Virtualization Pro:

Rick Vanover


February 14, 2008  3:56 PM

Storage VMotion through the VI client



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

The VMware Infrastructure client allows for plug-ins for third party applications and other enhancements. Andrew Kutz of lostcreations has released a plug-in for Storage VMotion that you can use outside of the VirtualCenter Remote Command Line...

February 12, 2008  3:44 PM

Importing the VMware Infrastructure Remote CLI virtual appliance



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

The VI3 Remote CLI (command line interface) virtual appliance (VA) is provided by VMware to perform Virtual Center tasks that you cannot do in the interface, or for tasks that you want to script for automation. The Remote CLI is...


January 31, 2008  3:51 PM

Technosium 2008: VMware Update Manager now with offline patching



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, Virtualization, Windows Computing

I am blogging from the Technosium Global Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, California. While here, I will be providing you important VMware info from the show. VMware Update...

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January 28, 2008  5:21 PM

VLAN tagging for ESX virtual machines: Making the case



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

VLAN trunking, or tagging, is a powerful feature that allows ESX virtual machines to connect to multiple networks. However, your network team may not want to enable that. In fact, I have come across many situations where trunking is not done to servers, but only to switches for VLAN availability....


January 16, 2008  8:42 PM

ESX 3.5: Configuring for HA errors



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

I recently upgraded to ESX 3.5 on a test system, and had an issue that was really stressing me out. The issue was that each time I would perform the "Reconfigure for HA" task, I had errors causing the task to fail and the new ESX host sits there with a red triangle like a car broken down on the...


January 14, 2008  4:25 AM

Monitor the Virtual Infrastructure Database for authentication attempts



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

Because VMware ESX and Virtual Center (VC) have great magnitude in the datacenter, I determined it would be a good idea to have an audit trail of authentication attempts in to the Virtual Infrastructure Client and SSH on the host. In my recently upgraded VC 2.5 environment, I made a quick trip to...


January 9, 2008  5:14 PM

Provisioning for networking redundancy with VMware ESX, VirtualCenter 2.5



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

When planning your next VMware ESX server installation that will be managed by VirtualCenter 2.5, make sure you provision for redundant networking for the ESX service console port. VirtualCenter 2.5 gives you a warning if you only have one interface assigned as the role of service console port, but...


January 3, 2008  7:46 PM

Use disconnected network adapters for build and stage: Save yourself



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

In VMware ESX, you can configure a guest operating system to have its network adapter disconnected at power on. This is critically important for a phase of a physical to virtual (P2V) migration where the system is migrated yet there are some offline tasks to be done. This can also be during a build...


December 19, 2007  7:11 AM

Virtual Center 2.5 – An IT pro’s first look



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

So I had the chance to install VMware Virtual Center 2.5, or VC 2.5 from the release of the series of updates, last week. I expected the VC upgrade to be...


December 7, 2007  7:58 PM

ESX Resource Pools Revisited



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

How many times have you gone back to your resource pools and wondered why your performance is not what you were expecting? Here is a quick tip on your configuration that may help understand your situation. For small- to medium-sized ESX implementations, have a uniform value for the shares for...


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