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November, 2008


November 26, 2008  4:24 PM

Quick performance enhancement for VMware Converter P2V conversions



Posted by: Rick Vanover
P2V migrations, Rick Vanover, VMware Converter

During a recent VMware Converter-based physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion, I made an observation and subsequent change that enhanced the performance of the conversion. During the conversion, the locally installed antivirus application became extremely CPU-hungry while VMware Converter was...

November 25, 2008  4:29 PM

CompareMyVM website to offer VMware ESX virtual machine configuration comparisons



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Chargeback and virtualization, Rick Vanover, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi

Virtual machine provisioning sometimes requires administrator guesswork which doesn't always yield the best results. To help address this need, Portsmouth, N.H.-based


November 20, 2008  9:00 PM

Handy VMware guest compatibility documentation



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtual machine security, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESX, VMWare Server 2.0, VMware Workstation

The planning steps are incredibly important for a successful configuration of any VMware implementation, regardless of shape and size. One specific area you should consider while planning is supported guest operating system configuration limitations. VMware frequently updates the


November 20, 2008  8:41 PM

Antivirus software on the VMware ESX Service Console?



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtual machine security, Virtualization security, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5

This question is often asked, should I install antivirus (AV) software on the VMware ESX Service Console? If you ask VMware and many seasoned ESX Administrators the answer is usually no. According to VMware’s Security Hardening...

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November 17, 2008  6:31 PM

Security outside the box



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Security, VI3, Virtual machine security, Virtualization, Virtualization security, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi, VMware scripting

Virtualization security depends on more than securing the virtualization host and hypervisor. It depends on everything that touches your virtualization host, directly or indirectly, also being secure. Let us take a quick look at the daily operations you may perform within your virtual...


November 17, 2008  5:22 PM

VMFS volume names: UUID and symbolic



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VirtualCenter, VMFS, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESXi

If you have ever done a directory listing of your VMFS volumes on a VMware ESX host from the Service Console or using a file browser application like WinSCP you will notice the names of your VMFS volumes but also a number of directories that consist of a long string of numbers and letters as seen...


November 17, 2008  5:19 PM

VMware Converter failures due to block size



Posted by: Rick Vanover
P2V migrations, Rick Vanover, Storage, VMware Converter

Recently during a P2V conversion, I had an issue where the conversion failed for reasons I could not explain. In looking at the logs of VMware Converter, there was no clear indication of the specific issue. Some of the relevant log entries are shown below: [#2] [2008-11-08 08:16:32.953...


November 17, 2008  4:49 PM

Secure method to P2V across security zones



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, P2V migrations, VI3, Virtual machine security, VirtualCenter, Virtualization, VMware, VMware Converter, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi

A common VMware Communities question is how to P2V or convert a system from within a demilitarized zone (DMZ) to a virtual machine (VM) running within an ESX host that will be part of the DMZ virtual network. P2V works by imaging the physical host within the DMZ and transferring that image to...


November 12, 2008  6:06 PM

Configuring single sign-on to log into VirtualCenter



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VirtualCenter, VMware, VMware ESX

Beginning with VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 2, VMware has provided the ability to pass your currently logged-in Windows domain credentials to VirtualCenter using the VMware Infrastructure Client so you no longer have to log in to VirtualCenter separately. To do this you can create a special shortcut...


November 12, 2008  4:55 PM

VMware administrator resources



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

When it comes to finding technical information on VMware products there are a number of obvious sources of information such as the official documentation and books but there are also some not so obvious sources that contain tons of great technical information. VMware's Knowledge...


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