LBT (Load Based Teaming) explained (Part 2/3)

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By Hugo Strydom, Managing Consultant, VMware Professional Services In the first part we looked at how we collect network stats. In this part we will be looking at when and how LBT checks for load and the process of moving the VM traffic to another pNIC. Let's first look at the detection and frequency. The Read more...

LBT (Load Based Teaming) explained (Part 1/3)

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By Hugo Strydom, Managing Consultant, VMware Professional Sercices In this first part of how LBT works we want to first explain how the stats are derived for the pNIC attached to the vDS (or vSwitch). The vmkernel maintains tx/rx stats for each of the pNIC’s that is attached to a vDS. Stats to the vmkernel Read more...

New ebook stock again, do your "transition to ESXi" course today!

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A couple of weeks ago we published a free elearning course dedicated to ESXi , “Transition to ESXi Essentials”. The course is a self-paced three-hour online training and to make it even more appealing we decided to bundle it with a FREE, online, ebook copy of “VMware ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security” authored by Dave Read more...

Migrating to ESXi part 2 – Moving VMs off the ESX Host

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In my last post I mentioned the requirement to upgrade vCenter in preparation for migrating  to ESXi.  In this post I will discuss the storage considerations related to an ESXi migration. Before you shutdown an ESX hosts in preparation to migrate it to ESXi you need to evacuate the VMs off the host.  The steps Read more...

Migrating to ESXi part 1 – Are you ready for ESXi?

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It’s been almost a full year since we first heard about ESXi convergence, have you made the move to ESXi?  Is it still on your to-do list?  Migrating to ESXi is really pretty easy and can even be done with no VM downtime.   The basic process involves (1) migrating the VMs off the host, (2) Read more...

Taking ESXi scripted installs to a new level

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A couple of weeks back I wrote about an article that Tom Arentsen published around automating the installation of ESXi. It's a great read and I have had a lot of positive feedback on it. Today Tom released an article which takes this to the next level. In this article Tom shows you how to Read more...