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Six Methods for Keeping VM Tools Up to Date

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When it comes to keeping VM Tools up to date, there are six different approaches that vSphere administrators can use. That may sound like a lot, but after seeing each of the various options, it is clear that the intention is to accommodate nearly any workflow customers require for flexible datacenter operations. These different techniques allow Read more...

Understanding the Three Types of VM Tools

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Three different types of VM Tools are available, intended to accommodate the range of workflows required in heterogeneous datacenters. This article provides an overview of these types and the next covers available options for keeping VM Tools up to date. The Classic VM Tools ISOs for all Supported Guests The most familiar mechanism for consuming VM Read more...

Technical Paper: Installing VMware ESXi 6 Using PXE

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It’s 2016, are you still installing VMware ESXi by mounting ISO images in a browser-based console? That’s probably fine for one-off efforts, and it sure beats making a trip to the datacenter with physical CDs, but network deployments are the way of the future. If you have not yet made the move to PXE deployments, Read more...

vSphere Integrated Containers – Technology Walkthrough

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Note: this article has been incredibly popular since it was written, but it was based on the original design of vSphere Integrated Containers.   Now that it has been released as an official product, this article is somewhat out of date.  For a good overview of the released and supported version of vSphere Integrated Containers, please see this Read more...

New Capabilities in Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 (TP2)

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Project Photon OS, the small-footprint container runtime from VMware that was first announced back in April, is making great progress. Several new enhancements to this open source initiative are especially interesting to vSphere administrators and those responsible for deployment and administration. PXE Boot and Network Installation Operating system ISO images may be the lingua franca Read more...

How To Choose The Best Infrastructure Stack For Your Cloud-Native Applications

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Cloud-native applications are gaining mindshare, especially containerized apps that align well with the requirements of DevOps workflows, microservices, and immutable infrastructure trends. Developers and infrastructure experts must soon identify the platform for their next-generation workloads. Wouldn’t it be great if existing investments in skills, infrastructure, and technology ecosystem continued to offer the best environment to Read more...