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    The Top 5 Enterprise Type 1 Hypervisors You Must Know

    Before we list the top 5 enterprise type 1 hyerpvisors, you might be wondering, "what is a type 1 hypervisor"? If you don't already know, read our post What Is a Type 1 Hypervisor? A hypervisor is so… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Clearing the Confusion - vSphere Virtual Cores, Virtual Sockets, and Virtual CPU (vCPU)

    This is a topic that I have been confused on more than once. I would read the help documentation and the VMware KB article, thought I understood it and later say "wait, what?" First, let's look at… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    vSmackdown! vSphere 5.1 vs. Hyper-V 2012

    Twenty years ago, the fight was Novell vs. Microsoft as Microsoft's upstart Windows NT server operating system decimated Novell's handsome share of the server market.  Ten years ago, the war shifted… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    VMware Fling: vCenter 5.1 Pre-Install Check Script

    If you’ve ever done an upgrade to vCenter 5.1, you know there can be a lot of caveats.  The vCenter 5.1 install is a little more involved than previous upgrades.  Luckily there is a VMware fling a… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Installing vCenter SSO on a Remote Database Server

    vCenter 5.1 now comes with a Single Sign On Service that enables you to have SSO capabilities for VMware products.  SSO is required for vCenter installation in version 5.1 and will probably continue… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Handy Backdoor Tricks for Mounting Hyper-V VHDs

    I’ve always been a fan of learning a new thing as it specifically solves a problem for me. One example was learning the netsh command so that I could easily turn off Windows Firewall, which it’s a… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Installing vCenter 5.1 Using the Simple Install

    There are a couple ways to install the new vCenter 5.1 update 1.  You can do a simple install which installs the Single Sign On Service, Inventory Service, and vCenter itself in the simplest way.  Y… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    What Is a Type 1 Hypervisor?

    Sometimes called a "bare metal hypervisor" or "native" because it runs directly on a bare metal physical server, a type 1 hypervisor has direct access to the hardware. With a type 1 hypervisor, there… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    vSphere with Operations Manager (vSOM) 101

    In the new VMware vSphere (starting with 5.1 and above), VMware includes the vCenter Operations Manager Foundation Edition with every version of vSphere, starting with vSphere Essentials Plus and abov… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    How to Download for Hyper-V Server 2016 Free Edition

    Note: This post has been updated to cover the latest version of Hyper-V Server 2016. Like the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (free edition), there is also a free edition of Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    How to Run VMware vSphere ESXi in Fusion

    Want to learn vSphere? Test vSphere? Prepare for your VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification? Running VMware vSphere inside a local desktop hypervisor such as VMware Fusion or VMware Workst… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Understanding the Top 4 Performance Metrics in vSphere

    vSphere environments can be complex beasts that require a lot of attention and ongoing tuning to get “just right.”  When it comes to ensuring the ongoing acceptable performance of that vSphere en… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe