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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.

Full post

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 @ Zenoss ) Now, I use the community version, but not only do I love the features of Zenoss , but also the way the Product evolves.

On the Zenoss blog, I see that there is a new Zenoss Deksi mashup.

See New Zenoss/Deki Mashup Available

There is a new Zenoss/Deki mashup now available for combining live Zenoss data with your Deki wiki installation. The mashup places live data from a Zenoss installation in the context of Deki wiki pages for taking configuration notes and other possible future mashups. It pulls live Zenoss device lists and events and creates dynamic wiki pages for the individual devices, populated with live information from Zenoss and you can add notes and attach files as needed. Lots of sysadmins keep a wiki around for tracking their changes to their systems, now you can put some live data in there!

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 all!


it is still adding the site that way, via rss, but it shows correctly in blog settings, I resubmitted the site index, if anyone has any idea’s let me know.


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

Systems Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.0.x

What’s New

Changes 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 / SAN Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.0.x

What’s New

Changes since the last edition of this guide include:

* Modified support information for IBM SVC. See “IBM,” on page 38.
* Modified support information for Sun StorageTek 2540, 6140, 6540. See “Sun,” on page 32.