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Eric Siebert


August 12, 2008  1:50 PM

Critical ESX 3.5 Update 2 bug gives many users a nasty surprise



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX

If you’ve upgraded to the latest release of ESX and ESXi which is version 3.5 Update 2, you might have woken up to a nasty surprise today. This thread in the VMTN forums has identified a major bug in the latest version of...

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July 30, 2008  7:43 PM

Configuring Distributed Power Management



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX

Distributed Power Management (DPM), part of VMware DRS, is another “experimental” feature introduced in ESX 3.5. It is a "green" feature that provides you with the ability to power down hosts during periods of low...


July 10, 2008  6:08 PM

Making the case for attending VMworld



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtualization

VMworld is VMware’s annual virtualization conference that is held in both the United States and Europe. Each year thousands of users attend to learn and network with fellow VMware users, vendors, customers and employees. There are multiple tracks...


July 2, 2008  3:27 PM

Automatic recovery for failed virtual machines



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

A little known feature, called Virtual Machine Failure Monitoring (VMFM), was introduced in ESX 3.5. VMFM offers the ability to leverage HA to monitor VMs for operating system failures, such as blue screens, and have them...


June 24, 2008  8:52 PM

Choosing a block size when creating VMFS datastores



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, VMware ESX

When you create a VMFS datastore on your VMware ESX servers many administrators select the default 1MB block size without knowing when or why to change it. The block size determines the minimum amount of disk space that any file will take up on VMFS datastores. So an 18KB log file will actually...


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