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VMware Host Profiles Unleashed!

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VMware just published a detailed technical overview paper about Host Profiles. As virtual infrastructures grow, configuring multiple ESX hosts in consistent way across the datacenter becomes increasingly difficult and time consuming, often resulting in configuration errors. VMware Host Profiles, introduced in vSphere 4.0, helps establish standard configurations for ESX/ESXi hosts and enables centralized compliance monitoring Read more...

“What’s new in vCenter Server 4.1” whitepaper available

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I missed out on the vSphere 4.1 launch as I was out on vacation. So here’s a belated post announcing the “What’s new in vSphere 4.1 – vCenter Server” whitepaper. The paper provides an overview of new virtualization management capabilities in the vCenter Server 4.1, including enhancements in VMware vCenter Orchestrator, VMware Host Profiles, VMware Read more...

Rightsizing VMs using CapacityIQ – Follow up

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Thank you for all the feedback on my previous two posts on how vCenter CapacityIQ can identify Idle and Powered-Off VMs and Oversized and Undersized VMs. I wanted to follow up with a screenshot I got from a recent customer POC: Almost 95% of the virtual machines were oversized!!! I believe the VI administrators out Read more...

Rightsizing VMs using vCenter CapacityIQ – Part 2

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In my last post, I discussed how vCenter CapacityIQ enables capacity optimization by tracking powered-off and idle virtual machines. In this post, I will cover how CapacityIQ identifies oversized and undersized virtual machines. Like powered-off and idle virtual machines, CapacityIQ uses configurable utilization thresholds to identify  oversized or undersized virtual machines. However, unlike powered-off and Read more...

Rightsizing VMs using vCenter CapacityIQ – Part 1

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Capacity Management is well established practice in enterprise data centers. Effective capacity management strives to accomplish two objectives: Efficiency: Make efficient use of existing capacity and minimize any waste of computing resources Availability: Leave enough capacity headroom to accommodate any spikes in resource demands. These two capacity management objectives often conflict with each other. Rightsizing Read more...

Updated “Timekeeping in VMware Virtual Machines” paper available

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The Timekeeping in virtual machines whitepaper has been updated to reflect the enhancements in VMware vSphere 4 and VMware Workstation 7.0 versions. In case you are wondering, why I am posting this under virtualization management, here are couple pointers: VMware Tools include the timekeeping daemon responsible for periodic clock synchronization, and several virtualization management solutions Read more...

Welcome to the VMware Virtualization Management Blog!

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Virtualization has become ubiquitous in IT data centers, with several organizations now adopting a ‘virtualize first’ policy. The ROI benefits – both capex and opex savings – are easy to achieve even with the initial server consolidation projects. However as you embark on the virtualization journey and seek to extend it to the entire data Read more...