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Tegile Systems Named Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays

Here at vBrainstorm we enjoy reporting news about the vendors in the IT space.  Tegile Systems is one of the Solid State storage vendors that we follow.  A press release was published today naming Tegile as a visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays.  Kudos to you Tegile! […]

By |June 25th, 2015|Categories: SAN, ssd solidstate, storage|Tags: |0 Comments|

vBrainstorm will be at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco!

VMworld 2015 is right around the corner in San Francisco and vBrainstorm.com will be there as an official blogger of VMworld!  What can you expect?  All the announcements made at the keynotes will be reported and summarized here.  We will be meeting with some of the vendors to report […]

By |June 25th, 2015|Categories: Virtualization, VMware, VMworld|Tags: |0 Comments|

Unitrends Free Edition. Protecting your assets with Asset Protection and Job Creation.

Yesterday I write on Installing and Configuring Unitrends free edition. Today I will cover protecting your assets with Asset Protection. Then we will go over Job Creation. This allows you to have a backup of your VM’s for free!

 

Requirements:

For this scenario we will be using vCenter 5.5.

 

And we are […]

Installing and Configuring Unitrends free edition

Last week I wrote on Unitrends offers free backup’s with Unitrends Free. Unitrends is a leader in the backup space. And they recently announced a free edition.  Today I am going to cover deploying the software via a appliance, and the post deployment configuration. This is our first Step to backing up our […]

Unitrends offers free backup’s with Unitrends Free

Product overview:

Unitrends is a software company that has been doing backup’s since 1985 according to Wikipedia. On may 12th they announced a open beta to a free version of Unitrends free..

Unitrends free is a Virtual Appliance that offers data protection in the form of a Linux based VMware or […]

VMware vSphere 6.0 is now available

Looks like VMware has made the 6.0 version of their vSphere and related product lines available today.  Here are the links to download.  Note:  These links require a My VMware account that is licensed for these products.

VMware vCloud Suite 6.0 (You can get ESXi 6.0, vCenter Server 6.0, vSphere Replication 6.0, […]

HyTrust KeyControl Cryptographic Module Enters Process for FIPS 140-2 Validation

For those of you in fields where regulatory requirements are important then this news from HyTrust is for you.  They have entered the process to be validated for FIPS 140-2.  A press release was released yesterday, March 11 2015.  The contents of this press release is below.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS […]

By |March 12th, 2015|Categories: hytrust, Virtualization|Tags: |0 Comments|

Move vSphere Replicated VM files from one datastore to another

Recently at my day job we had some new storage allocated at our recovery site to use for vSphere storage.  I was tasked with decommissioning the old datastores.  The problem is that my replicated VMs resided on the old storage.  Of course I could go into my vSphere replication […]

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: ESXi, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, vSphere 5|Tags: |0 Comments|

Veeam 8 – Wan Acceleration : Role Installation and Setup

 

Veeam Wan Acceleration is a neat technology.

 
“Built-in WAN Acceleration dramatically reduces the bandwidth required for transferring backups and replicas over the WAN. This eliminates the need to acquire additional network bandwidth or deploy a general-purpose WAN accelerator appliance for fast off site backup and replication.

Built-in WAN Acceleration is available […]

vCloud Director 5.6.4 for Service Providers Release Notes

VMware has released a new release for vCloud Director, release 5.6.4

 
What’s in the Release Notes
The release notes cover the following topics:

What’s New in this Release

System Requirements, Installation, and Upgrade

Documentation

Resolved Issues

Known Issues

What’s New in this Release

Increased upgrade support: Added upgrade support from vCloud Director 5.5.2 and 5.5.2.1 to vCloud Director 5.6.4 […]

Opvizor Inside the Dashboard.

This is my first post on a series of posts about opvizor. http://www.opvizor.com/ Opvizor is a predictive analysis and issue prevention tool.

In my previous post, Getting Opvizor Working by Michael White worth a read. Michael outlines the install process. I will continue , assuming you have setup the product.

 

Once we login to the […]

Getting Opvizor Working by Michael White worth a read.

Michael White another vExpert did a great write up on Opvizor www.opvizor.com

Opvizor has engaged the VMware vExpert program to allow us to dive into the program. Michael’s write up shows how to install the product.

 

Getting Opvizor Working – and is it interesting or what!
 

“If you watch the video on their home page you […]

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

The following Blog post is about VMware VSAN or Virtual San. http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san

 

The following post was made with pre GA , Beta content.

All performance numbers are subject to final benchmarking results. Please refer to guidance published at GA

All Content and media is from VMWare, as part of the blogger program.

Please also […]

vExpert 2015 Announced

VMware has announced the first round of vExperts for 2015 and I am please to report that myself and Roger of vBrainstorm.com have made the list once again!  This is my 3rd year in a row being selected so the picture above reflects that.  Here is the announcement from […]

By |February 7th, 2015|Categories: vExpert, VMware|Tags: |0 Comments|

vSphere 6 Configuration of Fault Tolerance

Make sure to follow the Requirements HereWe will be showing off 4 vCPU Fault Tolerance.Login to vSphere vCenter 6 Web Server.Click on Hosts and Clusters.Select your first host.Click on ManageClick on NetworkingClick on Add Host NetworkingThis pop’s up.Select Physical Network Adapter, and Click Next.Select new Standard Switch, and Click […]

vCenter Server 6.0 New Features

Today Announces the release of VMware’s vCenter largest release in VMware History. Note. These facts are pre release, thus I will update any changes if necessary, All Facts are direct From VMware.
vCenter Server Features – Enhanced Capabilities

Metric

Windows

Appliance

Hosts per VC

1,000

1,000

Powered-On VMs per VC

10,000

10,000

Hosts per Cluster

64

64

VMs per Cluster

8,000

8,000

Linked Mode

Platform Services Controller 
Platform Services […]

vSphere 6.0 Platform New Features

Today Announces the release of VMware’s vSphere largest release in VMware History. Note. These facts are pre release, thus I will update any changes if necessary, All Facts are direct From VMware.

Increased vSphere Maximums

64 Hosts per Cluster
8000 Virtual Machines per Cluster
480 CPUs
12 TB RAM
1000 Virtual Machines Per Host

Virtual Machine […]

vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance – New Features

Today Announces the next major release of VMware’s Fault Tolerance Product.  Note. These facts are pre release, thus I will update any changes if necessary, All Facts are direct From VMware.

New features

Enhanced virtual disk format support
Ability to hot configure FT
Greatly increased FT host compatibility
4vCPU per VM.
Up to 4 VM’s per Host. ( 10GB required.) […]

VMware products and “Ghost” (CVE-2015-0235)

I wanted to share this information from the VMware Security and Compliance Blog.  The bottom line is that no VMware products at this time have been found that are vulnerable to the glibc gethostbyname* buffer overflow (CVE-2015-0235).  The quoted blog post is below as well as a link to the […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Categories: GHOST, Security, Virtualization, VMware|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0001

VMware released security advisory VMSA-2015-0001 on January 27 2015.  A link to the advisory can be found here.  An overview of the items that this advisory addresses is shown below.

VMware ESXi, Workstation, Player, and Fusion host privilege escalation vulnerability
VMware ESXi, Workstation, Player and Fusion contain an arbitrary file write issue. […]

By |January 28th, 2015|Categories: Virtualization, VMware, vSphere 5|Tags: |0 Comments|

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2d recently released

On January 27 2015 VMware released an update for vCenter Server 5.5.  The release notes are located here.  A brief summary of the resolved issues from the release notes are below.

vCenter Single Sign-On

VMware Directory Service consumes excessive memory
Backup and restore of vCenter Single Sign-On database might […]

By |January 28th, 2015|Categories: Virtualization, VMware, vSphere 5|Tags: |0 Comments|

Initial Configuration of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v6.1.1

So now that the Virtualization Manager appliance is installed and powered on we need to configure it.  The vBrainstorm lab has DHCP enabled but we are using static IP addresses so we need to change the appliance to use a static IP.  To do this, just right-click on the […]

Installing SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v6.1.1 in a vSphere 5.x environment

Today I am installing SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v6.1.1 in our lab here at vBrainstorm.  If you are not sure what Virtualization Manager is, here is a quick blurb from the Solarwinds website:
Virtualization Manager
Comprehensive Virtualization Management for VMware ® & Hyper-V ® – From VM to Storage

Real-time dashboards simplify identification & […]

By |January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Virtualization Manager, VMware|Tags: |0 Comments|

Veeam 8.0 Patch 1

I’ve been working on getting Veeam 8.0 up in my lab, I am planning on doing a series of write up’s on the technology.  I Noticed that they have released a Patch. I wanted to share this.Release Notes for Veeam Backup & Replication 8.0 Patch 1KB ID: 1982Products: Veeam Backup & […]

New Frontier

We all have choices in life. I choice the career within Information Technology for a couple of key reasons. Foremost, I love technology. It’s the reason I am so passionate about my career and it is why I am working with the technology I work with.After being in the […]

See the data, not just the storage with DataGravity

DataGravity @DataGravityInc has revealed what the announced secret gravity sauce is all about. Be sure to check out the press release ” DataGravity Unveils Industry’s First Data-Aware Storage Platform”

“NASHUA, N.H., August 19, 2014 – DataGravity today announced the launch of the DataGravity Discovery Series, the first ever data-aware storage […]

Tintri releases Tentri OS 3.0, Tintri Global Center 1.1 and Tintri Automation Toolkit

Tintri has announced the release of Tentri OS 3.0, Tintri Glocal Center 1.1 and Tintri Automation Toolkit.  A copy of the press release is shown below.

Tintri Introduces New Generation of Smart Storage with Multi-hypervisor Support and Industry’s First VM-level Automation Capabilities

TINTRI OS 3.0, TINTRI GLOBAL CENTER 1.1 AND TINTRI […]

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: storage, Virtualization|Tags: |0 Comments|

Login VSI 4.1 Released

Login VSI 4.1 was released today. Login VSI is used to load test virtualized desktop environments such as VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop and Microsoft RDS. Testing such as benchmarking, capacity planning, load/stress testing and change impact prediction are all parts of Login VSI. Check out the […]

By |August 5th, 2014|Categories: Software, Virtualization, VMware, VMware View 5|Tags: |0 Comments|

Re Post : Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

Derek Seaman has a nice write up on Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

I’m a fan of Veeam, and use in production today. Thus, I wanted to share the write up.

“The goal of the joint whitepaper between Veeam and Nutanix is to help customers deploy Veeam Backup […]

Today I found my self looking for a way to add portgroups to a set of hosts in a cluster that have Standard switches.I found Chris Nakagaki’s post http://tech.zsoldier.com/2013/07/add-portgroupsvlans-to-vmware-standard.html that covered this completely.”Summary:Wrote a simple little script to insert a portgroup into a targeted vSwitch of all VM hosts in a […]

By |June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

New Look – Stage 1

Today We moved our Theme to the Avada Theme. This is a first step, in a new design; taking advantage of WordPress. We plan on making more adjustments to this soon.

 

I will be posting some smaller posts to see how the Theme works soon.

 

By |June 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments|

vBrainstorm and vExpert 2014

The new class of vExperts have been announced today by VMware.  I am happy to announce that Roger Lund and myself were once again selected as vExperts.  This is a huge honor and humbling to know that our peers in the field believe we represent VMware and virtualization n […]

By |April 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Welcome to the new vBrainstorm

You may have noticed some changes here at vBrainstorm. We have changed hosts and platforms with plans to bring you a better experience. The changes are not complete as the theme may change but the content will continue to be what you expect from us. We are excited and […]

By |March 25th, 2014|Categories: Random Thoughts|Tags: |0 Comments|

Infino : An VMware Cache Acceleration kit, in a Virtual box

This year at VMworld, I was able to attend the VMworld Tech Field Day Roundtable.At the VMworld Tech Field Day Roundtable, I thought that Infino offered a great value add to those of us that have more than one hat in our job role. Today I am going to give […]

Solid Performance, with a Solid Name: Welcome to Solidfire.

I had the chance to meet with the CEO and Founder of SolidFire Dave Wright while at VMworld this year. Who is SolidFire? Well, I will overview that and share a interview I had with Dave shortly.Solid fire is a all-SSD Architecture platform, that scales and uses raid-less data […]

VMware and VMware Horizon View 5.3 the advent of View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) support in VMware Horizon View

VMware has released VMware Horizon View 5.3 : Read all about it: VMware® Horizon View™ 5.3 with a slew of new features and bug fixes. As always make sure you read the known issues.”There’s a treasure trove of value to be found here. We’re talking about things like full […]

In my hunt for a way to optimize my new server 2012 build’s I ran across this blog post.In the below post , she talks about using powershell to build a template for VMware ESXi / vSphere.Below are some useful commands.Windows Server 2012: VM template tuning using PowerShell   http://johansenreidar.blogspot.com/2013/06/windows-server-2012-vm-template-tuning.html”# Change […]

EMC Elect 2014 Judge

I am proud to announce on vBrainstorm.com  and vTech411.com that I was selected to be one of the judges that will choose the 2014 EMC Elect!  I was selected as EMC Elect 2013 which was the inaugural year of the program.  Some of you may be asking what the […]

By |October 25th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Clearing the ARP cache table in ESXi 5.5

A new feature has been added in the new 5.5 release of ESXi.  You can now clear the ARP cache on an ESXi server.  This is a very useful feature that should have always been part of ESXi.  This feature ONLY works with ESXi 5.5.  The KB article contents […]

By |September 24th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Merge Multiple EMC NAR files with PowerShell

First off, I wanted to my apologizes for falling so behind on my blogging. I could make a list of reasons, both personal and work related , but I’ll not, and instead say sorry.I plan on making some headway on the blog front, both here and at vbrainstorm.com Expect […]

Dell PowerEdge VRTX : Dell’s Introduction into the future of Compute?

I had the pleasure of Attending Dell Enterprise forum this year. If you have not noticed Dell is growing and increasing it’s server market. “In the past three years, Dell has managed to grow its servers and networking sales from $7.6 billion to $9.3 billion” Source http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/dell-inc-dell-cisco-systems-inc-csco-are-growing-in-the-declining-global-server-market-168461/Further stepping into […]

Dell Storage Forum 2012 : day 2

Dell announced today a flood of new storage products.Below is the press release. More to come on the below technology’s.”Dell Storage Forum, BOSTON, June 12, 2012 – At Dell Storage Forum, Dell today announced new solutions that continue to advance its Fluid Data architecture to help customers efficiently […]

By |June 12th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |2 Comments|

Dell Storage Forum 2012 : day 2

Dell announced today a flood of new storage products.Below is the press release. More to come on the below technology’s.http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2012/06/dell-storage-forum-2012-day-2.htmlNew Blog Post #dellsf12Roger Lund.

By |June 12th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Dell Storage Forums 2012 : day one

Today Dell has released a array of new storage products.I have a attached the press release, along with a few photos. You’ll see more to come as content comes out.”BOSTON, June 11, 2012 – At its second annual U.S. Dell Storage Forum customer and partner event, Dell today announced […]

By |June 11th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Dell storage Forums. : day one

Dell Storage Forums 2012 : day oneToday Dell has released a array of new storage products.I have a attached the press release, along with a few photos. You’ll see more to come as content comes out.http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2012/06/dell-storage-forums-2012-day-one.htmlhttp://www.vbrainstorm.com/2012/06/dell-storage-forums-2012-day-one.htmlNew Blog Post #dellsf12

By |June 11th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware View 5.1 Released, with New Client Support.

  VMware released a new version of VMware View , Here are the release notes.   What’s new?   “ What’s New in View 5.1 VMware View 5.1 delivers important features and enhancements that improve the performance, security, management, and flexibility of virtual desktops. This release of VMware […]

Xangati – Heading for the Clouds with Scaling and New features in version 9.

New press release today! Xangati released a new update to the XMD Suite.“Cupertino, CA – May 15, 2012 – Xangati, the recognized leader in performance management for virtualization and the cloud, today announced a powerful new release of its Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) virtualization and cloud suite. The new […]

Windows 8 – vSphere 5.0 Install .net Error

I have recently been using Windows 8, in a effort to learn the up coming version of WindowsI hit a couple snags.First, I get a compatibility message.  I quickly enabled XP mode. Then came a message about .netI tried the auto install. Epic Fail…Then I found the following blog post!Windows 8 […]

VMware Source Code Leak, news.

  Today VMware had a interesting Blog on the VMware Security Blog. “ VMware Security Note Yesterday, April 23, 2012, our security team became aware of the public posting of a single file from the VMware ESX source code and the possibility that more files may be […]

By |April 25th, 2012|Categories: VMware Source Code Leak|Tags: |0 Comments|

Interesting KB for After upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1

  I recently upgrade from vCenter 5.0 to 5.0 U1, and ran into this issue.   I saw the following problems.     I see upgrade vCenter Agents on cluster hosts in recent tasks. And after a services restart, It would disconnect all VMware Hosts.   The following KB […]

By |April 12th, 2012|Categories: 5.0 update 1, KB 2016287, vCenter, VMware|Tags: |0 Comments|

Pure Storage, Pure Performance.

  While at Tech Field Day – Virtualization Field Day, I had a chance to sit through a Presentation by Pure Storage. Below are my thoughts. Pure Storage is all about giving you and your VMware Server or View environment SSD performance, at a reduced cost. Check […]

Pure Storage, Pure Performance.

  While at Tech Field Day – Virtualization Field Day, I had a chance to sit through a Presentation by Pure Storage. Below are my thoughts. Check out the full blog post on vBrainstorm. Pure Storage, Pure Performance  http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2012/03/pure-storage-pure-performance.html Roger Lund

VMware vSphere 5.0 Update 1 : Released.

Great News! VMware vSphere 5.0 Update 1 has been released.Download it now! Whats new in update 1? “What’s NewThe following information describes some of the enhancements available in this release of VMware ESXi: Support for new processors – ESXi 5.0 Update 1 supports new AMD and Intel Processors. […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Categories: VMware vSphere 5.0 Update 1|Tags: |0 Comments|

Tech Field Day – Virtualization Field Day 2 – Silicon Valley

  One thing that I have noticed is that the you pack in to your schedule , the fastest time fly’s. The last couple months for me have been a blur. I am amazed that the time is upon us for Virtualization Field Day 2 – Silicon Valley I […]

New VMware KB’s I deem Important.

  I wanted to share these three VMware Knowledge Base articles.   ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts may experience a purple screen after vCenter Server is upgraded to 5.0   KB Article: 2007269 “ Symptoms You may encounter an issue where: You have recently upgraded your […]

By |October 13th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Tech Field Day 7 — Austin : Roger Lund Day 1 Overview at Dell

 

We started off the afternoon at Dell, Talking about the Dell Acquisitions and Solutions, then diving into Scalable Storage Systems, and then Equallogic.

Below is my overview.

 

Some existing information on Dell Acquisitions.

http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/newsroom-acquisitions

http://www.crn.com/slide-shows/data-center/228300266/12-dell-acquisitions-and-what-theyve-brought-to-the-company.htm?pgno=2

 

 

More information on the Dell Scalable File System. Including Dell PowerVault NX3500 Unified Storage Platform, and Dell EqualLogic FS7500 […]

Tech Field Day 7 — Austin : Roger Lund Day 1 Overview at Dell

  We started off the afternoon at Dell, Talking about the Dell Acquisitions and Solutions, then diving into Scalable Storage Systems, and then Equallogic. Click below for the full post on http://www.vbrainstorm.com/ Tech Field Day 7 — Austin : Roger Lund Day 1 Overview at Dell Roger Lund

Tech Field Day 7 — Austin : Day 1 Overview -The Symantec Backup Appliance Overload!

 

My Thoughts on our Mid Morning visit at Symantec.

 

My two cents are, these are great for remote sights, and offices. But, I wish we could run these with the same licensing, as below, but within a virtual appliance.

 

Check out the Tech Field Day video also.

 

More info.

“Symantec Backup Exec 3600 […]

Tech Field Day 7 — Austin : Day 1 Overview -The Symantec Backup Appliance Overload!

  My Thoughts on our Mid Morning visit at Symantec.   My two cents are, these are great for remote sights, and offices. But, I wish we could run these with the same licensing, as below, but within a virtual appliance.   Check out the full post on […]

Tech Field Day 7 — Austin : Day 1 Our first stop at SolarWinds

  Check out vbrainstorm.com where I talk about Tech Field Day. http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2011/09/tech-field-day-7-austin-day-1-our-first.html Enjoy   Roger Lund

Tech Field Day 7 — Austin : Day 1 Our first stop at SolarWinds

 

Below I overview the first stop at Austin on Tech Field Day 7.

 

Check out the Tech Field Day video also.

 

SolarWinds presents at Tech Field Day 7 from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

 

More information on SolarWinds http://www.solarwinds.com/products/virtualization-management.aspx

A couple of of products discussed.

 

“SolarWinds Virtualization Manager takes you from the early stages of […]

Bochet.net repost : VMware View 5.0 VDI vHardware 8 vMotion Error

  Thanks to Jason for this post, as I had this happen this morning:   I had this message.       I twittered this, @rogerlund: error when I vmotion aaron’s pc between two ESXi 5 hosts. lockerz.com/s/140661269 Jason, responded, @jasonboche: Read my blost post from last […]

VMworld 2011 Hands On Labs – a inside look within the NOC–Part 2

  I wanted to show the rest of the video, that I un covered this weekend. This was form inside of the NOC at VMworld. I hope you enjoy it. First we have Xangati then a Core team member talking about the NOC at VMworld. Roger Lund

By |September 18th, 2011|Categories: Hands on Labs, NOC, View 5, VMware, VMworld 2011, vSphere 5, Xangati|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2011 Hands On Labs – a inside look within the NOC

I had the chance to get a inside peek at the Network Operations center at VMworld.Afterwords, I had a chance to sit down with Nexenta and discuss what part they had in building and still running the labs.Keeping it short and to the point.Roger L

VMware vSphere 5 product line is now available for Download

      Yellow-Bricks had a early blog post stating that the VMware vSphere 5 product line is now available for download. “ Download it now… vSphere 5 Added Aug 25, 2011, By Duncan Epping with 6 Comments The wait is finally over… I’ve noticed many people […]

Xangati Release Version 8!

http://xangati.com/ released a new product release today. Including, a host load of new features.“Major New Features and Enhancements· Introduction of datastore objects· Introduction of ESX-datastore path objects· Support for distributed virtual switch Integration with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) for enhanced live monitoring of Windows machines·Integration with PC-over-IP module in […]

Dell EqualLogic PS6100 and PS4100 Series storage platforms : new storage for VMworld 2011

  When I was at Tech Field Day ( more today ) , I got a to see dell’s up coming PS6100 Array up front and personal. Here are some of the pictures.  I have also included the press release below. “ · EqualLogic PS4100 Series — ideal for […]

VMware vSphere 5.0 vCenter Install

  Here I go, I am off and installing the RTM of VMware vSphere 5.0. Enjoy.     Thanks all!     Roger Lund

By |August 6th, 2011|Categories: VMware vSphere 5.0 vCenter Install|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 standalone exploratory video

  Guy’s, I hope you enjoy this video, I cover exploring vSphere ESXi 5.0 More to come, vCenter   Roger Lund

vForum 2011 – Minneapolis & beyound

  keithnorbie , wrote a blog post titled. vForum 2011 – Minneapolis & beyond…   “ Well another VMware Forum is in the books.  This was the 1st Forum since the launch of the vSphere 5, SRM 5, vCloud 1.5, etc.  Ironically it’s the last Forum of the […]

By |July 25th, 2011|Categories: vForum 2011 – Minneapolis|Tags: |0 Comments|

Happy Birthday and Thanks to John Mark Troyer

  John Mark Troyer, has a Birthday. Happy Birthday John! I also wanted to take the time to thank John for all the work and personal time he has put into the Blog sphere. In case your don’t know John, Below are a couple links of who he is. […]

Tech Field Day 7 – An Fantastic Opportunity!

  I am honered to be a Delegate for Gestalt IT’s Tech Field Day 7 ,   This event focus on Datacenter IT Infrastructure. “Our Field Day events bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and […]

By |July 23rd, 2011|Categories: Gestalt IT, Tech Field Day 7|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware vCenter SQL Express to SQL 2008 R2

  Did you install SQL express and need to later upgrade the database and had trouble? I am limited in the realm of SQL knowledge. therefore, I just ran the installer of SQL 2008 R2, and didn’t see my instance listed.   I was following this blog post. […]

By |July 18th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware vSphere 5 Licensing – Customer take? Your saying I pay what!?

I just finished Watching the presentation on Cloud Infrastructure LaunchvSphere Licensing Overview Your Cloud. Intelligent Virtual Infrastructure. Delivered Your Way. PDF Here   Compare vSphere 5.0 Editions     — Video Below. http://event.on24.com/view/presentation/flash/EventConsoleNG.html?uimode=nextgeneration&eventid=334399&sessionid=1&key=90D46ABB25FC5986BF832E9EA3038536&format=fhaudio&contenttype=A&playerwidth=1000&playerheight=650&mediametricid=738098&mode=launch&eventserver=http://event.on24.com&eventuserid=51754351&usercd=51754351&mediametricsessionid=43357053&mode=launch&eventserver=http://event.on24.com# I made my own video, but need to slice it, as it is […]

By |July 12th, 2011|Categories: Licensing, VMware vShere 5 Prices|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware Cloud Infrastructure – Demo’s and more White Papers

There are a ton of resources available on the show floor. Here are a few.Demo :New compelling storage features in VMware vSphere 5Demo: Enhanced accessibility to VMware vCenter Server with new VMware vSphere Web ClientDemo: Installing and Configuring VMware vSphere Storage ApplianceDemo: Simplifying storage management with VMware vSphere Storage […]

Introducing the Next Step in Cloud Infrastructure -VMware vSphere 5.0 and more!

VMware Announced the next step in Cloud Infrastructure.” Starting today: Virtualize any application. Respond to business faster. Trust your cloud. Leveraging the proven vSphere virtualization technologies, VMware introduces intelligent cloud infrastructure with built-in automation and resource elasticity to free IT from manual processes and enable it to meet […]

VMware Event – Raising the Bar, Part V

VMware has a been planning something. What is it? Th next cloud infrastructure? A new product release? Make sure to check out the live event on July 12th. Below is a expert from VMTN Blog – Register now for “Raising the Bar, Part V” — online event. “July 12, 20119am-Noon […]

vExpert 2011

It’s Official, I am a 2011 vExpert. I want to Thank everyone for voting. I believe most of you know my story, and why I lead both a unofficial VMUG, and recently, a Official ( Minneapolis MN, with Rick @VMRICK ) VMUG.From the first time I played with Virtualization, […]

By |July 3rd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Dell Storage Forum 2011– Dell DX Object Based Storage Lab Setup

  Earlier on my other blog http://itblog.rogerlund.net , I posted a blog post on Dell DX object based storage, with regards to the hands on labs at Dell Storage Forum 2011. Here is the video , if you missed it..       Well, I wanted to show […]

Dell Storage Forum 2011– Dell DX Object Based Storage Lab Setup

    Earlier on my other blog http://itblog.rogerlund.net , I posted a blog post on Dell DX object based storage, with regards to the hands on labs at Dell Storage Forum 2011.   Check it out at http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2011/06/dell-storage-forum-2011-dell-dx-object.html   Roger Lund

By |June 16th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

You Tube Channel!

I have created, or rather, decide to use my you tube channel. Please ignore the dance video… I was put up to it…… @edsai You’ll see a collection of all the video’s related to both blogs, and user groups there in the future.Check it out!You Tube ChannelThanks!Roger Lund

By |June 15th, 2011|Categories: roger lund you tube|Tags: |0 Comments|

You Tube Channel!

I have created, or rather, decide to use my you tube channel. Please ignore the dance video… I was put up to it…… @edsai You’ll see a collection of all the video’s related to both blogs, and user groups there in the future.Check it out!You Tube ChannelThanks!Roger Lund

By |June 14th, 2011|Categories: roger lund you tube|Tags: |0 Comments|

Dell Storage forum 2011 – Dell Equallogic Hands on lab Design Overview.

I had a chance to get a moment with Will Urban Twitter Linkedin to go over the Dell Equallogic hands on lab at Dell Storage Forum.Thanks again Will!I would love to get Will’s feedback on the take away’s from building a lab like this.Roger L

VMware KB Roll Outs – June 2011 – a few I noticed.

I was reviewing a few KB’s, on VMware’s RSS feed, and thought this stood out.The following is taken from http://kb.vmware.com” Cannot license a centralized ESX/ESXi 4.x hostKB Article: 2000723Symptoms    Cannot license a centralized ESX/ESXi 4.x host    Licensing an ESX/ESXi host fails with one of these errors:        Features in use […]

Dell Storage forum 2011 – Dell Equallogic Hands on lab Design Overview.

http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2011/06/dell-storage-forum-2011-dell-equallogic.htmlCheck out my latest post at vbrainstorm on the Dell Equallogic hands on labs at Dell Storage Forums.Roger L.

Dell Storage forum 2011 – Commvault Design Overview.

I had a chance at Dell Storage forum 2011 to sit down with Commvault and talk through a design overview on Simpana 9 . I wouldn’t call it a deep drive, but it was good overview, and involved white boarding.More info below, Taken from http://www.commvault.com/simpana.html#t-3 Corporate […]

Dell Storage forum 2011 – Commvault Design Overview.

I wrote up a post on a Commvault Design Overview on vbrainstorm. Check it out.If you haven’t subscribed to that blog yet, get on it!Roger Lund

Dell Storage Forum 2011 – A Walk Though the Hands on Labs

I did some Video of the hands on labs dell had at the Dell Storage Forums. I tweeted these, but wanted my subscribers to get a chance to check what was going on at dell storage forum, if you missed the event.I got in so early, they were still […]

Dell Storage Forum – My Tweet, storageswiss write up – EqualLogic vs. Compellent – Where is the Line?

I asked the Hard Question during the Keynotes Q&A on Monday “If your a dell partner, where is the equallogic and compellet line drawn? #dellsf11″ Below is a cut from storageswiss story, please check out of the full story. “The first question that boiled up was tweeted by @rogerlund. […]

Dell Storage Forum 2011 – Videos so far. Equallogic Labs FS7500 labs Compellent labs

Here are the videos so far from a view from the main event!Enjoy!

Dell Storage Forum 2011 – Equallogic fs7500 benchmark hands on

Dell Storage Forum 2011 – Equallogic fs7500 benchmark hands on testing! enjoy.http://qik.ly/BSFHZ5nLhD2hEwdFHJINF8Proger l

Dell Storage Forum 2011 – Equallogic FS7500 Excusive Footage

 Dell just dropped the new Dell FS7500 announcement.  See Pic, hands on first look will be uploaded via qik on my main blog.Qik – dell storage forums 2011 – equallogic fs7500 first look by Roger Lund http://qik.ly/Htw46

Qik Video

I will be directly uploading video of the events and such at the Dell Storage Forums. It will be auto embedded into my blog, and you’ll see a auto twitter post. After the event, I will recap and add context to each video.Right now I am at the house […]

By |June 5th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Dell Storage Forum 2011 – Compellent 101

    Yesterday I wrote about the Dell Equallogic line of products. Today, I am going to give us a overview of the Dell Compellent Fluid Data Storage platform.   Comepellent has a nice white paper titled Fluid Data Storage: Driving Flexibility in the Data Center   Dell […]

Dell Storage Forum 2011 -Equallogic 101

The Dell Equallogic line has be a increasingly popular Storage Platform. I wanted to do up a prep for those of you new to Equallogic, to give you a starting point; both if your attending Dell Storage Forum 2011, or just exploring Storage options. Equallogic Storage is all iSCSI […]

By |June 2nd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Dell Storage forum 2011 – I’m Attending

I am pleased to announce that I will be attending the Dell Storage Forum 2011. See Here for a copy of the customer agenda or Here for a copy of the partner agenda.I’m not the first to write on this, I found this blog post, from check it out.Sneak […]

Resign your Virtual Network, with Cisco 1000V and VSG

Not long ago, I wrote on designing a VMware Environment for a lab. See A Secure budget VMware LAB Environment – Step one – Design Well, today I am going to show glimpse of another method of using your existing VMware […]

Resign your Virtual Network, with Cisco 1000V and VSG

Resign your Virtual Network, with Cisco 1000V and VSG Not long ago, I wrote on designing a VMware Environment for a lab. See A Secure budget VMware LAB Environment – Step one – Design Well, today I am […]

Local VMUG : Virtualization Security, and Backup strategies with Veeam

Virtualization Security, and Backup strategies with VeeamEvent DetailsThe next user group is scheduled for April 21st.  Eventis  will be presenting on Virtualization Security, and Nexus will be  presenting on VM Backup strategies with Veeam. Sounds like a great  lineup!Virtualization Security: The Good, The Bad, and the […]

Cloud Foundry Overview , a View by Chris.

Cloud Foundry Overview       A brief look at Cloud Foundry shows it can support multiple frameworks, multiple cloud providers (public and private), and multiple application services all on a cloud scale platform. It was delivered recently by the […]

New Blogger : Christopher Foderick

I have a new blogger, Christopher, is Fresh in the Computer World, and looking for some direction. Therefore, I will be helping him by giving some topic’s to blog on. This also helps me, as it seems I never have the time needed for family, work, and blogging. I […]

By |April 19th, 2011|Categories: New Blogger Christopher Foderick|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2011, Call for Papers, you tell me what you want to see.

I will be attending VMworld 2011 this year, and I am considering submitting a paper, so I can speak. But, I want you to tell me what you want to see. Then what? I’ll write up a blog with top requests, and we can vote. I’ll set a date […]

VMworld 2011, Call for Papers, you tell me what you want to see.

I will be attending VMworld 2011 this year, and I am considering submitting a paper, so I can speak. But, I want you to tell me what you want to see. Then what? I’ll write up a blog with top requests, and we can vote. I’ll set a date […]

Xangati : VI Dashboard – A insider’s view.

As I stated in my last post, I have a few screens to share of the VI Dashboard. http://xangati.com/products/xangati-vi-dashboard/This is the Enterprise Dashboard.Here is a overview of the monitor section. Video! This is the Auto record sectionNext are some examples of the reports you can run. Cool Stuff!Something like this […]

By |March 22nd, 2011|Categories: Xangati VI Daskboard|Tags: |0 Comments|

Xangati : New Dashboard Release!

Today Xangati released a new release of their Xangati Dashboard. Cupertino, CA – March 22, 2011 – Xangati, the recognized leader in infrastructure performancemanagement, today introduced the Xangati VDI Dashboard, the industry’s first solution designedto comprehensively track all key infrastructure components that affect VDI performance, givingadministrators the confidence and […]

By |March 22nd, 2011|Categories: Xangati Dashboard New Release|Tags: |0 Comments|

the VMguy : Release: VMware View 4.6

Latest news: From the VMguy http://vmguy.comRelease: VMware View 4.6I not going to spend much time on this at this point, just want to let everyone know it is out.”Some nice new items in this one.  If you like, you can proceed straight to the download here.  Here’s the what’s […]

By |February 25th, 2011|Categories: VMware View 4.6|Tags: |0 Comments|

A Secure budget VMware LAB Environment – Step one – Design

I recently was challenged with designing a VMware Environment for a team within a existing network.I had some requirements.I needed to keep the cost low, meaning I could propose some license costs, but I had to use existing backed storage and server’s with a little ram.I had ten users […]

New vBrainstorm Blog Post : A Secure budget VMware LAB Environment – Step one

 New vBrainstorm Blog Post : A Secure budget VMware LAB Environment – Step one – Design http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2011/01/secure-budget-vmware-lab-environment.htmlCheck it out.Roger L.

Lab Powered by vSphere OpenFiler And NFS – A view from Veeam Monitor

I have a lab setup that I have been playing with which includes openfiler.I have a Dell 2950 connected via SCSI to a Dell MD1000 with 14 10k SAS drives ( 1 spare)A Cisco 3750And a Dell 2950 running a Server 2008 R2 VM, running IO Meter.Here are some […]

vBusy – tools on my mind.

I’ve been extremely busy with the holiday’s and my new job. one of the things on my mind are along the following lines.Tools, tools and tools. What does one need for VMware Monitoring tools? What tools are needed to cover all aspects of your virtual environment from Test / […]

By |January 4th, 2011|Categories: vBusy - tools on my mind.|Tags: |0 Comments|

New Job, time to compel with Compellent at Array Services Group.

Tomorrow is my last day at my current employer. I start a new roll at Array Services Group which is local here in the St. Cloud area. This is going to be a great opportunity for me, as they are a Compellent shop, as well as other […]

New Job, time to compel with Compellent at Array Services Group.

Tomorrow is my last day at my current employer. I start a new roll at Array Services Group which is local here in the St. Cloud area. This is going to be a great opportunity for me, as they are a Compellent shop, as well as other in house […]

Inspired by VMworld 2010 Europe – 2011 : the year of the vConference?

VMworld 2010 Europe has fired off this week. I find my self, not attending again for this event.And without John Troyer giving me a blogging pass in to VMworld 2010  , I would not have made attendance either. Thanks again John, and VMware!However, I find my self wondering, at what point […]

Reminder, Timekeeping in VMware Virtual Machines

Today, It seemed all of my workstations on my network were behind a few minutes. After some digging, I found some of my Virtual Domain Controller’s where behind as well. Hmm, I checked the following settings.I then did some research, to refresh my mind on the way’s to sync time.Timekeeping in VMware […]

View Brainstorm – Looking for Current VMware View Customer’s , first eighteen questions

Earlier I had posted about view 4.5 design considerations, I had a couple of replies, so I thought I would widen the quarry.I want to hear from people running VMware View. I have a ton of questions, but here is the first eighteen I could think of.Below is my brainstorm off […]

By |October 4th, 2010|Categories: VMware View eighteen questions|Tags: |0 Comments|

New Blog Post : View Brainstorm – Looking for Current VMware View Customer’s , first eighteen questions

New Blog Post : View Brainstorm – Looking for Current VMware View Customer’s , first eighteen questionshttp://www.vbrainstorm.com/2010/10/view-brainstorm-looking-for-current.htmlRoger L.

The evolution of the LAB, is it upon us?

This year, like years in the past LAB’s where in huge demand at VMworld. VMworld Labs, the aftermath has the numbers.” * Lab Cloud served up 30 lab topics. In 2009 we had 21 lab topics to select from. We had 480 lab seats, with 44 […]

By |October 3rd, 2010|Categories: is it upon us, The evolution of the LAB|Tags: |0 Comments|

New blog post – The evolution of the LAB, is it upon us?

New post on vbrainstorm.com The evolution of the LAB, is it upon us? http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2010/10/evolution-of-lab-is-it-upon-us.htmlIf you haven’t added vbrainstorm to your RSS feeds, do so!Roger L

By |October 3rd, 2010|Categories: is it upon us, The evolution of the LAB|Tags: |0 Comments|

Poll – what do you use in your Virtual environment?

 Do you use the following in your Virtual Infrastructure: Reporting / Monitoring […]

Random Thoughts

You’ll see me post random thoughts, hopefully they make some sense.Random work thoughts.Explore Virtual monitoring, reporting, optimization, charge back ( not a provider ).Random vbrainstorm thoughts.See above , steps to research, evaluate, discuss and explore the above.Need to reach out to fellow twitter contacts and blogger’s to build content […]

By |October 2nd, 2010|Categories: Random Thoughts|Tags: |0 Comments|

Poll – what do you use in your Virtual environment?

New poll at Poll – what do you use in your Virtual environment?  http://www.vbrainstorm.com/2010/10/poll-what-do-you-use-in-your-virtual.html

Call out for blogger’s for http://www.vbrainstorm.com/

I am putting a call out to all blogger’s, I’m looking for anyone who wants to put up discussions, share view’s, etc at http://www.vbrainstorm.com/If you haven’t check the site out yet, do so, and think about blogging.I have also added subscribe via e-mail to both blogs. Roger L.

By |October 2nd, 2010|Categories: Call out to blogger's|Tags: |0 Comments|

Thinking Virtual , moving from 2010 to 2011.

It is 2010, almost 2011. This year at VMworld the message was as much or more cloud that it was in 09. But I often find my self, am I thinking virtual?Let’s back up, what is it to think virtual, by looking at the term as it is defined.”The […]

By |October 2nd, 2010|Categories: Thinking Virtual|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware View 4.5 design considerations.

I am thinking about a possible VMware View 4.5 design consideration.As some of you may know, we run a NetApp 3140, and a shelf 14 FC drives on each filer. One filer has 14 drives of Sata.How are those of you running view now meeting your I/O Requirements? How did […]

Welcome to vBrainstorm

Hello all, I am dedicating this site to both Creative thinking, and thoughts, of technology, as well as direct brain storming with a virtualization focus. I want your your idea’s as well as my crazy ones.Thanks!Roger L.

By |October 1st, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware View 4.5 design considerations.

I am thinking about a possible VMware View 4.5 design consideration’s. As some of you may know….See entire post on www.vbrainstorm.com

Introducing a new blog : http://www.vbrainstorm.com/

Hey all!Today I launch a new website, one focused on Brainstorming; I wanted to blog more on thoughts, idea’s, reactions etc. These are going to be based on and around IT and Virutalization as a whole.http://www.vbrainstorm.com/ is going to allow me to put out more random, short blogs to my […]

By |October 1st, 2010|Categories: vbrainstorm|Tags: |0 Comments|

Today VMware View Slide Desk, From today’s UVMUG,

Here you go.PDFThanks to www.midwave.com Roger L.

By |September 9th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Today’s User Group will be online

I am going to try to attempt to stream the user group live today.Dimdim Event WidgetSign up.The goal is for local user’s to attend, so join, but only if your interested in the show, as I can only sit 50.Roger L.

UVMUG VMware vSphere ESX 4.1 / VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 4.1 & VMware View Architecture Overview. Plus vSphere 4.1 page added to my WIKI.

Tomorrow I am hosting, a Unofficial VMware User Group ( UVMUG ?) from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Saint Cloud Library – Bremer Room1300 W. St. Germain St Saint Cloud.My Self and four others have been putting these groups on for two years now. Here is our http://centralmnit.com/ website. See below for this […]

VMworld 2010 – Product Spotlight – Xangati

  I had a chance for a  private meeting with Xangati on Thursday of last week. With the push for Cloud, and Virtual Desktop’s in today’s market, it can be challenging to trouble shot issues without something that allows viability into area’s that Virtual Center cannot report / […]

VMworld 2010 – Blogger / Twitter User Views

  I grabbed a couple of fellow bloggers / twitter users and did video interviews on them.   See below.       Roger L.

VMworld 2010 – PHD Virtual – a view from the booth.

CXI and I had a chance to meet with PHD Virtual. We had them give us a overview of the Booth here at VMworld 2010. Enjoy.   Roger L.

VMware 2010 – Ontrack Data Recovery – VMware Data Recovery 99% no matter what.

  I saw Joe present a a VMware User Group (VMUG) on Ontrack Data Recovery. I thought it was interesting that there IS is viable way to recover deleted or corrupted data in a VMware environment. When I saw Joe at the Ontrack booth, I coudn’t wait to […]

VMworld 2010 – Dell booth, and Event

    I spent some time in dell booth this week. Here is a few video’s of the booth.         I would also like to thank […]

VMworld 2010 – CO Interview with Hytrust

I did a co Interview with Hytrust’s Eric Chiu, President & CEO and Christopher Kusek ( his blog )Thanks to Hytrust and Christopher.Roger L.

VMworld 2010 – Interview with Cisco on new 1000v Product release

  I had the chance to meet with Cisco and get a overview of the new Cisco 1000v product, and related releases.   Roger L

Interview with Kendrick at VMworld 2010.

I met with Kendrick yesterday, as I wanted his opinion on the event, and keynote. I’m going to focus on interview fellow adman’s and blogger’s.Thanks to Kendrick.Roger L.

Virtensys stateless computing – VMworld 2010

Virtensys was open for a interview today about stateless computing, see below.Roger L

Netuitive self learning performance management – VMworld 2010

  I met with Netitive today, and did a fast interview. Please see below.           Roger L.

VMworld 2010 after party – the Official VMworld 2010 Tweetup – Video

  I shot some video at last nights the Official VMworld 2010 Tweetup!     Thanks to http://www.xangati.com/ and http://www.trainsignal.com for sponsoring the event!     Roger L

VMworld 2010 – VMware Express Truck – inside Video.

Yesterday I got inside the VMware Express Truck, and shot some video.I got as much as the presentation as I could on video.Enjoy,Roger L.

VMworld – 2010 Short Video with Chad Sakac EMC

  I didn’t get a chance to get this up yesterday, so here it is, just a short video when Chad was showing us some EMC product. Also Jase Mccarty was present.   Thanks again Chad! Roger L.

By |August 31st, 2010|Categories: Chad Sakac, EMC, VMworld 2010|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2010 – world wide technology inc, booth overview.

  I had a chance to get a product / booth overview from world wide technology inc. See below.   Sorry for the video lag, I had issue I have since fixed.     Roger L.

By |August 31st, 2010|Categories: VMworld 2010, World Wide Technology inc|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2010 interview with Xsigo systems, and virtual I/O

  I met with Xsigo systems, and did a interview today. Please check it out below.     Roger L.

By |August 31st, 2010|Categories: virtual I O, VMworld 2010, Xsigo|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2010 – Compellent Fluid Data Interview.

  I had a chance to interview with Compellent today, incase you missed the video, here it is.       Roger L.

By |August 31st, 2010|Categories: Compellent Fluid Data, VMworld 2010|Tags: |0 Comments|

Netapp booth Interview – before the show vmworld 2010

I met with netapp for a short preview interview.Roger l

By |August 30th, 2010|Categories: netapp vmworld 2010|Tags: |0 Comments|

Cisco preview Interview #vmworld 2010

I met with Cisco briefly to get a preview of what is coming tomorrow, see below.Roger lPS. pardon any typo’s, I posted the first post from my phone.

By |August 30th, 2010|Categories: vmworld 2010 cisco ucs.|Tags: |0 Comments|

Vkernel – VMworld 2010 Exhibit Hall – From the booth, before the show.

I had the opportunity to meet with Vkernel today and and had them Demo the product live, Before the show.Enjoy.Roger L

By |August 30th, 2010|Categories: vkernel, VMware, VMworld 2010|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2010 – Exhibit Hall – The Setup.

  Some media I have gathered from Exhibit Hall this morning.  More to Come..         Scott L     Some video from today. Thanks to […]

VMworld 2010 Romantic restaurant stop #1

  I found a good budget restaurant tonight, and I wanted to share it!   The Little Whale Seafood Restaurant My wife and I found this via yelp. We started with the white clam chowder, and I ordered the Calamari supreme. The meal also came […]

VMworld Count down timer added!

  Check out my blog to see the new count down timer. http://itblog.rogerlund.net   I thought it would be a fun addition to my site.     Roger L.

By |August 25th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Pre – VMworld 2010 : Self-Service Private and Hybrid Clouds Come to the Enterprise Courtesy of newScale, rPath, Eucalyptus Systems

  Press relations for rPath contacted me, and I thought I would share the information they had on the latest Self-Service cloud solution. I believe this is a example of the first integrated solutions surfacing with automated features for private and hybrid clouds. I am sure […]

Viridity EnergyCenter – Data Center Energy Management Software – Optimize your Power Bill.

viridity reached out to my to see if I would do a write up on their product. They indicated they will be at VMworld, and Wanted to share the product they have. I found it very interesting, and think it applies to a lot of us out there. […]

By |August 25th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Pre VMworld 2010 – NetEx and Veeam Software partner to provide free WAN optimization software for new Veeam Backup & Replication customers

Today NetEx and Veeam are set to announce a new Partnership. This is a important move for existing customer’s. I am embedding a video of both products.Here is Veeam ‘s backup and replication product.Here is NetEx ‘s Hyper IP’s product, or some basic info on it. “MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. […]

CXI’s Ask the vExpert’s Call For Questions! (Please submit questions you’d like asked of the Experts!)

  I have offered to assist as needed, ( one guy can only do so much) , I am willing to ask question’s on behalf, and will have video / camera eq on site. I have a quest for knowledge my self, and love to help in turn. […]

VMworld 2010 – Xangati Pre release, Xangati Achieves 10 Industry Firsts

I found my self talking with Xangati today, and I was told I can release this information. I am looking forward to seeing this product in action at a later date. “Xangati, the emerging leader in infrastructure performance management, today introduced a new and completely […]

VMworld Agenda updated.

Fixed a time Issue I had on the Google calendar. Check it out if you want to meet up.     Roger L.

By |August 11th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Pre – VMworld 2010 & My VMworld Agenda.

I wanted to share that I bought a ticket to San Francisco today for VMworld. Here is my VMworld agenda, if anyone wants to meet , or discuss anything let me know and i’ll update my agenda.Here is my agenda as it sit’s now.Thoughts, comments and recommendations are welcome! […]

Win my way to VMWorld 2010, the hard way via the Gestalt IT “Get Away to VMworld” Contest Entry.

  This is in response to the Gestalt IT "Get Away to VMworld" Contest Entry. I have quoted and indented the contest post below, with my response below it. “Storage virtualization has become a central component of the modern data center, and […]

VMWare vSphere ESXi 4.1, USB Pass-Through Video Configuration Example.

  I was asked a question on USB pass-through and ESXi 4.1. Have I used it and how do you configure it? Since the answer was no, I wanted to do it my self, so here is a video showing that extract thing. […]

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.1 -Enabling IP Hash Load Balance from Tech Support Mode.

I had the requirement to setup IP Hash load balancing as I have the network ports setup as follows on my 3750 stack, it is the same for each host. ” ! interface Port-channel21 description ESX2 switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q switchport trunk native […]

SLI required? vSphere, SNMP and SYSLOG Configuration,Without CLI.

It had to be done, I had to rebuild two of my ESX hosts in a step to trouble shoot a on going problem.There, I had all my hosts on ESX 4.0, U1. Now, to configure my hosts to point back at Zenoss.I’ll breeze through the documentation to refresh […]

Collecting diagnostic information for vCenter Server 4.0 , Missing Files, Internal Error, Log Export Failed?!

I found my self needing to generate diagnostic information for vCenter Server 4.0 U1. I have done this in the past, using the following steps.”Log in to VirtualCenter with the vSphere Client, as an administrator or log in directly to an ESX Server with the root user.Click File > Export > […]

vSphere U1 Host Utilization VS ESX 3.5 U5, first impressions.

I Rebuilt my last ESX 3.5 Box last night. This box housed our Exchange server, and our Production PACS server. I configured all the data drives to use the Paravirtualization SCSI adapter’s as well. Two 1 TB LUN drives in PACS, and six smaller LUN’s in Exchange.I had take some screen […]

Running ESX Host kit 5.1 for NetApp on vSphere , DNS error’s

I had a ESX host that would give me the following error when I ran my config mpath.#config_mpath –primary –loadbalance –policy fixedWARNING:   Your DNS is improperly configured.   The following storage system hostname(s) could not be resolved:      scoa-netac1      scoa-netac2   After the DNS issues are resolved, you must properly   […]

NetApp 3140 & 2040 Volume and Agg Space Savings via Deduplication

Sorry that I have not had time to write much, but I wanted to share some of our Deduplication results.We have a 2040 that was recently put into use for DR, and I set up some testing on it.Here are the results of the Deduplication on those volumes, which […]

VMware vSphere 4.0 on a Dell 2850 Irvandale CPU. I can’t believe it!

We are in the process of readying an old Dell 2850 for a DR CO-LO site. Before I send it out, I wanted to test it’s limitations so when we upgrade to a 64 bit guest OS or want to run the newest version of ESX we don’t find […]

VMware Fault Tolerance : What is it? What does it do?

With the advent of vSphere, VMware has released a host of new features. Today I am going to talk about VMware Fault Tolerance. I’ll give you a overview, and talk to you about the Requirements. Next I’ll walk you through the setup and configuration , and finally, we will […]

vCenter vSphere 4.0 Alarms – Do you use them? If not, here is how!

I recently was exploring the Alarm’s in the latest version of vCenter 4.0, which I wasn’t using , so I went and looked around. I found a ton of alarm definitions, but I wasn’t sure where to start. So I went looking for information. Below I will share what […]

vSphere: You do not have permission to run this command

 http://ict-freak.nl/ has a write up on the error vSphere: You do not have permission to run this command   “ Since the release of vSphere, there is a new feature called Hardware Status plug-in. The new vCenter Sever 4 Hardware Status plug-in […]

Equallogic Limitations for Large environments @ The Complete Geek

Removed do to re-writing by the Author. I will delete and repost.

Musing of Rodos , VMworld 2009 Videos & Summaries

  Rodney Haywood @ http://rodos.haywood.org/ put together some Video’s on VMworld 2009. I will outline them below. VMworld 2009 Day 1 Video Summary “Each day I hope do give a brief video summary giving my thoughts and experiences on the day. […]

VMworld 2009, John Troyer & VMworld Ustream Video

  John Troyer did a great job on ustream and the VMworld Channel. There are 25 episodes to date, plus the first two, which are not numbered. I’ll do my best to lay them out. I kept the order of original upload date. vmware: VMworld […]

New Forum!

I have moved my forum to a new location, hosted at the centralmnit.com user group web page.http://www.centralmnit.com/forum/index.phpPlease create a login, and post about VMworld or any subject, related to Computers and or IT/IS.This is a nicer forum, and hopefully, I wont have as many spammers.ThanksRoger L.

VMworld 2009 San Francisco, Day 4, PM Edition

Yep, you guessed it, again , Yet Even More blogs on VMworld 2009! I take no credit for any of this content, it go’s to the author, and I mean to only put the content here without having to weed through the varies blogs, I have both […]

By |September 3rd, 2009|Categories: VMworld 2009 san francisco|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2009 San Francisco, Day 4, Early AM Edition

  Yep, you guessed it , Yet Even More blogs on VMworld 2009! I take no credit for any of this content, it go’s to the author, and I mean to only put the content here without having to weed through the varies blogs, I have […]

By |September 3rd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2009 San Francisco, Day 3, Late PM Edition

Yet Even More blogs on VMworld 2009! I take no credit for any of this content, it go’s to the author, and mean to only put the content here without having to weed through the varies blogs, I have both the blog link, and article title here, […]

By |September 2nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2009 San Francisco, Day 3, Early PM Edition.

Even More blogs on VMworld 2009! I take no credit for any of this content, it go’s to the author, and mean to only put the content here without having to weed through the varies blogs, I have both the blog link, and article title here, […]

By |September 2nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2009 San Francisco, Day 3, AM Edition.

Even More blogs on VMworld 2009! I take no credit for any of this content, it go’s to the author, and mean to only put the content here without having to weed through the varies blogs, I have both the blog link, and article […]

By |September 2nd, 2009|Categories: VMworld 2009 san francisco|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2009 : VMware announces vCloud Express

  Various blogs have covered this, so I will link them here.   http://www.boche.net/blog/index.php : VMware Announces vCloud Express “ Today at VMworld 2009, VMware announced vCloud Express! For those still struggling with cloud as a concept, technology, or […]

VMworld 2009: Introducing NetApp DataMotion & Introduction to SMVI 2.0

http://netapptips.com has two write up’s on new products from NetApp   VMworld 2009: Introduction to SMVI 2.0 “ SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure 2.0 As some of you may have seen NetApp, announced an enhanced version of SnapManager […]

VMworld 2009 San Francisco, Day 2, Early PM Edition.

  More blogs on VMworld 2009! I take no credit for any of this content, it go’s to the a, and mean to only put the content here without having to weed through the varies  blogs, I have both the blog link, and article title here, with […]

By |September 1st, 2009|Categories: VMworld 2009 san francisco|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld 2009 San Francisco, Day 2, AM Edition.

More blog posts, VMware Documents, and Keynote webcasts!http://virtualfuture.info/  VMworld 2009: Hands-on Lab sessions“Yesterday I did 2 hands-on lab session at VMworld that were very good and I would suggest to try to get into these labs. When you haven’t registered there is still a good chance to get in, […]

By |September 1st, 2009|Categories: VMworld 2009 san francisco|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMWorld 2009, Day 1 ,part 2, last night’s blogs.

  More blogs that were written over night, I’ll continue my collection! Again, these are not written by me, but a collection, because I can not attend, having it all in once place to read over and over will be my own benefit. Eric Sloff’s NTPRO.NL  […]

By |September 1st, 2009|Categories: VMworld 2009 san francisco|Tags: |0 Comments|

More VMwold Pictures.

      via tweetpic.

By |August 31st, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld – Blogs @ 4:20 P.M, CST Day 1.

These are not in any order, I take no credit for these or the pictures below. http://virtualaleph.blogspot.com : VMWorld 2009 San Francisco: Started “Here’s the video posted by Richard Garsthagen showing us the buildup of VMWorld Datacenter. Resources in the datacenter are: – […]

By |August 31st, 2009|Categories: VMworld 2009 san francisco|Tags: |0 Comments|

A vSphere 4.0 VMware High Availability cluster may not failover virtual machines when ESX is configured with certain IP addresses – KB Article: 1013013

A new KB from VMware was released on the 20th. Here are the details. “ KB Article: 1013013 Updated: Aug 20, 2009 Products: VMware vCenter Server Product Versions: VMware vCenter Server 4.0. […]

New Domain Name. http://itblog.rogerlund.net/

New Domain Name.http://itblog.rogerlund.net/Point your feeds to the new address! http://feeds.feedburner.com/RogerLundsItVmware/VirutalizationBlogRoger Lund

By |August 23rd, 2009|Categories: New domain|Tags: |0 Comments|

My call with Vmware Support

We paid for Vmware support and I had an event. Nothing big but what the heck we paid for support. I created a ticket through the support portal and got a call back the same day. I talked with the tech and decided to postpone the call […]

By |August 20th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMDirectPath & Paravirtual SCSI , Confused?

Cody at Professional VMware has a nice write up on VMDirectPath and Paravirutal SCSI, titled : VMDirectPath? Paravirtual SCSI? – vSphere VM Options and You! “This post comes because I am just as confused as the rest of you when it comes […]

June 2009, New / Updated VMware KB Articles.

Yes, I  am very behind on reading KB Articles. Here are a few that I saw, and wanted to link, I have the symptoms here, you’ll have to click the links for resolutions. Issues when vCenter Server and License Server are installed on ESX […]

By |August 4th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

NPIV support in VMware ESX4

Simon Long wrote a blog post on NPIV support in vSphere titled : NPIV support in VMware ESX4 “Whilst revising for the VCP4 Beta Exam and also replying to a thread on the VMTN Forum, I’ve come across a couple of instances where there is […]

By |July 27th, 2009|Categories: NPIV support in VMware ESX4|Tags: |0 Comments|

Notable Blogs post

I have been behind on my blog reading, so here are a few posts that I thought were worth the read. VMware vSphere Thin Provisioning by http://www.virtualpro.co.uk/ “I’ve recently been evaluating some of the new features in VMware vSphere to see what use […]

By |July 14th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Central MN IT User Group , presents a VMware vSphere & SharePoint 101 User Group Meeting.

Central MN IT User Group , presents a VMware vSphere & SharePoint 101 User Group Meeting. Brought to you by http://www.educait.net 8/13/2009 Central MN IT User Group Meeting agenda 1:30 – 2:30 VMware 4.0 overview, new features. 2:30 – 2:40 break […]

By |July 13th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VI / vCenter cannot connect to Host, Service mgmt-vmware restart may not restart hostd

Yesterday, I had a problem after I shutdown a lagcy San, that after I rescaned my HBA’s, ( which timed out), I lost connection to the host. I tried restarting the normal services, in console, # service vmware-vpxa restart #service mgmt-vmware restart but I […]

VMFS/LUN size?

I get this question often, in fact I had this question at our first local user group. My Answer was 500 GB, or very close to it,  here is a post by http://www.yellow-bricks.com titled : VMFS/LUN size?   “A question that pops up […]

By |June 24th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

ESX host continually disconnects from vCenter following ESX 4 Upgrade

I ran into this after I upgraded my vCenter to 4.0, so I thought I would share. KB 1011647   “KB Article: 1011647 Updated: Jun 12, 2009 Symptoms […]

Per processor licenses for your application

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/ has a interesting write up on changing how windows see’s vCPU’s, titled :  Per processor licenses for your application “some vendors license their application per processor, also in a virtualized environment. So if your VM has 4 vCPU’s your vendor will want you to […]

Check ESX CPU And VM OS Requirements for vSphere Fault Tolerance

http://vmetc.com has a blog write on on VM OS requirements for VSphere, titled : Check ESX CPU And VM OS Requirements for vSphere Fault Tolerance VMware has provided a new KB article to help customers planning for the implementation of the new vSphere Fault Tolerance […]

vSphere 4.0: What’s new , The VMguy

  http://vmguy.com has a great write up on vSphere 4.0, and what is new titled : vSphere 4.0: What’s new So much new, they had to put the What’s new from the release notes in it’s own doc. Here’s the whole […]

By |June 24th, 2009|Categories: vSphere 4.0: What’s new|Tags: |0 Comments|

How to enable ssh in vSphere 4i

Just like in ESXi 3.5, you need to enable SSH in ESXi 4.o , Remember this voids any support.   http://malaysiavm.com has a write up on it, http://malaysiavm.com/blog/how-to-enable-ssh-in-vsphere-4i/ First, you press Alt + f1 then type “unsupported” and press enter. […]

By |June 24th, 2009|Categories: How to enable ssh in vSphere 4i|Tags: |0 Comments|

Installing ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0 best practices

I found this helpful when planning a New Install of VSphere or vCenter.   KB Article 1009080 Updated May 27, 2009 This article provides quick reference to the information needed for a trouble free installation of vSphere ESX 4.0 and vCenter […]

VMware/Linux/ESXi: Running ESX4i From Bootable USB

http://blog.colovirt.com/ has a nice write up on running ESXi via booting from USB 2.0 USB Stick, titled : VMware/Linux/ESXi: Running ESX4i From Bootable USB I like running ESXi via booting from USB 2.0 memory sticks.  This makes it that much easier for my home lab.  […]

OpenFiler 2.3, on vSphere, using VMXNET3, and Paravirtual SCSI

I am going to walk you through setting up open filer 2.3, ( after a openfiler 2.3 64 bit, install with Static IP. * note, do not use openfiler VM ) to work with vSphere’s latest VMware tools, and VMXNET3, Paravirutal SCSI adapters. Why […]

By |June 23rd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

vSphere Paravirtual SCSI testing – CSV’s

  As a follow up to vSphere Paravirtual SCSI testing , I ran the test for three minutes, and outputted to csv. http://educait.wikispaces.com/file/view/LSI_vmdk_3disk.csv http://educait.wikispaces.com/file/view/rdm_3disk.csv http://educait.wikispaces.com/file/view/paravirtualvmdk_3disk.csv http://educait.wikispaces.com/file/view/paravirtualrmd_3disk.csv   Next on to more testing.

By |June 9th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

It’s a Girl!

It’s a Girl, 5 pounds 14 Ounces, 18″, Maizie Jean LundW00T!!!!!!!I am a very Proud Daddy.

By |May 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

vSphere Paravirtual SCSI testing

I hopped on the wagon to test vSphere with the new Paravirtual SCSI driver. I used I/O meter, with 10GB test files, one per drive. 32K 100% read. I did a comparison of 1 LSI VDMK drive, vs 1 paravirtual VMDK drive, vs […]

By |May 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

vSphere features Chart

A ton of Hype about the Launch of vSphere around the web.I thought this PPT was helpful. http://educait.wikispaces.com/file/view/vSphere+features+Chart.ppt As time permits, I’ll post more on vSphere.

By |May 22nd, 2009|Categories: vSphere features Chart|Tags: |0 Comments|

Updated Wiki on Supported Virtualized Products

  I updated my Wiki with Supported Virtualization products, this was a question I had at our First Local IT & Virtualization user group.   http://educait.wikispaces.com/SupportedVirtualizationProducts Here are links to info about the user group. http://rogerlunditblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/httpwwweducaitnet-launched-based-on.html http://rogerlunditblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/st-cloud-minnesotas-it-virtualization.html   http://centralmnit.com http://www.educait.net/

By |May 14th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Force vCenter Server update to reflect .vmx changes

  Jason Boche has a great post on updating .vmx changes. “ Virtual infrastructure administrators may edit a VM’s .vmx configuration file by hand with vi or nano (my favorite) for a variety of reasons. Efficiency through bulk changes via scripting, troubleshooting a […]

SAN/Networking/Linux: Using Multipath To Verify and Troubleshoot Connectivity To FC LUNs

http://blog.colovirt.com talks about this recent FC switch problem, if you using FC switches, then worth the read. Please read the full post for examples.   “ A few days ago there was in error on one of our Cisco MDS 9120 fiber switches. […]

ExPrep – Script to Automate Exchange 2007 Pre-Requisite Installation

http://vinf.net has a blog post about scripting exchange setup, titled : ExPrep – Script to Automate Exchange 2007 Pre-Requisite Installation   “ If you have ever had to install Exchange 2007 on a Windows 2008 (and 2003) server you will know that there […]

Virtual Machine Blue Screen detector

http://www.ntpro.nl has a write up titled Virtual Machine Blue Screen detector “ I recently posted an article about capturing screenshots of virtual machines. The PowerShell code is based on VMware’s PowerCLI and the VI Toolkit Extensions. The user interface was created with Sapien’s free […]

Choosing SQL Clustering or VMware HA – What is Right?

http://professionalvmware.com has a nice write up on SQL clustering, titled : Choosing SQL Clustering or VMware HA – What is Right?”May 12th, 2009 by bunchc This is a big one to try to tackle in a single post, but the question comes up often enough to try. I […]

VMware Supported Guest Operating Systems List

New KB, Supported Guest Operating Systems List by VMware”KB Article341Updated Apr. 13, 2008Supported Guest Operating Systems List Where can I find a […]

Xen Server Wiki Page Updated

  I updated the Xen Server Wiki Pages with informational links from Citrix’s web site. http://educait.wikispaces.com/Xen+Server In my effort to understand Xen.     Roger L

By |April 23rd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

vSphere content links, an attempt at consolidation.

  Since Every blog has information at this, I am going to link back to http://www.yellow-bricks.com and http://www.hypervizor.com vSphere Linkage Posted by Duncan Epping in April 21st, 2009 Source Link http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2009/04/21/vsphere-linkage/ “ News / Coverage […]

By |April 22nd, 2009|Categories: vs, vSphere|Tags: |0 Comments|

http://www.educait.net/ Launched, Based on Local Central MN User group and Community

    http://www.educait.net/ has it’s official launch!   “ We are a group of IT professionals dedicated to improving collaboration and education in the central Minnesota IT community. Our team members work and reside in the central Minnesota community, […]

By |April 21st, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

St. Cloud, Minnesota’s, IT & Virtualization User Group

    I have gotten together with a couple of local IT administrator’s, and we started an IT & Virtualization user group. Central MN IT & Virtualization User Group. We meet for the first time, May 7th, at the St. Cloud Library in St. Cloud […]

By |April 14th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

To P2V or Not to P2V, That is not the Question.

http://technodrone.blogspot.com has a interesting write up titled Is P2V always the best solution? “ I would like to however raise another point of view. Correct, the easiest solution for a system residing on aging hardware is to P2V the system to a VM – […]

By |April 14th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

EPISODE2 – SNMP monitoring, SYS LOGGING, Maintaining your ESX Servers

EPISODE2 – SNMP monitoring, SYS LOGGING, Maintaining your ESX ServersWe had the latest show today, and had a good discussion Thanks tohttp://twitter.com/Texiwillhttp://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization&http://twitter.com/stevie_chambershttp://viops.vmware.com/home/index.jspaA few links logcheck => http://rpmfind.net do a searchphplogcon => http://www.phplogcon.orgsnare => www.intersectalliance/projects/Snaresplunk => http://www.splunk.comveeam monitor => http://www.veeam.com/esxi-monitoring-free.htmlzenoss => www.zenoss.com/cacti => www.cacti.netAdditionally, I want to reach out to […]

First Talkshoe Discussion, on backups Success.

I had my first Talkshoe discussion. I thought it went well, Thanks to everyone for being on the Call. The next will be next week. Open Topic, and I will think on a subject, or […]

By |March 25th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

TalkShoe Audio Podcast, Topics, Physical server backup, Virtual host/guest backup to tape/san

Hosted by: Roger LundTitle: EPISODE1 – Roger’s IT & Virtualization Discussion Time: 03/25/2009 12:00 PM EDTEpisode Notes: Topics, Physical server backup, Virtual host/guest backup to tape/san, SMB, SME. I want to talk about how people are merging the Physical Server backup’s of yesterday with the Virtual servers of […]

Been Busy, New content soon.

We recently decided on a NetApp FAS 3140 at work, ( more on that later) so we have been busy implementing it into our environment.Also recently, we purchased the VMware Foundation kit.Once the FAS had the Fiber hooked up to the ESX server, and was setup ( more on […]

By |March 21st, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Remote Host file copy

I had a request to write a bat file that would copy a host file a Administrator had created, across the network to the device he wanted it on.   Below is the bat file. You would create the host file in the same directory as this […]

By |February 27th, 2009|Categories: Remote Host file Copy|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld Europe 2009 Wednesday, day two, a view from a far continued.

More information from around the web, here we go! I started the day off by talking in the The VMworld Underground Podcast VMworld Europe 2009 – Wednesday Update http://www.vmworldunderground.com/forum/topics/wednesday-vmworld-europe-2009 We talked about the following, this was the agenda. “ 1. […]

vExpert VMware Awards handed out.

I see that VMware has handed out some vExpert awards in the last 24 hours. Here are a few people I see have announced they have received them. ( unofficial ) Some I am unaware of their full name, so I posted twitter […]

By |February 25th, 2009|Categories: VMware vExpert VMworld 2009 europe|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld Europe 2009 Forum – Post away!

I made a new forum : VMworld Europe 2009 Please check it out, and post away.   I would like to hear everyone’s Impressions & Thoughts And input on the Talk about the Names and Products Announced.

By |February 24th, 2009|Categories: VMworld Europe 2009 forum|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMworld Europe 2009 Tuesday – a view from a far.

  Since I was not able to attend the VMworld Europe 2009 conference this year, I am obtaining information from a far.  Here are the bits and pieces of information I have been able to obtain so far, mostly blog’s from people at the conference. […]

VMworld Europe 2009 – Day 1 Update Podcast available – VMworld Underground

  I joined the VMworld Underground Podcast this morning, and was allowed to talk. If you didn’t know, I love to talk. We did end up having a nice conversation about VMworld 2009 Europe. We discussed the news of the day, and since neither […]

Refreshing Celerra: New Models + New Features

Dave Graham has posted a blog titled : Refreshing Celerra: New Models + New Features   “ EMC has refreshed the Celerra line a bit. With today’s announcement, we’ve added the following hardware models to the fold: NS-480 with 2 […]

How to deal with Vendor’s when buying IT products.

  Most IT Admin’s at some point deal with Vendor’s directly. No matter if they are the ones to write the check, there is quite the negotiation involved when it comes to getting the product you want, for the price you want. And even […]

VMware ESX alignment document for EMC Clariion & Symmetrix

Dave Graham, at Dave Graham’s Weblog posted the following post titled : VMware ESX alignment document for EMC Clariion & Symmetrix “ For folks that were on today’s VMware Communities Roundtable live podcast, mention was made of partition alignment under VMFS & the storage […]

One, Two, or Four vCPU’s in VMware?

    Someone in Twitter today was asking about performance and how it relates to vCPU’s.   Personally I have found much better performance, and less CPU usage with 1 vCPU vs 2 vCPU’s and have never tried 4 vCPU’s […]

By |February 11th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

OnBase 8.2.0 and Virtual Environments

  I discussed VMware and Onbase 8.2 with Hyland software, they sent me a client guide with the following statement.   “ About Virtual Environments OnBase is designed to work on the Microsoft Windows operating system. […]

VDI: VMware View 3 Premier vs. Citrix XenDesktop Enterprise 2.1

VDI: VMware View 3 Premier vs. Citrix XenDesktop Enterprise 2.1   Jason B has a new post on VDI vs Citrix. “by jason on Feb.09, 2009, under Virtualization VDI was hot in 2008 and it’s predicted to be even hotter in 2009.  On the heels […]

Why Windows Must Go Open Source

If you didn’t get a chance to read this article in this weeks Information Week I’d say it’s a must read.http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212903501

By |February 6th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Idle Memory Tax

  Jason Boche has taken the time to outline Idle Memory Tax in VMware ESX. Jason, I wanted to thank you for taking the time on this, and I am hoping you do not mind me quoting your Article. “ Memory over commit […]

By |January 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Xiotech Market information and Points of Interest.

A local vendor sent me these links, and I thought I would share.   “ http://www.xiotech.com/About_Press_Release.aspx?ID=NR-09-17-08 Virtual View, recognized in Storage Software for Virtualization category, dramatically simplifies storage monitoring, management and provisioning tasks in VMWare virtual environments http://www.drunkendata.com/?p=2100  “Xiotech gets my nod for best technology […]

By |January 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Exchange 2003 Outgoing SMTP delivery issues

Exchange 2003 Outgoing SMTP delivery issuesWe have had an Exchange 2003 mail server for a few years and have had great results without many big configuration changes, until now. Recently we added a new Qwest T-1 and changed our firewall to a Watchgaurd. After the change we have had […]

By |January 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Going Tapeless in Enterprise

Dave Graham @ http://flickerdown.com wrote a blog about going tapeless. “ I was asked the other day about the potential for finally going tapeless in Commercial and Enterprise spaces. Truth be told, this is becoming a more common occurence as those mechanical […]

By |January 28th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Converting a Linux Virtual Machine With an LVM

http://technodrone.blogspot.com has a write up on Converting a VM from A older version of Xen to VMware using the VMware Converter 4.0 titled : Converting a Linux Virtual Machine With an LVM He went through quite a process. Make sure to check it out. “ I […]

By |January 28th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware KnowledgeBase Articles released to do with Time

I saw these come across the VMware RSS feed today, and I have personally had time problems in Linux VM’s, so I wanted to post these links.   Time in a Linux virtual machine jumps backward when using clock=pit KB Article […]

By |January 28th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Notable KB Articles from the week from TheVMguy and me.

http://vmguy.com/wordpress/index.php posted his weekly Notable KB Articles from the week. “ 27 Articles new or updated this past week.  The first one is very relevant. We are experiencing issues with the knowledge base Verifying isolation mode usage in ThinApp […]

By |January 27th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

A “Multivendor Post” to help our mutual iSCSI customers using VMware

  http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek posted a nice blog post titled : A “Multivendor Post” to help our mutual iSCSI customers using VMware   “ Today’s post is one you don’t often find in the blogosphere, see today’s post is a collaborative effort […]

Where to start with your VMWare ESX Whitebox

http://www.virtualpro.co.uk has a cool write up on building a ESX White Box. I know a lot of small shops that could find this very interesting, so I wanted to share this blog.   “ There have been a couple of postings recently by […]

By |January 22nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Are you a EMC ControlCenter and VMware customer? Good hotfix to know about..

Virtual Geek has a write up on EMC ControlCenter and Vmware, and a hotfix. I wanted to post this as it is one of those things that is good to know. “ Was working a customer case where they were having issues with VMotion and […]

By |January 22nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Setting clients to Reboot at 12:15 A.M

  Some of our client devices have a need to do a daily reboot, and I didn’t feel like manly setting up a scheduled task on each device. I needed something I could run via login script or USB stick, that only takes a couple of seconds of […]

By |January 22nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Powershell and Vmware Virtual Infrastructure @ VirtualPro

    VirtualPro has a Write Up on How to get into Power Shell, being a nub at Power Shell, I thought it was a good as any place to start. “ There has been a lot of chat recently around the virtualisation Twitter community […]

KB1008130: VMware ESX and ESXi 3.5 U3 I/O failure on SAN LUN(s) and LUN queue is blocked indefinitely

  Jason Boche, @ Boche.net has a post about KB 1008130 that I wanted to share.   “ KB1008130: VMware ESX and ESXi 3.5 U3 I/O failure on SAN LUN(s) and LUN queue is blocked indefinitely by jason on Jan.19, 2009, under […]

By |January 20th, 2009|Categories: VMware KB1008130|Tags: |0 Comments|

Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States

CNN.com, Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Here is the VideoEmbedded video from CNN Video For those that missed the event. Thanks to CNN.

NetApp and Virtualization One Stop Shop!

Christopher Kusek, Technology Evangelist http://www.pkguild.com posted a collection of Netapp related information. I am going to quote it here. Please refer to the source post for updates and changes. “ NetApp and Virtualization One Stop Shop! […]

By |January 19th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

How to find mail enabled public folders in Exchange 2003

http://www.virtualpro.co.uk/ did a nice write up on how to search for a public folder in exchange 2003. I thought I would link for those of you that use exchange.   “ Today I needed to extract a list of all our mail enabled public folders as […]

TheVMguy’s Notable KB articles from the week

http://vmguy.com/wordpress/index.php has posted his weekly Notable KB articles from the week “ Sorry, better late than never. Here’s last week’s collection from the 71 New/Updated KB Articles: Update Manager Client becomes disabled randomly […]

Veeam FastSCP 3.0 for ESX/ESXi Public Beta has been officially launched!

The http://www.veeam.com/forum have a post announcing the Veeam FastSCP 3.0 for ESX/ESXi Public Beta “ Veeam FastSCP 3.0 for ESX/ESXi Public Beta has been officially launched! For download link, FAQ and known issues (constantly updated) please refer to this thread (stickied). […]

By |January 16th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Are you a VMware vExpert? Announcing a new community award.

John Troyer at the http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn announced a new vExpert Award.   “ VMware is very proud to introduce the VMware vExpert Awards. The VMware vExpert Awards will be given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the overall community of VMware users over the […]

By |January 15th, 2009|Categories: Are you a VMware vExpert|Tags: |0 Comments|

Exchange on VMware Infrastructure: podcast, webinar, white papers

The VMTN Blog has a blog entry titled Exchange on VMware Infrastructure: podcast, webinar, white papers Since we will be implementing a exchange solution under VMware in the future, this caught my eye.   “ A common question that comes up with our […]

Uptime lost during VMotion

Jason Boche, has a interesting post titled Uptime lost during VMotion   Jason walks us through this , http://www.boche.net/blog/index.php/2009/01/11/uptime-lost-during-vmotion/ Please check it out, below are a few blips from the post.   “ That’s right.  We lose […]

iSCSI – Hardware or Software – How many TOEs do you have?

  Carrlo and I were discussing this on Twitter, and I saw that they posted a related blog, and there are some good comments. Check it out, he titled it iSCSI – Hardware or Software – How many TOEs do you have?   […]

By |January 12th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

ESX disconnects randomly or when doing VI client tasks from VC, task randomly timeout after a long idle time

http://www.vmwarewolf.com has a blog post titled : ESX disconnects randomly or when doing VI client tasks from VC, task randomly timeout after a long idle time I like to link posts that I Feel are important for people to see, hence my […]

theVMguy’s Notable KB articles from the week

http://vmguy.com/wordpress/index.php posts his weekly Notable KB articles from the week.   “   Apparently the VMware support team got back to work full steam ahead this week.  81 articles were new or updated this week.  There are some really […]

Virtualization Security Round Table Podcast

  Texiwill will be hosting a Virtualization Security Round Table Podcast This will be a Talkshoe Discussion, every other week on Thursday at 2:30 PM EST.     “ This podcast will address […]

Updated Blog List

On the right side of my page I have updated my blog list, if anyone thinks I am missing any good IT / Virtualization blogs, please let me know.Thanks.

By |January 8th, 2009|Categories: Updated Blog List|Tags: |0 Comments|

Abnormally increased RAM usage of hostd in ESX 3.5 U3 (memory leak?)

  Eric Sloof blogged on this, and I thought I would as well. peetz on the VMware Communities, site, posted the following : Abnormally increased RAM usage of hostd in ESX 3.5 U3 (memory leak?) http://communities.vmware.com/thread/187927 […]

active directory user account import tool or method

I’m lazy and need to import all my users phone, fax, department, title and company into active directory. I’m looking for a free or near free tool to update user account information in active directory. This way I can have the users or our secretary do the input. A […]

By |January 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Cheap Network Storage Solution?

  I was reading http://blog.fosketts.net/ ‘s article on Iomega and how EMC has thrown them a life line.  I saw them talk about Iomega’s ix2, and how it was HCL certified. ( http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?action=search&deviceCategory=san&productId=1&keyBasic=iomega&maxDisplayRows=50&key=&release[]=-1&datePosted=-1 )   I thought this was interesting, […]

By |January 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Hello all!

By |January 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

New Blog Author Benjamin Thoele

I have added a new Blog Author to the blog.

Benjamin Thoele

Benjamin Thoele works for Mahowald Insurance Agency, LLP in St. Cloud MN.

www.mahowald.net

He is the I.T. Coordinator for them.

I hope he is able to add content to the site.

Thanks Ben.

By |January 7th, 2009|Categories: New Blog Author Benjamin Thoele|Tags: |0 Comments|

Denied after applying to Start a local VMUG Group.

I was recently Inspired after attending the last Q4 2008 Minneapolis Area VMware Users Group meeting, and especially after reading Jason Boche’s Follow up blog, VMware User Groups (VMUGs) ( http://www.boche.net/blog/?p=824 ), see bellow. “ I lead the Minneapolis area VMUG […]

By |January 6th, 2009|Categories: VMUG Denied|Tags: |0 Comments|

The VMguy’s Notable KB articles for the week

I want to thank The VMguy for his weekly Notable KB articles for the week. Here they are again, me just copying and placing it on the blog. ” Sorry for the late post. […]

Twitter via Power Shell

  I was reading the Virtual Twits blog by Alan Renouf, and I thought I would download and run the Power Shell Script. I have never gotten the time to play with Power Shell, but hey, no time better than the present right? Here is what I had to […]

How to Setup a Windows XP Unattended Installation. USB boot possible.

I use a Windows XP Unattended Installation instead of a Desktop imaging application, and I wanted to share my setup. ( all software licensing is your responsibility )I will go over the basics, and expect that I will get a few questions, which is fine. What I wont do […]

Video Tutorial: VMware SRM: 04 Configuring the SRA and completing the SRM setup

http://www.hypervizor.com/ has yet another Video Turorial for VMware SRM titled : Video Tutorial: VMware SRM: 04 Configuring the SRA and completing the SRM setup “ This is the forth and last tutorial in the SRM […]

By |January 5th, 2009|Categories: VMware SRM|Tags: |0 Comments|

Set a Scheduled Task to run defrag from a .cmd or .bat file

  I had a request for this today , so I thought I would plop it on my blog.   I set this for all of my workstations, to run a daily defrag. The following command will set a daily defrag to start the given […]

Scaling VMware High Availability for a growing virtual infrastructure: How much HA is enough?

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com has a post that I wanted to share, if only for my own purpose, when we look at DR. The Article is titled : Scaling VMware High Availability for a growing virtual infrastructure: How much HA is enough? […]

By |January 2nd, 2009|Categories: VMware SMR HA DR|Tags: |0 Comments|

Video Tutorial: VMware SRM : 02 SAN Setup using Lefthand VSA & 03 SAN Replication

  http://www.hypervizor.com/ has two new Video Tutorial’s for VMware SRM.   Video Tutorial: VMware SRM : 02 SAN Setup using Lefthand VSA   Video Tutorial: VMware SRM: 03 SAN Replication […]

By |December 29th, 2008|Categories: Video Tutorial: VMware SRM|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware Notable KB Articles for the week – VMguy

Virtualization for the little guy http://vmguy.com/wordpress/index.php has been busy during the holidays, Here is a direct Quote of the KB articles he has found. “ It may be Christmas week but that does not stop the […]

VMware Site Recovery Manager – links, lessons, and labs

At the last MN twin cities VMUG, a user asked about Site Recovery Manager, and who was using it. Zero hands went up. Therefor, when I saw that http://vmetc.com had posted a blog entry titled : VMware Site Recovery Manager – links, lessons, and labs I took note.”This post […]

Virtual Appliance Repository @ Bagside bagvapp

http://bagside.com/bagvapp/ has a fantastic collection of self published VMware Virtual Appliances located @ http://bagside.com/bagvapp/”Virtual Appliance Repository.RSS feed for bagvapp.comThis site is dedicated to virtual appliances that we build for you to use FREE of charge.The virtual appliances are generally normal installs of the distro with some changes/updates and customizations […]

By |December 26th, 2008|Categories: Virtual Appliance Repository|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware Direct Path and More, VMware piles up next virtual stack for servers – Lots of new code coming in 2009

http://www.channelregister.co.uk has a article, with some metrial containing some information obtained from Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing at VMware.Here are some quotes from the body of the article.” The VirtualCenter management tool for ESX Server hypervisors will become vCenter; software that rides atop the hypervisor will be […]

Free Microsoft Ebook

http://technodrone.blogspot.com has posted a link to a free Ebook, grab it up.”Microsoft have published a new book – granted it is on Virtualization – the Microsoft way, but still should be something to go over.Understanding Microsoft VirtualizationThis is the book for IT professionals who want to learn more about […]

By |December 26th, 2008|Categories: Free Microsoft Ebook virtualization|Tags: |0 Comments|

Happy Holidays!

I wanted to wish all the viewer’s a Happy Holiday’s. I also wanted to thank everyone for viewing the Blog. I hope everyone has a Fantastic Holiday, and a Happy New Year!Roger L

By |December 24th, 2008|Categories: Happy Holidays|Tags: |0 Comments|

Random Reboots with VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3

blog.scottlowe.org reports random reboots, check out this Blog Post : Random Reboots with VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3″I’ve been communicating with a reader who is experiencing random reboots of virtual machines on his HA/DRS-enabled cluster running VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3. At first, I thought his problem was related […]

Heap size VMFS3

http://www.yellow-bricks.com has a blog titled : Heap size VMFS3 “Posted by Duncan Epping in December 19th, 2008I was talking to a fellow consultant today. He ran into the following error messages at one of his customer sites:vmkernel: 8:18:59:58.640 cpu2:1410)WARNING: Heap: 1370: Heap_Align(vmfs3, 4096/4096 bytes, 4 align) failed. caller: […]

By |December 23rd, 2008|Categories: Heap size VMFS3|Tags: |0 Comments|

Microsoft Security Advisory (961040)

Microsoft has a new Security Advisory : Microsoft Security Advisory (961040) “Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability that could allow remote code execution on systems with supported editions of Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, Microsoft SQL Server […]

By |December 23rd, 2008|Categories: Microsoft Security Advisory (961040)|Tags: |0 Comments|

Microsoft Lies to Their Customers – Again

http://www.mikedipetrillo.com has a blog write up on Microsoft, and them fibbing about their licensing Titled : Microsoft Lies to Their Customers – Again”Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen a trend at customer sites. Nearly every customer I visited in the New York city area told me […]

Video Tutorial: VMware SRM : 01 Installation

http://www.hypervizor.com has a nice Video titled : Video Tutorial: VMware SRM : 01 Installation “This is the first video tutorial in a series to come for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM), one of the most interesting and efficient products from VMware. It’s my very first video in my blog […]

The Best Server CPUs Compared, Part 1

http://it.anandtech.com/ has a nice write up on Server CPU’s Titled : The Best Server CPUs Compared, Part 1″The past several months have seen both Intel and AMD introducing interesting updates to their CPU lines. Intel started with the E-stepping of the Xeon. Even at 3GHz, the four cores of […]

By |December 23rd, 2008|Categories: Part 1, The Best Server CPUs Compared|Tags: |0 Comments|

Using multiple SAN solutions

I thought this was intresting Forum Discussion at the VMware Communities, Using multiple SAN solutions”Hi everyone,I am reviewing our vmware environment and I have a question regarding multiple SAN implementations.Currently we have diverse clusters and I am looking at combing these where possible.In our environment we have two different […]

By |December 23rd, 2008|Categories: Using multiple SAN solutions|Tags: |0 Comments|

What RAID level do you use for your VMFS?

http://professionalvmware.com has a blog post titled : What RAID level do you use for your VMFS?I saw this, ( and more at Professionalvmware.com ) and I didn’t get a chance to post it right away, and there was some good discussion on it as well.”Many of you will say […]

Forums back up

Forums are now working, Thanks.

By |December 22nd, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Forum Down

The forum is down, for a unkown reason, thats what I get for free.I’ll post when I find it back up.

By |December 22nd, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Veeam Monitor 3.0 Free Edition

Veeam has a new product titled : Veeam Monitor 3.0 Free Edition I am currently testing this with my ESXi Boxes, I will report how it go’s”The Veeam Monitor Free Edition is an easy-to-use VMware monitoring solution designed to meet the day-to-day needs of VMware administrators who need real-time […]

By |December 22nd, 2008|Categories: Veeam Monitor 3.0 Free Edition|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware® ESXi Dell Solution Guide

I was browsing the net looking for ESXi configuration information and found this : VMware® ESXi Dell Solution Guide @ Dell’s Website.”VMware® ESXi Dell Solution Guide Introduction VMware ESXi Server Features Dell Supported Configurations […]

By |December 22nd, 2008|Categories: Mware® ESXi Dell Solution Guide|Tags: |0 Comments|

New Forum Posts, to get things started.

I started some forum posts, to get things started.Give it a try @ the forumsIf you have idea’s for Blogs please, post them as well, and we’ll post them up ( well, if they are reasonable , haha )Thanks, I hope this allows us to make the blog more […]

By |December 21st, 2008|Categories: New Forum Posts, to get things started.|Tags: |0 Comments|

Roger Lund ‘ s IT and VMware / Virtualization Forum

I have crated a Forum for this blog, Roger Lund ‘ s IT and VMware / Virtualization ForumFull Link is http://rlit.forumaster.net/index.phpI wanted a place for Viewers to make new topics. I wanted Viewers to be able to Post questions to me, or others also.I hope this will allow for […]

EMC ‘s best practices for QLogic HBA ‘s and CX-series arrays

Leo’s Ramblings’s has a blog post on EMC ‘s best practices for Qlogic HBA ‘s and CX-series arrays titled : EMC storage arrays and QLogic HBAsI have found that EMC documenation can be hard to find it when you need it, ( at least from a […]

Notable KB Articles from the week by The VMguy

Notable KB Articles from the week by The VMguyThis is a direct quote, as I fall under the SMB world, and i believe at least some of my reader’s do as well.”Here’s a few that are new or updated this week for SMB customers that I thought had really […]

VMware ESX Networking Articles by blog.scottlowe.org

blog.scottlowe.org has a post that sum’s up the various network articles on the blog titled : VMware ESX Networking Articles”Over the past few years—almost four years now that I’ve been writing here on this site—I’ve written quite a few articles on VMware ESX networking. Here’s a collection of links […]

Updated Layout

I updated the Layout tonight, if you notice the changes, let me know if you like or dislike them.

By |December 19th, 2008|Categories: Updated Layout|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware announes new name for VMware Infrastructure 4 as vSphere

At the Minneapolis VMUG, VMware announced vSphere previously codenamed VI4. Additionally, they announced that vShpere’s host RAM maximum at 1 TB and guest’s RAM at 256 GB. Kudos to EMC for hosting the conference and drinks.

By |December 19th, 2008|Categories: VI4, Virtual Infrastructure 4, vSphere|Tags: |0 Comments|

Zenoss on the Linux Basement

http://blog.zenoss.com/ has a new post I thought would be worth checking out titled : Zenoss on the Linux Basement”I recently got the opportunity to appear on The Linux Basement podcast, in an interview about Zenoss. We got to meet the host Chad Wollenberg at the Ohio LinuxFest back in […]

By |December 19th, 2008|Categories: Zenoss on the Linux Basement|Tags: |0 Comments|

Do I really need to upgrade all my Windows Server 2003 CALs in order to run on Windows Hyper-V?

http://blogs.vmware.com/virtualreality posted a write up titled : Do I really need to upgrade all my Windows Server 2003 CALs in order to run on Windows Hyper-V?I thought this was interesting, and would effect most of us from a cost standpoint.”A partner brought something to my attention recently that seemed […]

The First Lady of Star Trek, Majel Barrett Roddenberry , has died.

The First Lady of Star Trek died today, I feel as I owe Star Trek. I believe that some of my love for Tech originated there. Therefore, I wanted to post this blog Entry, and put my heart out to the family of Majel Barrett Roddenberry known as […]

Installed DISQUS

I installed DISQUS Let me know what you all think.

By |December 18th, 2008|Categories: Installed DISQUS|Tags: |0 Comments|

Study guide for VCDX Enterprise Exam 3.5

http://www.yellow-bricks.com posted a entry on a study guide for the VCDX Exam, I hope to take this some day, so I am going to Link this. The blog entry is titled : Study guide for VCDX Enterprise Exam 3.5″Peter van den Bosch, just posted a great study guide for […]

Create thin Disk from RCLI, ESXi U3

So, I want to make a new VM, for the Netapp Simulator I want to test, which will be Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop.For this, I have a ESXi server setup in my office’s lab ( under my work desk ) and I created a standard New VM, but I checked […]

By |December 18th, 2008|Categories: Create thin Disk from RCLI, ESXi U3|Tags: |0 Comments|

Minneapolis Area VMware User Group metting

Just a reminder, the Minneapolis VMware User Group meeting is on Friday, December 19th.Location:   Doubletree Hotel   1500 Park Place Blvd.   Minneapolis, MN, 55416Agenda 01:00pm – […]

By |December 17th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Linked Clones script for ESXi

http://communities.vmware.com has a interesting script for linked clones.http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9202″This script allows users to create linked cloned virtual machine(s) from a master (or golden) virtual machine. Clones may be stored on any type of datastore (LOCAL, SAN, NFS) that is presented to the ESXi host. The script is very capable in […]

By |December 17th, 2008|Categories: Linked Clones script for ESXi|Tags: |0 Comments|

Exchange (2007)on VMware

Duncan at http://www.yellow-bricks.com posted a fantastic collection of information on exchange 2007, titled : Exchange (2007)on VMware”I had to prepare a meeting on virtualizing Exchange 2007 on a VMware VI3.5 environment. While searching the internet I found an enormous amount of pdf’s and whitepapers and decided to share them […]

By |December 17th, 2008|Categories: Exchange (2007)on VMware|Tags: |0 Comments|

Operating System Specific Packages for VMware Tools

http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn posted an article on tool packages for specific operating systems titled “Operating System Specific Packages for VMware Tools””We are pleased to announce the General Availability of Operating System Specific Packages (OSPs) for VMware Tools. Using OSPs, enterprise customers virtualizing Linux on VI will be able to install/update/manage […]

Hello

Hello everyone.  I am an IT consultant currently expanding my education at Minnesota School of Business.  My twitter is http://twitter.com/aaron_gruber

By |December 17th, 2008|Categories: Hello, My Twitter|Tags: |0 Comments|

Welcome – New blog Author – Aaron Gruber

Aaron Gruber will be posting on the blog, he is a fellow IT Consultant. He is fairly new to the Virtual world, as I am, and will be working with me to learn the trade so to speak.I hope he will also help to keep the blog updated.Thanks Aaron.Roger […]

VMware ESX Mission Critical App Nears Uptime Record

http://www.mikedipetrillo.com posted a cool entry on up time and ESX, titled : Mission Critical App Nears Uptime Record”I just got an email from a colleague from EMEA. He showed me the picture below. The numbers alone for the uptime on the servers is huge (over 3 years). What’s even […]

Zenoss 2.3.2 is Now Available

Zenoss 2.3.2 is Now Available, posted at http://blog.zenoss.com”The latest stable packaged version of Zenoss Core, version 2.3.2, is now available for download. Zenoss Core 2.3.2 is available from:http://www.zenoss.com/downloadand the release notes are available here:2.3.2 Release Notes (PDF) Installation and upgrades from earlier versions are now covered in a unified […]

By |December 17th, 2008|Categories: Zenoss 2.3.2 is Now Available|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware Virtualization Online Forum on demand Video and Audio – VMware – Netapp – EMC – Dell – HP

Here are some on demand video and audio from today VMware Virtualization Online ForumI am not sure how long these will work, but here you go.NetappAutomate Virtual Machine Recovery with SnapManager for Virtual InfrastructureVirtualizing Exchange with NetApp and VMwareDisaster Recovery and Backup Strategies for Virtualized EnvironmentsEMCDeep Dive: Data De-duplication […]

By |December 16th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Consolidating snapshots -VMware KB Article 1007849

A new KB Article : Consolidating snapshots -VMware KB Article 1007849This can cause problems, so I quoted the whole KB, this is all from VMware.com and none of this was written by my self.” Symptoms When powering on a virtual machine, the following error message is […]

VMware ESX Deployed or cloned VM base disk will point to template’s or original VM’s vmdk if “Edit Virtual Hardware” is used to modify it

http://www.vmwarewolf.com has a post titled : Deployed or cloned VM base disk will point to template’s or original VM’s vmdk if “Edit Virtual Hardware” is used to modify itI like to link any blog posts that I think are important to business to me or others, and here is […]

Vmware Virtualization Forum Going on now

Join the VMware Virtualization forum is going on nowhttp://vshow.on24.com/vshow/virtualization

Using Perfmon in a Windows VM

http://www.mikedipetrillo.com has a very interesting article, titled : Using Perfmon in a Windows VM”This post is sponsored by IT Knowledge Exchange. Visit ITKnowledgeExchange.com today to ask your toughest virtualization questions and get answers from your peers. I got a question from a customer as well as a partner recently […]

By |December 16th, 2008|Categories: Using Perfmon in a Windows VM|Tags: |0 Comments|

UPDATE: VMware RCLI now writes to ESXi Free Hosts

http://www.mikedipetrillo.com has a update on the ESXi writing via the RCLI. Titled : UPDATE: VMware RCLI now writes to ESXi Free Hosts”I wrote a few days ago that the ESXi 3.5 U3 update unlocked the API set. Well, this was only partially true. I was just trying out some […]

Enabling Enhanced VMXNet in VMware ESX

http://blog.scottlowe.org has a blog post titled : Enabling Enhanced VMXNet”I’ve been doing some additional digging into jumbo frames and other networking configurations, and along the way I came across references to VMware’s Enhanced VMXNet network adapters. These were apparently introduced in VMware ESX 3.5 and are necessary in order […]

By |December 15th, 2008|Categories: Enabling Enhanced VMXNet in VMware ESX|Tags: |0 Comments|

Jason Boche’s ESX partitioning scheme

Jason posted a blog entry on ESX partitioning per my request, tiled: MEPS (my ESX partitioning scheme)”Here is a topic that has been discussed in great depth on the VMTN forums over the years but Roger Lund has asked me if I would post my ESX partitioning scheme. […]

By |December 15th, 2008|Categories: Jason Boche's ESX partitioning scheme|Tags: |0 Comments|

I’m On Twitter http://twitter.com/rogerlund

I signed up for http://twitter.com Find me at http://twitter.com/rogerlundOr click this follow me on Twitter

Create VMFS volumes from the command-line

http://www.yellow-bricks.com posted a Blog Entry titled : Create VMFS volumes from the command-line”I just had to create a couple VMFS volumes from the command-line on a local disk. It’s pretty straight forward but I needed to document it anyway, here it is: fdisk -l (check what the last partition […]

By |December 15th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware ESX What to do with your NICs

PlanetVM http://planetvm.net/blog has posted a blog entry titled: What to do with your NICs “I was going to post on pNIC configuation, but it seems that Ed Haletky (Texiwill) has already done so, Blue Gears – 2 Physical NICs with VMware ESXBlue Gears – 3 Physical NICs with […]

By |December 15th, 2008|Categories: What to do with your NICs VMware ESX|Tags: |0 Comments|

hgfs registry value causes issues with Terminal Services VMs

Jason Boche @ http://www.boche.net/blog posted a blog post titled : hgfs registry value causes issues with Terminal Services VMs”originally brought this up back in October with my Tip for virtualization Citrix servers invovling user profiles post. I’m bringing it up again because this week VMware updated their […]

New/Updated KB articles from the week From VMguy

http://vmguy.com posted his weekly KB articles, below I quoted him.”Well, VMware can update their HCL distribution format but I can still blog on new/updated KB articles that I see customers asking the most questions on. Here’s this week’s list: VMware Update Manager Network Port RequirementsManually removing VMware Tools […]

Microsoft NLB Error when trying to Cluster Cloned VM’s

Virtu-Al http://teckinfo.blogspot.com/ has a blog entry on Microsoft NLB Error when trying to Cluster Cloned VM’s Full Post : http://teckinfo.blogspot.com/2008/12/microsoft-nlb-error-when-trying-to.html”After configuring a few NLB VM’s recently on VMware I was intrigued when one of the people I follow on twitter was having issues with cloned NLB’s, SimonLong_ kindly agreed […]

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802408-SG: Security Updates to the Python Package (1003451)

New VMware KB : VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802408-SG: Security Updates to the Python Package (1003451)”Summaries and Symptoms This patch provides service console updates for the Python package. The patch fixes the following security issues: An integer overflow issue with the way Python’s Perl Compatible Regular […]

A Virtual Machine may unexpectedly reboot when using VMware HA with Virtual Machine Monitoring on ESX 3.5 Update 3

Planetvm.net posted this blog post : VMware ESXi Alert”Dear ESX 3.5 customer,Our records indicate you recently downloaded VMware® ESX Version 3.5 U3 from our product download site. This email is to alert you that an issue with that product version could adversely effect your environment. This email provides […]

VMware Online Virtualization Forum Tuesday, December 16th, 8:00 am – 5:00pm PST

As a reminder, the VMware Online Virtualization Forum is Tuesday, December 16th, from 8:00 am – 5:00pmClick the links for information.http://www.vmworld.com/message/4107http://vshow.on24.com/clients/vshow/virtualization/register.htmhttp://info.vmware.com/content/VirtualizationForum_OnlineForumAgenda“8:00am – 5:00pm PSTExhibit Hall and Networking LoungeVisit sponsors’ booths and chat with VMware product experts.Chat with your peers in the Networking Lounge8:00am – 9:00amKeynote: VMware Future Visions […]

Internal vs. external guest virtual machine storage

http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com , and author Scott Lowe Posted a Blog post titled : Internal vs. external guest virtual machine storage Full Blog Post Here : http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid94_gci1342097,00.html”Numerous articles have been written about various storage protocols that can be used with VMware to store the files that make up a virtual machine […]

EnableResignature and/or DisallowSnapshotLUN

http://www.yellow-bricks.com posted this blog post titled : EnableResignature and/or DisallowSnapshotLUN Full Blog Post ( site : http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/12/11/enableresignature-andor-disallowsnapshotlun/ )”I’ve spend a lot of time in the past trying to understand the settings for EnableResignature and DisallowSnapshotLUN. It had me confused and dazzled a couple of times. Every now and then […]

ESX in Workstation

You could think I am crazy to link this, but I thought this would be somthing to try at home, so here I am linking it.http://www.yellow-bricks.com posted this blog post on ESX in Workstation ( site : http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/12/10/esx-in-workstation/ )”Lately I’ve been testing scripted builds of ESX hosts and several […]

By |December 12th, 2008|Categories: ESX in Workstation|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware Server – Which is a Best Host Operating System

I repied this to this VMware Communities post titled : Which is a Best Host Operating SystemSite : http://communities.vmware.com/message/1121964The OP asked this question.”Hi everybody and greetings.I need this answer from all you power users out here, and I need a definite answer and i do not want this to […]

ESXi RCLI write and read

I have been working with the RCLI appliance, in a attempt to get -g and -p working.vifs -g and vifs -pHowever, I am lacking the correct command augments, so it will be trial and error.Unless anyone knows the correct command.’UPDATE:Getting closer, to list I found this command.HERE http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35u2/vi3_35_25_u2_rcli.pdfFrom the […]

By |December 11th, 2008|Categories: ESXi RCLI write and read|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware ESXi iSCSI Trouble, helpful Vmware Communities forum posting.

I recently posted directions and pictures of my iSCSI setup for someone on the VMware VMware Communities Forum. I referred to my earlier post, Seehttp://rogerlunditblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/vmware-esxi-adding-iscsi-target.htmlHere is the VMware Communities Forum Post, Here http://communities.vmware.com/message/1121743 His problem was titled : ESXi not connecting to MSA1510i via iSCSIRemember also to […]

VMware Fault Tolerance = RAID 1

http://lonesysadmin.net has a blog post titled VMware Fault Tolerance = RAID 1 Full Link : http://lonesysadmin.net/2008/12/11/vmware-fault-tolerance-raid-1″Fault Tolerance is to VMs what RAID 1 is for data. Whatever happens on disk 0 happens on disk 1. So if you delete a bunch of files they disappear from both disks, and […]

By |December 11th, 2008|Categories: VMware Fault Tolerance = RAID 1|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware announce new premier invite only qualification

planetvm http://planetvm.net/blog posted a reaction to the new announcement. VMware announce new premier invite only qualification Full Post : http://planetvm.net/blog/?p=98″Those people on this weeks Roundtable, my self included had a little shock, VMwares’ John Troyer calmly announced the introduction of the VVP (VMware Virtualization Professional), this is […]

New On-line VMWare Hardware Compatibility Search Engine

http://vmguy.com/wordpress/index.php posted a blog entry titled : New On-line VMWare Hardware Compatibility Search EngineFull Link Here http://vmguy.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/297″Just when I had my procedure down to report the new updates to the HCL’s for you, all color-coded and everything, VMware one-upps me and improves the way they report the HCL. Starting […]

VMware configuration maximums

Jason Boche, posted a post on VMware configuration maximums ( http://www.boche.net/blog/?p=615 )I have not read this through and through, and I wanted thank Jason for bringing it up.”Configuration Maximums for Virtual Infrastructure 3 is by far one of my favorite VMware documents. This is a useful document […]

By |December 10th, 2008|Categories: VMware configuration maximums|Tags: |0 Comments|

The essential books and references for the Virtualization Professional

Edward L. Haletky put up a new Wiki page.Titled: Virtualization Bookshelf ( site http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization_Bookshelf )The essential books and references for the Virtualization Professional” VMware Edward L. Haletky. VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers. Prentice Hall PTR; 1 edition (January 8, 2008). Buy […]

Set Service Console Memory (Updated)

Jonathan Marrott’s VM Scripting Blog has a interesting post titled: Set Service Console Memory (Updated) ( http://communities.vmware.com/blogs/froboy/2008/01/18/set-service-console-memory-updated )”The service console memory should be increased if you are running apps other than the default install. This includes management agents, backups, etc. Here is a simple command that I ran […]

By |December 10th, 2008|Categories: VMware ES Set Service Console Memory|Tags: |0 Comments|

Get VMware Disk Usage with Powershell

http://www.peetersonline.nl/index.php has a posted titled Get VMware Disk Usage with Powershell( http://www.peetersonline.nl/index.php/vmware/get-vmware-disk-usage-with-powershell/ )”Using VMware seriously requires a lot of (shared) storage. This kind of storage (on a SAN for instance) is quite expensive. So you might want to check if you are wasting a lot of this space. When […]

By |December 10th, 2008|Categories: Get VMware Disk Usage with Powershell|Tags: |0 Comments|

VI3 reference card

I found my self needing a Reference Card today, and I found This at VMreference.comhttp://www.vmreference.com/vi3-card/Basically, this is a card with some good facts, and I wanted to keep something in my Server Room.

By |December 9th, 2008|Categories: VI3 reference card|Tags: |0 Comments|

Common Fault issues in VMware Infrastructure

http://www.vmwarewolf.com posted a article titled Common Fault issues in VMware Infrastructure ( http://www.vmwarewolf.com/common-fault-issues-in-vmware-infrastructure/)”Continuing my Resolution Path series, here is another download for you all, this time in the Fault area of VI3. Download the zipfile here and keep it handy for the next time you run into any fault […]

Roger’s VMware KB Articles worth reading

I thought this were worth reading, as it is better to read and experience, than the later.Creating a second root user accounthttp://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1005278″ To create a second root user: Run the adduser -u 0 -o -g 0 -G 0,1,2,3,4,6,10 -M root2 command from the ESX server console.Omit the -M […]

HGFS Service fails to start

http://planetvm.net has a post titled : HGFS Service fails to start ( http://planetvm.net/blog/?p=91 )”once again the HGFS feature has caused problems for users, see post HGFS Service fails to start ( http://communities.vmware.com/message/1118503#1118503) why don’t VMware just change the default for silent install of VMtools for Guests running under ESX. […]

Continuing the FCoE Discussion

blog.scottlowe.org has a nice post titled Continuing the FCoE DiscussionLunk : http://blog.scottlowe.org/2008/12/09/continuing-the-fcoe-discussion/” Tonight, after reading a blog post by Dave Graham regarding FCoE vs. InfiniBand, I started thinking about FCoE again, and I came up with a question I want to ask. I’m not a storage expert, and I […]

By |December 9th, 2008|Categories: Continuing the FCoE Discussion|Tags: |0 Comments|

Observed IP Ranges

I am not running ESX at this point, but I thought this was interesting, and worth posting, this is done via PowerShell.Virtu-AL posted a post on Observed IP Ranges”Recently I needed to check a whole bunch of servers to see if we had a particular VLAN tagged on any […]

SCP in VMware ESXi

Remember, the scp command does work in ESXi, once you unlock the Console.I found it works with the following command.srp -r root@ipaddress:/pathofsource /pathtolocaldestination.Make sure you do not have spaces, and if you do, rename the folder before you try to move the files.For those of you that do not […]

By |December 8th, 2008|Categories: SCP in VMware ESXi|Tags: |0 Comments|

ESXi, Restart Management Agents Via Console / SSH

I recently had to use Console / SSH to restart the Managment Agents on ESXi. This is not supported, but in this case, if I didn’t have it unlocked, I would have been up a creak..Here is the page my google search turned up. ( thanks to VM-Help.com)”With ESX […]

USB boot , Dell OptiPlex 760 USFF

I recently tryied to boot a USB memory stick in a new Dell OptiPlex 760 USFF, and I had to do the following to get it to work.I downloaded a Dr. Dos 7.1 disk image, and installed it to a USB floppy.Then I inserted the USB drive, and […]

Notable KB articles/Patches for the week

I would have liked to have the time to put together a like post with these, but Thanks to VMguy, I didn’t have to, ( not that I would have had time )I am going to Quote more than I normally do because it warrants review, if nothing else […]

New Zenoss/Deki Mashup Available

Those of you out there that read my blog ( yes I think there is someone ) might not know that I am a huge fan of Zenoss , and that I use it to monitor our network, and all the devices on it. ( Shout out to Matt […]

By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Free tools with VirtualCenter -like features

VM /ETC has a fantastic bit of info for free tools for ESX / ESXi check the blogFree tools with VirtualCenter -like features”So you’ve downloaded your free version of ESXi. Maybe you’ve built a couple of ESX Servers but you haven’t purchased a full VI 3.5 Enterpise license. You […]

Updated title when adding to RSS

I updated the title, some how it go some messed up formatting, and when you added it to google reader it wasn’t readable. This should be fixed.Thanks me to adding my own site to find this, haha.I do have a few of you out there reading the site, thanks […]

By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Converting Domain Controllers

Yellow Bricks has the following blog : Converting Domain Controllers “Just noticed this great VMware KB article. The article deals about converting aka p2v’ing Microsoft Domain Controllers. Those of you who have done VMware implementations and migrations know that this usually causes problems and leaves the Active Directory in […]

By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: Converting Domain Controllers|Tags: |0 Comments|

Inject a driver into ESXi

Yellow Bricks has a interesting write up titled : Inject a driver into ESXi “I had my doubts about posting this one cause it definitely breaks your support. But a quick search on google revealed that it has been posted before so if you’re gonna do it why not […]

By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: Inject a driver into ESXi|Tags: |0 Comments|

Thoughts on Long-Term Archiving

http://blog.fosketts.net has a blog post on long term archiving titled : Thoughts on Long-Term Archiving”I just completed my webinar for AIIM on long-term archiving. Excellent attendance (kudos to AIM!) and some great questions that, sadly, we didn’t get to during the session. I’ll try to tackle them here in […]

By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: Thoughts on Long-Term Archiving|Tags: |0 Comments|

Prevent your LUNs running out of space

http://www.gabesvirtualworld.com has a blog entry titled Prevent your LUNs running out of space”Don’t we all know the time you forgot to monitor your LUN available space? The call at 3am in the night from the monitoring-room that a LUN has no free space and VMs are crashing (VMs with […]

Troubleshooting VMware snapshots

Eric Siebert at Techtarget has a write up on Snaps ( part 3 ) titled Troubleshooting VMware snapshots”Virtualization administrators can use snapshots on VMware ESX to travel back in time and figure out what went wrong with their virtual machines (VMs). In part one of this series I […]

By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: Troubleshooting VMware snapshots|Tags: |0 Comments|

Deleting virtual machine snapshots without wasting disk space

Eric Siebert at Techtarget has a write up on Snaps ( part 2 ) titled Deleting virtual machine snapshots without wasting disk space “Taking snapshots of your virtual machines is a useful way to preserve and restore ESX configurations; however, proper management is needed to avoid performance problems. In […]

How VMware snapshots work

Eric Siebert at Techtarget has a write up on Snaps, titled How VMware snapshots work”A disk “snapshot” is a copy of the virtual machine disk file (VMDK) at a certain point in time. It preserves the disk file system and system memory of your VM by enabling you to […]

By |December 5th, 2008|Categories: How VMware snapshots work|Tags: |0 Comments|

Does VMware DPM shorten ESX server lifespan?

Virtual Geek posted a write up on DPM and ESX server lifespan.Does VMware DPM shorten ESX server lifespan?”The inimitable MikeD (http://www.mikedipetrillo.com/mikedvirtualization/) pinged me and some of my colleagues this week with this question – he was starting to hear it, thought it sounded like FUD. The question […]

By |December 4th, 2008|Categories: VMware DPM EMC ESX Server Lifepspan|Tags: |0 Comments|

Leave powered on…

Yellow Bricks posted Leave Powered On…”On Friday I got a question about the “Leave powered on” setting for HA. This setting is used for the Isolation Response. In other words, what does HA needs to do when a network isolation is detected. The question was pretty straight forward:”What happens […]

By |December 4th, 2008|Categories: Vmware Leave powered on…|Tags: |0 Comments|

Snapshots, the revision

Yellow Bricks posted Snapshots, the revision”I was reading Jason Boche’s blog on snapshots yesterday and noticed a misunderstanding. I tweeted Jason about this and his blog was updated in a sec. But I thought it might be handy to actually outline the basics again especially because during the VMTN […]

By |December 4th, 2008|Categories: Snapshots, the revision|Tags: |0 Comments|

Know thy open snapshots

Jason B, talks about open snapshots: Know thy open snapshots”VMware snapshotting is a wonderful and powerful technology that affords IT and Developer staff great flexibility and recovery options with virtual machines (VMs) that weren’t so flexible with physical machines or flat out did not exist. With this technology comes […]

By |December 4th, 2008|Categories: VMware ESX Open Snapshoots|Tags: |0 Comments|

New Community Zenoss Tray Applet

The Zenoss Blog has a interesting article, New Community Zenoss Tray Applet”Zenossian Nathaniel McCallum has written a new tray applet for monitoring Zenoss installations remotely. It sits in your desktop tray and shows the current count of events and the highest severity. From there you can view event details, […]

By |December 4th, 2008|Categories: New Community Zenoss Tray Applet|Tags: |0 Comments|

The Black Screen of Death

Tom, at http://planetvm.net/blog/ has a post titled : The Black Screen of Death!!!!!!”I had a VM that whenever you tried to access the console or RDP into the server it just displayed a black screen as shown belowYou could do a ctrl-alt-del and if you tabbed just right, and […]

By |December 2nd, 2008|Categories: The Black Screen of Death vmware rdp|Tags: |0 Comments|

PlanetVM is now live

Tom Howarth has a new blog called PlanetVM”Welcome to the new home of PlanetVM.I hope you will find my ramblings on VMware, VDI and desktop and server management in a Virtualised environment interesting.Kind RegardsTom Howarth”Best of luck Tom

By |December 2nd, 2008|Categories: PlanetVM is now live|Tags: |0 Comments|

Hyper-V, not in my datacenter Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

http://www.gabesvirtualworld.com has a nice three part series titled : Hyper-V, not in my datacenterhttp://www.gabesvirtualworld.com has this broken in to three parts.Hyper-V, not in my datacenter (part 1 – Hardware)Hyper-V, not in my datacenter (part 2: Guest OS and Memory overcommit)Hyper-V, not in my datacenter (part 3: Motions and storage)”When […]

Top 10 things you MUST read about virtualization and compliance

Eric Siebert at Virtual Strategy Magazine has a nice write up titled Top 10 things you MUST read about virtualization and compliance”There are numerous compliance regulations that companies must follow these days including SOX, PCI and HIPPA. Trying to meet these compliance regulations is never easy and virtualization adds […]

Top 10 things you must read about processors (CPUs) and virtualization

Eric Siebert at Virtual Strategy Magazine has a nice write up titled Top 10 things you must read about processors (CPUs) and virtualization”The CPU is the heart of an ESX host server as it provides the processing muscle for all the virtual machines competing for this valuable resource. Therefore […]

VMware Converter Best Practices

After reading and posting the last blog post, I goggled Vmware Converter Best Practices, and i found that http://vmware-land.com has a article on VMware Converter Best Practices, titled Converter Best Practices I also found a VMware World 2007 article on Vmware Converter Best Practices, ( PDF )

How do I get my license for Converter Enterprise Edition?

The VMguy posted a write up: How do I get my license for Converter Enterprise Edition?”A great question that often comes up. You can download and use the free version of converter (Starter Edition) but the Enterprise Version will allow you to perform multiple conversions simultaneously as well […]

VMware Tip: Defragmentation

Team Fusion has a interesting article titled Tip: Defragmentation”As you use a computer, over time your files will tend to get scattered around the disk. This scattering is called fragmentation, and can slow down performance as the disk head has to seek back and forth between fragments (Note: doesn’t […]

By |December 1st, 2008|Categories: VMware Tip: Defragmentation|Tags: |0 Comments|

Announcing VMware View 3 Launch on December 2, 2008

I saw this is coming up, as it was posted on the VMware Blogs Announcing VMware View 3 Launch on December 2, 2008 “VMware is launching its newly-announced end-to-end enterprise desktop solution, VMware View which includes VMware VDI, ThinApp, and View Composer. The sales sweet spot for partners is […]

Citrix on VMware, 1vCPU or 2vCPU ?

Virtu-Al wrote a write up on Citrix on VMware, 1vCPU or 2vCPU ?”Following my previous Citrix testing on VMware I thought it best to try a dual vCPU VM to see if I can get double the users of a single vCPU, sounds logically sensible to me !So just […]

By |November 30th, 2008|Categories: 1vCPU or 2vCPU ?, Citrix on VMware|Tags: |0 Comments|

Notable KB Articles from the week

The VM Guy posted a article titled : Notable KB Articles from the week”Here’s a few notable ones I came across this week: * Moving the VirtualCenter SQL Database * How do I change a forgotten root password on my ESX Server Host? […]

By |November 29th, 2008|Categories: Notable KB Articles from the week|Tags: |0 Comments|

Restoring a VMware Virtual Hard Drive Image To Physical PC

Today, I was creative and restored a VMware .VMDK via WinImage to a Physical Hard Drive, connected the Drive in a PC, and watched it boot to install windows XP.The procedure go’s like this.You will need WinImage ( demo )1. Make a VMware Virtual Machine, ( I started […]

Reset your lost Windows password

Yellow Bricks posted a handy how to for resetting your password, titled : Reset your lost Windows password”Just had to reset a lost Windows password for the second time and thought it would be useful for myself to have a howto online: 1. Boot from the System […]

Please join us for the Q4 2008 Minneapolis Area VMware Users Group meeting

Jason Boche posed that the Q4 2008 Minneapolis Area VMware Users Group meeting is coming up.See Please join us for the Q4 2008 Minneapolis Area VMware Users Group meeting”Please join us for the Q4 2008 Minneapolis Area VMware Users Group meetingJason Boche, Minneapolis area VMUG leader – Email: [email protected] […]

Build a network boot disk for VMware guest VMs

Jason Boche has a write up on Building a network boot disk for VMware guest VMs on this Blog”A person recently asked me via Email how to create a bootable MS-DOS diskette with networking capability for use in VMware guest VMs. Rather than privately isolate the knowledge in an […]

Keep your VMware ESXi warranty: Don’t break the security shell

Edward L. Haletk wrote a nice write up at http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/home/0,289692,sid179,00.html titled Keep your VMware ESXi warranty: Don’t break the security shell”Working with VMware ESXi can be frustrating; you’re not supposed to enable the Dropbear SSH client or use its technical support mode without the assistance of a VMware support […]

VMware: memory reservations and swap files

I was looking at some of my datastores, and trying to figure out how to make more room. ( still working on a san purchase ) I saw on some of the VM’s that I gave alot of memory, had quite large .vswp files. I know that .vswp’s are […]

Backing Up your ESX Service Console

Leo’s Ramblings’s has a article on Backing Up your ESX Service ConsoleI will add this to my future to try scripts.”Look, despite being told about a dozen million times, there’s still plenty of CFOs/IT Managers out there who have a “backup everything” policy, despite the fact that it’s easier […]

By |November 25th, 2008|Categories: Backing Up your ESX Service Console|Tags: |0 Comments|

VMware ESXi vJumpstart Part1 and Part2

Came across a couple of new WebEX’s on ESXI posted by Mark BrunstadVMware ESXi vJumpstart Part1 – Virtualization Concepts ESXi vJumpstart Part 2 – ESXi Server Build

Free ESXi Backup Solution for Windows

I found this thread interesting on VMware CommunitiesFree ESXi Backup Solution for Windows”have spent the last few days trying to find a free backup solution to the newly free ESXi for windows only enviroments (in particular Windows XP). The solution for me was the following:1. Installing Windows Services for […]

By |November 24th, 2008|Categories: Free ESXi Backup Solution for Windows|Tags: |0 Comments|

How to tweak the 3ware 9650SE SATA RAID controller driver into ESX3i

Maybe old news, but I thought this interesting for those of you playing with VMware ESXiHow to tweak the 3ware 9650SE SATA RAID controller driver into ESX3i”I want give back something to this lovely community, giving me a lot of information and even VMware forESX3i a small-footprint OS that […]

A Beginner’s Guide to VMware Fusion

I stumbled across this on the VMware Communities, I am sure countless others have saw and linked this, but it was a new read for me.A Beginner’s Guide to VMware Fusion”This document is intended for someone new to Fusion, and possibly someone who is new to Macs in general. […]

By |November 24th, 2008|Categories: A Beginner's Guide to VMware Fusion|Tags: |0 Comments|

Somtimes Monday’s look good

I saw this on the VMware communities, and had to link it, as it mirror’s my testing frustration at times.Friday Morning Experiments”There is one thing I have learned as a new network administrator. Don’t ever, and I mean ever just ‘try’ something out on a Friday. be the anti-Nike, […]

By |November 24th, 2008|Categories: Somtimes Monday's look good|Tags: |0 Comments|

Understanding VMware Roles and Permissions

http://www.vmwarewolf.com has a good article on Understanding VMware Roles and Permissions, This was a good for me, as I have am still very new to VMware.”VMware Virtualcenter roles and permissions are one of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of Virtual Infrastructure 3. We constantly receive calls into tech […]

Vmware 2.0 : CLI management utility

unix – linux – storage has a great write up on the Vmware 2.0 : CLI management utility”Prior to Vmware server 2.0, vmware-cmd was the command line tool for the managements of the virtual machines. In Vmware 2.0, vmware-vim-cmd is the tool that can be used for command line […]

By |November 24th, 2008|Categories: Vmware 2.0 : CLI management utility|Tags: |0 Comments|

Updated: Top 10 blogs that VMware administrators must read

http://vmware-land.com has a new updated Top 10 Blogs list,”Top 10 blogs that VMware administrators must read1) http://www.yellow-bricks.com/ • Duncan Epping’s relatively new blog on VMware topics is another great source for technical tips and information. Duncan recently accepted a job working for VMware and we look […]

Datastore missing – but Disk / Array detected?

I recently was playing around with ESXi and Removed my drives via the motherboard connections, tried another drive type and then tried to reconnect my orginal drive configuration. ( a non supported ICH9 controller, and Sata Drive )I had no problem with the disk being detected upon a new […]

Update : VMware VMotion ESX server support for Symantec AntiVirus and Symantec Endpoint Protection

Update : VMware VMotion ESX server support for Symantec AntiVirus and Symantec Endpoint ProtectionSymantec has posted a updated KB Document ID: 2008101607465248 on VMware VMotion ESX Server Support”Question/Issue:Is VMware VMotion ESX server supported with Symantec AntiVirus and Symantec Endpoint Protection?Symptoms:Symantec supports running Symantec AntiVirus, Symantec Endpoint Protection, and Symantec […]

Guest OS Install Guide – Latest Updates – VMware VMTN

New updates via the Guest OS install guide @ VMWare”Latest UpdatesThese are the changes or updates made to the Guest Operating System Installation Guide since it was last published: * Added support for 64-bit Windows Essential Business Server 2008 on ESX Server 3.5 Update 3. See […]

Running VMware ESX 3.5 and ESXi in Workstation on your desktop PC

Petri IT Knowledgebase has a interesting post on Running VMware ESX 3.5 and ESXi in Workstation on your desktop PC”In the following new video, I demonstrate, step by step, how you can run VMware ESX Server 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 inside VMware Workstation 6.5. This is also shown in […]

Common Licensing issues in VMware Infrastructure

VMwarewolf posted the following blog :Common Licensing issues in VMware InfrastructureAnother good source of information.

Common Network issues in VMware Infrastructure

VMwarewolf posted this, and I thought it was interesting, Common Network issues in VMware InfrastructureI thought this was a useful Blog, Enjoy.

Save up to $5,100 on VMware Infrastructure Midsized and Enterprise Acceleration Kits

Looks like a good time to get into VMware for enterprise customers.”Save up to $5,100 on VMware Infrastructure Midsized and Enterprise Acceleration KitsVMware Infrastructure Acceleration Kits provide cost-effective options for workgroups or small and medium-sized businesses to take advantage of enterprise-level virtualization features.”

Symantec declares VMware VMotion unsupported

Symantec declares VMware VMotion unsupported by Jason at Boche.net”Bad news for VMware VI Enterprise customers everywhere. I just found out I have 110 unsupported production and development VMs in my datacenter. Symantec published Document ID 2008101607465248 on 10/15/08 removing VMware VMotion support from its Symantec Antivirus (SAV) and Symantec […]

Netapp links from blog.scottlowe.org.

We have started looking at Netapp’s offerings this week, and I saw these links to blog posts at http://blog.scottlowe.org

Thanks to them.

Below are the links.

Using NetApp Deduplication with Block Storage “ Building on my earlier article on setting up NetApp deduplication, I wanted to follow up […]

10Gbps Networking Performance on ESX 3.5 Update 1

Vmware has published a PDF titled: 10Gbps Networking Performance on ESX 3.5 Update 1″Description 10 Gigabit Ethernet is expected to replace Gigabit Ethernet and becomethe dominant Ethernet standard in the next few years. VMware ESX nowsupports a number of 10 Gbps network cards and allows […]

Make VirtualCenter highly available with VMware Virtual Infrastructure

Jason at Boche.net has a nice write up titled: Make VirtualCenter highly available with VMware Virtual Infrastructure”A few days ago I posted some information on how to make VirtualCenter high available with Microsoft Cluster Services. Monday Night Football kickoff is coming up but I wanted follow up quickly with […]

Zenoss Security Announcement

Matt Ray has posted a Zenoss Security Announcement on the Zenoss Blog.”Zenoss has discovered a security vulnerability related to XML-RPC authentication which, in some cases, allows for un-authenticated method invocation in all versions of Zenoss Professional, Enterprise, Service Provider and Core. Zenoss strongly recommends you patch this vulnerability immediately. […]

Monitoring ESX Servers with Zenoss

Leo’s Rambling’s has a write up on Monitoring ESX Servers with Zenoss This somthing I have done, but he has done a nice write up on the process.”We all would have seen the millions of blogs lighting up with the Zenoss 3 native VI3 monitoring announcement. Me, I […]

By |November 18th, 2008|Categories: Zenoss 2.3 VMware Monitoring|Tags: |0 Comments|

DELL Equallogic VS Fiber Channel SAN

Criag at malaysiavm.com posted a article titled : DELL Equallogic VS Fiber Channel SAN”Economy Crisis this year has encouraged users to consider the ISCSI SAN Vs FC SAN today. Data Storage growth will never stop unless the business is stop. In order to keep the environment growth, the IT […]

Setting up PowerChute Network Shutdown in VMWare ESX 3.5

Motogobi – the mobile gobi posted a article titled Setting up PowerChute Network Shutdown in VMWare ESX 3.5″I currently admin a sizable VMWare ESX deployment hosting a couple dozen domains and over a hundred Windows servers. Most are for testing and could be rebuilt pretty quickly, but some are […]

Heads-Up: VMware ESX Going Exclusively 64-Bit

Bob Plankers at The Lone Sysadmin posted a article titled Heads-Up: VMware ESX Going Exclusively 64-Bit”There are several mentions of this out in the blogosphere, plus it was talked about openly at VMworld by VMware staff in presentations and labs. It’s worth mentioning again because people don’t seem to […]

Navisphere Quality of Service Manger Youtube Video

I am doing some self learning on EMC’s Navisphere product.Here is there Navisphere Quality of Service Manger @ you tube.From EMC’s Site” EMC Navisphere Quality of Service Manager works within your storage […]

Hyperic HQ 4.0 Released!

Hyperic HQ 4.0 is released, and with the new features and promises, I’m going to download it right now, and give it a try.”New Capacity Planning and Application Management FeaturesA new capacity planning function automatically analyzes historical application and system performance and projects the future resource trends of any […]

By |November 13th, 2008|Categories: Hyperic HQ 4.0|Tags: |0 Comments|

Dell Equallogic PS5000E iSCSI Array

We have been looking at the Dell Equallogic PS5000E iSCSI Array as our in house San solution.Here is some product information and video’s I have gathered.Dell EqualLogic PS5000E Spec SheetDell EqualLogic PS Series Brochure Dell EqualLogic PS Series Guidebook Dell EqualLogic Architecture Whitepaper Dell EqualLogic PS Series Quick Reference […]

— New Updated — Systems Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.0.x

Systems Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.0.x”What’s NewChanges since the last edition of this guide include: * Added support for Lenovo RD120. See “Lenovo Server Support,” on page 29. * Added support for NEC Express5800 B140a‐T. See “NEC Server Support,” on page 31.”Storage […]

By |November 13th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

— New Updated — VMware ESX Server and ESX Server 3i Hardware Compatibility Guides

Systems Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i.”What’s NewChanges since the last edition of this guide include: * Modified support information for ASUSTeK RS160‐E5, RS162‐E4. See “ASUSTeK Server Support,” on page 5. * Modified support information for FSC RX600 S4. […]

VMTN Blog AppSpeed on Communities Roundtable podcast #25

The Lastesting VMTN blog, VMware Communits Roundtable Podcast is out, AppSpeed on Communities Roundtable podcast #25 http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2008/11/appspeed-on-com.html”The topic today was VMware AppSpeed, which began life as B-hive Conductor. From the website: “The product “provides virtual infrastructure groups visibility into the multi-tier applications (performance, usage and dependencies) running across both […]

Scott Klarr Linux Unix cheat sheets The ultimate collection

Scott Klarr’s blog has a fantastic collection of Linux and Unix cheat sheets.”This is a compilation of approx 70 cheat sheets for Linux users. There are a grip load of commands that Linux users have at hand which can seem very daunting to a novice. This collection will make […]

Vmware ESXi Adding ISCSI Target

Vmware ESXi Adding ISCSI TargetSteps to Configure ISCSI Target in VMware ESXi1. Login to Infrastructure Client2. Click the Configuration Tab3. Click Storage Adapters4. Highlight iSCSI Software Adapter5. Click Properties6. Click Configure7. Check Enable and hit ok8. Click Dynamic Discovery9. Click Add10. Type in the IP Address of the Server […]

SLES Suse Enterprise Server 10.2 as iSCSI Host

I have been using SLES, which is Suse Enterprise Server 10.2 as a iSCSI host for VMware ESXi, for testing.Here are the steps I used to set this up on a empty SAS disk array.1. Open Yast2. Tab to System3. Tab to partitioner4. Click yes 5. Tab to create […]

How to setup SYSLOG’s in VMware EXSi

I wrote this up from the documentation, and it seems to work ok, even through I have not had a chance test it well. ” Install remote CPL for vmware CMD to C:Program FilesVMwareVMware VI Remote CLIbin> ——— […]

By |November 12th, 2008|Categories: VMware ESXi Syslog Remote CLI|Tags: |0 Comments|

ESXi 3.5 U3 on USB Key

Yellow bricks posted a great blog on making a bootable usb of ESXi.I took the latest version of ESXi 3.5 U3, and applied it to the post, and it worked great.Seems to take about 800 MB of space.I then applied it to a HP DC7800P desktop, and it booted […]

Zenoss 2.3 released!

Zenoss 2.3 has been released. http://www.zenoss.com/news/archive/zenossannouncement.2008-11-10.5563192669I had a chance to beta test 2.3, and it seems to be a great version.I can’t wait to move my production from 2.2 to 2.3Here they have a up comming webinar on whats new in 2.3Don’t forget to check out there RSS

By |November 12th, 2008|Categories: Zenoss 2.3 released.|Tags: |0 Comments|

Zenoss Core Network and System Monitoring book review.

In September I reviewed, Zenoss Core Network and System Monitoring
I have not had a chance to post it on my blog, as I have been busy. But here is my […]

By |November 12th, 2008|Categories: Zenoss|Tags: |0 Comments|

Xiotech 3D 4000

We have been looking at the Xiotech 3D 4000, and here are some product links we were given by the vendor.http://www.xiotech.com/Products-and-Services_Magnitude-3D-4000.aspxhttp://www.xiotech.com/Products-and-Services_Virtual-View_Video.aspxhttp://www.xiotech.com/Products-and-Services_Virtual-View.aspxhttp://www.xiotech.com/video/4000new-17.wmvhttp://www.xiotech.com/Knowledge-Center_Fiber-Channel-Or-iSCSI.aspxhttp://www.xiotech.com/Knowledge-Center_Storage-Clustering.aspxAfter some review, I think it lacks in some areas compared to Equallogic, EMC, and Netapp, more to come on them.

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Netware 6.5 on VMware @ Malaysia Communities by craig

craig posted a Netware 6.5 on VMware @ Malaysia Communities.”I had recently setup a development environment to verify the potential of migrating the existing age servers which running with Netware 6.5 from physical to virtual. The reason of doing this is purely due to the expiration of our server […]

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ESXi Free or Licensed?

We have been running ESXi, since it has been released as free. But we have just started to think about licensing, with some research, I found this. VM/ETC ( http://vmetc.com ) writes about ESXi licensing. ” Yes, VMware has made a version of it’s Enterprise class, […]

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Dell Storage Forum 2011 Fueling the field, with Fluid Data post 2

I’m here at the Dell Storage Forums today. The discussion was all about fluid data, also here are a few shots from the floor. page 2 – more photos of deck slideRoger Lund – Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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