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January 5, 2009  3:06 PM

Open letter to VMware: Suggestions for 2009



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VCP, VI4, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESXi, VMworld 2008, vSphere

Dear VMware: 1. Please slow down a bit. Produce a quality bug-free product and not try to rush out new versions, features and functionality until they are ready. Stop with the experimental features and only put them in the finished product unless they are ready and you are going to fully support...

December 30, 2008  7:37 PM

Why you shouldn’t restore VMware ESX from a backup



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

A common question that arises on the VMware Communities Forum is how to backup VMware ESX so that you can restore the backup if there is a problem, the theory being that this would be faster than reinstalling the server. As stated within the VMware KB article 1000761 it is possible to


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 10, 2008  3:43 PM

Top VMware security links



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, Virtualization security, VMware, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi

Keeping track of Security issues associated with virtualization requires a serious investment in time. To aid in that I have put together the top virtualization security links that will continue to grow over time.


November 25, 2008  4:29 PM

CompareMyVM website to offer VMware ESX virtual machine configuration comparisons



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Chargeback and virtualization, Rick Vanover, VMware ESX, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi

Virtual machine provisioning sometimes requires administrator guesswork which doesn't always yield the best results. To help address this need, Portsmouth, N.H.-based


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  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 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...


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