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Using the ESXi 6.0 CPU Microcode Loading Feature

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Using the ESXi 6.0 CPU Microcode Loading Feature Authored By: Tim Mann Abstract: Occasionally ESXi users want to run updated CPU microcode that isn’t yet available either from their hardware platform vendor in a BIOS update or bundled into ESXi. This article explains how to do that. Note: This procedure is not supported by VMware, Read more...

High performance lab and Infrastructure for Elite Database Workshop – SQL Server Event #2

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The VMware BCA team successfully conducted the second batch for SQL Server MVPs April 21st-23rd. The attendee list includes.   Steve Jones, Tim Ford, Arnie Rowland, Wendy Pastrick, Eddie Wurech, Robert Davis, Sean McCown, Allan Hirt, Geoff Hiten,  Randy Knight, Chris Shaw, Jason Strate, Brandon Leach, Shawn Meyers, Melissa Connors. Alumni guests include David Klee, Mike Corey Read more...

Configure DHCP and TFTP for Auto Deploy

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In the previous post, we covered Enabling Auto Deploy on vCenter Server Appliance 6. There are several more steps that need to be taken to get Auto Deploy configured correctly. In this post we discuss the next step in our journey to running Auto Deploy in your environment, which is Read more...

Elite Database Workshop Program – SQL Server Event #2

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The 3rd VMware Elite Database Workshop is set to start at 7AM on Tuesday April 21.  The program is an invitation only event for the some of the world’s top SQL Server experts in which VMware selects groups of database specialists within various disciplines to include Oracle and SQL Server and soon to include Big Read more...

Run Containers on vSphere with Project Photon and Project Lightwave

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When you think of VMware, virtualization clearly jumps to mind.  But if you take a step back, virtualization is really a means to an end.  IT pros don’t earn their salary because they run virtual machines — but VMs support application services that are essential to business, ultimately contributing to the bottom line.  VMware is Read more...

vSphere Replication Target Storage Consumption

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vSphere Replication is an asynchronous, host-based replication feature that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions. It can be used as a standalone solution for simple, storage-agnostic, cost-effective virtual machine replication. vSphere Replication also serves as a replication component for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. When Read more...

vSphere Hardening Guide 6.0 Public Beta 1 available

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  I’m happy to announce that the vSphere 6 Hardening Guide Public Beta 1 is now available. The guide is being provided as Excel spreadsheet. I’m also making a PDF doc available for easier viewing. In addition,  I’ve also included an Excel spreadsheet of the guidelines that have moved out of the guide and into Read more...

SDS – The Missing Link – Storage Automation for Application Service Catalogs

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Automation technologies are a fundamental dependency to all aspects of the Software-Defined Data center. The use of automation technologies not only increases the overall productivity of the software-defined data center, but it can also accelerate the adoption of today’s modern operating models. In recent years, a subset of the core pillars of the software-defined data Read more...

Virtual Volumes and the SDDC

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I saw a question the other day that asked “Can someone explain what the big deal is about Virtual Volumes?”   A fair question. The shortest, easiest answer is that VVols offer per-VM management of storage that helps deliver a software defined datacenter. That, however, is a pretty big statement that requires some unpacking.  Rawlinson has Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes Webinar Series: Hitachi

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On Wednesday April 15 Hitachi is hosting a one hour technical webinar event to discuss how Hitachi Storage for VMware Virtual Volumes can bring customers on a reliable enterprise journey to a software-defined, policy-controlled data center. The webinar covers more than just the technical aspects of Virtual Volumes but also the operational value and efficiency Read more...