Upgrading from ESXi 3.5 to ESXi 4.0

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There are two main ways to upgrade from ESXi 3.5 to ESXi 4.0. Both methods perform an in-place upgrade of ESXi, which allows the following: preserve VMFS and all contents on local disk, if upgrading ESXi Installable upgrade ESXi embedded, whether on internal or external USB key or internal flash memory preserve almost all configuration Read more...

VMware's Backup and Recovery product

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One of the many capabilities introduced in VMware vSphere 4 is VMware Data Recovery (VDR), a virtual machine backup and recovery product.  Market research and customer feedback showed that many people wanted an integrated option for protecting virtual machines in a VMware environment.  Further analysis showed that this was more eminent for VMware customers that Read more...

Nexus 1000V demo videos

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While we’re on the subject of Nexus 1000V, Pierre-Emmanuel Ettori from Cisco has just posted a couple of videos on the Cisco Data Center blog. The videos take you on an in-depth tour of the Nexus 1000V (configuration, port profiles, etc) and shows the tight integration with vCenter Server. If you haven’t seen the Nexus1000V Read more...

Nexus 1000V and VN-Link confusion

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We’ve seen a lot of excitement around our vNetwork Distributed Switch and also the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch. A little confusion, however, has arisen around physical switch dependencies for the Nexus 1000V. I understand the confusion as the Nexus 1000V (which is software based and available now) and VN-link (hardware based and not yet Read more...

IBM CloudBurst runs on ESXi

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Recently, IBM announced a new Cloud Computing offering called CloudBurst.  From the product page: IBM CloudBurst is a complete IBM Service Management package of hardware, software and services, which simplifies your cloud computing acquisition and deployment. This blog entry from the ibm.com Community describes the software used to provide the resource abstraction layer: Cloud Software Configuration:•IBM CloudBurst Read more...

What vnic? Choosing an adapter for your VM

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In ESX 4, we released VMXNET 3 as another high performance paravirtualized adapter for use with VMs. This increases the choices …or perhaps the level of confusion. Which adapter do you choose? Fortunately, there is help at hand. One of our engineers recently updated a knowledge base (KB) article on this very topic. You can Read more...

Let’s talk Security … DMZs, VLANs, and L2 Attacks

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We recently posted a paper titled, Network Segmentation in Virtualized Environments on vmware.com that discusses and describes three virtualized trust zone configurations and some best practices for secure deployment. So, what’s a trust zone? It’s part of a network (a network segment) within which traffic flows relatively freely. Traffic in and out of the trust Read more...