ESXCLI Partner Extensiblity

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer Many vSphere administrators are familiar with the ESXCLI command-line utility that helps manage and configure settings on their ESX and ESXi hosts. With the release of vSphere 5.0, ESXCLI now includes a total of 250 commands that span across various namespaces. One would expect that VMware can easily Read more...

Understanding ESXi Patches – Finding Patches

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Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Product Manager, VMware I recently met with a customer who was confused about patching ESXi hosts.  Not only did she have questions about where to find patches, she was confused about what to do with them once she finally had them.  I know she’s not alone so I figured a refresher Read more...

Quickest Way to Patch an ESX/ESXi Using the Command-line

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer As you know, when it comes to automating patch management for your vSphere infrastructure, we highly recommend leveraging our vSphere Update Manager (VUM) which is part of the vSphere vCenter Suite to help simplify the update process. Though not all environments have the luxury of running vCenter Server Read more...

Storage Protocol Comparison – A vSphere Perspective

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On many occasions I’ve been asked for an opinion on the best storage protocol to use with vSphere. And my response is normally something along the lines of ‘VMware supports many storage protocols, with no preferences really given to any one protocol over another’. To which the reply is usually ‘well, that doesn’t really help Read more...

Answering some Storage vMotion questions

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By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect, VMware. I received some questions about Storage vMotion a while back. I think these are interesting enough to share with the rest of the world. I want to thank the SvMotion engineering team for the quick response. Q) Suppose that a SvMotion is ongoing and the host on which the SvMotion Read more...

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 08

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By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect, VMware. Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 08. Many of us were still recovering this week and digesting all the discussions we had with our partners at PEX. We are also finalizing several white papers which hopefully will be posted this week. I will inform you when these are published.  Read more...

Some interesting storage related white papers you might have missed

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A short post simply to highlight some white papers published recently which you may have missed: vSphere Storage Appliance Technical Deep Dive A deep dive on the vSphere Storage Appliance, covering networking, storage and clustering architecture. VMFS-5 Upgrade ConsiderationsA look at the differences between a VMFS-3 upgraded to VMFS-5 vs. a newly created VMFS-5 volume. Read more...

Disable ballooning?

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During Partner Exchange I've had multiple discussions about disabling ballooning, specifically about the recommendation of disabling ballooning when running particular workloads such as SQL and Oracle.  The goal of this recommendation usually is to stop the VMkernel from reclaiming memory but unfortunately this will not happen. This article describes why ballooning is helpful and how Read more...

Interesting storage stuff from VMware Partner Exchange 2012

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I had the pleasure of attending the VMware Partner Exchange this year. I delivered a deep dive presentation on VMware's Storage Appliance (the pdf can be found here), as well as an overview of the features going into the next version of the VSA. I can't discuss these features with you just yet, but rest Read more...