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June, 2009

June 30, 2009  9:03 PM

Three ways to kill a frozen vSphere ESXi host virtual machine

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

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

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

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

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

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 22, 2009  6:13 PM

The key to successfully virtualized Domino servers

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

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

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

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?

Bridget Botelho Profile: Bridget Botelho

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

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

June 8, 2009  4:45 PM

Should you upgrade to VMware vSphere 4?

Texiwill Edward Haletky Profile: Texiwill

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

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

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

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

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...

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