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November 3, 2008  7:50 PM

How traffic routes between VMs on ESX hosts

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

Understanding virtual machine networking intracacies can be difficult. You might wonder how the network traffic routes between two virtual machines (VMs) that are both located on the same host server -- does the traffic go out onto the network at all? The answer implies that by assigning...

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  10:26 PM

VMware’s Bluelane purchase a move to true VDC-OS

Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Security, VDC-OS, Virtualization, Virtualization security, VMware ESX

There's more to VMware's purchase of Bluelane than meets the eye. Touted as a means to beef up VMware's security and high availability options within the virtual infrastructure, this purchase is instead more of a move to a full VDC-OS...and not just a concept as presented at VMworld 2008. The...

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...

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  4:22 PM

Chosing the best new technologies of VMworld 2008 – Vizioncore vOptimizer Pro and Cisco Nexus 1000v

Posted by: David Davis
David Davis, Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMworld 2008

I had the honor of being a VMworld 2008 judge for the best new products competition. Specifically, I was a judge of the “best new technologies” category. My fellow judge, Mike Laverick ( and I chose...

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...

September 30, 2008  5:38 PM

Will the new VMware “v-products” change VMware as we know it?

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VDC-OS, VMware ESX, VMworld 2008

There were many new product announcements made at VMworld, many of which were probably confusing. So many new "v-products" were introduced and it initially seems like the ESX infrastructure we know today will soon be completely different. So what does this mean to the average ESX system...

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