NFS and the vCD Appliance

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Tom StephensSenior Technical Marketing Architect @vCloud_Storm I’m sure many of you have heard about the vCloud Director Appliance by now.   It’s one of the fastest ways you can get vCloud Director up and running to evaluate it in your environment.  The key here is that it is only supported for evaluation environments.  As a result, Read more...

Creating Custom Metadata using the vCloud API

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By William Lam, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer I recently have been exploring a really neat feature in the vCloud API (introduced in vCloud Director 1.5) which allows users to create custom metadata (key/value pair) for various objects such as a Virtual Machine, vApp, Provider vDC, etc. in vCloud Director. Here are two possible use cases Read more...

Debunking Storage I/O Control Myths

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I had the pleasure of presenting to a number of our customers and storage partners last week. Both sessions were very interesting as it gave VMware technical marketing a chance to elicit some good feedback about what's working well and what's not working well from a vSphere perspective. One of the things which surprised me Read more...

Free ESXi Hypervisor – Auto Start Breaks with 5.0 Update 1

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Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware If you are running the free version of ESXi (aka ESXi Hypervisor) then you'll want to be aware of a critical issue that surfaces after upgrading to 5.0 Update 1.  I want to stress this only applies to people runing the free ESXi version.  If you're ESXi hosts Read more...

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 12

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By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect. Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 12 This week I have a very cool white paper for those interested in Disaster Recovery / Distaster Avoidance. Ken Werneburg wrote an excellent comparison of the two solutions and what the advantages of each are. A highly recommended read!  Stretched Clusters and VMware Read more...

VASA, Profile Driven Storage & RDMs – Heads Up.

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I had a discussion earlier this week with Cody Hosterman from EMC. Cody was working on VASA & Profile Driven Storage, and spotted some anomalies in the way the feature works with RDMs, VMware's Raw Device Mappings. RDMs, as the name implies, using a mapping file to maintain details about a physical LUN that is Read more...

Setting up a Shared VMware Tools Directory

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Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, VMware I often get asked why VMware provides two different image profiles as part of the ESXi offline bundle. For those who are not familiar with what an offline bundle is think of it as a copy of the installation ISO in a zip format.  The offline bundle is Read more...

Ye olde Controller, Target, Device (ctd) Numbering

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I was having a discussion today about something that had not come up in a long, long time. It was about how controller numbers, target numbers and device numbers are assigned on an ESXi host. The scenario is a Microsoft Exchange implementation where the requirements are to have separate LUN for each DB & Log. Read more...

VMware Update Manager Survey

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As VMware looks to improve or updates its solutions we continually look to understand our customer use cases and capture their feedback. VMware Update Manager is seen as a critical component for maintaining virtual infratstructures and we ask if you could spend a couple of minutes providing us feedback on how you use VMware Update Read more...