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David Davis on vCenter Operations- Post #3 – Evaluating VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

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Having spent considerable time, over the years, learning about and testing virtualization management tools, I find it fascinating to see how tools compare. Once you get past the high-level checkbox comparison, understanding how various management tools compare, at a deeper level, very quickly becomes complicated. In my last post, How to Select a Virtualization Management Read more...

Automated Reclamation Part 3 – Recovering Inactive Resources

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Reclaiming Inactive resources can be a manual labor intensive process.  See how vCloud Automation Center can automate and simplify that process. Many companies estimate that at least 10% or more of their compute resources are being consumed by inactive and abandon applications and machines.  We are not talking about temporary resources that can easily be Read more...

Improve Storage Intelligence with HP 3PAR StoreServ and vCenter Operations

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Storage analytics are critical for managing small and large scale visualization deployments.   For HP and VMware customers, HP has built a great management pack for vCenter Operations. HP StoreFront Analytics provides the vSphere administrator with dashboards to visualize and analyze HP 3PAR StoreServ data from within vCenter Operations Manager. Standard and custom operational dashboards ensure Read more...

David Davis on vCenter Operations- Post #2 – How to Select a Virtualization Management Tool

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In my last post in this series, I discussed why, if you already have vCenter, you still need to consider adding another virtual infrastructure management tool. While vCenter is an awesome centralized management tool and offers performance insight, it wasn’t intended to be an enterprise-grade performance, resource optimization, and capacity analysis tool like vCenter Operations Manager. Read more...

vSphere ESXi 5 and Remote Syslog: Make Sure You Patch/Update

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By Jon Herlocker One of the many substantial changes between VMware vSphere ESXi 4 and ESX5 was a rewrite of the syslog services, and the addition of features like support for TCP and SSL when sending logs to a remote target. However, the initial release of remote syslog support in ESX 5.0 had some significant Read more...

Free eBook: vCenter Log Insight

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Understanding Real-time Log Analytics Whatever the work challenge, suffice to say that we all want to get it right the first time. No one enjoys repeating work because we missed seeing, hearing or understanding important data the first time. That’s one of the things that make products such as vCenter Log Insight so important to Read more...

Integrate Anything with Log Insight Using Syslog

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Why did the Log Insight team choose syslog, invented way back in the 80s, as the input protocol for Log Insight?  The 80s was the decade that brought us CD-ROMs, Doppler Radar and Digital Cell Phones.  It’s hard to believe that the syslog protocol was only a part of sendmail at first.  Now it is Read more...

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #22 – Monitoring Microsoft Hyper-V with VMware vCenter Hyperic 5.8

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In my last installment “vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #20 – Monitoring Business Critical Applications with VMware vCenter Hyperic 5.8” I talked about how in vCenter Operations 5.8 we have introduced the first wave of out of the box Dashboards and adapter intelligence. I focused on how vCenter Operations Manager is being enhanced to Read more...