Virtualization Pro:

December, 2008


December 30, 2008  7:37 PM

Why you shouldn’t restore VMware ESX from a backup

Texiwill Edward Haletky Profile: Texiwill

A common question that arises on the VMware Communities Forum is how to backup VMware ESX so that you can restore the backup if there is a problem, the theory being that this would be faster than reinstalling the server. As stated within the VMware KB article 1000761 it is possible to

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December 22, 2008  2:32 PM

VMware offers new searchable compatibility for support resources

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

In October of this year, I mentioned in a prior blog post that VMware updated their storage and compatibility guides to reflect a split of sorts between ESX 3.0.x and...


December 17, 2008  6:14 PM

More stocking stuffer ideas for VMware admins

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

'Tis the season for giving. I recently received an email from Veeam saying that got me a X-mas gift. Aww, Veeam, you shouldn’t have. Unfortunately I didn’t get you anything! So what do you get that VMware admin in your life for the holidays?...


December 15, 2008  3:35 PM

Virtualization administrator holiday wishlist

Texiwill Edward Haletky Profile: Texiwill

Everyone has a holiday wish list. Some include the latest toys, gadgets, games, and other useful devices. But what do you get the virtualization administrator for the holidays? This rare individual has a need for gifts as well! Here are some useful suggestions:


December 15, 2008  3:34 PM

Focusing on the consolidation ratio in planning virtual environments

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Recently, myself and other bloggers as well as the editorial staff at TechTarget were invited to a briefing on Hyper-V. Microsoft is, on all fronts, trying to get Hyper-V and the Microsoft System Center technologies into the hands of administrators, and to some extent it is...


December 10, 2008  4:52 PM

Failed P2V conversion? Check DNS

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

In the course of performing many physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions, I still come across situations where a small configuration can make or break the task. Recently, I performed a P2V conversion of a system that was successful in all measurable elements from the VMware Converter and ESX-based...


December 10, 2008  4:50 PM

Understanding VMware Infrastructure Client Connectivity

Texiwill Edward Haletky Profile: Texiwill

We all know that the VMware Infrastructure Client (VI Client) connects to either a VMware vCenter Server, VMware ESX host, or a VMware ESXi host. There is confusion on which users or users is used to run all commands issued by the VI Client either directly or indirectly through vCenter. For...


December 10, 2008  3:43 PM

Top VMware security links

Texiwill Edward Haletky Profile: Texiwill

Keeping track of Security issues associated with virtualization requires a serious investment in time. To aid in that I have put together the top virtualization security links that will continue to grow over time.

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December 4, 2008  7:58 PM

How large can virtual machine snapshots grow?

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

On a recent VMTN roundtable podcast the subject of how large a single snapshot can become came up, and whether or not the snapshot can exceed the size of the original virtual machine disk file. I’ve always stated that a...


December 4, 2008  7:43 PM

VMware View Composer and vCenter architecture

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

With the recent release of VMware View, one of the hottest components of the desktop virtualization component is the linked clone technology. In planning how VMware View works, it is important to understand the critical component - VMware View Composer. VMware View Composer is simply a Windows...


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