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Virtualization Short Take #35

It’s that time again: time for another Virtualization Short Take! Here’s a collection of links, articles, posts, and other tidbits that I’ve found interesting, informative, or useful over the last few weeks. I hope that you find something useful as well!

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VMware vSphere Pro Video Training

In case you’ve haven’t already heard, David Davis and the good folks over at Train Signal recently released an advanced VMware vSphere training course called “VMware vSphere Pro Series Training, Vol 1”. You can get more information about this new course from Train Signal’s web site.

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Partner Exchange 2010 Session TECHDV0721

This is a two-hour session on VMware View security architecture and security benefits titled “VMware View Security Benefits, Architecture, and Best Practices”.

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Partner Exchange 2010 Session TECHMGT0921

This is a session on vCenter Chargeback deployment, configuration, and best practices. The presenter is Naeem Malik from VMware. Naeem works in VMware’s PS organization and specializes in Chargeback, CapacityIQ, and Capacity Planner assessments.

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Partner Exchange 2010 Session TECHBC0320

This is a liveblog for VMware Partner Exchange session TECHBC0320, “How VMware Leverages Microsoft Volume Shadow Services for Virtual Machine Snapshots”. The presenter is Paul Vasquez with VMware; he works within the Technical Alliances Organization at VMware with a focus on backups.

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Moving Lab Manager Datastores

You might have noted a slight incompatibility between VMware vCenter Lab Manager and one of VMware vSphere’s core features, Storage VMotion, in this earlier post on VMware Lab Manager design considerations by former co-worker Aaron Delp:

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Using IP-Based Storage with VMware vSphere on Cisco UCS

I had a reader contact me with a couple of questions, one of which I felt warranted a blog post. Paraphrased, the question was this: How do I make IP-based storage work with VMware vSphere on Cisco UCS?

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EMC Celerra Optimizations for VMware on NFS

Recently Jason Boche posted some storage performance numbers from his EMC Celerra NS-120. Out of those storage performance tests, Jason noted that the NFS performance of the NS-120 seemed a bit off, so he contacted EMC’s vSpecialist team (also known as “Chad’s Army”, but I like vSpecialists better) to see if there was something that could or should be done to improve NFS performance on the NS-120. After collaborating internally, one of our team members (a great guy named Kevin Zawodzinski) responded to Jason with some suggestions. I wanted to reproduce those suggestions here for everyone’s benefit.

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Virtualization Short Take #34

Welcome to Virtualization Short Take #34, my occasionally-weekly collection of virtualization-related links, posts, and comments. As usual, this information is a hodge-podge of information I’ve gathered from across the Internet over the last few weeks. I hope that you find something useful or helpful here, and thanks for reading!

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Congrats to Hyper9

I received an e-mail from David Marshall of Hyper9 (David also runs VMBlog.com) with some good news: Hyper9 has had their strongest quarter yet, despite the less-than-ideal economic conditions. Hyper9’s Virtual Environment Optimization (VEO) is a pretty well-regarded solution, and based on the limited hands-on time I’ve spent with it I like it. So, congratulations to Hyper9 for providing a bright spot in the economic landscape. Well done, guys!

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