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

The 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).
Please direct your feedback on this beta to the following thread, or send it to [email protected] if you prefer email.
Happy testing!
This thread will now be closed.

I hope to try this out.

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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?



More and more of my new implementations of VMware Infrastructure are being connected to iSCSI SANs (EMC, LeftHand, and Equallogic) and the question has come up about whether or not to spend extra dollars on TOE (TCPIP Offload Engine) Network cards.  The TOE cards take the burden of processing iSCSI packets away from the host’s CPU and place it on the Network Interface Card itself.  In theory this should speed performance of the host machine.  For ESX implementations, VMware has provided a very solid software iSCSI initiator that I have been using with great regularity.  I’ve become curious if others are using TOE cards in their environments or just using the straight SW solution.


Most of the compatible cards seem to be in the $1000 dollar range while most 1GB Network cards seem to be in the $200 range.  Due to the high costs of these TOE Cards, I am curious to know if anyone is receiving the expected performance increases to justify the higher costs and if it is at all worth the price and effort of putting the TOE cards in.

If you have any experiences with TOE cards in ESX environments, please let me know your thoughts in the comments.  Thanks!


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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 quick Google search yielded some possibilities but I wanted to see if anyone had any experience with this.Also is there a way to give all users in a certain domain and group similar information like company or department? This way if I decide to type this in manually I would only have to input 3 fields of data not 5.

Cheap Network Storage Solution?


I was reading ‘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. ([]=-1&datePosted=-1 )


I thought this was interesting, as it indicates that you could get a very low cost VMware supported NAS device for under $500.

Partner Name Model Array Type Supported Releases

EMC      Iomega ix2      NAS            ESX 3.5 U3, ESX 3.5 U2, ESX 3.5 U1, ESX 3.5


From VMware’s HCL.

Here is EMC’s Press Release on the device.



I Would love to hear if anyone has tried this device on ESX or ESXi, and what type of results they have gotten.


Minneapolis Area VMware User Group metting

Just a reminder, the Minneapolis VMware User Group meeting is on Friday, December 19th.

   Doubletree Hotel
   1500 Park Place Blvd.
   Minneapolis, MN, 55416
Agenda 01:00pm – General Business 01:15pm – EMC Presentation: Rob Schwartz & Ken Pizzo
“Optimizing Your VMware Backup Environments” 02:00pm – Break 02:10pm – Fair Isaac Case Study: Tom Grahek & Derek Clark
“Securing Offshore Support Using VMware” 02:55pm – Break 03:05pm – Schwans Case Study: Cory Miller
“Leverage VMware for Disaster Recovery and VDI” 03:50pm – Door Prizes / Q & A / Closing

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 Forum

I am not sure how long these will work, but here you go.


Automate Virtual Machine Recovery with SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure

Virtualizing Exchange with NetApp and VMware

Disaster Recovery and Backup Strategies for Virtualized Environments


Deep Dive: Data De-duplication for VMware Infrastructure Backups

Simple Acceleration of VMware Virtual Desktop Integration

Overcoming the IT Management Challenges of Virtual and Physical Environments

DEMO: EMC Rep Manager Enables Instant VMFS Backup & Restore

Cut Virtualization Costs Using the Best Storage for Your Environment: iSCSI, NFS, or FC SAN

EMC & VMware: Scaling VDI without Scaling Cost

Optimizing SAP with VMware: A Unique Virtualization Solution

Best Practices for IT Infrastructures: Deploying Virtualization for Remote and Branch Offices

Deploying the Ultimate Disaster Recovery Solution with VMware and EMC

Managing the Server and Network Change and Configuration Lifecycle

Managing VMware Best Practices with EMC ADM

EMC & VMware: Disaster Recovery with Site Recovery Manager

Simple Acceleration of VMware Virtual Desktop Integration

EMC Solutions for Microsoft Exchange Environments on VMware

EMC on Disaster Recovery for Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Managing and Rapid Provisioning with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

EMC & VMware: IP Storage-iSCSI, NFS, or Fibre Channel?

EMC & VMware: Redefining Backup with De-duplication


The Best Platform for Business-Critical Applications

From Zero to 1,000+ Virtual Machines: A Step-By-Step Guide

Simplifying Remote Office Management with VMware Infrastructure

Dell / Equallogic

Simple, Affordable Disaster Recovery Automation in the Virtualized IT Datacenter

VMWare/Dell EQL Simple, Affordable, Integrated Disaster Recovery and Data Protection for Virtual Infrastructures

Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition In Action


Taking Your IT Consolidation to the Next Step with VMware, HP and Intel

HP | VMware Virtual Desktop Initiative

Transform Your Desktop with Virtualization: VDI solutions from AMD, HP and VMware

Create VMFS volumes from the command-line 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:

  1. fdisk -l (check what the last partition is)
  2. fdisk /dev/sda
  3. n (new)
  4. default (start block)
  5. default (end block)
  6. t (partition type)
  7. 10 (partition 10, just created)
  8. fb (vmfs type)
  9. w (write config)
  10. reboot (Reboot the host before you format the newly created partition)
  11. vmkfstools -C vmfs3 /vmfs/devices/disks/vmhba0:0:0:10
  12. Go to VI Client, Refresh storage view and rename the newly created volume
You can align the VMFS volume as follows, before you do step 9:
  1. X
  2. b
  3. 1
  4. 128 (disk alignment, check your SAN manual for the correct value, 128 is correct in most cases…)
  5. W

I was looking for this the other day, and was asking about alignment before the last VMware Roundtable.

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