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Scripting datastore access

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The following is a guest posting from Daniel Hiltgen, one of the senior developers on the ESXi product. Did you know that you can quickly and easily transfer files to and from ESXi using basic web protocols? Starting in version 3.5, ESXi supports HTTP based file transfer for files on any mounted datastore.  You can Read more...

ESXi 4.0 supports Jumbo Frames

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Some people out there, such as in this post, have noticed a statement in the ESXi 4.0 Configuration Guide which says (on page 54): "Jumbo frames are not supported for VMkernel networking interfaces in ESXi" I am happy to say that this is merely an error in the documentation.  In fact, ESXi 4.0 DOES support Read more...

10 Reasons why VMware ESXi 4 is perfect for the SMB

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Over on VirtualizationAdmin.com, David Davis has an article on why ESXi is the best choice for SMBs, providing ten reasons for this view.  Here is the summary: VMware ESXi is Free Easy Upgrade to VMware vSphere  Higher consolidation ratio  Memory Over Commitment and Transparent Page Sharing  Most number of complementary applications that you can upgrade to Read more...

Backing up your ESXi host configuration

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One of the beauties of a thin hypervisor architecture like VMware ESXi is the fact that the entire state of the system can be described in a much more compact fashion than is possible with a general-purpose operating system.  This include areas such as: virtual networking configuration, storage settings, and host infrastructure services such as NTP Read more...

Go ESXi

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At the recent VMworld 2009 conference, VMware launched a new offering based on ESXi called VMware Go.  VMware Go™ is a free web-based service that will enable SMB customers to fly through the ESXi setup process with just a few mouse clicks.  VMware Go is an on-ramp for companies new to virtualization, especially small businesses Read more...

On the Size of ESXi

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In an earlier post, we explained how ESXi is just as fully-featured as classic ESX, and what it can do just depends upon what features are licensed in a given deployment.  Some people are surprised that this much functionality can be provided in such a small package.  Our colleague Eric Gray has posted a two-part Read more...

See the ESXi team at VMworld

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VMworld is only two weeks away, and we wanted to give you a run-down of the ESXi sessions that will be at the show: Session ID Title Session Type BOF111 Operationalizing ESXi Birds of a Feather TA3195 Stateless ESXi: Scalable Rollout and Management of Virtualized Hosts Breakout Session — Advanced TA4060 The Path to COS-less Read more...

Case Study: Kroll Ontrack

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As more of our customers start migrating from VMware ESX to ESXi, we would like to start showcasing some of their deployment experiences on this blog. We recently published a case study on the ESXi deployment of Kroll Ontrack, the world leader in providing legal technologies and data recovery products and services. Kroll has been Read more...

Systems Manageability of VMware ESXi on Dell PowerEdge Servers

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After people have learned about ESXi, and understand all the benefits (less patching, easy deployment and manageability, etc), one of the first concerns that they raise is around hardware management. Many IT shops use management tools from OEMs such as Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) to do things like hardware health monitoring, asset inventory, and viewing alert Read more...

Upgrading from ESXi 3.5 to ESXi 4.0

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There are two main ways to upgrade from ESXi 3.5 to ESXi 4.0. Both methods perform an in-place upgrade of ESXi, which allows the following: preserve VMFS and all contents on local disk, if upgrading ESXi Installable upgrade ESXi embedded, whether on internal or external USB key or internal flash memory preserve almost all configuration Read more...