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April 14, 2009  8:41 PM

VMware vSphere is coming

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

We're just one week away from VMware's big announcement of vSphere, its next generation data center virtualization product. There is much excitement and anticipation of this new release as it is has been almost 3 years since VMware Infrastructure 3 was released. There are many new features in this...

April 9, 2009  3:43 PM

VMware needs stronger marketing

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

I used to wonder if VMware even had a marketing department; in fact, I still do. It seems to me that VMware's products are so good and have such dominance that they really don't need marketing to sell themselves. But today there is much more competition in the virtualization space, and good...

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...

April 1, 2009  1:04 PM

VMware ESX shared disk clusters: Microsoft Cluster Server, Linux, etc.

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, MSCS, RedHat, RHEL Clustering, Shared Disk Clusters, Texiwill, VMware

People often ask about how to set up X clustering on Y operating system with virtual machines. X and Y could be Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) on Windows 2008, Global File System (GFS) on Linux, etc. In either case the answer is pretty straight forward, except when it comes to Windows...

March 24, 2009  5:54 PM

Log file locations in VMware Infrastructure 3

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, log files, vCenter Server, VMware

Whenever I am troubleshooting a problem with my VMware ESX hosts I find myself frequently having to look up the location of various VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) log files. To try and make this easier for myself and others I've decided to put together a list of all the log files that you might use...

March 23, 2009  3:39 PM

My virtualization toolbox

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, ESXi, Tools, Tripwire, Veeam, Vizioncore, VMware, VMware Toolbox

What comprises a VMware vExpert's virtualization toolbox? I actually think there are several different layers of tools depending on the particular VMware virtualization administrators job role. Mine, for example, has a number of security tools that most people would not normally need, but I do. So...

March 23, 2009  3:16 PM

Troubleshooting mysterious VM resets

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, HA, vCenter Server, VMM, VMware

Have you ever had VMs mysteriously restart and didn't know why? Even after checking the VMs vmware.log file and the event log in vCenter Server, you could find no evidence of the restart or any potential problems. Well, the

March 21, 2009  5:09 PM

Preparing for virtualization PCI security standards

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, PCI, Security, VMware

This week I went through out annual audit process for the fourth time, and as usual the virtual hosts were mostly ignored. Why? The Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards have yet to be updated to include the virtualization layer of...

March 13, 2009  8:02 PM

Fixing VMware “no swap file” VM power-on failures

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, virtual machine, VMware

Recently I experienced a VMware HA event in my environment which caused the VMs on the affected hosts to be restarted on other servers. While most of the VMs started OK, there were a few that did not. When I manually tried to start them I received the error "Failed to power on VM - No swap file"...

March 3, 2009  4:41 PM

Collecting diagnostic data from hosts and vCenter Server

Posted by: Eric Siebert
diagnostics, Eric Siebert, ESX, ESXi, vCenter Server, VMware

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