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Edward L. Haletky


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:

  • 3...

June 8, 2009  4:45 PM

Should you upgrade to VMware vSphere 4?



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, Install, Texiwill, Upgrade, VMware, VMware vSphere

Since I am an independent consultant and VMware Communities Guru, I have recently been asked many questions about whether or not to upgrade to VMware vSphere 4. My answers depends on the following items:

  • The hardware involved. VMware vSphere has certain...


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 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 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 4, 2009  8:18 PM

Using an iPhone to fix an ESX server while on vacation



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, iPhone, Texiwill, TouchTerm, VMware, VMware ESX

As you may or may not know, I was recently on a 'sort of' vacation in Austin, TX., meaning I was still working on my latest book, VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX...

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April 22, 2009  8:01 PM

VMware vSphere may require a hardware upgrade



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, ESX 4, Texiwill, VMware, VMware vSphere 4, vSphere

One of the things VMware's products allow administrators to do is space out hardware upgrades, but that will soon change with the release of VMware vSphere. VMware vSphere's hypervisor uses a 64-bit kernel. What this means is that vSphere ESX 4 is a 64-bit operating system that requires 64-bit...


April 15, 2009  7:01 PM

Must-have VMware infrastructure plug-ins



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, H9Labs, Hyper9, Hytrust, Texiwill, Tripwire, VI Plugins, VMware, Wishlist

There are quite a few VMware plug-ins out there, but which would you really use on a regular basis? Here is a simple guide to the plug-ins I use and why I would not use some of the others. Must haves:

  • VMware Update Manager (part of VMware vCenter Server)


April 9, 2009  3:56 PM

VMware Tools FAQ



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Texiwill, vmmemctl, VMware, VMware Tools, vmxnet

Installing VMware Tools is generally required so that virtual machines (VMs) can fully participate in the VMware memory overcommit features by providing the per-VM memory balloon driver. This driver provides a mechanism for the VM to contract and expand memory (within the preset settings of the VM)...


April 2, 2009  5:51 PM

Three new tools for the VMware toolbox



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, Files Lite, iPhone, iTunes Appstore, Texiwill, vCenter Mobile Access, VMware VI

There are three new and useful tools for the virtualization administrator's toolbox. The first is the VMware vCenter Mobile Access Technology Preview. Thought not quite...


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