Virtualization

  • vSphere Update Manager vs vSphere Lifecycle Manager

    vSphere Update Manager: Switch to vSphere Lifecycle Manager

    Keeping your ESXi hosts and virtual machines updated and in sync is essential for a healthy and secure VMware virtual environment. Traditionally, this task has been handled by the vSphere Update Manager (VUM), a powerful tool that has served us…

  • XCP ng Management with Xen Orchestra

    XCP-ng Management: Download Xen Orchestra VM

    Virtualization has become the de facto standard in how companies run workloads, manage resources, and minimize costs with server consolidation and many other benefits. XCP-ng has gained traction as a robust and user-friendly alternative to commercial solutions like VMware ESXi…

  • VMware ESXi Installation and Setup

    VMware ESXi installation and setup – First 15 things I do

    Setting up a VMware ESXi server is a process that requires a good understanding of the technologies and best practices. I have put together a list of installation and setup steps that I run through when setting up new ESXi…

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    KVM Cheat Sheet of virsh commands

    KVM is an excellent choice as a hypervisor to run in the home lab environment or production. After all, Amazon runs a variant of KVM for its AWS EC2 environment. KVM is free and open-source and available in all the…

  • Change vCenter IP Address – Step-by-step

    If you’re managing a VMware vSphere environment, there might come a time when you need to change the IP address of your vCenter Server. You may want to move your vSphere management to a dedicated management network (certainly recommended from…

  • VMware vSphere 8 Update 1 Announced – New Features including OKTA

    Not long now after the release of VMware vSphere 8 and great features like the VMware Cloud console, VMware has announced VMware vSphere 8 Update 1 with great new features that span security, automation, storage, and many others. In this…

  • VMware Resource Pool vs Cluster Comparison

    There are many different constructs as part of the VMware vSphere environment with vCenter Server and ESXi. VMware vSphere provides many excellent capabilities and tools as part of the vSphere cluster resources for critical workloads. Two components in vSphere provide…

  • HCIBench – Speedtest for VMware vSAN storage

    If you work with VMware vSAN and are looking for a benchmarking tool for your vSAN datastore, the HCIbench tool is the de facto standard for testing out your vSAN storage performance. It uses test VMs to generate load on…

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    VMware Multi-cloud Briefing – VMware Aria Graph and Hub

    As you may already be aware, VMware is providing quarterly VMware Multi-Cloud briefings that help to bring organizations up to speed with the latest technologies and strategies for taking advantage of all the cloud has to offer. Multi-cloud is the…

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    VMware Workstation 17 Pro New features and Download Link

    VMware Workstation is arguably one of the premier desktop virtualization platforms today and provides an excellent platform for development, POCs, and even home labs. I wrote about the latest Workstation beta release with some exciting new features not long ago.…