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June 9, 2009  1:55 PM

Upgrading production servers to vSphere: When and why



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Upgrade, VMware, vSphere

June 8, 2009  4:45 PM

Should you upgrade to VMware vSphere 4?



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, ESX, Install, Texiwill, Upgrade, VMware, VMware vSphere

Since I am an independent consultant and VMware Communities Guru, I have recently been asked many questions about whether or not to upgrade to VMware vSphere 4. My answers depends on the following items:

  • The hardware involved. VMware vSphere has certain...


June 4, 2009  5:27 PM

Licensing complications frustrate vSphere users



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, licensing, VMware, vSphere

VMware vSphere is a free upgrade for licensed customers with active Support and Subscription (SnS), but many users have reported problems obtaining their new vSphere licenses from VMware. Because VMware decided to go with a simpler license key instead of a more complex license file, new license...


June 1, 2009  9:30 PM

Configuration Maximum document updated for vSphere



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

VMware publishes a great document called Configuration Maximums that details all the configuration maximums for the various components of virtual machines, hosts and vCenter servers. With the vSphere release, VMware has created a new document that has both new and modified configuration maximums...


May 27, 2009  4:06 PM

New SiteSurvey utility from VMware checks for Fault Tolerance compatibility



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

While looking at the newly published VMware KnowledgeBase article on processor support for the new Fault Tolerance (FT) feature last week, I noticed a link to a new utility called SiteSurvey. While it wasn't active at the time, this week SiteSurvey is...


May 21, 2009  1:14 PM

VMware vSphere is here at last



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

VMware just took a big jump from being...


May 20, 2009  5:13 PM

VMware Fault Tolerance: What it is and how it works



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

Fault Tolerance (FT) is a new feature in vSphere that takes VMware's High Availability technology to the next level by providing continuous protection for a virtual machine (VM) in case of a host failure. It is based on the Record and Replay technology that was introduced with VMware...


May 20, 2009  4:59 PM

The Plus in vSphere 4.0 Enterprise Plus licensing: Percolating thoughts



Posted by: Texiwill
dVS, Edward L. Haletky, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus, Host Profiles, Nexus 1000V, PowerPath, Texiwill, VMware

There has been quite a bit of commentary on the nature of the vSphere 4.0 Enterprise and Enterprise Plus licenses. Most people do not see why they should pay for the new license and really can't understand why Enterprise is going away at the end of the year. The big question is: What is the...


May 19, 2009  3:45 PM

New vSphere feature allows ESX as a VM – in ESX



Posted by: Rick Vanover
testing, upgrades, VMware, vSphere

One of the biggest obstacles to testing VMware vSphere 4.0 is the equipment footprint. ESX 4 (the hypervisor for vSphere) makes getting started with base functionality quite accessible. ESX itself can be run as a virtual machine (VM) on ESX. Similar to how VMware Workstation permits


May 19, 2009  3:01 PM

Will VMware give away VMotion and HA for free?



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, HA, Hyper-V, VMotion, VMware

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