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Performance Links

VMware ESX Server guest performance tips Pt .1
VMware ESX Server guest performance tips Pt. 2
VMware ESX Server guest performance tips Pt. 3
Top 12 ways to Improve Guest Server Performance under VMware ESX Server (VMworld 2006)
Tuning Windows Server 2003
Linux Performance and Tuning Guidelines
Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2003
Performance Tuning for VI3 (VMworld 2006)
Performance Tuning Best Practices for ESX Server 3
ESX Server 3.0 Tips and Tricks (VMworld 2006)
VMware Infrastructure 3 – Best Practices for Performance (VMworld 2007)
Performance Monitoring and Capacity Planning (VMworld 2006)
A Performance Comparison of Hypervisors
Using esxtop to troubleshoot performance problems
ESX Server 2 Architecture and Performance Implications
ESX Server 2 Storage Subsystem Performance in ESX Server: Buslogic vs. LSI Logic
Performance Trends (VMworld 2007)
Performance Aspects of x86 Virtualization (VMworld 2007)
VMware ESX Server Storage Performance – A Scalability Study (VMworld 2007)
Understanding Performance in a Virtualized Environment (VMworld 2007)
Interpreting Performance Statistics in VI3 (VMworld 2007)
SPECweb2005 Performance on ESX Server 3.5
Performance of VMware VMI
What’s New in VMware Infrastructure 3: Performance Enhancements
Large Page Performance
VM Performance Monitoring and Logging
Virtual Platform Performance Benchmarking with VMmark (VMworld 2007)
Performance Monitoring and Analysis
Performance Tuning – Tips and Experiences from the Field (VMworld 2007)
Performance Benchmarking in Virtual Environments (VMworld 2007)
Storage Performance Analysis and Monitoring
VirtualCenter Performance Counters
Counters for Disk Performance
Scalable Storage Performance
Performance Best Practices and Benchmarking Guidelines
Using Perfmon in a Windows VM
Storage System Performance Analysis with Iometer
Interpreting esxtop Statistics
Understanding and Customizing VMware ESX Server Performance Charts

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Patching Links

Patch Management for ESX Server 3.0
Patch Management for ESX Server 3.5
Autopatching ESX host
Patching and updating Vmware ESX Server 3 (VMworld 2006)
Auto-patch Script
VMTS Patch Manager
Determining Detailed Build Number Information for VMware ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3.0.x Hosts
How to update your ESX Server using esxupdate
The Art of Patching your Virtual Infrastructure (Part 1)
Best Practices for Patching VMware ESX/ESXi
Managing Patches and Updates for Hosts and VMs (VMworld 2007)
VMware ESX Server 3 Patch Management (VMworld 2007)
Strategies for ESX Server Update Management (VMworld 2007)

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Networking Links


VMware Virtual Networking Concepts
VI3 Networking – Concepts and Components (VMworld 2007)
VI3 Networking – Advanced Configurations and Troubleshooting (VMWorld 2007)
High Performance Virtualized I/O in 10 Gigabit Ethernet Era (VMWorld 2007)
Networking Virtual Machines (VMworld 2006)
Networking Scenarios & Troubleshooting (VMworld 2006)
Network Throughput in a Virtual Infrastructure
Integrating Virtual Machines into the Cisco Data Center Architecture
Performance Comparison of Virtual Network Devices
Networking Performance in VMware ESX Server 3.5
Server Virtualization – Network Implications and Best Practices
VMware Infrastructure 3 in a Cisco Network Environment
Physical network design options for VMware Infrastructure 3 environments
VMware Network Communications
10Gbps Networking Performance on ESX 3.5 Update 1
VI3 Networking:Advanced Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting VMware ESX network performance
How To Configure Networking from the Service Console Command Line
Verifying ESX Server host networking configuration on the service console


Ken Cline’s The Great vSwitch Debate Series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7
Enabling Netflow on Virtual Switches
Configuring and Troubleshooting N-Port ID Virtualization
Using VMware: Understanding the Virtual Switch
Beaconing Demystified: Using Beaconing to Detect Link Failures
When is it OK to default on your VI?
Sample configuration of EtherChannel / Link aggregation with ESX 3.x and Cisco /HP switches
Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) network information via command line and VirtualCenter on an ESX host
Configuring the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) with ESX Server
Sample Configuration – Network Load Balancing (NLB) Multicast mode over routed subnet – Cisco Switch Static ARP Configuration
Sample Configuration – Network Load Balancing (NLB) Multicast Mode Configuration


Changing the MAC address of a virtual machine
Multi-NIC Performance in ESX 3.0.1 and XenEnterprise 3.2.0

NIC Teaming 802.3ad
ESX Server Requirements for Link Aggregation
Best Practice Recommendation: Use Cisco Link-State Tracking to Detect Switch Failure
Verifying the integrity of the physical network adapter
Understanding NIC Utilization in VMware ESX
Choosing a Network Adapter for Your Virtual Machine
Implementing Microsoft Network Load Balancing (NLB) in a Virtualized Environment
Configuring the speed and duplex of an ESX Server host network adapter

VLAN Tagging/802.1Q

VMware ESX Server 3 802.1Q VLAN Solutions
Configuring VLAN’s in VMware Infrastructure 3
VLAN Configuration on VI3: VST, EST VGT Tagging Tips
ESX Server, NIC Teaming and VLAN Trunking
VLAN Configuration on Virtual Switch, Physical Switch, and Virtual Machines
Sample Configuration – ESX connecting to physical switch via VLAN access mode. External Switch VLAN Tagging (EST Mode)
Sample configuration of virtual switch VLAN tagging (VST Mode) and ESX Server
Sample configuration of virtual guest VLAN tagging (VGT mode)

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Monitoring Links

Configuring SNMP Traps for ESX 3.5
Use SNMP with VMware ESX to monitor server statistics

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Memory Links

Memory Resource Management in VMWare ESX Server
The Role of Memory in ESX Server 3
Memory resource management in Vmware ESX Server
Understanding memory usage in Windows 2000
Operating System Extensions to Support Host Based Virtual Machines
RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff and Microsoft KB article
Understanding the Impact of RAM on Overall System Performance
The 3GB-not-4GB RAM problem
Large memory support is available in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows 2000
A description of the 4 GB RAM Tuning feature and the Physical Address Extension switch
Memory Provisioning Recommendations for VI3
Understanding Host and Guest memory usage (VMworld 2007)
Memory Optimization
Server Memory Power Consumption & Capacity Planning (VMworld 2007)
VirtualCenter Memory Statistic Definitions
Memory Overcommit – Real life examples from VMware customers
Large Page Performance
Idle Memory Tax
Memory technology evolution: an overview of system memory technologies
Fully-Buffered DIMM technology in HP ProLiant servers
Kingston Technology memory ranking technical brief
Using the esxtop tool to identify VMware ESX memory use
Memory Behavior when VM Limits are Set

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Linux Links

Windows to Linux roadmap
Install Vmware Tools in a Linux VM under ESX Server 3.x
From DOS/Windows to Linux HowTo
Universal Command Guide for Operating Systems
CTDP Linux User’s Guide
Linux Resource Guide
Alphabetical Directory of Linux Commands
Unix/Linux Help
Linux Directory structure
Installing and Configuring Linux Guest Operating Systems
Inside the Linux Boot Process

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Licensing Links

VMware licensing page
Server-based License File Checker
Pricing, Packaging & Licensing Overview
Understanding VI3 Licensing: Server and Host-based licensing models
Overview of Microsoft Licensing for Virtualization
Windows Server Virtualization Calculator
Licensing Microsoft Server Products with Virtual Machine Technologies
Microsoft Virtualization Licensing and Distribution Terms
Addendum to Microsoft Virtualization Licensing and Distribution Terms
Licensing Microsoft Server Products with Virtual Machine Technologies
Difference between a License Administrator and Support Administrator
How to combine FlexLM License Files
Changes in licensing for VI3 Standard Edition When upgrading to VI 3.5
Updates to your VMware VI3 Starter Licenses
How to License Microsoft’s Products (VMworld 2007)
VMware Multi-core Pricing & Licensing Policy
VMware Single Processor Licensing Policy
Microsoft Licensing FAQ
Installing ESX Server Licenses
Not enough licenses installed
Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software
SVVP – how does it work?

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Hyper-V vs. ESX Links

Significant Networking Problem with Hyper-V
How VMware ESX performance trumps Hyper-V’s price
Hyper-V Quick Migration breaks network connections
Weighing Hyper-V against VMware
Why (or why not) switch from VMware to Hyper-V
NIC bonding not in Hyper-V
A Look at Some VMware Infrastructure Architectural Advantages
Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization: Resistance is Futile (Almost)
Hyper-V goes RTM – Deep Impact
Hyper-V talk around the virtual water cooler
VMware: The Hyper-V assault is underway, but the war is a long one
Be Careful of What You Think you Need: Hyper-V vs. ESX Edition
Five Reasons Why VMware Virtualization is Better than Microsoft Hyper-V
COMPARISON: Microsoft vs. VMware
Microsoft vs. VMware: Rumble in the Virtual World
Hyper-V Not Yet Ready for Storage Prime Time
Recipe for a Catchy Headline: Top ___ Reasons Why VMware is ___ (Fill in the blanks)
ESXi is easiest to install, even if you’re a Windows expert
Hyper-V with Server Core — Too Dry and Crunchy for our Taste
Hyper-V Server is Finally Here – But What Exactly Is It?
A comparison of important features between Citrix XenServer 5, Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 and ESXi 3.5u3
Reaction to: “How to Correctly Explain the Architectural Differences Between Hyper-V and ESX”
Face-Off: VMware vs. Microsoft in the hypervisor wars
When myth busting goes wrong and becomes a myth to bust it self

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