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vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancement Part 7 – LUN ID/RDM Restriction Lifted (Cormac Hogan)

About a year ago I wrote an article stating that Raw Device Mappings (RDM) continued to rely on LUN IDs, and that if you wished to successfully vMotion a virtual machine with an RDM from one host to another host, you had to ensure that the LUN was present ...
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Cisco Introduces New Solutions for EMC VSPEX

The Cisco and EMC teams have been working closely to expand the VSPEX solution portfolio to accelerate growth and opportunity. In addition to the new CVDs, we released a new application white paper and management design guide for VSPEX. Wait, there’s more ...
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Two New vSphere 5.5 Courses Available

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]is a 5 day course exploring installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™.  Classes are available around the world in severa ...
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Getting Started with Ruby vSphere Console (RVC)

Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) – If you do not know what that is, you should definately give it a try. RVC is a Ruby based command line interface for vSphere and can be used to manage VMware ESXi and vCenter. Initially published as Fling, it grew into a fully ...
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The New Haswell Fueled ESXi 5.5 Home Lab Build (Wahl Network)

Back in March of 2012 I posted the build components for my ESXi 5.0 home lab server. Since we’re coming up on 2 years from that point, and there’s all sorts of crazy holiday shopping deals going on, I figured it was time for a refresh. Without further ado ...
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Mixed vSphere 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5 environments behind VLAN require configuration changes (2032821)

In ESXi 5.0, the network dump collector (netdump) service does not perform the VLAN tagging automatically, even when it is using a VMkernel network adapter that belongs to a port group that uses a specific VLAN ID. This changed in ESXi 5.1. For ESXi 5.1, ...
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SPBM (Storage Policy Based Management) MOB in vSphere 5.5

A handy little tool that was useful for me which might come in handy for others too while working on my VSAN VM Storage Policy recovery article is the SPBM (Storage Policy Based Management) MOB which works similar to the vSphere MOB and FDM MOB for those ...
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vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements Part 4: UNMAP

Continuing on the series of vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements, we now come to a feature that is close to many people’s hearts. The vSphere Storage API for Array Integration (VAAI) UNMAP primitive reclaims dead or stranded space on a thinly provisioned VMFS ...
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VMware vSphere 5.5 – Upgrade or not upgrade?

The new VMware vSphere 5.5 has some interesting new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (considering that the license key remain still the same of the 5.x feature). So could m ...
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vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements Part 3: MSCS Updates

A number of new enhancements around Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS) have been introduced in vSphere 5.5. I wanted to cover those in this post as I know many of you continue to use MSCS for service availability in your vSphere environments.

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Intel & AMD vGPU Not Supported in vSphere 5.5 (Kendrick Coleman)

  I'm currently drafting a TOI for vSphere 5.5 and I'm going over every new feature in vSphere 5.5.   In the VMware vSphere 5.5 What's New PDF, it clearly states: "vSphere 5.1 was the first vSphere release to provide support for hardware-acc ...
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vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements Part 2: VMFS Heap

There have been some notable discussions about VMFS heap size and heap consumption over the past year or so. An issue with previous versions of VMFS heap meant that there were concerns when accessing above 30TB of open files from a single ESXi host. VMwar ...
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VMware CP&C releases vSphere 5.5 Compliance Checker!

VMware Center for Policy and Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 5.5 Compliance Checker – an excellent FREE tool to get you started with compliance assessment of your virtual infrastructure with res ...
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