Friday, March 8, 2013

CISCO live 2013 Melbourne

Just had 3 days at CISCO live in Melbourne.
Here we are having a little fun.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Multiple vmkernel ports in the same subnet

VMware support insider has another excellent post. This time covering some of the challenges with multiple vmkernel ports in the same subnet.

Mike does a great job walking you through the difference between ESX and ESXi with multiple vmkernel ports.
(Command line stuff as well)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Troubleshooting Network Teaming Problems in ESX/ESXi

It has been a little while since my last blog. Where has the year gone!

Here is a blog from VMware Support Insider about Troubleshooting Network Teaming.

As Mike Da Costa states "Perhaps one of the most common types of problems we encounter here at VMware Technical Support is relating to loss of network connectivity..."

I would agree its been an area that can be easily misconfigured.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

VMware Tech Preview

Cormac Hogan from VMware has a three part Tech Preview series. The series is over at vSphere Blog.

The first part covered Distributed Storage Tech Preview which has a video. Basically what  it does is aggregates the hosts’ local storage and makes a single pool of storage shared across all hosts. Within the blog Cormac has other links highly recommend reading those.

The second part was Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) Tech Preview which also has a video.

"What if the vSphere admin could decide up front what the storage requirements of an application are, and then tell the array to create an appropriate VMDK based on these requirements? Welcome to VVOLs"

 Lastly the third posting was Virtual Flash (vFlash) Tech Preview.
"To date, VMware has done very little around flash. We only have the smartd introduced in vSphere 5.1 to monitor Solid State Drives (SSD) attributes and the swap to SSD feature....."


Friday, November 23, 2012

Migrating virtual machines with Raw Device Mappings (RDMs)

A presentation on migrating virtual machines with RDMs FAQ.

Areas that are covers are;
  • Warm migration (vMotion), where the virtual machine state as powered on.
  • Cold migration, where the virtual machine state as powered off.
  • Storage migration (Storage vMotion), where the virtual machine state as powered on.

Knowledge Base Article

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

vSphere client - Which one to use?

Administrating your vSphere 5.x environment can now be done via a Web Client. So now the question is asked when to use what? As some features can only  be administered via vSphere Web Client.

 The table below details features available in Web Client and Desktop Client and if a feature is not listed then the feature is available in both.

Information from vSphere Blog.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Collecting diagnostic information from vCenter Server 5.1

Just though I would put this up as its something I like to keep booked marked and up to date.
The KB provides procedures for obtaining diagnostic information for VMware vCenter Server.

Collecting diagnostic information from vCenter Server 5.1