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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...

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...


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...


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...


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