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Configuring PXE to support multiple Auto Deploy Servers

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One question I constantly receive from customers is how they can use Auto Deploy with their current TFTP solution, often they may have an existing TFTP server but still want to make use of AutoDeploy stateless installs to easily deploy and manage their ESXi hosts.  This can also fall under the question of how can Read more...
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Heads Up! Cannot Enable SIOC on NFS Datastores

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This is an interesting one for those of you considering using Storage I/O Control (SIOC) on NFS datastores. We’ve come across an issue a couple of times whereby SIOC fails to enable on an NFS datastore due to a permissions issue. The following messages are seen in the SIOC logs on the ESXi hosts sharing Read more...
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Reporting on RPO Violations From vSphere Replication

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A commonly requested thing that people ask for from vSphere Replication is more consolidated reporting.  You can set alerts in vCenter to key off of various things that surface from vSphere Replication, but it is not exactly a consolidated list when doing so.  What people are looking for is a common interface to pull together Read more...
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“It’s a Unix system, I know this!”

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Every fellow geek who first saw Jurassic Park twenty years ago (Has it really been that long??) cringed when Lex Murphy sat down at a Silicon Graphics workstation and exclaimed the line above. I’m reminded of this line all the time when I talk to some customers who I find treat their ESXi systems like Read more...
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Preview – Extreme Performance Series: Monster Virtual Machines

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This year at VMworld (both San Francisco and Barcelona) performance will be front and center.  I’ve been working internally to create a “mini-track” of technically advanced performance breakouts with many of our actual performance engineers as speakers.  Customers always want to know about best practices, troubleshooting and just how far vSphere can push the performance Read more...
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Help us to help you and win a copy of VMware Fusion!

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Do you use VMware Auto Deploy? Is there a good reason you don’t use VMware Auto Deploy? Here at VMware we value our customers feedback and want to help make sure our product lines and features are in line with what is needed from your organization, as part of this we are trying to find Read more...
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Grant shell access to this user? No worries mate!

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A few weeks ago I saw on an internal email thread an ask from a customer via their VMware sale engineer. The customer was using AutoDeploy and Host Profiles. As part of this process, they were creating a local user on their ESXi hosts and when they connected to the host via the vSphere Client Read more...
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Introduction to VMware Virsto

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What is VMware Virsto and What Does it Do? Since VMware’s acquisition of Virsto earlier this year, many customers and folks in the community have expressed a great deal of interest in the product. Since so many folks have requested more information about the product, I’ve decide to write a series of in-depth blog articles Read more...