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December 14, 2009  10:47 PM

Holiday gift ideas for VMware administrators



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware

It's the holiday season again and last year I wrote about stocking stuffer ideas for VMware administrators, so I thought I would do the same this year. Do you need some ideas on what to get a dedicated hardworking VMware...

December 2, 2009  6:25 PM

What is Changed Block Tracking in vSphere?



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, vSphere

I've recently written several articles on new backup and storage features in vSphere and spent a lot of time trying to learn more about the vStorage APIs and the new Changed Block Tracking (CBT)...


November 30, 2009  5:26 PM

Giving vThanks this holiday season



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware

With the holiday spirit of thanks and giving, I thought I would make a list of the virtualization-related things that I give thanks for, so here it is:

  • I give thanks for High Availability; how many times have you saved the day by bringing my VMs back up on other hosts...


November 20, 2009  7:33 PM

First update to vSphere released



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

VMware has finally released the first update to vSphere almost 6 months after the initial release of vSphere in May 2009. Version 4.0 Update 1 delivers many fixes to bugs and issues as well as support for new features, products and operating systems. Perhaps the biggest updates in this release are...


November 19, 2009  8:08 PM

Why use vShield Zones?



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, use case, VMware, vShield Zones

VMware introduced vShield Zones as part of the vSphere release along with VMware Data Recovery as a value-added product that is available in certain editions. I'm always interested in virtualization security products so I spent a lot of time checking out the product which resulted in me writing a...


November 12, 2009  3:22 AM

Quota limits in vSphere?



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

A reader was recently reading the VMware white paper  What Is New in VMware vSphere 4: Storage and he came across this paragraph:

Improved Storage Resources Control As the scope of storage...


November 11, 2009  10:36 PM

Does virtualization really reduce administrator headcount and workloads?



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, job market, Virtualization

One benefit of virtualization that is often stated is that by virtualizing you will reduce the number of administrators needed to manage your server environment. I heard this first hand years ago when we were looking to do a server virtualization project and I was skeptical as to how that would be...


November 11, 2009  5:23 PM

PC-over-IP remote display technology: The inner workings of VMware View 4



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, PC-over-IP, VMware, VMware View

VMware recently announced that the release of VMware View 4 is slated for later this month which will include a new display protocol called PC-over-IP (PCoIP), which should greatly enhance the user experience. What is PCoIP? PCoIP is a relatively new technology developed by a...


November 10, 2009  7:11 PM

Several ways to explain virtualization to a non-techie person



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtualization

So what do a school bus, four teenage daughters, an apartment complex, a six-foot sub and a hotel have in common? They can all be used for virtualization analogies! In a previous post I covered the basics on what virtualization is and used an analogy to describe it. I also...


October 28, 2009  6:32 PM

Restoring individual files from image-level backups of virtual machines



Posted by: Eric Siebert
backup, Eric Siebert, VMware

Virtual environments can change the way you back up your servers by providing an additional backup method where you back up the single large virtual disk file instead of the individual files inside the VM operating system. There is sometimes confusion, however, when using this method as if...


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