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October 31, 2009  8:11 PM

How much free space is needed on a LUN for VMware?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
disk space, ESX, ESXi, free space, LUN, snapshots, virtual, Virtualization, VMs, VMWare

Hi folks! One of the common questions you might find in the virtual world with VMware is how much free space do I leave on a LUN? When is it not enough? A common mistake is to think you only need enough free space for the size of the VM itself and not much more. Well if you do that you'll...

September 30, 2009  9:08 PM

Another way to P2V NT

Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, ESXi, legacy hardware, old hardware, p2v, VMWare, VMware Converter 3.0.3, Windows NT 4

Hello again folks! This is an update to a previous blog post. So I was P2V'ing another Windows NT server the other day and I was able to get P2V to work with an older version of VMware converter. VMware converter version 3.0.3 is the version I used and it installed into Windows NT just fine...

September 29, 2009  2:33 PM

Faulty ESX USB keys from HP

Posted by: Raj Perumal
blade servers, blades, ESX, HP branded ESX USB key, HP servers, usb keys, VMWare

Hi guys, I wanted to chat about something I've run into in my experiences. Faulty USB keys for ESX! As you know, VMware has the ability to load onto a server using a USB key instead of hard drives. Well I have now seen an issue with this, not with VMware so much as with HP branded ESX USB...

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...

June 30, 2009  2:41 PM

Why VMware Workstation is your best friend

Posted by: Raj Perumal
free training, sand box, special offer, test lab, virtual machine, Virtualization, VMWare, VMware Workstation

Hi folks, so in this day and age of virtualization, and many operating systems, how do you cope? With VMware Workstation of course! Gone are the days of requiring multiple PCs to try and create a test lab to try out different operatings systems, or to setup large lab scenarios. Like I mentioned...

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...

April 15, 2009  6:24 PM

Epic Technology Day is here again!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, Citrix, conference, Epic, HP, Manitoba, Raj Perumal, RIM, Technology Day, The musings of an IT Consultant, Victoria Inn, VMWare, Watchguard, Winnipeg

Hi folks, once again it's time for Epic Technology Day! This is the day long conference my company holds twice a year. Unfortunately due to many ongoing projects I won't be presenting this year, but I will be in attendance. Lots of new things to look forward to at Tech Day this year, including...

March 14, 2009  5:08 PM

Client Hypervisors

Posted by: Raj Perumal
client hypervisor, mobile hypervisor, VMWare, VMworld

Hi guys, as you all know I'm a huge proponent of virtualization. Virtualizing the server environment is a no brainer in my books. Just imagine how excited I was when the IT community started getting all pumped up about client hypervisors! There is now talk of the ability to install a client...

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...

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