How to set up and use VMware's VMotion: A screencast

Takeaway: In this screencast, Andrew Kutz goes through the process of setting up and using VMotion. Kutz --'s resident VMware expert and Burton Group analyst -- shows how to use VMotion to run virtual machines from one physical server to another without downtime. He walks through the installation process, pointing out any gotchas that could occur during the process. He shows the features of VMotion and how to put them to work. For instance, besides enabling live migrations, VMotion makes it possible to optimize virtual machines within resource pools and do hardware maintenance without downtime.

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Andrew Kutz, Burton Group Analyst
Andrew Kutz is an avid fan of .NET, Open Source, Terminal Services, coding and comics. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), a SANS/GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) in VI3. Kutz graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Ancient History and Classical Civilization and currently works as an analyst for Burton Group.

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