Top VMworld tips for vNewbies

So you want to be a “VMworld-er,” huh? Actually, I’ve never heard anyone who goes to VMworld called that before, I just made it up. About 70 percent of the 21,000 people who attend VMworld North America in San Francisco this week have never been to the conference before. Perhaps you are one of them, […]

Everything you need to know to implement vSphere replication

We discussed earlier the importance of vSphere replication for affordable and easy-to-implement disaster recovery. Let’s examine two common scenarios for using vSphere replication. For simplicity, let’s start by deploying it in a single vCenter environment. This scenario is commonly called Single-Site vSphere replication, as it can be used to replicate a VM to storage in […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Top virtualization skills to boost your career

You’re an IT pro who’s committed to learning and advancing your career. So why haven’t you taken the time to improve your virtualization skills? Maybe you weren’t sure where to start or didn’t realize the true benefit of learning these skills. In the infographic below, we answer all of your questions on why you should […]

Real Hyper-V vs. vSphere comparison Part II: What you really pay for

There’s no virtualization product available totally for free, as costs are always involved with any IT product. Purchasing costs (CAPEX) may be the most obvious, but there are a number of seemingly hidden costs like operational costs (OPEX). And there is even a lost opportunity cost (the value of the best alternative forgone) as the […]

Real Hyper-V vs. VMware comparison: What you actually get for free

When I discuss the vSphere vs. Microsoft Hyper-V debate, I find it very hard to sound unbiased towards one of the two products. Although I have been Microsoft Certified for years and immediately fell in love with Windows 8 and Server 2012, I still prefer VMware vSphere as a virtualization solution. Actually, after reading almost […]

Backup and restore: Deploying the VMware VDP Appliance

Before you can deploy the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance, you need to know its capabilities and its limitations. In another blog post on installing and configuring VDP we followed the steps needed to prepare for the setup, deploy the appliance from a template and do the initial configuration. Once you install VDP, the next […]

Joining your ESXi host to a Windows Domain

It’s important to join your ESXi host to a Windows domain if there is one present in your architecture. Why? For one, you can use your Active Directory (AD) credentials to log into the host if you have to directly. That, in and of itself, is worth joining the host to the domain. Aside from […]

Virtualization 101: What is a Hypervisor?

If you’re starting with cloud and virtualized systems, it’s important to understand how to apply solutions like Hyper-V, vSphere or XenApp. Starting to work with a virtual machine may be advantageous as it’s an efficient and isolated duplicate of a real machine. It is highly available and it enables fast disaster recovery. Virtualization technology also […]

Top 10 Windows 2012 Hyper-V Features Explained

Windows 2012 Hyper-V has so many new features. In a webinar I hosted Tuesday, I walked through many of these, including my 10 favorites: 1. Installation: It’s easy, just enable a Role. Any Windows Admin can install Hyper-V. 2. Scalability 4TB RAM per host, 64 logical CPUs per VM, 1TB of Memory per VM, 1024 […]

VMware vSphere vs Microsoft Hyper-V: Where Are the Jobs?

There has been a lot of talk in the community lately about Microsoft Hyper-V. The newest version is certainly a competitor to VMware vSphere and has come a long way in a few years.  This article isn’t going to go into much technical comparison, but instead I’m going to focus on where I believe the […]