vSphere 5.1 How-to’s and Troubleshooting Links

For those who have been eager and upgraded to vSphere 5.1, here are some relevant KB articles should you get stuck.   Configuration Configuring vCenter Single Sign On for high availability Installing vCenter Single Sign On in a multisite deployment Setting up Apache load balancing software with vCenter Single Sign On Configuring and troubleshooting vCenter […]

VMware vSphere 5.1 released!

  VMware vSphere 5.1 has finally been officially released. For me, one of the biggest things I have looked forward to is the revamped vSphere web client,  which was announced at VMworld 2012 a few weeks back.   With the desktop version going away, the new web based client means that I (and other MacOSX […]

HP Customized version of ESXi 5.1 is now available!

HP Customized version of ESXi 5.1  is now available! Download: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0-GA-10SEP2012&productId=28 Release Notes: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03537464.pdf Also, an updated version of the HP Customized version of ESXi 5.0 U1 (October 2012)  is also available: Download: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.0.0-U1-15MAR2012_V2&productId=229 Release Notes: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03537272.pdf

What is VM Density?

What is it? VM Density used to be (and still is) referred to as the following three contextual definitions related to performance: Number of VM’s that can run on a certain number of physical CPU’s Number of VM’s or workloads running on a host Number of VM’s or workloads running on a single datastore. What […]

Whats news in vSphere 5.1 – A dive in.

There has been a number of improvements made to the base hypervisor, probably notably around Auto Deploy. For those who are not familiar with Auto Deploy who have not had a chance to play with it, what it essentially gives you is the power to rapidly deploy new vSphere hosts into your environment and bring […]

Whats new in VMware vSphere 5.1?

Here is a quick list of the new announcements made this week at VMworld 2012 (which I was lucky enough to attend): What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 What’s new in VMware vCenter 5.1 What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Storage What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Networking What’s New in VMware vSphere […]

HP 3PAR Management plugin for VMWare vCenter

  What is it? The HP 3PAR Management Software Plug-In for VMware vCenter is a vSphere vCenter management console plug-in that allows easy identification of HP 3PAR virtual volumes used by virtual machines and datastores.   What does it do? It can provided a single pane view of the virtual machines and the 3PAR virtual […]

T10 UNMAP in VMware vSphere and 3PAR

What is T10 UNMAP? UNMAP is a SCSI command used to reclaim space from blocks that have been deleted by a virtual machine (OS or application). In vSphere 5, UNMAP is used for space reclamation of deleted data after common operations This is particularly beneficial and important in thinly provisioned environments as it allows the storage array to […]

VMware vSphere 5.0 Whitepapers

I was sending these links to a VMware vSphere 5 newcomer as they give great overviews of some of the new features in vSphere 5.0, thought it would save some time for folk collating the same. Enjoy!!   What’s New in vSphere 5.0 What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0: VMware vCenter What’s New in VMware vSphere […]

Cold migration in VMWare – What is it?

So the topic of what is a cold migration (in VMWare vmotion speak) came up in a conference call today with a customer. It is a migration strategy when there are CPU compatibility constraints  between certain revisions of CPUs, it basically means there is no path to use v-motion as such so will associated outages. […]

VCP 510 exam – My thoughts

Having recently sat the VCP 5 exam, I thought I would offer some tips and study advice.  Overall, there are 85 multi-choice questions and you have 90 mins to complete and their is a lot more focus on new features, troubleshooting, and configuring than previous versions of the exam which was usually based around limitations […]

Thin vs Thick: VMFS formats.

This took me a little while to get my head around the concepts. But here is my understanding: Thin In this particular format, the of the VMDK file on the datastore is equal to the amount that is used within the VM itself as it zeros out the space prior to I/O being written, so for […]

Enabling SSH and SFTP on ESXi 5.x Host

So I had just built a ESXi 5 VM when I wanted to upload some ISO’s into a datastore, alas SSH is turned off by default in ESXI 5 So, first part is to turn it on, you need to be physically at your ESXi box in order to do this part. At the ESXi […]

HP 3PAR recovery manager for vSphere.

What is it? HP 3PAR Recovery Manager Software for VMware vSphere enables the protection and rapid recovery of virtual machines and VMware datastores What does it look like? <insert image here> What can it do? It provides virtual copy management and allows you to take LUN-level snapshots of virtual machines and datastores through the vSphere […]

Vsphere 5.0 and the new licensing scheme

OK so how license worked in vSphere 4 was straightforward: licenses were bought on a per CPU socket and you could run unlimited virtual machines (VMs) on the host until it crashed and burned (if you desired). Things have changed in vSphere 5.0, whilst still working on a per socket basis, licenses also now come […]

Welcome

My name is Andre Carpenter, I am a IT technologist from New Zealand working as a Consulting Solutions Architect at HP working in the Data Centre Transformation, Virtualisation and Cloud presales team based in Melbourne Australia. I also work with the APJ wider storage consulting practice just to spice things up. My focus within the […]