vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.1.2 Released

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On October 27th the 4.1.2 release of SRM was published.  It's a fairly small update, but has a few nice bug-fixes included: Site Recovery Manager 4.1 Test Failover Fails Recovery Fails When NFS Datastores are Mounted on Two Hosts with Different IP Addresses Rolling Back the Uninstallation of the SRM Service Fails Timeout During Network Read more...

VMware Technical Publications on YouTube

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There are so many new features and capabilities in vSphere 5.0 that it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with everything.  When it comes to getting a quick introduction on a new feature I've found a great resource is the VMware TechPub's Channel on YouTube.   The channel contains several short videos (~3 minutes) that provide Read more...

vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) feedback survey

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Now that vSphere 5.0 has been out for a few months we have launched a survey to understand the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) needs moving forward so that we can take feedback into consideration for our futures planning. We would appreciate if you could help in getting more eyeballs so that we get a diverse Read more...

Mixing ESX/ESXi Versions in an HA/DRS Cluster

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Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware (Note original post was updated on 28 Oct 2011 to better clarify ESX/ESXi 3.5 support in a mixed cluster.) Running different versions of ESX/ESXi in an vCenter 5.0 HA/DRS cluster is supported.  Frank Denneman recently posted a good blog on this.  You may ask why would anyone want Read more...

Configuring IP Addresses with Auto Deploy

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When using Auto Deploy you have two options for managing the IP addresses of your ESXi hosts:  (1) use static reservations in DHCP or (2) use an answer file.  I'll go over each of these options. 1.  I like to use static DHCP reservations as this eliminates the extra step of having to pre-populate an answer Read more...

SRM Compatibility Updates

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Just a quick update for those of you who've had questions about supported platforms and databases. We've updated the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices to be more authoritative.  Some platform support has changed (e.g. we only support Update 3 for ESX/ESXi 4.0, and no prior update versions), and supported databases should be a lot broader than was initially Read more...

EMC's VASA Implementation

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For weeks now I've been trying to find the time to implement EMC's VASA Provider, which was released last month. What with researching new storage features for the next release of vSphere, and preparing for next week's VMworld 2011 in Copenhagen, I've just not had a moment. If you are not familiar with VASA, the Read more...

Coming to VMworld 2011 Copenhagen Next Week?

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If not, it is not too late to register. We will be showing plenty of the new vSphere 5 features at the solutions exchange as well as presenting the latest vSphere information in our many breakout sessions. The best part every year is the hands-on labs where you can try out all the new vSphere Read more...