vSphere 5 Auto-deploy in 20 steps

My Colleague Christiaan, also working with ITQ created a very helpful blog post I wanted to share with you! One of the new features of VMware vSphere is booting the ESXi hosts from PXE. This feature is called Auto-Deploy and gives you the ability to use stateless ESXi servers. Below is a step-by-step guide to get you started. It assumes you use the vCenter Virtual Appliance. of course auto deploy also works with any other DHCP/TFTP server and auto-deploy itself can be installed on a … [Read more...]

Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.1

VMware has released a new white paper Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.1. The paper which contains 60 pages provides performance tips which cover the most performance-critical areas of VMware vSphere 4.1. Chapter 1 - “Hardware for Use with VMware vSphere,” provides guidance on selecting hardware for use with vSphere. Chapter 2 - “ESX and Virtual Machines,” provides guidance regarding VMware ESX™ software and the virtual machines that run in it. Chapter 3 - “Guest … [Read more...]

VMware Infrastructure 3 Support Life Cycle ends for 3.5 in 90 days

The VMware Infrastructure 3 Support Life Cycle Policy covers the software suites VMware Infrastructure 3 Starter, Standard and Enterprise Editions and includes the following products: VMware ESX VMware vCenter Server (formerly VirtualCenter Server) VMware VMotion VMware DRS VMware HA VMware Consolidated Backup VMware Virtual SMP VMware VC Agent VMware vStorage VMFS … [Read more...]

Understanding how storage design has a big impact on your VDI

This is a must read! http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/rubenspruijt/archive/2009/12/09/vdi-and-storage-deep-impact.aspx This article got me to create a perfect design for a customer, and the results are amazing … [Read more...]

HA Deepdive

 Mr. VCDX007 Duncan Epping’s High Availability “Deepdive” page is definitely worth a read A VMware HA Cluster consists of nodes, primary and secondary nodes. Primary nodes hold cluster settings and all “node states” which are synced between primaries. Secondary nodes send their state info(resource occupation) to the primary nodes   Nodes send a heartbeat to each other, which is the mechanism to detect possible outages. Primary nodes send heartbeats to primary nodes only. Secondary nodes … [Read more...]