Wednesday, April 28, 2010

VMware Toolbar

Hi there, more one good tip for you vmware fans (just like me)

VMware has developed a Toolbar for IE.
It has a lot of shortcuts in there, like for, downloads, documentations, we can go to the communities, check the News, but one of my favorites is to set up your search to check direct and only the VM KBs.

Test it yourself, download here

check the video bellow for a few more tips

Friday, April 23, 2010

Customizing guest with SysPrep

When you deploy a template, clone an existing virtual machine or when you convert (P2V), you have the opportunity to customize the new guest operation system and it’s done with SysPrep (just for Windows system).

Before you run the Guest Customization wizard you need to set up the SysPrep files on your Virtual Center.
Microsoft includes the SysPrep tool set for each version of operational system, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, XP, versions for 64bits and SysPrep 1.1 from the Microsoft web site.

So you need to download each one of them and extract specific files to a specific directory on Virtual Center, sounds trick right ?!?

So, to help you guys I already downloaded the files, placed them into their correct folders, now, you just need to download it, extract them to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\ on your virtual Center Server.

Here’s a good VMWARE KB about it.

See you next..

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Better performance on VMWARE converter

At this point you might be realized that one of the activities that take most of the time of a P2V migration is the copy of the data from the physical server to the virtual one.

Well let’s take a look how can we boost your migration.

My advice here just applies to HOT migration, OK ?!?!

So, depending on your choices during the convert wizard you end up with better or poor performance, that’s why your data will be copy or block-level or file-level to.

Block-level is always faster than file-level. And how do you choose one of them ?

Block-level will be used when you maintain or extend the disk on the target.
File-level will be used when you choose a smaller disk on the destination.

Then you asked me, but the feature to reduce the disk size on the destination is something cool to reclaim unused space and save some money with storage.

Yes it is. But depending on your volume size, your P2V cool takes forever to finish and eventually failed.

My advice is to try to use block-level and when the machine is virtualized you can use sVmotion to reduce the disk to thin, saving your storage.

Remember all P2V creates tick disks.
To save storage consumption convert them to thin with sVmotion.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

House that tweets

OK everybody knows that twitter is one of the latest Booms on the internet.

Well… I’m still out of that, most because I don’t have time to be in there reading thousands of posts, also because I’m not interested in following any other’s life.

But I have to admit that after reading this post I almost created my account to follow the “House that tweets”, yes …that’s it, the “House that tweets” !!!!

It’s amazing what we can do nowadays with technology . if you want to read the enterily BBC news, the link is here

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Is there anyone reading my blog ?!?!

After I started writing my blog, one question was constantly on my mind….. is there anyone reading my blog ?!?!

So I looked at the available gadget , looking for a kind of counter…. Well, there is any !!!

Then I decided that might be a gadget on the net that I could import into my blog, it was when I found google analytics. It’s a lot more fun than a simple counter, you have graphs, tons of information, as where are your visitors from, browsers they are using, how they reach your website…. More amazing, IT’S FREE.
I’m still a newbie at it, but I intent to understand more the resources of this google feature.

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