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July 31, 2009  2:22 PM

Using Storage VMotion to keep critical servers up when shared storage is down



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, Storage VMotion, VMware

What a great tool Storage VMotion is. I may not use it every day, but when certain situations arise I really appreciate having this feature available. The other night our storage area network (SAN) admininstrators shut down both of our SANs so they could do a microcode upgrade. Part of this...

July 31, 2009  2:06 PM

Good experiences with vSphere 4.0, vShield Zones VMware support



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, support, VMware

Support and customer service are two areas that will make or break any company. Providing good support and customer service will ensure that a business keeps is customers satisfied so they continue to use the company's product and do not consider switching to a competitor's product. Since I...


July 22, 2009  2:26 PM

VMware ESX Web access in vSphere



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, Security, vSphere

With VMware Infrastructure 3, Web access was enabled by default. VMware chose to disable it in vSphere for security purposes. If you access an ESX 4 host with a Web browser you will see the default welcome page but if you click the log-in link you will get a 503 Service Unavailable error...


July 13, 2009  9:27 PM

Monitoring vSphere adoption: A forum moderator’s perspective



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, ESXi, Texiwill, VMware, VMware Communities, vSphere

As an active moderator and VMware Communities Guru, I'm in a unique position to see the level of vSphere adoption from an interesting vantage point -- topic activity in the forums. Take one morning's statistics from this past week:

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July 9, 2009  3:06 PM

Now accepting Best of VMworld nominations



Posted by: HannahDrake
Best of VMworld Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2009 Best of VMworld awards. Judges will visit contenders' booths at VMworld 2009, and winners will be announced at the VMworld show (more information to follow). Products must be from a company exhibiting at VMworld 2009. In addition to the other awards, a...


July 9, 2009  2:29 PM

Will Google save VMware from Novell-like fate?



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Microsoft, Novell, VMware

There has been some talk recently about the possibility of VMware becoming the next Novell and fading away into obscurity due to Microsoft entering the...


July 8, 2009  3:20 PM

Scheduling virtual CPUs



Posted by: Eric Siebert
CPU, Eric Siebert, ESX, scheduling, VMware

Recently someone asked me what VMware scheduling is, so I thought I would cover that in this blog post. Scheduling, or virtual CPU scheduling, happens behind the scenes and is not a very visible component of virtualization, but is absolutely critical for virtualization to work properly. You...


July 1, 2009  3:13 PM

The votes are in: Favorite vSphere enhancements



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, features, vSphere

Now that users have started using vSphere, I wanted to know which new technologies in the latest ESX platform release are most popular. I ran two polls on my website, and the survey results are in: 


July 1, 2009  2:26 PM

Virtualizing Microsoft SQL? Consider per-processor licensing



Posted by: Rick Vanover
consolidation, costs, licensing, management, Rick Vanover, SQL

In a recent SearchVMware.com tip, I outlined situations where it does not make sense to have SQL or Exchange virtualized. The bottom line is that licencing depends on many factors, and you...


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