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October 28, 2009  6:32 PM

Restoring individual files from image-level backups of virtual machines

Posted by: Eric Siebert
backup, Eric Siebert, VMware

Virtual environments can change the way you back up your servers by providing an additional backup method where you back up the single large virtual disk file instead of the individual files inside the VM operating system. There is sometimes confusion, however, when using this method as if...

July 31, 2009  2:22 PM

Using Storage VMotion to keep critical servers up when shared storage is down

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, Storage VMotion, VMware

What a great tool Storage VMotion is. I may not use it every day, but when certain situations arise I really appreciate having this feature available. The other night our storage area network (SAN) admininstrators shut down both of our SANs so they could do a microcode upgrade. Part of this...

January 21, 2009  7:04 PM

Getting started with iSCSI and VMware ESX

Posted by: Rick Vanover
ESX, iSCSI, Rick Vanover, SAN, Storage

Many VMware ESX administrators are quite comfortable with fibre channel storage but have not ventured into the iSCSI world. I recently set up my first iSCSI configuration for a small VMware Infrastructure 3 installation and it was quite successful. Here are some takeaways: iSCSI is quite...

January 5, 2009  4:17 PM

More on restoring ESX from backup

Posted by: Rick Vanover
backup, ESX, Rick Vanover, VMware

In reading fellow IT Knowledge Exchange blogger Edward Haletky’s post on restoring the ESX host from a backup, I would like to say that I...

December 22, 2008  2:32 PM

VMware offers new searchable compatibility for support resources

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

In October of this year, I mentioned in a prior blog post that VMware updated their storage and compatibility guides to reflect a split of sorts between ESX 3.0.x and...

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 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 3, 2008  7:27 PM

Replacing a VMware ESX SAN

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Storage, VI3, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

Replacing or upgrading a SAN is no trivial task. There are a few tried-and-true steps to take when replacing a SAN which I'll outline in this blog post, including a key step to the process that will ensure a successful switch. I recently upgraded from an HP MSA 1000 to an IBM DS3400 because I...

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...

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...

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