Fault Tolerance and Isolation Response

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Most of us are familiar with how the HA Isolation Response works.  If a host in a cluster loses connectivity with all the other nodes in the cluster it is deemed as isolated.  When this happens the cluster “Isolation Response” dictates how the host will react.  The options are: (1)    Leave powered on(2)    Power off(3)    Read more...

Ops changes part 4 – Injecting or installing drivers

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Two weeks ago I was presented with a problem regarding the use of drivers that were not part of the standard ESXi ISO. I started looking into it and discovered there are two main solutions for a problem like this. Installing drivers during the installation Injecting drivers into the ISO Both solutions have it's advantage Read more...

vMotion – what's going on under the covers?

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It’s funny how you can go months without any questions about a feature and then all the sudden you get a flurry of questions.  Such is the case with vMotion.  Over the past few weeks I’ve had several folks ask me about vMotion.  These haven’t been the typical “how do I configure vMotion” questions, but Read more...

Ops changes part 3 – Local disk vs USB vs BFS

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When I was planning this series of articles one of the things that was on the top of my list was to "compare" the type of install destinations that could be used as I guess the variety of options is the strength of ESXi. The reason, as hopefully all of you know by now, that Read more...

Ops changes part 2 – Scripted installation

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One of the first operational "obstacles" that will need to be concurred for the migration to ESXi is a scripted installation. I wrote an article with an sample script two weeks ago, which is a good start. I asked around on twitter  on what kind of things people would like to see and I also Read more...

Ops changes part 1 – Introduction

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One of the thing that will probably most time consuming when migrating to ESXi are the changes in operational procedures that will be required. Of course this fully depends on what type of user you are today. I guess we can qualify the users in three main categories: vCenter addict PowerCLI god Bash guru For Read more...

VMware Data Recovery is now included in Standard

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Hello all, This question has been raised a few times lately, and I thought I would try to give the answer a little broader distribution. Yes, as of vSphere 4.1 Update 1, we have included VMware Data Recovery (vDR) with the Standard product edition, which means all of the editions now include vDR.  You can Read more...

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.1.1 is released!

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  Hello all, This maintenance release of SRM was released the same day that vSphere 4.1 Update 1 was released.  We will always try to do that whenever possible.  There are a number of important fixes in it however, and as such I recommend people look at upgrading to it as quickly as their need Read more...