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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...

April 21, 2008  1:52 PM

Is the mixed virtualization vendor data center possible?

Posted by: Atrujillo
DataCenter, Hyper-V, VMware ESX, Xen

I recently floated the idea of implementing a mix of virtualization products in your data center as a way to better customize your virtual environments. The query was part of a larger discussion I wanted to get going about how

April 2, 2008  6:05 PM

VMware’s competitive edge shrinking in light of Hyper-V hype, experts say

Posted by: Atrujillo
Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware pricing

My Digg reader kicked out a great interview with VMware's "product guru" Raghu Raghuram today in which he discusses the company's product philosophy and how it translates to the VMware product line. During the...

March 5, 2008  9:51 PM

Did VMware DRS destroy my virtual disk?

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, SQL Server, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX

I had a peculiar situation come up recently in my VirtualCenter 2.5 environment with ESX 3.02 hosts in this particular environment. I posted the situation on the VMware Communities forum, but have yet to get a clear answer on what...

February 28, 2008  10:58 PM

Embed SSH connections to ESX with console plug-in

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Andrew Kutz, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware ESX

Fellow blogger Andrew Kutz has done it again with his release of the integrated SSH plug-in for use in the VMware Infrastructure Client (VIC). This plug-in saves ESX administrators the hassle of launching Putty or another mechanism to start a session to the ESX host. Details on the...

February 27, 2008  3:17 PM

Quickly adding VirtualCenter 2.5 network redundancy

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

When VirtualCenter (VC) 2.5 was released, I, like many others, started on a path to migrate to the new version for my VMware implementation. After the VC installation, my ESX hosts, which had only one network interface,...

February 21, 2008  8:33 PM

KACE introduces a virtual appliance for systems management

Posted by: Msant
Virtualization, VMware ESX

The advent of virtualization has created a burgeoning market for systems management tools that can handle the complexities of virtualized environments. Now along comes KACE Networks Inc. with a systems management tool with a virtual twist: The...

February 14, 2008  3:56 PM

Storage VMotion through the VI client

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Andrew Kutz, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware ESX

The VMware Infrastructure client allows for plug-ins for third party applications and other enhancements. Andrew Kutz of lostcreations has released a plug-in for Storage VMotion that you can use outside of the VirtualCenter Remote Command Line...

February 12, 2008  3:44 PM

Importing the VMware Infrastructure Remote CLI virtual appliance

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

The VI3 Remote CLI (command line interface) virtual appliance (VA) is provided by VMware to perform Virtual Center tasks that you cannot do in the interface, or for tasks that you want to script for automation. The Remote CLI is...

January 28, 2008  5:21 PM

VLAN tagging for ESX virtual machines: Making the case

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

VLAN trunking, or tagging, is a powerful feature that allows ESX virtual machines to connect to multiple networks. However, your network team may not want to enable that. In fact, I have come across many situations where trunking is not done to servers, but only to switches for VLAN availability....

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