ESXi 6.0 – ESXCLI Command Reference

ESXCLI is the most powerful command line tool on an ESXi host. You may need it for troubleshooting, configuration or for ESXi installations by using a kickstart file. I’m having these command line reference since vSphere 5.x on my desktop and I am using it quite often. Here is the command line reference for vSphere ESXi […]

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VMware vSphere 6.0 Configuration Maximums

VMware vSphere 6.0 offers increased scalability. You can see a comparision against previous verisons at my ESX and vCenter Configuration Maximums. Changes in VMware vSphere 6.0 are: Hosts per cluster: 64 Virtual machines per cluster: 8000 Virtual CPUs per virtual machine: 128 RAM per virtual machine: 4TB Logical CPUs per host: 480 RAM per host: […]

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vSphere ROBO vs. per CPU Licensing

VMware has announced vSphere Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO). This new package, available as Standard and Advanced edition, offers a per virtual machine licensing model. These 25 VM packs can be distributed across multiple remote sites. vSphere ROBO is expected to be available in Q3 2014. vSphere Enterprise Plus vSphere ROBO vSphere ROBO Advanced License entitlement Per […]

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Which vSphere 6.0 Features are available in Editions

VMware vSphere 6 There are many new features and enhancements, but as you know there are different pricing and licensing models. It is available as a la carte licensing priced on a per CPU basis or in packs of 25 VMs and for small deployments as Kits. This post takes a look on the availability […]

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LACP, SR-IOV, Elastic Ports

LACP, SR-IOV, Elastic Ports including LACP support, SR-IOV, Elastic Ports, BPDU Filters, and new Scalability. All of the technology presented here has been verified and “tinkered with” in the Wahl Network lab on VMware ESXi 5.1.0 build 613838 (beta). This deep dive series will go into all of the awesome goodies that are baked into […]

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vMotion Enhancements for vSphere 6

Upcoming new vMotion features: vMotion across vCenter Servers (VCs) vMotion across virtual switches: Virtual Standard Switch (VSS), Virtual Distributed Switches (VDSs) vMotion using routed vMotion networks Long-distance vMotion for use cases such as: Permanent migrations (often for Datacenter expansions, acquisitions, consolidations) Disaster avoidance SRM and disaster avoidance testing Multi-site capacity utilization Follow-the-sun scenarios Onboarding onto […]

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Determine the Zeroed status of Thick Lazy disk

this article there is a potential write performance impact on the first-write to each block in the Lazy Zeroed Thick Disk. If you for some reason would like to know how large part of the Thick Lazy that has been zeroed of a production virtual machine and how much remains to be zeroed later you […]

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VMware Thin and Thick Client Provisioning: A Brief Overview

Thick and thin client provisioning is not as different as you might first assume, both operate by running a client application on the desktop – which then sends and receives data over the network to the server. By going through the differences with you here, we will hopefully help you see how one might benefit […]

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What Files Make Up a Virtual Machine?

What Files Make Up a Virtual Machine? You may never need to know the file names or locations for your virtual machine files. Virtual machine file management is performed by VMware Workstation. If the behind the scenes file structure is not interesting to you, skip this section. A virtual machine typically is stored on the […]

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What’s new in vSphere 6.0

Straight from PEX 2015 in San Francisco, here’s a recap of the February 2 announcement for what’s new in vSphere 6.0 Platform Enhancements: 128 vCPUs per VM 4TB of RAM per VM 64 hosts per cluster 12TB of system RAM 480 vCPUs per host Hot-add RAM is now vNUMA aware WDDM 1.1 GDI acceleration features […]

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