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September 29, 2009  6:26 PM

Join me tomorrow as I talk about virtualization



Posted by: Denny Cherry
PASS, PASS SIG, Virtualization, Webcast

Join me tomorrow September 30th, 2009 as I talk about virtualization with the PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter.  I'll be presenting my presentation entitled "Diving into Server Virtualization, Deciding if Virtualization is a good choice for your...

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September 14, 2009  11:00 AM

My experiences upgrading ESX 3.5 to vSphere 4.0



Posted by: Denny Cherry
VMware

A couple of weeks back I begun the process of upgrading our VMware ESX 3.5 systems to vSphere 4.0.  I've got to tell you, that has to be the easiest system upgrade process in history.


July 13, 2009  11:00 AM

Windows 2008 C Drive doesn’t always extend correctly



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Diskpart, Virtualization, Windows 2008

When using VMs and Windows 2008 you have the ability to easily grow the C drive on your servers. This makes it much easier to assign only the space needed to the C drive of your servers saving you a ton of space. However I recently had a few machines say that the disk was extanded in Computer...


June 25, 2009  9:00 AM

Setting VMware memory settings to improve SQL Server Performance



Posted by: Denny Cherry
SQL, VMware

There is a VMware setting which you can set which should give you a small but noticeable performance improvement in SQL Server performance when that SQL Server is running within a VMware Virtual Machine.


June 22, 2009  11:00 AM

Here comes SoCal Code Camp



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Code Camp, Service Broker, SoCal Code Camp, Virtualization

SoCal Code Camp is coming up in a couple of weeks now on June 27th and 28th.  I'm presenting 3 sessions solo, and I'm one of a few people doing an IT Pro Pannel to allow Developers to grill some IT Pros to see why we do things the way we...


June 4, 2009  11:00 AM

Use caution when using an image to setup servers which will be clustered.



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Clustering, Lesson Learned, VMware, Windows 2008

A lesson that I learned while setting up our new data center for work, is to be careful when setting up your clustered servers. Most of our servers are VMs, including a Windows 2008 Cluster (yeah I know not supported, I'm a rebel damn it and I want a Windows 2008 cluster installed under VMware...


May 25, 2009  11:00 AM

VMware and SQL and Lock Pages in Memory



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Lock Pages, SQL, VMware

With the recent release of the ability for the Lock Pages in Memory setting to be used on SQL Server 2005 and 2008 Standard Edition I see more and more people shooting them selves in the foot with this setting when running under VMware.  I see this as becoming more of an issue now that this switch...


May 20, 2009  12:16 AM

#emcworld Day 2 In Review



Posted by: Denny Cherry
EMC World, EMC World 2009, Storage Vmotion, VMware

Today was day 2 of EMC World 2009.  There were some great sessions today.  I'm focused on two tracks this year, VMware and the CLARiiON product as we have just deployed both of these in our

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April 13, 2009  11:00 AM

Datacenter Migration In Progress



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Data Center Build, EMC, SQL Server, VMware

For those of you who know me, or have heard me talk at a Code Camp in the last year, you've heard me talk about a data center migration that I want to do from Rackspace in Texas to our own equipment in the LA area.  Well that day has finely come. Our current environment has served us well, but...


April 6, 2009  11:00 AM

My take on databases in the Cloud



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Amazon DB, Azure, Cloud Computing

I haven't made a decision on putting databases in the cloud.  I think Amazon and now Microsoft have the write idea for cloud databases.  Give people lots of options, use named value pars (AmazonDB or the old school Azure database) when it makes sence and use full blown RDBMS when it makes...


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