New Fling to help with migrating to ESXi

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Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware For folks who are still running the classic ESX hypervisor there is a new fling available to help smooth your migration to ESXi.  The ESX System Analyzer scans existing ESX hosts looking for issues that could affect your transition to ESXi.  It produces a nice report that you can use Read more...

Protecting your ESXi Images using VIB Acceptance Levels

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Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware Duncan Epping recently posted some great info on creating custom VIB files (How to create your own .vib files, Some more nuggets about handling vib files).  With custom VIBs making their way into the community this got me thinking that a quick refresher on VIB security would be helpful.  A Read more...

VDS Best Practices – Virtual and Physical Switch Parameters (Part 2 of 6)

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Important virtual and physical switch parameters Before diving into the different design options around the example deployment, let’s take a look at the VDS (virtual) and physical network switch parameters that should be considered in all these design options. These are some key parameters that vSphere and network administrators have to take into account while Read more...

Extended VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware Support in vSphere 5.0

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Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware I often get asked for advice on upgrading VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware following an ESXi host upgrade.  While the actual task of upgrading a VM is straight forward, the challenge comes because upgrading the tools/virtual hardware requires rebooting the VM, and with many VMs hosting production workloads Read more...

How to configure ESXi to boot via Software iSCSI?

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Introduction VMware introduced support for iSCSI back in the ESX 3.x days. However, ESX could only boot from an iSCSI LUN if a hardware iSCSI adapter was used. Hosts could not boot via VMware's iSCSI driver using a NIC with special iSCSI capabilities. It quickly became clear that there was a need for booting via Read more...