Virtualization Pro:

Rick Vanover


December 10, 2008  4:52 PM

Failed P2V conversion? Check DNS



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

In the course of performing many physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions, I still come across situations where a small configuration can make or break the task. Recently, I performed a P2V conversion of a system that was successful in all measurable elements from the VMware Converter and ESX-based...

December 4, 2008  7:43 PM

VMware View Composer and vCenter architecture



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Desktop virtualization, Rick Vanover, Storage, vCenter Server, VMware Desktop Infrastructure, VMware View, Windows Computing

With the recent release of VMware View, one of the hottest components of the desktop virtualization component is the linked clone technology. In planning how VMware View works, it is important to understand the critical component - VMware View Composer. VMware View Composer is simply a Windows...


November 26, 2008  4:24 PM

Quick performance enhancement for VMware Converter P2V conversions



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

During a recent VMware Converter-based physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion, I made an observation and subsequent change that enhanced the performance of the conversion. During the conversion, the locally installed antivirus application became extremely CPU-hungry while VMware Converter was...


November 25, 2008  4:29 PM

CompareMyVM website to offer VMware ESX virtual machine configuration comparisons



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Chargeback and virtualization, Rick Vanover, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi

Virtual machine provisioning sometimes requires administrator guesswork which doesn't always yield the best results. To help address this need, Portsmouth, N.H.-based


November 20, 2008  9:00 PM

Handy VMware guest compatibility documentation



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtual machine security, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESX, VMWare Server 2.0, VMware Workstation

The planning steps are incredibly important for a successful configuration of any VMware implementation, regardless of shape and size. One specific area you should consider while planning is supported guest operating system configuration limitations. VMware frequently updates the


November 17, 2008  5:19 PM

VMware Converter failures due to block size



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

Recently during a P2V conversion, I had an issue where the conversion failed for reasons I could not explain. In looking at the logs of VMware Converter, there was no clear indication of the specific issue. Some of the relevant log entries are shown below: [#2] [2008-11-08 08:16:32.953...


November 7, 2008  5:36 PM

Updating VMware ESX? Don’t forget VMware Tools



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware Tools

While VMware Tools guest OS upgrades are an inconvenience in the life of a VMware ESX and VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) administrator, they need to be done. VMware Tools is a set of drivers designed to greatly improve console interaction, but also includes drivers such as disk and network...


October 30, 2008  10:27 PM

Accessing VMware Server Web Access Logs for Authentication Failures



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VMware, VMWare Server 2.0

VMware Server 2.0 has a fundamentally different interface compared to the thick client that was used in the 1.0 product. Along with the different interface comes a logging mechanism for access to the web interface, VI Web Access. This is one of the key new display features of VMware Server 2.0. For...


October 23, 2008  3:22 PM

Configuring VM automatic power-on in VMware Server 2



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VMware, VMWare Server 2.0

VMware Server 2.0 has quite a different interface than previous versions of the popular free hypervisor, and sometimes accessing familiar configurations becomes more difficult with a new interface. One difference between the prior 1.0.x...


October 17, 2008  1:49 PM

Starting a VMware Server virtual machine with vmrun



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

Having a virtual machine or series of virtual machines start up from a script or remote command can be a time saver, especially when compared with logging into the Web interface. VMware Server 2 and prior versions offer the vmrun command for six major tasks that you can perform on a virtual...


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