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April 2, 2013  12:45 PM

VMware vSphere Design, Second Edition



Posted by: Nathan Simon
VMware Certified Professional, VMware Design Exam, vsphere

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December 18, 2012  1:17 PM

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit v8.0 is Ready for General Consumption



Posted by: Nathan Simon
hyper-v, IT professional, vmware, vsphere

As I mentioned in a previous post about the MAP Beta, the full version is available for download, take advantage of this to get yourself ready for virtualization. I used it to help an Enterprise company plan for ESXi Hosts, hey who said you have to use Hyper-V :)

Overview The...


February 6, 2012  4:54 PM

Guide to VMware Data Protection Whitepaper



Posted by: Nathan Simon
backup, backup and recover, data, ebook, environment, free, hyper-v, intro to VMware, recovery methodologies, Veeam, Virtualization, vsphere

Eric Siebert, vExpert, wrote a series of pdf documents that explain how backups work in the VMware Environment, including an intro to VMware, backup and recovery methodology, data recovery in virtual environments, as well as a brand new document about choosing the right backup solution. Here is...


October 5, 2011  2:27 AM

vReference.com vSphere 5 Notes



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESXi, Forbes Gunthrie, practise exam, study material, VCP, VCP-510, VCP5 study guide, vmware, vreference.com, vsphere

Hey everyone, so in the near future I will be challenging the VCP-510 Exam. Now I know you all agree that there is a lack of study material out there, but I can tell you that there is hope! Thanks to Forbes Gunthrie and vReference.com, we have a great reference document to read. Basically its a...


September 23, 2011  12:22 AM

VMware Snapshots and Templates



Posted by: Nathan Simon
best practices, clone to template, commit snapshot, ESX, ESXi, snapshot, template, vCenter, VCP, virtual machine template, vmware, vmware snapshots, vsphere

I created this little guide for a client of mine, and since I did so, it is my property and I wanted to share it with the world. Some people know Snapshots and Templates, and some people do not. This is for those that do not know the damage a run away snapshot can cause... and why choosing to clone...


June 28, 2011  2:25 AM

ESXi 4.1 migration guide



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX 3.5, ESX 4.0, ESXi, ESXi 4.1, esxi migration, upgrade to ESXi 4.1, vmware, vsphere

If you were sitting there staring at your ESX 3.5/4.0 infrastructure and wondering, "How am I ever going to migrate to ESXi 4.1?" Well look no further as I have the link just for you.

VMware ESXi is VMware’s next generation hypervisor architecture and is designed to improve...


May 23, 2011  8:20 PM

Free VMware Training!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
best practices, vmware, vsphere, vSphere Architecture, vSphere Essentials, vSphere Essentials Plus

If you purchase VMware vSphere Essentials or Essentials Plus during the promotional period (March 8th - Sept 15th 2011) you will receive tokens to take free online courses.

For a limited time, buy VMware vSphere Essentials or Essentials Plus and get vSphere Fundamentals for SMBs online...


February 24, 2011  1:11 AM

Troubleshooting vSphere Performance



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX hosts, ESXi, performance, Performance Troubleshooting, step-by-step, vmware, VMware vSphere 4, vsphere

Everyone loves VMware, but when an ESX hosts decides to not work properly, or you are seeing sluggish performance where do you turn? Either VMware technical support or the Internet. Well a colleague of mine passed this on to me.

The hugely popular Performance Troubleshooting for VMware...


October 13, 2010  2:36 AM

VMware Converter 4.3



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Hyper-V R1, Hyper-V R2, IPv6, new version, Server 2008 R2, VCB, vCenter, vmware, VMware Converter 4.3, VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3, vsphere, Windows 7

VMware Converter was released Aug 20th 2010. There are some new features and functions, yet there are some discontinued features. See below. What's New The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 includes the following new functionality:  •Support for VMware vSphere 4.1 as...


August 30, 2010  4:11 AM

VMware Snapshot Issue : Unable to Access File… Locked



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX 4, Remove all snapshots, snapshot, Unable to Access file since it is locked, Veeam Backup, Veeam backup failure, Veeam replication failure, vmware, VMware Snapshot Issue, vsphere

I had a server that stopped a backing up via Veeam, VMware said it had a snapshot(Remove all snapshots <Servername> Unable to Access file <unspecified filename> since it is locked.), but I didnt see any in Snapshot manager. What I had to do to reveal the snapshot was to create a new...


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