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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...

May 23, 2008  5:09 PM

Adding a remote datastore to VMware Server 2.0 beta



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Networking, Rick Vanover, Storage, Virtualization

I have been evaluating the VMware Server 2.0 beta on Windows and CentOS Linux systems since the release in November of 2007. The second beta of Server 2.0 was released in March, and both versions support adding remote datastores for guest virtual...


May 20, 2008  5:22 PM

Use VI3 maps to visualize storage distribution



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

You may not have used the maps feature within the VMware Infrastructure Client because large environments become difficult to decipher. The maps view has become an important part of visualizing certain elements of the overall configuration of an ESX environment. One of the more useful mapping views...


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...


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