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August, 2008


August 28, 2008  3:59 PM

Introducing Hyper9



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, VMware ESX, VMworld 2008

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the folks from Hyper9 and check out their upcoming Virtual Infrastructure Search and Analytics product. Hyper9 is a new company that recently emerged from stealth mode and is currently in development of a new VI3 reporting and analytics product. The...

August 28, 2008  3:45 PM

ESX 3.5 Update 2 and VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 1 configuration note



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

For those of us who determined we were smart by not being so quick to upgrade to upgrade to ESX 3.5 Update 2 after the product expiration debacle, I should point out an important note so that you do not make the same mistake that I did. Given that VMware corrected the issue with the initial...


August 25, 2008  8:31 PM

Restarting the VirtualCenter service remotely



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, VirtualCenter, Virtualization

While VirtualCenter service restart operations are rare, administrators find themselves doing just that. There are a number of reasons for needing to restart the service, such as a network interruption to the database. Here is a quick script you can run to restart the service: sc \\SERVER1...


August 19, 2008  6:37 PM

Chargeback for virtualization: VKernel’s approach



Posted by: HannahDrake
Chargeback and virtualization, Virtualization

Increasing demands on busy virtual hosts often call for purchases of new, virtualization-optimized hardware. Chargeback systems, which provide utilization data to ensure fair billing for compute resources, then become particularly useful in justifying and allocating those costs. A good ...


August 18, 2008  8:14 PM

VMware Server 2.0 Release Candidate 1 offers hot new features



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Storage

The VMware Server 2.0 RC1 version, released on July 1, has six new features previously not available in the beta releases. These features include: -The use of Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for snapshots of Windows VMs -More...


August 18, 2008  8:10 PM

Splitting up clustered applications to virtualize certain apps



Posted by: Rich Brambley
Rich Brambley, Virtualization

How many administrators believe today that applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Citrix and Microsoft SQL are not good virtualization candidates?

More times than not, administrators that are reluctant...


August 18, 2008  8:06 PM

Speaking of VMware license expirations – Workstation 6.5 development



Posted by: Rich Brambley
Rich Brambley, Virtualization, VMware Workstation

While the topic of VMware licenses expiring is fresh on everyone's minds, the VMware Workstation 6.5 development process is an example of how product expirations are normally used to ensure customers are working from the latest supported product builds.


August 13, 2008  2:50 PM

VMware releases emergency patch for ESX 3.5 Update 2 bug



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware ESX

VMware has announced the availability of a patch to fix the date bug that was reported earlier yesterday. They have also released a letter from their CEO, Paul Maritz, explaining the problem and apologizing for it. From...


August 12, 2008  7:16 PM

Latest update from VMware on the ESX 3.5 Update 2 bug



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware ESX

The below statement was made at 2:42PM EST by one of the VMware ESX product managers in the previously mentioned VMTN forum thread regarding the


August 12, 2008  1:50 PM

Critical ESX 3.5 Update 2 bug gives many users a nasty surprise



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

If you’ve upgraded to the latest release of ESX and ESXi which is version 3.5 Update 2, you might have woken up to a nasty surprise today. This thread in the VMTN forums has identified a major bug in the latest version of...

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