The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:


August 27, 2012  12:49 PM

VMware Now – Have you signed up yet?

Posted by: Nathan Simon
vmware, VMware Infrastructure,

If you work in the virtualization field you should go to

March 20, 2012  3:30 AM

ESXi 5.0 Update 1 : Out Now!

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESXi 4.1, ESXi 5.0, ESXi 5.0 Update 1, release, Upgrade to ESXi 5.0, vCenter Update Manager, vmware

That's right, this isn't quite hot off the presses, but most people are not aware that ESXi 5.0 Update 1 has been officially released.

What’s New The following information describes some of the enhancements available in this release of VMware...

March 7, 2012  3:26 PM

vCenter Converter 5 Increase Clone Speed

Posted by: Nathan Simon
cloning performance, increase P2V speed, NFC, optimize P2V, optimize VMware Converter, P2V, speed up P2V, SSL, vmware, VMware Converter 5 Standalone

Want to know how to increase the speed of a P2V by two to three times the speed? The reason is that all data is encrypted by default via SSL. This can be disabled. Why worry about encryption when conversions are in the confines of your building. P2V windows become smaller and downtime is...

February 8, 2012  12:51 PM

VMware vDS Best Practices

Posted by: Nathan Simon
best practices, Distributed Switching, LBT, Netflow, Networking, NIOC, PDF, port mirroring, vDS, vmware, VMware vDS best practices

So you have 20 hosts, 50 different port groups, network configurations all over the place. Wouldn't it be nice to pull that all together? Into one distributed switch? Whether you are new to virtual networking, or would like to take a peek at VMware best practices then you need the vDS Best...

January 9, 2012  1:04 AM

Veeam Backup and Replication 6 Patch 2

Posted by: Nathan Simon
deduplication, ESXi, forums, replication, veaam, Veeam Backup and Replication 6, vmware, VMware aware backup

Veeam Backup and Replication 6 Patch 2 has recently been released.

Veeam Backup & Replication 6.0 Patch 2 is now available through our support. Please, refer to the Known Issues topic for the full list of issues it addresses, and consider installing the patch if you are affected by...

December 23, 2011  7:18 PM

HP P4000 LeftHand SAN Best Practices for vSphere 5

Posted by: Nathan Simon
HP, Lefthand, P4000, vmware, vSphere 5, whitepaper

Do you have a HP P4000 SAN and would you like to configure it based on tried and true best practices? Well look no further as VMware and HP worked together to release a whitepaper that runs you through it all!

This white paper provides detailed information on how to integrate VMware...

December 23, 2011  7:01 PM

VMware Storage and Network I/O Control for NFS

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESXi, Network I/O Control, NFS, NIOC, performance, SAN, SIOC, Storage I/O Control, vmware, vSphere 5

Were you wondering if these two beautiful technologies when used with NFS would collide? Well look no further as this vSphere Blog explains that they in fact compliment eachother! The below insert was borrowed from

Intro to Storage I/O Control SIOC...

December 1, 2011  1:47 PM

Veeam Backup and Replication 6 – Now supporting Hyper-V

Posted by: Nathan Simon
Backup and Replication, deduplication, hyper-v, microsoft, replication, Veeam, Veeam 6, vmware, VMware aware backup

The Number 1 Backup Solution for VMware now supports Hyper-V! I personally think this was a step in the right direction for Veeam, but honestly should have happened earlier...

Veeam Backup & Replication provides fast (ESG: VMware Recovery 77x Faster!) , flexible and reliable...

November 5, 2011  3:16 PM

ESXi 4.1 Update 2 Release last week.

Posted by: Nathan Simon
CPU, ESXi 4.1 Update 1, ESXi 4.1 Update 2, ESXi 5.0, hypervisor, Ubuntu, vmware

Did you notice? I didn't notice either until yesterday, ESXi 4.1 Update 2 is out, and its basically an update that supports more CPUs and OS', CPU's and OS' that have been release after ESXi 4.1 Update 1. Here is an insert from

What's New

The following...

October 27, 2011  12:09 PM

SQL Licensing and VMware

Posted by: Nathan Simon
Microsoft Licensing, sql and vmware, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, vmware

I have been looking for quite some time and I think i finally found a good document which references exactly what I was looking for. Its called "Application Server License Mobility" and can be downloaded

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