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Rick Vanover

May 5, 2008  7:39 PM

Avoid VMware Converter mixed version gotchas

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

For those of you who have come to use VMware Converter as part of your virtualization migration you probably had at least one conversion that failed for reasons you may not be able to explain. Since the release of VMware Converter 3.02 Update 1 in December of 2007 and in conjunction with the...

April 24, 2008  3:11 PM

VirtualCenter custom roles for delegated access

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

The built-in roles for access to VirtualCenter and the managed objects are okay for many common scenarios, but some situations require additional configuration. In some cases, creating custom roles has been a viable solution. Here is how I created a role that would allow a user only to view a...

April 21, 2008  4:25 PM

VirtualCenter virtual machine removal best practices

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

Creating virtual machines (VMs) is quite easy, but how you remove them can make a big difference in storage space. When removing a virtual machine, one popular method is to move the virtual machine to a resource pool with no assigned memory or processor resources. There are some concerns and...

April 10, 2008  3:37 PM

Double-check your HBAs on ESX 3.02 with IBM SVC connectivity

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, Virtualization

Like many administrators, I have been quite happy with the performance of my ESX environment. However, we recently had an observation that avoided a potentially disastrous issue. In my environment, I am using an

April 7, 2008  8:30 PM

Use the VMware Converter bootable CD for the difficult conversions

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtualization, Windows Computing

Depending on the scope of your virtual environment, it is likely that physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions have taken place. The P2V process truly enables VMware administrators to put physical systems into virtual environments. However, you may have come across a system that for some reason will...

March 24, 2008  5:54 PM

VirtualCenter 2.5 database issue during upgrade

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, SQL, SQL Server, VI3

Last week, I wrote about about the database index defragmentation. I discussed reading the scan index and that if the percentage is poor, a defragmentation or index rebuild...

March 11, 2008  3:55 PM

VirtualCenter 2.5 database index defragmentation

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Andrew Kutz, Database, Rick Vanover, SQL, SQL Server, VI3, Virtualization

I, like many virtualization administrators, have worked very hard to get the VMware virtual environment set up and running as expected. Now, one of my main tasks is to make sure that we do not do anything to adversely effect server performance. A good place to start in this regard is the...

March 5, 2008  9:51 PM

Did VMware DRS destroy my virtual disk?

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, SQL Server, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX

I had a peculiar situation come up recently in my VirtualCenter 2.5 environment with ESX 3.02 hosts in this particular environment. I posted the situation on the VMware Communities forum, but have yet to get a clear answer on what...

February 28, 2008  10:58 PM

Embed SSH connections to ESX with console plug-in

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Andrew Kutz, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware ESX

Fellow blogger Andrew Kutz has done it again with his release of the integrated SSH plug-in for use in the VMware Infrastructure Client (VIC). This plug-in saves ESX administrators the hassle of launching Putty or another mechanism to start a session to the ESX host. Details on the...

February 27, 2008  3:17 PM

Quickly adding VirtualCenter 2.5 network redundancy

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

When VirtualCenter (VC) 2.5 was released, I, like many others, started on a path to migrate to the new version for my VMware implementation. After the VC installation, my ESX hosts, which had only one network interface,...

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