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ESXi


September 28, 2009  7:43 PM

P2V’ing old Windows NT servers with less than 264 MB of RAM



Posted by: Raj Perumal
boot cd, cold clone with less tha 264 MB of RAM, ESX, ESXi, legacy, old server, P2V Windows NT, vConverter, VMWare, VMware converter, VMware P2V Assistant, Windows NT to VMware

So you've been tasked with consolidating a bunch of old servers. You break out the old VMware converter cold clone cd and you start going to town. But then you come across an old Windows NT server with less than 264 MB of RAM. You put the CD in the drive and you boot to CD, you wait for a...

April 23, 2009  5:42 PM

vSphere Announced!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, ESXi, VMWare, vSphere, vSphere editions, vSphere features

Hi folks, so the vSphere annoucement is now out and we have a ton of cool new features to look forward to! The announcement was all the buzz on Tuesday! The virtual machines themselves seem beefed up with access to more RAM and CPU, and VMware is capable of more IOPS now as well. Backup is made...


April 17, 2009  7:33 PM

vSphere coming soon to a theatre near you!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
2009, April 21st, Cisco, ESX, ESXi, VMWare, VMware announcement, vSphere, vStorage, vSwitch

Hi folks, looks like we have an announcement on the horizon! VMware has announced that they are going to be making a major announcement for vSphere on April 21st, 2009! For those of you that don't know, vSphere is the next version of VMware ESX (ESX 4.0). They have renamed it vSphere and it's...


February 28, 2009  10:18 PM

Citrix XenServer now free



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Citrix Essentials, Citrix XenServer, ESX, ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtual center, virtualization wars, VMWare

Hi folks, you may have heard that Citrix XenServer is now free. This is great news for the virtualization world because now we have yet another fully capable virtualization product without virtual machine limits...


November 25, 2008  7:43 PM

Converting a virtual machine to ESXi Server



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Convert virtual machine to ESXi, ESXi, P2V to ESXi, VM, VMWare, VMware converter

Now with ESXi being free, a lot of people find themselves using it. One of the things people want to be doing is converting their existing servers and importing them into their new ESXi server. Another thing you can do is take any existing virtual machines you might have setup under VMware...


November 21, 2008  2:25 AM

VMware snapshots, live it, love it, learn it!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, ESXi, Snapshot, snapshots, snapshotting, VMWare

Hi folks, here's a standard feature of VMware that a lot of people take for granted that I thought would bear mentioning. Snapshots! So you have an application or patch you want to install and you don't know what effect it will have on your server. What do you do? Take a snapshot! With VMware...


September 29, 2008  6:24 AM

The virtualization wars are slowly starting to yield some benefits!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
backup, backup agents, Backup Exec, ESX, ESXi, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Symantec, Symantec Backup Exec 12.5, virtual, virtual machines, Virtualization, VMWare, windows agent

So this just in. Just in case if you were still wondering if there was anything to the virtualization mantra that is being constantly recited through the IT community, Symantec has announced that you no longer need to purchase individual Symantec Backup Exec agents for each guest OS that exists on...


September 7, 2008  11:00 PM

Hyper-V and NIC teaming and Quick Migration



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESXi, Hyper-V, NIC TEaming, Quick Migration, quick motion, Update 2, vmotion, VMWare

Apparently Microsoft's new Hyper-V product is not compatible with NIC teaming. I hope Microsoft quickly resolves this as not being able to team NICS to provide redundancy in 24/7 servers is a big issue. Also another area where Microsoft seems to be deficient is with Quick Migration. VMWare's...


August 2, 2008  8:16 PM

Bare Metal Hypervisors



Posted by: Raj Perumal
bare metal, bare metal hypervisor, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, ESX Server, ESXi, ESXi 3.5, Hyper-V, hypervisor, IT consultant, IT Consulting, Level 1 hypervisor, level 2 hypervisor, Microsoft, Virtualization, VMWare, XenServer

With Hyper-V out now, the virtualization marketing machine from all the different virtualization companies is in full swing. The battle is on and it looks like it's going to be an ugly one. With virtualization pros on either side spouting the virtues of their product and claiming why one is better...


July 28, 2008  8:03 PM

VMWare’s ESXi vs Hyper-V, the details on what free really means



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESXi, ESXi 3.5, Hyper-V, hypervisor, IT consultant, virtual machines, Windows Server 2008

I was speaking to a co-worker today and he pointed me towards Mike's blog at http://mikedatl.typepad.com/mikedvirtualization/2008/07/esx-35i-for-fre.html. After reading through it, it was obvious he...


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