In order to run one of the best new features in VMware vSphere 4, Fault Tolerance, be sure to check to ensure you meet the specific processor and guest OS requirements:
Earlier this week we had a little contest around the office – that is, who could get in and get their vSphere4 VTSP accomplished the quickest. The VMware Technical Sales Professional Program (VTSP) provides foundational technical knowledge for pre-sales engineering individuals to certify them to successfully architect, engage, and participate in a VMware solutions sales cycle. For VMware partners, the VTSP is a pre-requisite that must be completed before you can obtain Technical Pre-Sales Competency Accreditations.
At eGroup we had a LABMANAGER virtual machine with a 40GB vmdk hard drive – Fully allocated! (Thanks to Jason for this)
However, only 6.5GB was in use – 84% free space – but hogging up a full 40GB on the production vmfs datastore! (Thanks to Jason for this)
Customers are often asking what server configuration they should choose for their virtualization environment. Do they go with a 2-socket multi-core based system, the traditional building block of the Data Center, or should they select a 4-socket server, which typically has more RAS features and better capacity in terms of cores, memory, and I/O better support their needs? It’s kind of like choosing to go on vacation with that convertible you love to drive on the weekends or your trusty sedan that you go to work in every day! They both have their purpose but one may be better suited for the task at hand.
Check out a quick video giving a demo of Thin Provisioning in vSphere 4.0.
VMware released vSphere 4 today for download. The product is available in 6 flavors:
* vSphere 4 Essentials
* vSphere 4 Essentials Plus
Mid-Size & Enterprise Business
* vSphere 4 Standard
* vSphere 4 Advanced
* vSphere 4 Enterprise
* vSphere 4 Enterprise Plus
For more information on vSphere and how it can change the way you look at IT, please go here.
Here is the link to VMware’s download page.
The updated benchmark scores are still being posted on VMware’s VMmark site, and when checking in on the vSphere 4.0 numbers, I came across something I found very interesting.
The Cisco “Unified Computing” Blade servers, specifically the B200-M1 model, had its results posted—it came in as the champion of the “8 Core” servers. But even more impressive than that was the fact that the Cisco B200-M1 with the new Intel Nehalem processors on ESX 4.0 scored higher than the best 16 and 24 core servers on ESX 3.5—and with only 2 sockets. Awesome!
VMware Distributed Power Management (DPM) continuously optimizes power consumption in the datacenter. When virtual machines in a DRS cluster need fewer resources, such as during nights and weekends, DPM consolidates workloads onto fewer servers and powers off the rest to reduce power consumption. When virtual machine resource requirements increase (such as when users log into applications in to morning), DPM brings powered-down hosts back online to ensure service levels are met.
Before starting down the path to VMware vSphere, it is worth taking some time to determine what your current VMware Infrastructure deployment scenario looks like with respect to the setup of VMware vCenter and how it is configured to support VI3 Clusters with Resource Pools, VMware HA and VMware DRS. An eGroup Virtualization Healthcheck will help identify the state of your VI3 environment.
How Do I Upgrade?
Phase 1: Complete the upgrade of the VMware vCenter Server along with VMware Update Manager. VMware Converter Enterprise and VMware Guided Consolidation are two additional components that can be installed along with their respective VMware vCenter Client plug-in.
Phase 2: Choose from three VMware ESX migration methods. The three options are: VMware Update Manager, Host Update Utility or Clean Install of VMware ESX 4.
Phase 3: Complete the upgrade of your Virtual Machines by first upgrading VMware Tools, followed by the upgrade of the Virtual Hardware from version 4 to version 7.
Click here to access eGroup’s VMware vSphere 4 Upgrade Center and to access step-by-step migration videos
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