Tips on Migrating to ESXi

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Over the past couple months I've been on the road presenting on the topic of ESXi migration at several regional VMware User Group (VMUG) conferences.  When presenting on ESXi migration one question that always gets asked is "what are the gotchas and and what can I do to avoid them?".  Based on this I was Read more...

Going to Virtualize Oracle?

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Below is an upcoming webcast on virtualizing Oracle from the customer perspective.The intent is to share lessons learned from two customers that have implemented Oracle on VMware and use EMC storage. Click here for more information Read more...

N1k Load balancing options

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By Hugo Strydom, Managing Consultant, Professional Services I have been asked a few times on what the best option is to load balance with the N1k switch. In this post I want to give an overview of some of the load balancing option that is available on the N1k solution. We will look at different Read more...

More on Scripting with SRM – View desktops!

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Hello all, I wanted to draw your attention to a very interesting blog a co-worker has written about using PowerCLI and SRM to fail desktops over in a crisis.  This is a very interesting use of both SRM and PowerCLI.  Currently SRM cannot protect View desktops but Alan has shown how it can be done Read more...

VDS Security

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By Shudong Zhou, Sr. Staff Engineer, ESX Networking From time to time, I got queries about VDS architecture, particularly about how vswitches are implemented in the kernel. Do different vswitches share the same code? What’s the object lay out? A few email exchanges later, it was clear that the questioners really wanted an assessment of Read more...

VDS vs. Cisco N1K

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By Shudong Zhou, Sr. Staff Engineer, ESX Networking I often get questions about the difference between VMware Distributed Switch (VDS) and Cisco Nexus 1000v (N1K). At a high level, VDS presents an integrated model where both network and VM deployment are managed from a single place, while N1K caters to organizations having a separate networking Read more...

Virtual Networking Observations

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By Shudong Zhou, Sr. Staff Engineer, ESX Networking This is the first of several posts about VMware virtual networking infrastructure. The goal is to help readers gain a deeper technical understanding and appreciation of the VMware offering. This is my personal view and does not represent VMware’s official position. I joined VMware in Oct. 2006, Read more...

vDS config location and HA

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By Hugo Strydom, Managing Consultant, Professional Services Have you ever wondered what those .dvsData folder is on some of your datastores ? Well in this article I will give some insight to them and what they are used for. Firstly some information around a vDS switch. Each vDS switch has a UUID in the format Read more...