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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 15, 2008  3:34 PM

Focusing on the consolidation ratio in planning virtual environments

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

Recently, myself and other bloggers as well as the editorial staff at TechTarget were invited to a briefing on Hyper-V. Microsoft is, on all fronts, trying to get Hyper-V and the Microsoft System Center technologies into the hands of administrators, and to some extent it is...

December 1, 2008  7:22 PM

Understanding VMware ESX security zones

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, VI3, Virtual machine security, Virtualization, Virtualization security, VMware

There is confusion around VMware ESX with regards to security zones. On one hand VMware ESX is a single multi-homed physical machine. On the other hand, it contains multiple security zones. We need to look within the physical to properly understand security zones within VMware ESX and...

November 17, 2008  6:31 PM

Security outside the box

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Security, VI3, Virtual machine security, Virtualization, Virtualization security, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi, VMware scripting

Virtualization security depends on more than securing the virtualization host and hypervisor. It depends on everything that touches your virtualization host, directly or indirectly, also being secure. Let us take a quick look at the daily operations you may perform within your virtual...

November 17, 2008  4:49 PM

Secure method to P2V across security zones

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, P2V migrations, VI3, Virtual machine security, VirtualCenter, Virtualization, VMware, VMware Converter, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi

A common VMware Communities question is how to P2V or convert a system from within a demilitarized zone (DMZ) to a virtual machine (VM) running within an ESX host that will be part of the DMZ virtual network. P2V works by imaging the physical host within the DMZ and transferring that image to...

November 12, 2008  4:55 PM

VMware administrator resources

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, VirtualCenter, VMware, VMware ESX

When it comes to finding technical information on VMware products there are a number of obvious sources of information such as the official documentation and books but there are also some not so obvious sources that contain tons of great technical information. VMware's Knowledge...

November 7, 2008  5:36 PM

Updating VMware ESX? Don’t forget VMware Tools

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

While VMware Tools guest OS upgrades are an inconvenience in the life of a VMware ESX and VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) administrator, they need to be done. VMware Tools is a set of drivers designed to greatly improve console interaction, but also includes drivers such as disk and network...

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...

November 3, 2008  6:52 PM

VMware ESXi security review: Firewall, please

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Security, VI3, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi may have a smaller footprint than VMware ESX, but the pro-security theory behind the skinny ESX version may be defunct given the lack of ability to create a Defense in Depth strategy around the...

October 30, 2008  1:11 PM

VMware adds another Windows user to its customer list

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Hyper-V, Oracle, SQL Server, VI3, Virtualization, VMotion, VMware, VMware High Availability (VMware HA), Windows Computing

VMware, Inc. announced last week that another Windows customer is using VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) instead of Microsoft...

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