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December 4, 2008  7:58 PM

How large can virtual machine snapshots grow?

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

On a recent VMTN roundtable podcast the subject of how large a single snapshot can become came up, and whether or not the snapshot can exceed the size of the original virtual machine disk file. I’ve always stated that a...

December 2, 2008  6:23 PM

VMware product name changes: vCenter, View

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VirtualCenter, VMFS, VMware, VMware Converter, VMware Desktop Infrastructure, VMware ESX

VMware has just announced that they are changing the names of their current products to the new product names that were announced at VMworld. The biggest changes are that VirtualCenter is now being referred to as vCenter Server and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is now being referred to as...

November 17, 2008  5:22 PM

VMFS volume names: UUID and symbolic

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VirtualCenter, VMFS, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESXi

If you have ever done a directory listing of your VMFS volumes on a VMware ESX host from the Service Console or using a file browser application like WinSCP you will notice the names of your VMFS volumes but also a number of directories that consist of a long string of numbers and letters as seen...

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  6:06 PM

Configuring single sign-on to log into VirtualCenter

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

Beginning with VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 2, VMware has provided the ability to pass your currently logged-in Windows domain credentials to VirtualCenter using the VMware Infrastructure Client so you no longer have to log in to VirtualCenter separately. To do this you can create a special shortcut...

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...

October 8, 2008  2:37 PM

VMware projected to save millions for Canadian Interior Health Authority

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Hyper-V, VI3, VirtualCenter, Virtualization, VMware

Palo Alto-based VMware Inc. announced this week that the Interior Health Authority (IHA) of British Columbia has standardized on...

October 6, 2008  5:51 PM

VMware fixes VirtualCenter 2 bugs with VirtualCenter Update 3

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VI3, VirtualCenter, Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

On Friday, VMware released the latest version of VirtualCenter, Update 3 (no update 3 for ESX yet). Unlike Update 2 (which contained some great new features), this version is mainly focused on fixing bugs. VMware administrators may be a little leery of installing this update after the time-bomb...

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...

October 2, 2008  1:47 PM

VMware’s PR department is hard at work: More case studies

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Hyper-V, Microsoft Windows, VI3, VirtualCenter, Virtualization, VMware ESX

VMware always has plenty of customers to vouch for their products, and their PR team certainly isn't shy about sending journalists examples. I get so many emails touting the latest VMware success that I could publish new VMware Infrastructure case studies every...

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