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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

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    Solving VMware vSphere Tools Are Outdated or Not Installed

    One of the most common problems you'll ever see in any VMware vSphere infrastructure is the error message "VMware Tools are Outdated or Not Installed". For those who don't know, VMware Tools are a sui… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Better Disk Image Deployment: SmartDeploy

    Editor's Note: The following post was authored by Nigel Hickey a vExpert, VCP5-DCV, VCA [DCV | WM | Cloud], Blogger and Infrastructure Administrator. At one time or another you have likely spent al… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Top 5 VMware Admin Tips to Keep App Owners Happy

    In my last post, Storage Education and Learning Resources for VMware Admins, I provided numerous resources for VMware Admins to get up to speed on storage. Whenever you think about storage, and the r… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Storage Education and Learning Resources for VMware Admins

    You may be one of the many VMware admins who were unwillingly dropping into the world or storage when you wanted to take advantage of advanced VMware features like high availability (HA) and distribut… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    VMware VSAN - 5 Reasons It's Unique: Video Interview, Pricing, Slide Deck, & VSAN Links

    Today, VMware officially launched their new sofware-defined storage solution for vSphere virtual machines - VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN). Along with the release of VSAN is the release of vSphere 5.5 Upda… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Comparison: Zerto vs. Site Recovery Manager (SRM) & vSphere Replication

    Virtualization has made disaster recovery tremendously less complex for companies, large and small. In fact, it's not a stretch to say that virtualization has made disaster recovery "possible" at many… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Designing the Next Generation vSphere Storage Systems

    Today, most enterprises are using traditional storage arrays (NAS or SAN) with spinning disk from a big name storage company like EMC or NetApp. In fact, I would bet that the vast majority of those co… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Big Data is Coming After Your Data Center And That’s a Good Thing

    There’s a nasty little irony in the world of IT.  While business units seek IT’s assistance in creating and leveraging data-based metrics programs to provide deep level analytics into how to impr… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Using vSphere Changed Block Tracking with EMC Networker Backup

    Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is a feature that has been around for a while within VMware virtual machines.  CBT is available if you’re running ESX 4.0 or higher with hardware version 7 or higher on… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    How To Deploy VMware Cloud Automation Center (vCAC)

    VMware’s Cloud Automation Center (vCAC) is a tool that enables end users to consume the services that reside in your company’s data center while allowing administrators to maintain control over th… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    How to Install VMware Log Insight 1.5

    Last year VMware released their solution for log management and analytics for both hosts and guests within your environment.  Log Insight collects real time log events, such as critical errors or aut… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Managing your Virtual DataCenter – 4 Key Strategies

    While recently studying for VMware Advanced Professional Datacenter Design exam, I had the chance to study documents in the VCAP-DCD blueprint. Some of these documents provide insights into effective… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    VMware Metro Storage Cluster Explained - Part 2: The Potential Solution

    In part 1 of this series, I discussed a typical dual-site scenario where storage replication is used to synchronously mirror a volume or LUN object between data centers. The goal is to mitigate the… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    VMware Metro Storage Cluster Explained - Part 1: The Challenge

    What is a Metro Storage Cluster? First and foremost, vMSC stands for vSphere Metro Storage Cluster, that is, a vSphere HA/DRS cluster stretched over distance. After attending Duncan Epping & Lee… Read More

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    The Phony War Continues – Shooting Blanks

    This article is in response to a recent Microsoft Technet post, published here which is a rebuttal of the content in my last post, entitled  “Calling out the Phony War: vSphere and Hyper-V”. You… Read More

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    Calling Out the Phony War: vSphere & Hyper-V

    With the release of vSphere 5.5, it’s inevitable there will be a lot of blogging by vendors comparing their products to vSphere. That is expected and not surprising. It’s the job of vendor “Evan… Read More

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    High Availability in vSphere 5.5 Series – VMware vSphere App HA

    From a traditional vSphere HA standpoint, the jump from Sphere 5.1 to vSphere 5.5 has not brought with it major enhancements.  Host monitoring and virtual machine monitoring have stayed pretty much t… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    NSX: VMware's Network Hypervisor Explained

    At VMworld 2013, VMware announced important updates to their flagship product line (see my post Top 10 Most Important Features of vSphere for more info). A major part of the VMworld keynotes were d… Read More

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    Lauren Malhoit: My VMworld 2013 Impressions

    Last week I attended the 10th annual VMworld, the mantra of the week was “Defy Convention.” I thought I'd compile some of my takeaways to compliment David's VMworld day one and day two wrap-up pos… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    VMWorld 2013: Understanding vCloud And vSphere Editions

    At VMworld 2013 this week, VMware announced the latest editions of vSphere 5.5, vCloud Director 5.5, and the vCloud Suite. Those announcements contained major new features – some which are include… Read More

    By David M. Davis