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June 11, 2009  3:38 PM

VMware: the new bully on the block?

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Veeam, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere

VMware architect and virtualization expert Gabe van Zanten wrote an interesting post on his blog, "Gabe's Virtual World" pointing out that VMware appears to be following in...

June 9, 2009  1:55 PM

Upgrading production servers to vSphere: When and why

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Upgrade, VMware, vSphere

June 8, 2009  4:45 PM

Should you upgrade to VMware vSphere 4?

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, Install, Texiwill, Upgrade, VMware, VMware vSphere

Since I am an independent consultant and VMware Communities Guru, I have recently been asked many questions about whether or not to upgrade to VMware vSphere 4. My answers depends on the following items:

  • The hardware involved. VMware vSphere has certain...

June 4, 2009  5:27 PM

Licensing complications frustrate vSphere users

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, licensing, VMware, vSphere

VMware vSphere is a free upgrade for licensed customers with active Support and Subscription (SnS), but many users have reported problems obtaining their new vSphere licenses from VMware. Because VMware decided to go with a simpler license key instead of a more complex license file, new license...

June 1, 2009  9:30 PM

Configuration Maximum document updated for vSphere

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

VMware publishes a great document called Configuration Maximums that details all the configuration maximums for the various components of virtual machines, hosts and vCenter servers. With the vSphere release, VMware has created a new document that has both new and modified configuration maximums...

May 27, 2009  4:06 PM

New SiteSurvey utility from VMware checks for Fault Tolerance compatibility

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Fault Tolerance, VMware, vSphere

While looking at the newly published VMware KnowledgeBase article on processor support for the new Fault Tolerance (FT) feature last week, I noticed a link to a new utility called SiteSurvey. While it wasn't active at the time, this week SiteSurvey is...

May 22, 2009  3:25 PM

VMware vSphere is available: Now what do you do?

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX 4, ESXi, Licenses, Texiwill, Upgrade, vCenter Server, vSphere

So now that vSphere is available, how do you get your own copy and upgrade existing licenses? Hopefully, you have already checked if your Service and Support has been properly upgraded or existed prior to May 21, 2009. If so then you are in good shape. Get your license...

May 21, 2009  1:14 PM

VMware vSphere is here at last

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

VMware just took a big jump from being...

May 20, 2009  5:13 PM

VMware Fault Tolerance: What it is and how it works

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Fault Tolerance, VMware, vSphere

Fault Tolerance (FT) is a new feature in vSphere that takes VMware's High Availability technology to the next level by providing continuous protection for a virtual machine (VM) in case of a host failure. It is based on the Record and Replay technology that was introduced with VMware...

May 20, 2009  4:59 PM

The Plus in vSphere 4.0 Enterprise Plus licensing: Percolating thoughts

Posted by: Texiwill
dVS, Edward L. Haletky, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus, Host Profiles, Nexus 1000V, PowerPath, Texiwill, VMware

There has been quite a bit of commentary on the nature of the vSphere 4.0 Enterprise and Enterprise Plus licenses. Most people do not see why they should pay for the new license and really can't understand why Enterprise is going away at the end of the year. The big question is: What is the...

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