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Reading Time: 10 minutes The new VMware vSphere Suite 6.0 brings several changes and new features, but the installation phases remain still similar with the previous versions. The big changes are in the vCenter deployment type both for the installable and the appliance version and the new VUM client… all the other parts of the installation remain similar  with only few notes.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some weeks ago I’ve got an issue in a VMware vSphere 5.1 environment with vMotion that stop each operation at 14% with some strange errors. Also there were several VMware KB articles related to this issues, with different reasons. The error message was simple: Timed out waiting for migration start request. So the closest KB article was: vMotion fails at 14% with the error: Timed out waiting for migration start request (2068817). But none of the possible solutions were applicable to my case.

Reading Time: 7 minutes Fusion-IO is a well-know company in the host-side flash solutions to accelerates databases, virtualization, cloud computing, big data, and the applications without change your storage. Their In-Server Acceleration products are impressive (sometime also in the price) and can provide up to 10.24TB of flash to maximize performance for large data sets, or also solutions for blade server (with the ioDrive2® Mezzanine). Thanks to Fusion-IO Italy I’ve got the opportunity to test thee Fusion-io 410GB ioScale, the smallest model of this product line (ioScale products use MLC technology and are in these capacities: 410GB, 825GB, 1650GB, […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some years ago, I’ve write some posts on how install Dell OpenManage on VMware ESXi. The OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a Dell tool really useful for a central management or to be integrated in other Dell’s management tools. There are different options, but basically the most used ways are: Use the Dell ESXi custom image that already include also a version of OMSA (not necessary the latest) Use the command line Use VMware Update Manager The last option is my preferred option because is really faster and simplest.

Reading Time: 1 minute I’ve got a case of a host upgraded to VMware vSphere 5.1 with a determinist PSOD during each host reboot or shutdown (I’ve found the issue during the first patch update). No difference if hosts where rebuild from scratch with a similar configuration. And no difference with all recent ESXi patches. After a full upgrade of each BIOS, firmware and drivers (and of course the HCL verification) I’ve only found the KB 2038281 (ESXi 5.1 host fails with a purple diagnostic screen when Beacon probing is enabled). Syntoms where similar: Cannot reboot a ESXi 5.1 […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve read some posts (see in the bottom of this post for the references) and I notice how the  hypervisor comparison and choosing criteria are still a interesting trend and not only a marketing battle between different vendors (and maybe there will be more interest will be on this aspects with the release of Windows Server 8). But in several cases the comparison is limited to the hypervisor technical characteristics (and I’ve already written something about Hyper-V 3.0, XenServer 6.0 and RHEV 3.0) without considering (except in some cases) that the those are only one […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes In ESXi the partitions schema is automatically defined by the installation process and there is no way to modify it (you can only choose where install the hypervisor). There is a great post from Rickard Nobel (ESXi 5 partitions) that explain the structure of the partitions, their size and their purpose. But it does not explain how to get this information. To see the partition layout in ESXi 5, the fdisk command will not work on new GTP disk (this type is used for all new disks and for disks that are extended to more […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes There is an performance monitor at VM level that show always a null value: it’s the VM Power Graph. The same monitor at host level show the power usage of the specific host. But by default, the power usage of the VMs are not calculated. To enable this experimental feature you must change an advanced parameter (Power.ChargeVMs) on each host (by default, as show in the picture, is zero… it must be changed to 1):

Reading Time: 3 minutes In a vSphere upgrade process, there are two different approach for the host upgrade: a fresh re-install or a in-line upgrade. In the VMware site there is an interesting post about this choice. The differences between an upgraded host and a freshly installed host are:

Reading Time: 2 minutes Source: VMware vSphere 4.1 Update 2 Released The VMware vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 release offers the following improvements: Support for new processors: vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 supports hosts with processors on AMD Opteron 6200 series (Interlagos) and AMD Opteron 4200 series (Valencia). Note: For the AMD Opteron 6200 and 4200 series (Family 15h) processors, vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 treats each core within a compute unit as an independent core, except while applying licenses. For the purpose of licensing, vCenter Server treats each compute unit as a core. For example, although a processor […]

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