VMTN Podcast about Transitioning to ESXi

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Yesterday the weekly VMTN podcast was about ESXi featuring Charu Chaubal, Alberto Farronato and I. I thought it was an interesting podcast with lots of good questions and comments from the participating audience. You can download the podcast or subscribe to iTunes to get it automatically. In the chat-window there are usually many links dropped Read more...

Scratch partition best practices for USB/SD booted ESXi?

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Last week I received some questions around the best practice for sizing the scratch partition with USB/SD booted ESXi hosts. As the installable uses 4GB as a default value the assumption was made that this was the minimal required amount of diskspace for a host. As you can imagine when having 32 nodes in a Read more...

Become a true ESXi expert with the new FREE VMware eLearning course and ebook offer!

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Great news for all VMware customers: the VMware Education Services team has just made available a new, FREE elearning course dedicated to ESXi , “Transition to ESXi Essentials”. The course is a self-paced three-hour online training that provides the knowledge necessary to make fundamental design decisions to successfully add VMware ESXi to a vSphere environment Read more...

Need to install 100s of ESXi hosts?

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Yes you can of course use UDA or EDA but in my environments that is not an option. I was scavenging the internet to find an article that explained how to build your own UDA/EDA appliance and found something very close to home. This article was written by Tom Arentsen who is a freelance consultant Read more...

Increasing SRM log retention

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The SRM 4, and SRM 5 logs are small as we need to be conservative, but they can easily be increased in size and number as needed. I recommend this to ensure that your logs always have exactly what support needs them to have! Read more...

vSphere 4.1 Tops the InfoWorld Virtualization Shootout

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I am very excited this morning to share the results of the recent virtualization shootout conducted by InfoWorld. Once again, vSphere has shown its ability to deliver the best performance performance, scale, and advanced feature set in the industry today. The tests were done using vSphere 4.1 and compared vSphere to the other players in the Read more...

vCenter Update Manager (VUM) Temporarily Disables FT

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I recently discovered that when using VUM to patch my vSphere 4.0 FT clusters that things don’t exactly work as I thought.  I knew that when patching a host with an FT protected VM that VUM will temporarily disable FT during the remediation.  However, what I didn’t realize is that FT not only gets disabled Read more...

Is your environment secure?

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My friends over at the VMware Security Blog posted an article yesterday that the Security Hardening Guide for vSphere 4.1 has been released. Coiincidentally Richard Garsthagen posted an article about all the ESX/ESXi hosts he found directly attached to the internet, I guess you could say that that goes against every best practice out there. Read more...