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July 31, 2009  2:22 PM

Using Storage VMotion to keep critical servers up when shared storage is down



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, Storage VMotion, VMware

What a great tool Storage VMotion is. I may not use it every day, but when certain situations arise I really appreciate having this feature available. The other night our storage area network (SAN) admininstrators shut down both of our SANs so they could do a microcode upgrade. Part of this...

July 31, 2009  2:06 PM

Good experiences with vSphere 4.0, vShield Zones VMware support



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, support, VMware

Support and customer service are two areas that will make or break any company. Providing good support and customer service will ensure that a business keeps is customers satisfied so they continue to use the company's product and do not consider switching to a competitor's product. Since I...


July 13, 2009  9:27 PM

Monitoring vSphere adoption: A forum moderator’s perspective



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, ESXi, Texiwill, VMware, VMware Communities, vSphere

As an active moderator and VMware Communities Guru, I'm in a unique position to see the level of vSphere adoption from an interesting vantage point -- topic activity in the forums. Take one morning's statistics from this past week:

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July 9, 2009  2:29 PM

Will Google save VMware from Novell-like fate?



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Microsoft, Novell, VMware

There has been some talk recently about the possibility of VMware becoming the next Novell and fading away into obscurity due to Microsoft entering the...


July 8, 2009  3:20 PM

Scheduling virtual CPUs



Posted by: Eric Siebert
CPU, Eric Siebert, ESX, scheduling, VMware

Recently someone asked me what VMware scheduling is, so I thought I would cover that in this blog post. Scheduling, or virtual CPU scheduling, happens behind the scenes and is not a very visible component of virtualization, but is absolutely critical for virtualization to work properly. You...


June 30, 2009  9:03 PM

Three ways to kill a frozen vSphere ESXi host virtual machine



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESXi, stuck VM, VMware, vSphere

At some point, you may need to know how to kill a stuck or frozen VMware vSphere 4.0 ESXi host virtual machine when the traditional power controls do not work. As with VMware ESX, there are several methods, which I covered in a previous post,


June 25, 2009  3:35 PM

More details on VMware’s Fault Tolerance feature



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

This week's VMTN Community Roundtable podcast was about Fault Tolerance (FT). Henry Robinson and Karen Ritter of VMware joined to provide information about the development and future of FT. Here's a...


June 22, 2009  6:13 PM

The key to successfully virtualized Domino servers



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, Lotus Domino, VMware

Although there are several tech notes that suggest otherwise, most Lotus Domino workloads can be successfully virtualized. I thought I'd review some of the tech notes as they seem to be discouraging people from virtualizing Domino servers. Both of the notes I'll review blame the virtualization...


June 17, 2009  4:55 PM

VMware’s hardware compatibility list



Posted by: Eric Siebert
compatibility, Eric Siebert, hardware, VMware

VMware publishes a guide called the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). The HCL lists all of the hardware components that are supported by each version of ESX and ESXi. This very important guide is divided into different sub-guides, which...


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...


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