Virtualization Pro:

January, 2008

January 31, 2008  3:54 PM

Upgrading from VI3 to VI3.5

Kutz Profile: Akutz

So I was going to write an article about my experiences upgrading from VI3 to VI3.5, but Mike over at RTFM-Education beat me to it. He has put out a great PDF talking about a lot of the steps and nuances involved in the upgrade process for both VC2.5 and ESX3.5. I highly recommend you take a look...

January 31, 2008  3:52 PM

Making MS-SQL boot before VirtualCenter

Kutz Profile: Akutz

VirtualCenter is an eager beaver. It really wants to start when your server does. The problem is that it starts too soon if it is installed on the same server as Microsoft SQL. The Windows event log will record two types of errors: the first will be in the Application log and detail how...

January 31, 2008  3:51 PM

Technosium 2008: VMware Update Manager now with offline patching

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

I am blogging from the Technosium Global Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, California. While here, I will be providing you important VMware info from the show. VMware Update...

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January 31, 2008  3:40 PM

VI3.5 – 18 new features you need to know about

Kutz Profile: Akutz

VMware Infrastructure 3.5 (VI3.5) saw major updates last fall with the release of ESX 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, and ESX 3i. Just what do these new products mean for IT administrators? What functionality have these three SKUs added to the VI3 bundle? Mike Laverick from RTFM-Education fame produced a...

January 30, 2008  3:54 PM

VMware Virtual Desktop Manager 2 released

Kutz Profile: Akutz

Today VMware announced the general availability of a new addition to their Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) -- VMware Virtual Desktop Manager 2 (VDM2). Some of the new features of VMD2 include: - SSL secured connections - Second-factor authentication with RSA SecureID - Integration with...

January 28, 2008  5:21 PM

VLAN tagging for ESX virtual machines: Making the case

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

VLAN trunking, or tagging, is a powerful feature that allows ESX virtual machines to connect to multiple networks. However, your network team may not want to enable that. In fact, I have come across many situations where trunking is not done to servers, but only to switches for VLAN availability....

January 17, 2008  5:28 PM

VMware ESX Server training video released

David Davis David Davis Profile: David Davis

Besides being an IT Knowledge Exchange Blogger and author with VCP and CCIE certifications, I also create video training courses. Recently, I created a video training course covering VMware ESX Server, VirtualCenter and the VMware Infrastructure Suite. This is a 15-hour video...

January 17, 2008  4:07 PM

The VMware VI Client – Why is it Windows only?

Kutz Profile: Akutz

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...

January 17, 2008  4:05 PM

Monitoring the Virtual Infrastructure for authentication attempts with Perl

Kutz Profile: Akutz

Rick Vanover recently wrote a terrific blog on how to monitor the VI database for authentication attempts. While you can certainly monitor the...

January 16, 2008  8:42 PM

ESX 3.5: Configuring for HA errors

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

I recently upgraded to ESX 3.5 on a test system, and had an issue that was really stressing me out. The issue was that each time I would perform the "Reconfigure for HA" task, I had errors causing the task to fail and the new ESX host sits there with a red triangle like a car broken down on the...

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