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    Best Way to Move a Rack

    +1 for unloading the rack and moving components individually.
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    Time for a HW Upgrade, What are real world performance differences?

    Can confirm that vSphere 6.7 will run on it - have three in my lab. I think moving to SSD, etc. only makes sense if you try and get dense on the host(s), where IOPs factor more than throughput. If you're just running a handful of VMs it's probably not worth investing into that box. If you do...
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    MS SQL Server in VMware Cluster

    No longer the case. vSAN supports it natively as does FC storage for vmdk. See Vladan's post here: https://4sysops.com/archives/vmware-vsphere-7-clustered-vmdk/ Shared VMDK requirements: A fiber channel array only. The array must support ATS, SCSI-3 PR–type Write Exclusive–All Registrant...
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    Alternatives to DFS for Server Duplication

    PeerGFS, formerly known as PeerSync, is a very robust solution that is worth considering. I have used it in the past to accomplish exactly what you are describing here: https://www.peersoftware.com/solutions/data-center-synchronization
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    Vcenter Server Appliance HTML5 interface

    vCenter 6.7 Update 1 brought full parity between flash and H5 clients - finally. :)
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    USB hubs in VMs

    For USB devices that you need to connect to VMs I highly recommend this solution: https://www.digi.com/products/models/aw-usb-2 I get no compensation for this, just something I have used on several projects.
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    Domain time

    With VMware you also need to keep in mind that just un-checking the synchronization box in the GUI config will not completely disable all chances of a host time sync occurring. For instance, a time sync can still happen under the following circumstances: Resume a virtual machine from a...
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    VCP or other certification, how much help has it been?

    If anyone is looking for a cheaper alternative to the official VMware sessions, Mesa Community College in Arizona will be offering the following vSphere 6.7 distance learning classes: vSphere: Install, Configure and Manage (CIS197) - Fall 2018 vSphere: Optimize and Scale 6.5 (CIS198) - Spring...
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    The Disconnect Between Game Reviews And Gamers

    Why is it comedy gold? We all have different values and beliefs, so I guess I fail to find the humor in a site that provides not only good game reviews but also a moral perspective based on their beliefs as well.
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    GTX 980/970 and ESXI

    More info on vGPU, GRID, and Nvidia here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/vmware.html
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    Is Using ESXi Or Hyper-V For Virtualized Gaming Possible?

    For 3D gaming in VMware, you will need a card that supports GRID vGPU (Nvidia K-series) preferably along with Horizon or Citrix. It can be done, but it will not be cheap. More info here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/vmware.html
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    Log on to vSphere client with non-domain computer?

    There is no need for the computer you are running the client from to be domain joined - all you need is the proper credentials as configured either for your host (typically 'root') or vSphere SSO. In the case of vSphere, you can use the SSO domain (default is vsphere.local on 5.5) or whatever...
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    Must Watch Video of the Day

    It's a track where all you have to do is push forward - no steering is involved in this video whatsoever (hence the [PF] tag in the title). Major props to the creator of the track - impressive.
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    VMware online training

    +1 for the hands on labs - great way to get up to speed on all of their tech.
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    Anyone registered for Hands-On Labs Expert-Led Workshop at VMworld 2015

    I got into four or five of them, but I was up early the morning they opened up registration pressing F5 (learned from missing out on them last year). Keep watching and "star" them, sometimes they open up more sessions.
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    Deep Silver Releases Free Metro Redux Demos

    These are EXCELLENT games, especially in GUI free 'Ranger' mode. Most satisfying experience gaming I have had in a long time, a real challenge with no hand-holding.
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    Official Mad Max Gameplay Overview Trailer

    https://youtu.be/_rVVV_HiaFo Man, it's been quite awhile...
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    New to VM.. Hyper-V or ESXi?

    It is good to learn both. In my experience, Hyper-V is used for convenience virtualization whereas VMware vSphere/ESXi is used for enterprise virtualization. Having the Windows baggage tied to your hypervisor is a pain in and of itself to manage. You are correct with your licensing question -...
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    VMware CBT bug

    Thanks for this, had not seen that it was released.
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    ESXi 5.5 and Realtek RTL 8111G

    1. Cannot answer, but from experience your best bet with ESXi is going to be either Broadcom or preferably Intel NICs. 2. VSAN is a paid feature that requires a minimum of three hosts, each with a minimum 10:1 ratio of spinning disks to SSD, and a 10Gb backend for traffic dedicated to VSAN...
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    VMware host-based antivirus

    We too are looking into this. Currently we have Bitdefender deployed to all of our desktops, etc. and run ESET NOD32 on the servers. BD has a hypervisor based offering that we are going to be looking into, but we will also be looking at the other players on the market.
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    ESXI to SAN

    Can you explain how you came to this conclusion? I completely disagree. In our own extensive internal testing with EqualLogic, Nimble, and even VSAN, we saw improvements in latency and throughput of between 9% and 25% with jumbo frames enabled. It is only when we completed saturated the 10Gb...
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    Zerto - Modify Memory and CPU at the DR Site

    For the booting of selected machines at DR, it sounds like you need to re-architect your VPGs so that only those machines you want to power up together are in them. For the resize, you could have cluster HA admission controls set in such a way that VM power on operations would not be allowed at...
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    Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy

    I am glad they are offering a refund to those who want one. However, it must be said that the future of gaming lies not with the computing power you have on your desk, but with the enormous compute resource clusters of the "cloud" (I hate that term). This is going to be the only way for things...
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    Zerto for BC/DR vs Veeam vs SRM

    We currently use Zerto in production to protect about 40 VMs between our main and DR datacenters (about 100TB of total data), with RPO under 10 seconds easily on all protected machines. Would be happy to chat with you about our experiences with it if you like...we are fans. :)
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    What do people think of VMware NSX especially after VMworld

    Not sure if you have done this yet, but here is the hosted HOL for it: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/558
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    VMworld 2014 roll call!

    Agreed, that was definitely one of the more entertaining and detailed technical sessions for sure. Good food for thought on VDS design and strategy.
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    What do people think of VMware NSX especially after VMworld

    To me, it is the future. Everything is moving towards being converged, and fully software managed - with the underlying hardware just doing what the software instructs it to do. I for one welcome this change as it *should* make management more cohesive, especially in more complex environments...
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    VCSA 6

    I reported this to them, it needs to be subnet mask IMO as network prefix means something completely different.
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    VMworld 2014 roll call!

    Got here Sunday with my wife, felt an earthquake for the first time in a LONG time! Staying on Fisherman's Wharf, eating tons of bad (i.e. awesome) food and Ghiradelli chocolate. Having a blast, learning a lot, meeting a lot of great people. Looking forward to the discussions to come here, more...
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    Backup ESXi

    Also, keep in mind that if you need basic backup, VeeamZIP free edition works very well. Yes, you need VMware licensing, so you have to do that, but VeeamZIP is 100% free and may meet your needs.
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    How much do you test your RAM?

    +1 for Memtest, run at least 72 hours as many passes as possible. CPU I am less concerned about, if there is an issue there it will generally present almost immediately.
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    Migrate Hyper V 2008 R2 to Hyper V 2012 R2

    Seconded for Veeam replication, very easy to do and your downtime is minimal.
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    HP Offline Bundle for ESXi

    Exactly. Using the Update Manager to update the 5.5 image seems to work better at this time rather than the 5.5U1 image.
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    VM datastore Read / Write Latency

    Honestly, given what you are running, I think these latency charts look just like what I would expect from that setup.
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    Metro Redux - Uncovered Trailer

    Loved 2033, have not gotten to Last Light yet.....will definitely be getting this at my 50% discount on Steam. I have ZERO problems supporting a quality development studio.
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    HP Offline Bundle for ESXi

    Custom HP image is a MUCH better way to go about this, ;) https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.5.0-GA-19SEP2013&productId=353
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    SmartOS any good?

    After reviewing SmartOS and its documentation I would have to say that it most certainly is less simple than ESXi. Either way though, if you have your heart set on something else I would give the free version of Hyper-V a shot before going down the niche open source hypervisor route.
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    SmartOS any good?

    Which limitations?
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