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September 27, 2013
VMware solicits ideas from its user base and codes up the best fling ideas, including a recent one for VMware DRS, to improve its virtualization technology.
August 20, 2013
VMware will preview Network DRS at VMworld, but its core customers are still wrapping their heads around software-defined networking.
October 25, 2010
VMware's efforts to reach out to small and medium-sized businesses have borne fruit, says the company. But SMBs want more than just vMotion from a lower-cost licensing package.
August 10, 2009
Microsoft says VMware ESX costs too much, especially now that Hyper-V R2 includes free Live Migration. Can VMware beef up ESXi free edition to rival Hyper-V R2's functionality?
DRS and DPM Get Started
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Knowing how to use VMware DRS is key to getting the most out of vSphere, so quiz yourself on its features. A high score could mean high utilization. Continue Reading
Affinity rules are settings that establish a relationship between two or more VMware virtual machines (VMs) and hosts. Continue Reading
A VMware vApp is a collection of virtual machines (VMs) and sometimes other vApps that host a multi-tier application, its policies and service levels. Continue Reading
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VMware vSphere 5 storage enhancements include the vSphere Storage Appliance, expansion of the file system and increased integration with VMware-Aware Storage APIs. Continue Reading
There are strong cases for and against virtualizing vCenter Server. In this face-off, two experts argue over which method better reduces downtime and is easier to manage. Continue Reading
Vsphere 4.1 introduces improved clustering affinity rules for Distributed Resource Scheduler, High Availability (HA) Application Monitoring and HA health status, among others. Continue Reading
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Disclosure: My company is a VMware reseller. What I have found is as follows: VMware: - Easier to setup, established product, works with most...Continue Reading
Switched from Citrix XEN and EMC VMWare: No downtime when node needs service but web interface could be simplifiedPowered by IT Central Station
Valuable Features: Live migration. Improvements To Organization: With live migration, there is no downtime when any node needs service or...Continue Reading
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Valuable Features: RHEV costs are very low compared to other Virtualization products. RHEV hypervisor supports up to 160 cores and up to 2 TB of...Continue Reading
Manage DRS and DPM
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Take steps to prevent a management software tool from issuing alerts when Distributed Power Management powers down a server. Continue Reading
Distributed Power Management, or DPM, goes a step beyond allocating resources based on activity level by powering off servers. Continue Reading
Running HA or DRS means you'll need shared ESXi storage to retrieve the VMDK file if a host fails. Continue Reading
Problem Solve DRS and DPM Issues
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Administrators should review server power management mechanisms and ensure key functions are configured properly. Continue Reading
Storage DRS in vSphere examines the disk capacity of data stores in a cluster to determine whether changes are needed to increase efficiency. Continue Reading
The advanced options in vSphere's DRS settings allow experienced sysadmins to squeeze more performance out of their virtual environments. Continue Reading