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Rick Vanover


April 13, 2010  3:23 PM

vCenter Linked Mode configuration impacts maximums



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Linked Mode, Rick Vanover, vCenter

In my earlier tip on configuring vCenter Linked Mode, I didn’t mention how the configuration maximums are affected when the federation feature is used. When Linked Mode is used, a few categories of the...

September 18, 2009  1:25 PM

No room for VMFS haters here!



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtual Machine File System, VMFS, VMware, vSphere

Fresh off the release of my recent SearchVMware.com tip on the

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July 1, 2009  2:26 PM

Virtualizing Microsoft SQL? Consider per-processor licensing



Posted by: Rick Vanover
consolidation, costs, licensing, management, Rick Vanover, SQL

In a recent SearchVMware.com tip, I outlined situations where it does not make sense to have SQL or Exchange virtualized. The bottom line is that licencing depends on many factors, and you...


January 21, 2009  7:43 PM

Using vCenter Converter to create VMware ESXi virtual machines



Posted by: Rick Vanover
ESXi, P2V, Rick Vanover

Administrators considering VMware ESXi may wonder if vCenter Converter will workfor VMware ESXi conversions. The answer is yes, but there's a gotcha. Converting a physical machine into an ESXi virtual machine works best when you use the latest version of VMware Converter, version 3.0.3. While...


January 21, 2009  7:04 PM

Getting started with iSCSI and VMware ESX



Posted by: Rick Vanover
ESX, iSCSI, Rick Vanover, SAN, Storage

Many VMware ESX administrators are quite comfortable with fibre channel storage but have not ventured into the iSCSI world. I recently set up my first iSCSI configuration for a small VMware Infrastructure 3 installation and it was quite successful. Here are some takeaways: iSCSI is quite...


January 13, 2009  3:27 PM

P2V conversion success: Disable non-plug-and-play drivers



Posted by: Rick Vanover
P2V, Rick Vanover, VMware, VMware Converter

While performing a physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion isn't a new trick, there are always additional enhancements that can be performed to ensure a clean transition to a VMware platform. Recently when performing a P2V conversion, one particular system was not behaving as expected after the...


January 9, 2009  7:20 PM

Considering Sun Ray server software for VMware VDI platforms?



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun, Sun Ray, VDI, VMware

Planning a virtual desktop infrastructure implementation is an incredible task on many accounts. Many administrators that are familiar with server-based virtualization are sharpening their skillsets in regards to planning a VDI implementation.

A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)...


January 5, 2009  4:17 PM

More on restoring ESX from backup



Posted by: Rick Vanover
backup, ESX, Rick Vanover, VMware

In reading fellow SearchVMware.com IT Knowledge Exchange blogger Edward Haletky’s post on restoring the ESX host from a backup, I would like to say that I...


December 22, 2008  2:32 PM

VMware offers new searchable compatibility for support resources



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Storage, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware ESXi

In October of this year, I mentioned in a prior blog post that VMware updated their storage and compatibility guides to reflect a split of sorts between ESX 3.0.x and...


December 15, 2008  3:34 PM

Focusing on the consolidation ratio in planning virtual environments



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, Virtualization, VMware

Recently, myself and other bloggers as well as the editorial staff at TechTarget were invited to a briefing on Hyper-V. Microsoft is, on all fronts, trying to get Hyper-V and the Microsoft System Center technologies into the hands of administrators, and to some extent it is...


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