PSODs and VMware HA

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Despite our best efforts here at VMware, there are occasions where a PSOD may occur.  PSODs can occur for a wide range of reasons, including out of memory and hung CPU conditions.  In a HA protected environment, if a PSOD does occur you would expect that the VMs that were running on the host that Read more...

Tuning the DRS Migration Threshold

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 I often get asked for advice on tuning the DRS migration threshold, and my standard answer is to stick with the default.  However, I can appreciate that when you provide a nice looking slide bar with five possible settings there is a natural tendency to want to change things, and trying to convince people to Read more...

VMware Go™ Pro Releases A New Version Containing Two New Features to Make Your vSphere Hypervisor Experience Even Easier

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A new version of VMware's Go Pro (VMware's web-based service to guide users of any expertise level through the installation and configuration of VMware vSphere Hypervisor) is now generally available, so we wanted to highlight a couple of the new features in the release as well as its 3rd party patching capabilities. 1.    Patch Management: Read more...

Adopting ESXi, now is the time!

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Within the virtualization community we have been seeing more and more people adopting ESXi. Not only adopting it but also actively evangelizing the use of ESXi over ESX classic. The main argument being of course the reduction in operational effort involved with maintaining the platform. Last week two excellent articles were published. The first article Read more...

New Hardware Can Affect TPS

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I recently deployed some new hardware in my lab and to my surprise discovered that after moving several VMs to the new hosts their memory utilization went up.  I also noticed that Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) wasn’t working on these hosts.  This didn’t make sense so naturally I did some digging and I want to Read more...

ESXi 4.1 Active Directory Integration

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  Although day-to-day vSphere management operations are usually done on vCenter Server logged in through the vSphere Client, there are instances when users must work with ESXi directly, such as with configuration backup and log file access.  Then there are monitoring solutions, which sometimes require direct access to the ESXi host; these would typically be Read more...

vSphere 4.1 Wins InfoWorld 2011 Technology of the Year Award

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On the heels of winning the CRN award last week, vSphere 4.1 captured an InfoWorld 2011 Technology of the Year earlier today. InfoWorld focused on the product's ability to deliver functionality as described and the new scalability that is possible with the release. Once again, I'd like to give a personal thanks to everyone at Read more...

vSphere 4.1 Wins CRN Product of 2010 Award

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CRN was most impressed by vSphere's new memory compression and scalability with the 4.1 release. I'd like to give a personal thanks to everyone at VMware that made 4.1 possible. It was truly a team effort. See the complete CRN write-up by click here -Mike Read more...