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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 1, 2009  3:13 PM

The votes are in: Favorite vSphere enhancements

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, features, vSphere

Now that users have started using vSphere, I wanted to know which new technologies in the latest ESX platform release are most popular. I ran two polls on my website, and the survey results are in: 

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 23, 2009  3:34 PM

Killing a frozen VM on a vSphere ESX host

Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, stuck, virtual machine, vSphere

Occasionally virtual machines (VMs) get stuck in a zombie state and will not respond to a power-off command using the traditional vSphere client power controls. Rebooting a host will fix this condition -- but rebooting is usually not an option. Fortunately, there are a few methods for forcing the...

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...

June 9, 2009  1:55 PM

Upgrading production servers to vSphere: When and why

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

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...

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