VMware: Search the Hardware Compatibility Guide

Jeej, we hoeven niet meer in de pdf’s te zoeken. Sinds kort heeft VMware een zoekfunctie op de site geplaatst.

The new online compatibility guide provides a single point of access for all VMware hardware compatibility guides. The new search tool streamlines the HCL posting process and offers advanced search capabilities and the ability to save the guide(s) or search results in a .PDF or csv format.

The new hardware compatibility guide replaces the following legacy PDF-format HCLs:

    * VMware ESX 3.0.x and above version Systems Compatibility Guide
    * VMware ESX 3.0.x and above version SAN (storage) Compatibility Guide
    * VMware ESX 3.0.x and above version I/O Compatibility Guide
    * VMware View Client Compatibility Guide


De Compatibility guide vind je hier:



VMware: KB articles


In deze post som ik een aantal handige KB artikelen op.

KB1003956 Verifying the health of an operating system

KB340 VMware Tools Installation Instructions

KB84217 Troubleshooting cloning problems

KB1006559 Checking for disk corruption on the destination server after using VMware Converter

KB1006859 Troubleshooting file, volume, and disk access problems during conversion

KB1002607 How to Move Databases Between Computers Running SQL Server

KB1003746 Virtual machine hardware versions

VMware: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

VMware heeft een VMbook uitgegeven over Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery:

This VMware® VMbook focuses on business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) and is intended to guide the reader through the step-by-step process to set-up a multisite VMware Infrastructure that is capable of supporting BCDR services for designated virtual machines at time of test or during an actual event that necessitated the declaration of a disaster, resulting in the activation of services in a designated BCDR site.

Download de pdf hier: practical_guide_bcdr_vmb.pdf

Full backups of virtual machines and Windows VSS

Tim Jacobs heeft op zijn blog een super artikel geschreven over Full backups of virtual machines and Windows VSS.

One of the new features that is appearing in backup products that take backups of an entire virtual machine, as opposed to using an agent inside the guest operating system, is the ability to cooperate with Windows VSS (Volume Snapshot Service) inside the guest. For example, the recently released version of VMWare’s Consolidated Backup 1.5, now supports VSS quiescing for Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 2008; vizioncore’s vRanger Pro backup utility has been supporting VSS for Windows 2003 for some versions already.
Several opinions exist on whether this is in fact a useful feature or not; for example, not so long ago the developers of esXpress talked about not including VSS quiescing into their product at that time because it adds additional complexity and does not offer any significant benefits in their opinion (see here). This discussion is still alive as you can see for example here, and the big question is indeed: can you rely on live backups of database virtual machines?

Lees de rest van het artikel hier: http://timjacobs.blogspot.com/2008/07/full-backups-of-virtual-machines-and.html

VMware: VI Compatibility Matrixes

ESX Server, VirtualCenter, and Virtual Infrastructure Client Compatibility

The ESX Server, VirtualCenter, and Virtual Infrastructure Client Compatibility Matrixes guide provides details on the compatibility of current and previous versions of VMware Infrastructure 3 components, including ESX Server, VirtualCenter, and the VI Client.

Download de pdf hier: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_compat_matrix.pdf

VMware: DRS Performance and Best Practices Paper Posted

VMware Infrastructure 3 provides a set of distributed infrastructure services that make the entire IT environment more serviceable, available, and efficient. Working with VMware ESX 3, VMware VirtualCenter 2, and VMware VMotion, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) dynamically allocates resources to enforce resource management policies while balancing resource usage across multiple ESX hosts. This performance study focuses on understanding the effectiveness and scalability of DRS algorithms. It identifies various scenarios in which you can benefit from DRS and explains how to configure your environment to take best advantage of DRS.

Download de pdf hier: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/drs_performance_best_practices_wp.pdf