VMware Definitions

  • N

    nested VM (nested virtual machine)

    A nested VM (nested virtual machine) is a virtual machine contained within another VM.

  • O

    Octopus

    Octopus is the production codename for a VMware file sharing application for the enterprise.

  • P

    personal VM (personal virtual machine or PVM)

    A personal VM (personal virtual machine) is a virtual computing environment that is allocated to an end user for personal use.

  • Profile-Driven Storage

    Profile-Driven Storage is a feature in vSphere 5 that lets users to intelligently provision applications, mapping VMs to storage levels according to service levels, availability, performance needs or cost.

  • Purple Screen of Death (PSOD)

    A Purple Screen of Death (PSOD) is a diagnostic screen with white type on a purple background that is displayed when the VMkernel of an ESX/ESXi host experiences a critical error and becomes inoperative, terminating its running virtual machines.

  • R

    raw device mapping (RDM)

    Raw device mapping (RDM) is an option in the VMware server virtualization environment that enables a storage LUN to be directly connected to a virtual machine from the SAN.

  • S

    Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)

    VMware DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler) is a load balancing utility that assigns and moves computing workloads to available hardware resources in a virtualized environment. 

  • Storage vMotion

    Storage vMotion is a component of VMware vSphere that allows the live migration of a running virtual machine’s file system from one storage system to another with no downtime.

  • SysTrack Desktop Assessment for VMware

    SysTrack Desktop Assessment for VMware is a free cloud-based assessment service, developed in conjunction with Lakeside Software, that provides metrics and information about an environment and as well as how to best deploy VMware Horizon.

  • T

    thick provision eager zeroed

    Thick provision eager zeroed is a provisioning format for a virtual machine (VM) disk that creates a virtual disk in a default thick format.

  • thick provision lazy zeroed

    Thick provision lazy zeroed is a provisioning format for a virtual machine (VM) disk that creates a virtual disk in a default thick format.

  • ThinApp AppLink

    VMware ThinApp AppLink is a packaging technology that makes one virtualized application dependent on another, so they can work together in one sandbox.

  • V

    VCAP (VMware Certified Advanced Professional)

    VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) is VMware's third highest certification level out of four levels.

  • VCB proxy (VMware Consolidated Backup proxy)

    VCB proxy (VMware Consolidated Backup proxy) is the server that collects virtual machine (VM) backup data from VMware Consolidated Backup.

  • VCDX (VMware certified design expert)

    VCDX (VMware certified design expert) is VMware's highest certification level.

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