2007)
Scripting VMware getting easier
Leveraging the VI3 SDK with .NET – Part One
Leveraging the VI3 SDK with .NET – Part Two
Virtual Disk API Programming Guide
VI3 SDK – Performance Counters
An introduction to scripting VI using Perl or Powershell
VI API Webinar Series Virtual Machine Reconfiguration
VMware Infrastructure (VI) API Reference Documentation


PowerShell scripting with VMware ESX tutorial Pt.1: Installing and using the PowerShell tool
PowerShell scripting for VMware ESX Pt. 2: Using Quest’s PowerGUI PowerPack script editor
Managing VI3 with Windows PowerShell (VMworld 2007)
Managing VMware with PowerShell FAQ
Getting Started with VMware’s PowerShell Toolkit
Creating a PowerShell GUI with PrimalForms
Getting Started with PowerShell and PowerGUI in your Virtual Infrastructure
5 New Videos on Managing your VMware Infrastructure Using PowerGUI
VI Toolkit (for Windows) Admin Guide
Introduction to Windows PowerShell Cmdlets
Windows PowerShell Owners Manual
VI Toolkit Quick Reference Guide
PowerCLI Mastery
VI Toolkit Hands-on Lab Manual VMworld Europe 2009


How to VI Perl Toolkit on Windows
Beginner’s Guide to the VMware Infrastructure Perl Toolkit (VMworld 2007)

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Running ESX & ESXi inside a Virtual Machine Links

VI3.5 in a box – ESX3.5 on Workstation 6.5 BETA (build 99530)
Running VMware ESX 3.5 and ESXi in Workstation on your desktop PC
Run ESX in a VM just for Fun
VMware ESX 3i Running Inside VMware Workstation 6.5
How to Install VMware ESX3.5 on VMware Player as a VM
Running VMware ESX Server in Fusion on a Mac
How to Install ESX Server 3.5 and ESXi as a VM on VMware Server 2.0

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