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Book Review: Learning PowerCLI

Whether you’re a new user or an advanced user, Learning PowerCLI by Robert van den Nieuwendijk is a fantastic reference to VMware PowerCLI. van den Nieuwendijk covers all the basics to get PowerCLI installed and running – getting you connected to ESXi hosts and vCenter. He also covers all of the basic and advanced PowerCLI […]

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vSphere users get just the beta this year at VMworld

VMworld has a bit disappointing for core vSphere users this year.  Its the first VMworld since at least 2008 where a major release of vSphere wasn’t made during the show.  This year, we all have to settle for the vSphere 6 beta which was already publicly available.  No news on timelines or release datas for vSphere […]

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VMware says vSphere + Docker is “Containers without Compromise”

During the day 2 keynote at VMworld, VMware CTO Ben Fathi and Raghu Raghuram, the general manage of SDDC for VMware, discussed integrations between VMware’s software and OpenStack and Docker.  In particular, they talked at length about Docker’s Container software and positioned it as a complimentary and not a competitive technology, calling vSphere and Docker together a […]

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Squeezing the ultimate performance out of vSphere

Over the course of the past few months, I have had the opportunity to compare physical workloads directly against virtualized workloads.  As workloads have moved into vSphere in the environment that I support, we have had the opportunity to compare workloads head to head, pinpoint some bottlenecks and remedy them in our environment.  In addition, […]

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Solarwinds releases Virtualization Manager 6.1 with deeper integration to Server & Application Monitoring

Today, Solarwinds released version 6.1 of Virtualization Manager (VMan) product with a significant focus on bringing together data from VMan and its Server & Application Monitoring (SAM) tool.  This means that VMan customers who also run SAM get all the benefits of baselines and deviations alerts for the metrics that VMan is monitoring.  The integration between the two systems […]

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Patching HP customized ESXi installs with latest agents and drivers

If you’re running ESXi deployed from custom HP ESXi installation images but you’re not patching the HP utilities inside with each ESXi update, you may be setting yourself up for trouble in the future.  And simply pointing to the VMware repositories won’t update these custom tools —  you also have to point towards the HP vibs […]

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HP announces OneView integration with vCenter Server

Today at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX), HP announced vCenter Server integration for its HP OneView systems management package.  Using REST API calls to HP OneView, the vCenter plugin is now able to initiate actions in HP OneView directly from the vSphere Web Client.  HP OneView, introduced last September, is a central platform of the Converged […]

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Fixing ESXi when RAMdisks run out of disk space

I ran into an interesting problem a few weeks back with one of my ESXi hosts.  While trying to do some normal things – like vMotion – I noticed an error recorded for the tasks – nothing that seemed to point to a lot of detail – just “A general system error occurred.”  On further […]

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VMware releases VSAN and the power of policies

VMware is pushing back on storage vendors as it seeks to show the world the full power of software-defined storage.  A couple weeks ago, VMware announced the VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN), a new software-defined storage platform tightly coupled with vCenter server.   The new platform requires both hard disks and solid state disks to create […]

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VMware community unites to raise money for cancer research

One tweet has the power to really ignite something, as Gabriel Chapman (@Bacon_is_king) saw last week.  A quick, but personal post, about his mom’s cancer diagnosis a year after losing his father to the disease has quickly turned into a grassroots effort to raise money for cancer research in the family’s name. The VMware community […]

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