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May, 2009

May 27, 2009  4:06 PM

New SiteSurvey utility from VMware checks for Fault Tolerance compatibility

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Fault Tolerance, VMware, vSphere

While looking at the newly published VMware KnowledgeBase article on processor support for the new Fault Tolerance (FT) feature last week, I noticed a link to a new utility called SiteSurvey. While it wasn't active at the time, this week SiteSurvey is...

May 22, 2009  3:25 PM

VMware vSphere is available: Now what do you do?

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX 4, ESXi, Licenses, Texiwill, Upgrade, vCenter Server, vSphere

So now that vSphere is available, how do you get your own copy and upgrade existing licenses? Hopefully, you have already checked if your Service and Support has been properly upgraded or existed prior to May 21, 2009. If so then you are in good shape. Get your license...

May 21, 2009  1:14 PM

VMware vSphere is here at last

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

VMware just took a big jump from being...

May 20, 2009  5:13 PM

VMware Fault Tolerance: What it is and how it works

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Fault Tolerance, VMware, vSphere

Fault Tolerance (FT) is a new feature in vSphere that takes VMware's High Availability technology to the next level by providing continuous protection for a virtual machine (VM) in case of a host failure. It is based on the Record and Replay technology that was introduced with VMware...

May 20, 2009  4:59 PM

The Plus in vSphere 4.0 Enterprise Plus licensing: Percolating thoughts

Posted by: Texiwill
dVS, Edward L. Haletky, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus, Host Profiles, Nexus 1000V, PowerPath, Texiwill, VMware

There has been quite a bit of commentary on the nature of the vSphere 4.0 Enterprise and Enterprise Plus licenses. Most people do not see why they should pay for the new license and really can't understand why Enterprise is going away at the end of the year. The big question is: What is the...

May 19, 2009  3:45 PM

New vSphere feature allows ESX as a VM – in ESX

Posted by: Rick Vanover
testing, upgrades, VMware, vSphere

One of the biggest obstacles to testing VMware vSphere 4.0 is the equipment footprint. ESX 4 (the hypervisor for vSphere) makes getting started with base functionality quite accessible. ESX itself can be run as a virtual machine (VM) on ESX. Similar to how VMware Workstation permits

May 19, 2009  3:01 PM

Will VMware give away VMotion and HA for free?

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, HA, Hyper-V, VMotion, VMware

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May 19, 2009  2:47 PM

Enhanced alarm reporting in VMware vCenter Server 4.0

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Alarms, Eric Siebert, vCenter Server, vSphere

The alarm settings in VMware vCenter Server 4.0 have been vastly improved in comparison to what's available in VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3). The new alarms let you configure many custom alarm triggers and corresponding actions. VI3 alarms are very limited; you can only configure host...

May 13, 2009  6:42 PM

The cycles of VMware communities forums: Search is your friend

Posted by: Texiwill
Communities, Edward L. Haletky, Google, VMTN, VMware

Being a long-time user of the VMware Communities forums, I can definitely see that the questions posted in the forums tend to cycle and repeat themselves by newer users. This week the topics focus on Active Directory and clustering. Other weeks it is performance, VCB or configuration...

May 12, 2009  1:30 PM

Memory usage in vCenter Server 4.0

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, memory, vCenter Server, vSphere

If you are using vCenter Server and plan on upgrading to vSphere you should be aware that vCenter Server 4.0 uses much more memory than vCenter Server 2.5 does. According to the official documentation for both 2.5 and 4.0, the system requirements are very similar:

  • 2.0 GHz or...

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