Under the Covers with Storage vMotion

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Hi, I recently posted on how how vMotion works and figured it would be good to follow-up with a similar blog covering Storage vMotion (svMotion).  Many people think svMotion is new, but the ability to migrate a running VMs disk files to a new datastore (DS) was first introduced in VI 3.0 as an upgrade Read more...

Need your help … What would you like to see …

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Hello all, We are currently just starting our work on the marketing 'collateral' we need for our upcoming releases.  The products I work with include VMware Data Recovery (vDR) and Site Recovery Manager (SRM).  So that means I need to produce a technical What's new deck for our partners and internal technical sales people for Read more...

Ops changes part 7 – Upgrading Firmware

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Upgrading firmware on any platform has always been a cumbersome task. When we asked a select group of customers what they expected to be most difficult when migrating to ESXi some answered Hardware Firmware Upgrades. The main reason for this was the fact that agents (some unsupported) were installed in the Service Console and they Read more...

vSphere – Now There’s an App for That!

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Today VMware launched a new vSphere Client for the Apple iPad.  Its available now for download at the Apple App Store. We’re excited about expanding vSphere management to the iPad, enabling users to view key performance metrics and perform essential tasks in a simplified interface on the go.  No more running to the nearest laptop, Read more...

vCenter HA Survey

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Customer feedback is critical for us at VMware to understand our customer's needs.  It helps to shape the direction of the products and features as well as help us identify any pain points.  To this end, we have a new survey that we invite you to take concerning the availability of vCenter.  I'd invite you Read more...

Ops changes part 6 – Quick troubleshooting tips

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When ever an issue arises on an ESX host people often rush to the Service Console and start typing various commands to figure out what is wrong. Of course some of the commands are not available with ESXi and you might not even have access to the ESXi console. Many will resort to the vCLI/vMA Read more...

Ops changes part 5 – Scratch partition

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When implementing ESXi the first noticeable difference in the architecture is the partition layout.With ESX classic you always had the ability to customize your partition layout and many used the obvious "Linux" partition scheme with a /tmp, /opt, /var and /home. This however as changed with ESXi and there isn't actually much left to discuss… Read more...

New Book: Professional vSphere 4: Implementation and Management

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I'm always on the lookout for new technical books with a VMware focus.  It looks like Cody Bunch and Patrick Ancillotti are working on a new one called "Professional vSphere 4: Implementation and Management".  It is expected to be released later this year (May 18th acording to Amazon.com).  From the standard description: "VMware vSphere, is Read more...