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vSphere


January 31, 2012  10:06 PM

Using Microsoft SCOM to Monitor VMware



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Hyper-V, Microsoft, nworks, nworks 5.7, plugin, R2, SCOM, Server 2008, System Center 2012, System Center Operations Manager 2007, vCenter, Veeam, Virtualization, vSphere

Hi folks! So you have Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and you want to monitor not just Hyper-V but VMware vSphere too? Some people are content to use a myriad of tools under multiple panes of glass, but If or one prefer the single pane of glass for my monitoring. Well the good...

February 28, 2011  5:52 AM

6 core processors yield licensing questions



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, ESXi, license, Licensing, multi-core, policy, virtual, Virtualization, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! So now with 6 core processors readily available for servers, the questions about VMware and multi-core licensing are starting to crop up again. Generally you license based on a certain amount of cores, and if you exceed that, you buy a license to upgrade you to more cores. However you...


November 30, 2010  5:58 PM

VMware Licensing Changes



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, ESXi, Licensing, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! As you know, nothing is static in the IT world especially licensing! Earlier this year in September, VMware transitioned to per VM licensing for some of their products. Other products stayed with their original licensing model. This can get confusing for customers so VMware has it all...


November 30, 2010  5:45 PM

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ



Posted by: Raj Perumal
CapacityIQ, ESX, ESXi, vCenter, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! So everyone and their dog is virtualizing right now. The question is, how do you know you are planning for the right capacity? How do you know if you are over or under provisioned? You can make a ball park guess and just eyeball it, but that isn't really a technically sound way of...


November 30, 2010  4:57 PM

Private vs Public Cloud



Posted by: Raj Perumal
cloud, ESX, ESXi, private, public, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! So with all the mention of the cloud nowadays, it's common to hear the terms private and public tossed around in relation to the cloud. What does this mean to the customer? Well based on the apps and data you have, some of them might work in the public cloud or some might work in the...


November 30, 2010  4:50 PM

Pay for use in the Cloud



Posted by: Raj Perumal
chargeback, cloud, ESX, ESXi, pay per use, vCloud Director, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! Now with virtualization you find a lot of people putting their apps in the cloud. Now the question becomes, if you have multiple departments or companies using the same infrastructure, how do you charge that back? In some companies this isn't a requirement, but in a lot of companies it...


February 28, 2010  9:04 PM

Are your physical servers ready to be virtualized?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
capacity planning, guided consolidation, vCenter, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, one of the common questions in virtualization is, are your physical servers ready? Also how do you tell if they are ready? Luckily VMware has the answer. VMware offers a feature called guided consolidation that comes with vCenter. You can install this from your VMware vCenter...


February 28, 2010  6:58 PM

Blades, storage and VMware



Posted by: Raj Perumal
blades, c-class blade system, C3000, enterprise, Hewlett Packard, HP, iSCSI, shorty, SMB, Storage, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, so one of the common questions I get is, should I go blades or rack servers? I love getting this question because it allows me to talk about some topics I'm really passionate about, blades, storage and VMware. Now when I talk to enterprise customers, this answer is pretty cut and dry....


February 28, 2010  6:43 PM

Thin provisioning is your friend



Posted by: Raj Perumal
FC, iSCSI, SAN, thin disks, thin provisioned, thin provisioning, Virtualization, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, so with all this talk of storage it's about time I spoke a little bit about thin provisioning! Now here is a new question I've been asked a lot. What exactly is thin provisioning? Well you might...


January 21, 2010  10:39 PM

How to prepare for VCP 4



Posted by: Raj Perumal
exam blueprint, exam guide, study guide, study notes, VCP 4, VCP 410, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! So how did I prepare for VCP 4? By working with it of course! Since I work for a VMware Enterprise Partner, it's pretty easy to get experience with the software. This helped contribute to my success. I also borrowed the course textbooks from one of my friends who had taken the course...


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