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Note This product has been discountined with the release 5.1 and replaced by the new VDP. Disclaimer I do not work for VMware and I’m not writing that VDR is the best backup product! First versions were affected by some bugs and issues… But now (from 1.2 release) could be one possible backup solution (of course with its limits). VMware Data Recovery (VDR) Official VMware site: http://www.vmware.com/products/data-recovery/ See also: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-11443 For VDR2 see also: Things to know before implementing VMware Data Recovery (vDR) 2.0 Note that this product works quite like the old esXpress (similar […]

Finally the vSphere 5 download is now available on VMware site: http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/5_0 VMware ESXi 5.0 (Build 469512) VMware vCenter 5.0 (Build 456005) Also the official documents is now available: http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-pubs.html

After the recent announce of  new Equallogic storage I’ve notice some tweets that need more  clarifications. To take advantage of new vStorage API for vSphere you do not need the new storage, but only the firmware that support the required feature: VAAI can be used also in vSphere 4.1 (only in the Enterprise and Enterprise+ editions)  both with firmware 5.0.x or 5.1.x. With the new 5.1 firmware a new version of VAAI is implemented with a new feature for thin provisioning (but in this case it’s also required vSphere 5). VASA can be used only […]

Dell announce the new Equallogic array with the introduction of 2.5-inch drive support, providing greater density that enables users to store more in less space. New storage arrays include: EqualLogic PS4100 Series — ideal for small-to-medium businesses or remote office locations with growing storage needs. The SANs, supporting up to 36TB in a single array and 72TB in a single group, can scale as storage demands increase by seamlessly adding additional PS4100 or PS6100 arrays into an EqualLogic group. EqualLogic PS6100 Series — designed to provide mid-sized customers with a scalable storage environment, up to […]

Official announce: Veeam unveils Veeam Backup & Replication v6, extending leadership in virtualization data protection. Veeam Software today unveiled major enhancements in Veeam Backup & Replication™ v6. Probably the most evident new feature is theMulti-hypervisor support (actually limited only to VMware and Windows Server Hyper-V). Note that the vSphere 5 compatibility is not specified, but the related Storage API are not changed (or not too much) and also the v 5.0.2 works “fine” on vSphere General availability of v6 is expected in Q4 2011. For more information and updates prior to GA, go to http://go.veeam.com/v6-backup-replication.

In a physical environment usually the term CPU is used to refer to the physical package (or socket). The real processing unit inside this package are called cores (and not that each core can have inside more ALU and can be seen as more logical cores with hyper-threading feature). More CPU usually define a SMP system, more cores a multi-core CPU, more CPU each with more cores a complex system (usually the NUMA architecture is used in this case). In a virtual enviroment the term vCPU is used to refer to a core assigned to […]

The list of the vExpert 2011 is now available on line. But note that this list could not cover all the vExpert people  (the list is not automatic but each vExpert must add his entry) and, of course, do not include the vExpert 2009 and 2010. The vExpert Directory web page: http://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa My entry: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-16392

Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores See also those similar posts: Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores and Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores. Identify VMFS and NFS Datastore properties (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Storage Guide (page 21). NFS as quite the same functions (also hardware acceleration introducted in vSphere 5), but still cannot implement a RDM disk, and for this reason cannot implement a guest cluster solution (like Microsoft MSCS). Identify VMFS5 capabilities (new in vSphere 5) See the vSphere […]

Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere This objective is related to a new product: the VMware Storage Virtual Appliance 1.0 (SVA or usually called also VSA) for vSphere 5. Note that this product is not included in vSphere editions, but is a separate product with his specific license (see the VMware site for more details). Note: to make a virtual environment to test VSA see the blog Getting the VMware VSA running in a nested ESXi environment. See also this post: Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere. Define […]

Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere See also those similar posts: Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere and Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere Identify storage adapters and devices (similar as vSphere 4.x) See the vSphere Storage Guide (page 10). Storage adapters provide connectivity for your ESXi host to a specific storage unit (block oriented) or network. ESXi supports different classes of adapters, including SCSI, SATA, SAS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). ESXi accesses the adapters directly through device drivers in the VMkernel. Notice that (block oriented) […]

In this page are described the different type of iSCSI inititators supported in vSphere and how to choose and use them: http://vinfrastructure.it/vdesign/vstorage-software-vs-hardware-iscsi/

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