Virtualization Pro:

Andrew Kutz


April 7, 2008  8:01 PM

Get answers to all of your ESX/VirtualCenter questions



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization

This PDF has been a long time coming. It is a a document that lists just about every maximum value to do with VI3 possible. For example, how many iSCSI HBAs can you install on one ESX host? This document covers about 80% of the questions I receive on VMware a week, "How much/many of X does...

March 11, 2008  3:55 PM

VirtualCenter 2.5 database index defragmentation



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Andrew Kutz, Database, Rick Vanover, SQL, SQL Server, VI3, Virtualization

I, like many virtualization administrators, have worked very hard to get the VMware virtual environment set up and running as expected. Now, one of my main tasks is to make sure that we do not do anything to adversely effect server performance. A good place to start in this regard is the...


March 4, 2008  11:23 PM

Coming soon: Application High Availability (AHA)



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

Scott Lowe recently blogged about things that he loves but are not yet available. VMware, it seems, is getting as bad as Apple in announcing products far ahead of their release dates. This generates great market...


February 28, 2008  10:58 PM

Embed SSH connections to ESX with console plug-in



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Andrew Kutz, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware ESX

Fellow SearchVMware.com blogger Andrew Kutz has done it again with his release of the integrated SSH plug-in for use in the VMware Infrastructure Client (VIC). This plug-in saves ESX administrators the hassle of launching Putty or another mechanism to start a session to the ESX host. Details on the...


February 20, 2008  9:33 PM

VMware Infrastructure 3.5 Plugin and Extension Programming Guide



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization

The VMware Infrastructure 3.5 Plugin and Extension Programming Guide - Revision 1 is now available at VIPlugins.com. This document is not sponsored or supported by VMware in any way. In fact, an excerpt...


February 14, 2008  3:56 PM

Storage VMotion through the VI client



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Andrew Kutz, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware ESX

The VMware Infrastructure client allows for plug-ins for third party applications and other enhancements. Andrew Kutz of lostcreations has released a plug-in for Storage VMotion that you can use outside of the VirtualCenter Remote Command Line...


February 4, 2008  3:23 PM

Pre and post backup scripts for VMware Server 1.0.4



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization

So I use BackupPC for a lot of my SMB backup needs. For my money it is the best open-source backup program hands-down. However, one of the problems that I have run into is when I backup my VM directories on VMware Server systems, the VMs sometimes go...


February 4, 2008  3:22 PM

VI Perl Toolkit 1.5 Released Jan. 17th 2008



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization

The latest version (1.5) of the formidable VI Perl Toolkit was released last week. What does the new download hold in store for eager developers? Well: - Supports connecting to and managing VC 2.5, ESX 3.5, and ESX 3i servers - Increased supported platform support (that you can install the VI...


January 31, 2008  3:54 PM

Upgrading from VI3 to VI3.5



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization

So I was going to write an article about my experiences upgrading from VI3 to VI3.5, but Mike over at RTFM-Education beat me to it. He has put out a great PDF talking about a lot of the steps and nuances involved in the upgrade process for both VC2.5 and ESX3.5. I highly recommend you take a look...


January 31, 2008  3:52 PM

Making MS-SQL boot before VirtualCenter



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization

VirtualCenter is an eager beaver. It really wants to start when your server does. The problem is that it starts too soon if it is installed on the same server as Microsoft SQL. The Windows event log will record two types of errors: the first will be in the Application log and detail how...


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