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New Microsoft Exchange 2013 on Virtual SAN 6.1 Reference Architecture

Adding VMware Virtual SAN to the Exchange 2013 architecture aims at furthering the evolution by providing highly scalable, reliable, and high-performance storage using cost-effective hardware, specifically directly attached disks in ESXi hosts. Virtual SAN embodies a new storage management paradigm that automates or eliminates many of the complex management workflows that exist in traditional storage […]

Nutanix as a Service: study/demo Nutanix with few clicks and no hardware

Ravello Systems and Nutanix at November 17 announced a great new way to explore Nutanix Community Edition. Nutanix Community Edition is a free, community-supported edition of the Nutanix platform that can be installed on most hardware. Now  anyone without hardware  can now explore the features of Nutanix using cloud. Deployment is just a few mouse click. […]

VMware cranks up container efforts with open-source Photon Controller

VMware Inc. has followed up on a promise it made earlier this year to open-source its Photon Controller. The Photon Controller is a component of VMware’s much-hyped Photon Platform, a new infrastructure stack built for running “cloud native” (or containerized) applications that the company rolled out at this year’s VMworld event. Other components of the […]

VMware Host zoning for multi X-Brick EMC XtremIO storage array

VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 have a limit of 256 LUNs per host: https://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere5/r55/vsphere-55-configuration-maximums.pdf https://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere6/r60/vsphere-60-configuration-maximums.pdf In an environment where a host with two HBAs (VMware Best Practice) is connected to two fabrics and storage array with two Storage Controllers (EMC VNX, for example) the host will have four paths to a LUN: 2 Controllers […]

DataCore Virtual SAN Software Demo for VMware ESX

Brief overview and demonstration covering the basic concepts related to configuring DataCore’s SANsymphony-V Software-defined Storage solution as a Virtual SAN with VMware ESX.

Migrate Windows 2008 R2 from vSphere to Nutanix Acropolis

Today, next part of my migration series – Migrate Windows 2008 R2 from vSphere to Nutanix Acropolis. So far you could read and watch: Migrate Windows 2012R2 from Citrix XenServer to Nutanix AHV Migrate RHEL 6.5 from ESXi to Nutanix AHV Migrate Suse Linux from VMware ESXi to Nutanix AHV in minutes Migrate Windows 2012R2 server […]

Create Hyper-V failover cluster on Nutanix

Hyper-V is one, out of three (VMware ESXi and Nutanix Acropolis aka. AHV are on the support list too) hypervisors supported by Nutanix. There are two ways you can create create Hyper-V failover cluster on Nutanix. You can do it either manually or use scripts provided by Nutanix. In this blog post I will show to […]

Migrate Linux RHEL 6.5 from XenServer to Nutanix AHV

Next part of my migration blog series, this time how to migrate Linux RHEL 6.5 from XenServer to Nutanix AHV. So far you could read: Migrate Windows 2012R2 from Citrix XenServer to Nutanix AHV Migrate RHEL 6.5 from ESXi to Nutanix AHV Migrate Suse Linux from VMware ESXi to Nutanix AHV in minutes Migrate Windows […]

VMware ESXi6 Password Policy

With VMware ESXi 6 the  password policy is changed and require to use more complex passwords. The password policy in ESXi 6 has the following requirements: Passwords must contain characters from at least three character classes. Passwords containing characters from three character classes must be at least seven characters long. Passwords containing characters from all […]

Software-Defined Everything: Friend or Foe?

It’s been about a month since VMworld and I’ve finally had the chance to reflect on some of the more interesting things that I observed while in San Francisco. Aside from observing and learning more about a ton of up-and-coming and exciting vendors, I also had some time to check out what’s new in regards […]

Report: Apple Drops VMware’s ESXi for KVM

Typically, the only way Apple is connected in any way to virtualization is when people use Parallels or VMware Fusion to run Windows in a virtual machine on a Mac. But Apple’s in virtualization news today, and in a way that may make VMware nervous. Filing for Divorce Kevin McLaughlin of CRN reported that Apple, the world’s […]

VMware Alerts Users About 3 Critical Vulnerabilities

VMware has released fixes for three significant vulnerabilities that affect its core products, vCenter Server and ESXi. The at-risk versions begin at 5.0 and go through the latest version of vCenter Server, which is 6.0 VMware has released a security advisory that alerts users of the problems and encourages immediate downloads of patches. The first one discussed […]

VMware vSphere 6.0 and clientless anti-malware and network security. What you need to know!

Since a couple of years various anti-virus vendors have been using the vShield Endpoint API and VMsafe-net API for agentless anti-malware and network inspection. Basically this technology scans IO traffic to and from the virtual machine from inside the ESXi kernel instead of using an agent in each guest operating sytem . The image below shows the […]

Migrate Windows 2012 R2 from Citrix XenServer to Nutanix AHV

So far I have blogged out about: Migrate RHEL 6.5 from ESXi to Nutanix AHV Migrate Suse Linux from VMware ESXi to Nutanix AHV in minutes Migrate Windows 2012R2 server from ESXi to AHV in 5 minutes And today, yet another migration post. this time how to Migrate Windows 2012R2 from Citrix XenServer to Nutanix AHV. […]

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