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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

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...


September 11, 2008  4:00 PM

Helpful VKernel SearchMyVM queries for use in VI3 environments



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware scripting

In my opinion, VKernel’s SearchMyVM virtual appliance (VA) has to be one of the most useful free virtualization management tools. I have found myself using it quite frequently to get information about my environment. I


August 11, 2008  1:59 PM

VMware working on patch for ESXi API exploit



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware pricing, VMware scripting

Although VMware's ESXi hypervisor is free under the VMware Infrastructure (VI) base license, it's not without limitations. Only some of the application programming interface (API) method calls that are typically shipped with the

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January 17, 2008  4:07 PM

The VMware VI Client – Why is it Windows only?



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VMware scripting

Have you ever wondered why VMware's VI client is Windows only? The most obvious reason is that it is written in C# using the .NET framework. However, the client could easily be written in Python or Java or some other OS agnostic language. So why Windows only? There are in fact two reasons the VI...


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