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July 30, 2008  7:43 PM

Configuring Distributed Power Management



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX

Distributed Power Management (DPM), part of VMware DRS, is another “experimental” feature introduced in ESX 3.5. It is a "green" feature that provides you with the ability to power down hosts during periods of low...

July 30, 2008  7:38 PM

Proprietary ESX drivers explained, enlightened



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Storage, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX

You may initially be disappointed that VMware ESX does not allow you to install drivers for storage and network controllers (depending on your environment). I have determined why this is, and it is for the better. Let’s go through why this is, what you loose and what you gain. The drawback to...


July 23, 2008  8:48 PM

Performance tips from the summer New England VMUG; attendees sound off



Posted by: HannahDrake
Virtualization, VMotion, VMUG, VMware Desktop Infrastructure, VMware ESX

425 IT geeks invaded Brunswick, Maine last Thursday for the New England VMware Users Group summer meeting at Brunswick High School. The event, which started at 10 AM with...


July 22, 2008  9:17 PM

Strategies for determining the number of hosts per cluster in VI3



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, Virtualization

In discussions with other administrators, determining the number of hosts per cluster gets a wide range of response. Although there are a number of factors, the unfortunate simple answer for every installation is "it depends." Let's tour of some of the reasoning behind various hosts per cluster...


July 10, 2008  6:12 PM

VMware Server 2.0 virtual machine version compatibility note



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover

It goes without saying that working with a beta incurs a small amount of risk. With VMware Server 2.0 beta 2, I came across a particular situation that caused an issue with a virtual machine (VM). My CentOS Linux system had been running VMware Server 2.0 beta 1 since its initial release. On a...


July 10, 2008  6:10 PM

VMware Workstation 6.5 and ACE 2.5 both available in Beta 2



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Microsoft Windows, Virtualization, VMware Desktop Infrastructure, Windows Computing

VMware has just announced the availability of VMware Workstation 6.5 Beta 2 and VMware ACE 2.5 Beta 2 through their new Beta Portal. VMware Workstation 6 makes it...


July 10, 2008  6:08 PM

Making the case for attending VMworld



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtualization

VMworld is VMware’s annual virtualization conference that is held in both the United States and Europe. Each year thousands of users attend to learn and network with fellow VMware users, vendors, customers and employees. There are multiple tracks...


July 8, 2008  4:05 PM

Diane Greene ousted from VMware by EMC board of directors



Posted by: Akutz
Virtualization

Both Fortune Magazine and virtualization.info are reporting that Diane Greene, co-founder of VMware, has left her position as CEO...


July 3, 2008  4:01 PM

Virtualization virtual tradeshow offers VMware networking opportunities



Posted by: HannahDrake
Desktop virtualization, VI3, Virtualization, VMotion, VMware Desktop Infrastructure, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

Trade shows are great – if you have time to attend, have staff to cover while you’re away learning about a new technology, can avoid summons back to the office during the show, can find a show in your local area or can get budget approval to attend a show that requires flight or hotel...


July 2, 2008  3:27 PM

Automatic recovery for failed virtual machines



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

A little known feature, called Virtual Machine Failure Monitoring (VMFM), was introduced in ESX 3.5. VMFM offers the ability to leverage HA to monitor VMs for operating system failures, such as blue screens, and have them...


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