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Harvesting VDI Resources for HPC: Case Study

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High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads have traditionally been run only on bare-metal, unvirtualized hardware. However, performance for these highly parallel technical workloads has increased dramatically with the introduction of hardware support for virtualization, enabling organizations to begin embracing the numerous benefits that a virtualization platform can offer.  In addition, VMware has started offering vSphere in Read more...

Windows Server 2012 VM-Generation ID Support in vSphere

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Update 1/25/2013: The vSphere versions required for VM-Generation ID support have been updated below. Active Directory Domain Services has been one of those applications that, to the naked eye, seemed like it was a no brainer to virtualize. Why not? In most environments it’s a fairly low utilization workload, rarely capable of efficiently using the Read more...

50 Partners To Help You Virtualize Business Critical Applications

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VMware Partners have the option to complete extra coursework to become VBCA Competent. There are many partners with this designation globally to help you virtualize your business-critical applications. The following is a partial list of the VBCA Competent partners. Please go to http://partnerlocator.vmware.com for a complete list of partners in your area. Partners in the above table are Read more...

Organizational Best Practices for Virtualizing Business Critical Applications

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When embarking on your virtualization journey, keep these key organizational best practices in mind. Where to Start with BCA Design? Base the sizing of your virtual environment on physical servers. It’s critical to understand your application requirements and have a good sense of the capacity and storage you’ll need. VMware Capacity Planner – Helps you to gain Read more...

When to use Lock Pages in Memory with SQL Server

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Granting the Lock Pages in Memory user right to the SQL Server service account prevents SQL Server buffer pool pages from paging out by Windows. This setting is useful and has a positive performance impact because it prevents Windows from paging a significant amount of buffer pool memory out of the process, which enables SQL Read more...