Browsing Posts published in February, 2012

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some days after the recent acquisition of AppAssure, Dell has announced new models of EqualLogic storage and the new generation of PowerEdge servers. For the EqualLogic the announce was “obvious”: after the new models with 1 Gbps connectivity (PS6100 and PS4100 storages), announced on August 2011, the 10 Gbps models (PS6110 and PS4110) were just the next step. For more information see the post on the The Register and on the Dell Community. More interesting the announce of the new PowerEdge generarion (a logical move after the HP announce of his new generation): the G12 […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Finally the results of the previous content are out on vSphere-land web site. With a big surprise I’ve received some votes and vInfrastructure site is 54 in the entire rank and 3rd in the Favorite New Blog list (and some mentions, included one from the Number 1)! Congratulations for the top 25 and thanks to everybody has give me a vote. I appreciate it and hope to make better for the future.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell announced the acquisition of AppAssure, a global technology leader in back-up and recovery software that protects a company’s entire application infrastructure (for more info see the company web site). The acquisition of AppAssure’s product portfolio, R&D, patent portfolio, and sales and servicing functions add data protection and recovery IP to Dell’s storage solutions offerings. Data protection and recovery is a $3.6 billion business segment projected to grow 7% per year. Some interesting aspects of AppAssure backup solutions is that they are multi-hypervisor (actually only VMware and Hyper-V), can handle also physical systems as well […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Last week I wrote about some VKernel whitepapers useful in the design of a virtual infrastructure. But there also some interesting and free tools: vScope Explorer: enterprise-wide visualization of performance, capacity and resource efficiency health across multiple vCenters and resources. Capacity Modeler: allows you to easily assess the performance impact of capacity changes to your existing virtualized environment. CapacityVIEW: it quickly exposes The number of VMs with performance problems Available capacity The amount of over allocated CPU, memory and storage The total amount of resources in your environment Number of powered on and off VMs

Reading Time: 2 minutes As written in the VMware Data Recovery (VDR) as a backup solution post, VDR could be a possible backup solution for small environment (if there are big budget constraints). But some issues are really quite difficult to handle with this appliance and the biggest one is the integrity of CIFS NAS destinations. If you cannot avoid them and for some reason you cannot limit them to 0.5 TB for each destination, you may have some integrity check errors (sometimes). Most of them could depend by some damaged restore points, in this case you can view […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Although this is a page for the official Italian VMUG Meeting,  in this event there will a special guest: Steve Herrod, VMware Chief Technology Officer and Sr. VP of R&D ! Steve Herrod will give a session (in english) about what’s going on in VMware, and will be available for some Q&A afterwards. It’s one of the rare opportunities to hear about what’s going on in VMware from the live voice of its CTO out of the general session in VMworld! As in the previous meetings there will also be 2 other sessions and our […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the previous post I’ve esplain how to install XenServer 6.0 (but can works also with previous versions) in a VM, using VMware products like Workstation 8 or vSphere 5. To build a XenServer Pool (that is basically the same of a VMware Cluster) you need at least two hosts and a shared storage (and of course a shared network). I suggest to do not clone the second host from the fist because XenServer works with several UUID and in this way you will clone also the host UUID and XenCenter will be not able […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes As written in a previous post, Citrix with XenServer 6 is trying to fill the gap from VMware vSphere… and most features (included distributed virtual switches) are now common also in this type of solution. Of course features are only one of the possible criteria to select an hypervisor and a virtualization solution. To make some practice or just to have a look at the product, it is possible run it in a VM on VMware products, both Workstation 8 (and probably also 7) and vSphere 5 can be used.

Reading Time: 2 minutes During the Partner Exchange (PEX) of last year, VMware has announced a certifications path for the Enterprise Desktop Virtualization area (for more detail see this page). At the event of this year other there was some update on this path. After his beta period, the VCP5-DT exam is now available, as also described in the official page. To become a VCP5-DT you have to: Be a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 (VCP5) Pass the VCP5-DT exam No requirement for a VCA certification, as was also modified in the VCP4-DT. No advantages for who is […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute For the vExpert 2012 program there are some big changes, starting from the new paths: Evangelist Path: The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist pathway. Customer Path: The Customer Path is for internal evangelists and community leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have contributed to success stories, customer references, or public interviews and talks, or were active community contributors, such […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute  VMware placed a very nice and large sign at the VMware Partner Exchange event showing the names of all vExperts 2011 working for a VMware partner. I wasn’t there (at the PEX event) but a guy has posted, in the VMware Community, the picture of the poster.

Reading Time: < 1 minute On VKernel there are several interesting white papers about the design of a virtual infrastructure, with the latest one related to vCPU sizing. vCPU Sizing Considerations vExpert David Davis and VKernel Product Marketing Manager Alex Rosemblat have written a white paper for virtualization administrators to gain a deeper understanding of vCPU sizing.  By reading this whitepaper, VM administrators will learn how to correctly size VMs, an approach to sizing new VMs that need to be deployed, how to institute a regular CPU sizing process for the data center and much more. VM Memory (vRAM) Sizing […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute As described in a previous post the Developer Preview of Windows 8 works on latest version of VMware Workstation, but not on vSphere (neither the latest 5 release). But with recent vSphere fix is now possible, as reported by: How to Run Windows 8 on vSphere 5 (for reals) Windows 8 Developer Preview on ESXi5 Disclaimer: VMware still does not officially support Windows 8 on vSphere, this is mainly for educational and testing purposes. Do not use this in a production environmentHere are the five easy steps to run Windows 8 on ESXi 5 Download […]

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