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March 15, 2010  5:56 PM

Riddle: How do you power-off a VM if it’s already powered off?

Posted by: HannahDrake
RTFM blogs, troubleshooting, Virtual Machines, VMware, vSphere

As an instructor, Mike Laverick firmly believes that "pulling the plug" (or, restarting the host VM) is not the answer every time you run into a problem with a virtual machine that resides on the host VM. He is a believer in figuring out what's causing the issue and fixing it. After all, why shoot...

December 2, 2009  6:25 PM

What is Changed Block Tracking in vSphere?

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, vSphere

I've recently written several articles on new backup and storage features in vSphere and spent a lot of time trying to learn more about the vStorage APIs and the new Changed Block Tracking (CBT)...

November 20, 2009  7:33 PM

First update to vSphere released

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

VMware has finally released the first update to vSphere almost 6 months after the initial release of vSphere in May 2009. Version 4.0 Update 1 delivers many fixes to bugs and issues as well as support for new features, products and operating systems. Perhaps the biggest updates in this release are...

November 12, 2009  3:22 AM

Quota limits in vSphere?

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

A reader was recently reading the VMware white paper  What Is New in VMware vSphere 4: Storage and he came across this paragraph:

Improved Storage Resources Control As the scope of storage...

October 28, 2009  6:21 PM

What are IP Pools and vApps?

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, vSphere

While navigating in the vSphere client the other day I noticed a new tab. When selecting a Datacenter object, a tab called IP Pools appeared. When clicking on this tab you had the option to view and add IP Pools. Having never seen this before my first thought was, what are IP...

September 27, 2009  7:00 PM

The vSphere API is not just for programmers

Posted by: Halr9000
API, Hal Rottenberg, PowerCLI, Powershell, vSphere

The topic of the VMworld 2009 session which Luc Dekens and I gave recently was how to take PowerCLI to the next level. I'll explain that premise for a bit in this post for those who may not have been able to make it to the...

September 18, 2009  2:21 PM

Goodbye pink highlighter, hello iPod Touch: VMware training in the 21st century

Posted by: Makking
Mak King, VCP, VMware training, vSphere

The high-flying days of pre-Y2K seem a distant, fairy-tale like memory. IT has gotten far more complex. Capital budgets continue to shrink, corporate greed continues unabated, shareholder gain is as strong as ever, and the demands on IT have naturally increased to meet such demands. The demands on...

September 18, 2009  1:25 PM

No room for VMFS haters here!

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtual Machine File System, VMFS, VMware, vSphere

Fresh off the release of my recent tip on the

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August 19, 2009  3:30 PM

Will VMware ever release a Linux version of the VMware Infrastructure Client?

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Linux, vSphere

VMware users have been asking for a Linux version of the Windows-only VMware Infrastructure/vSphere Client for years. Last year at VMworld, VMware hinted that it may be releasing a version for Linux soon. But a year has gone by and...

July 22, 2009  2:26 PM

VMware ESX Web access in vSphere

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, ESX, Security, vSphere

With VMware Infrastructure 3, Web access was enabled by default. VMware chose to disable it in vSphere for security purposes. If you access an ESX 4 host with a Web browser you will see the default welcome page but if you click the log-in link you will get a 503 Service Unavailable error...

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