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October 6, 2008  5:56 PM

VMware updates storage and SAN compatibility guides



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

On October 1, VMware posted two important documentation updates related to the storage and compatibility...

October 2, 2008  4:16 PM

New resources for the VirtualCenter certificate renewal process



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, SQL, VI3, VirtualCenter, VMware ESX

Earlier this year, I posted a blog entry about the certificate configuration for VirtualCenter installations and the fact that the certificate does not get upgraded...


September 25, 2008  2:17 PM

ESX network configuration automation with esxcfg-vswitch



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Networking, Rick Vanover, VI3, VirtualCenter, VMware ESX

For VI3 environments with multiple VLANs, configuration accuracy is an important step in providing virtual machines with the correct connectivity. Using the esxcfg-vswitch ESX host commands can make life as a VMware admin easier, but there’s a lot to learn. Lucky for you, I have taken the time to...


September 22, 2008  5:12 PM

VMworld first-timer: My take on the show



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMworld 2008

I have anticipated VMworld 2008 for months, and now that it is over, I look back favorably on the week. For me, attending this show from a learning perspective was not tied to any specific objective. It's important to align your expectations with the real deliverables. VMworld is not a week-long...


September 11, 2008  4:00 PM

Helpful VKernel SearchMyVM queries for use in VI3 environments



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

In my opinion, VKernel’s SearchMyVM virtual appliance (VA) has to be one of the most useful free virtualization management tools. I have found myself using it quite frequently to get information about my environment. I


August 28, 2008  3:45 PM

ESX 3.5 Update 2 and VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 1 configuration note



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

For those of us who determined we were smart by not being so quick to upgrade to upgrade to ESX 3.5 Update 2 after the product expiration debacle, I should point out an important note so that you do not make the same mistake that I did. Given that VMware corrected the issue with the initial...


August 25, 2008  8:31 PM

Restarting the VirtualCenter service remotely



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

While VirtualCenter service restart operations are rare, administrators find themselves doing just that. There are a number of reasons for needing to restart the service, such as a network interruption to the database. Here is a quick script you can run to restart the service: sc \\SERVER1...


August 18, 2008  8:14 PM

VMware Server 2.0 Release Candidate 1 offers hot new features



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Storage

The VMware Server 2.0 RC1 version, released on July 1, has six new features previously not available in the beta releases. These features include: -The use of Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for snapshots of Windows VMs -More...


August 8, 2008  4:10 PM

Peripheral virtualization for VMware environments



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

On SearchServerVirtualization.com, I wrote a tip about virtualizing server I/O. In this video blog, I want to explain a few points specific to VMware environments for peripheral...


July 30, 2008  7:38 PM

Proprietary ESX drivers explained, enlightened



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

You may initially be disappointed that VMware ESX does not allow you to install drivers for storage and network controllers (depending on your environment). I have determined why this is, and it is for the better. Let’s go through why this is, what you loose and what you gain. The drawback to...


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