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What is VMware vSphere Essentials?

VMware has been the at the forefront of data center virtualization for over 15 years.  What started as a science experiment for many companies has become a huge part of their IT infrastructure strategy.   While large and small businesses face some different challenges, they have one thing in common: virtualization can help them drive …

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VMware vSphere Networking, vSwitches, Port Groups, and More!

When it comes to virtual environment, VMware vSphere networking can be one of the most critical components.  After all, how can your ESXi hosts and virtual machines communicate?  Since the virtual network is key to how everything else operates, we need to have a good understanding of ESXi networking works. We are going to take …

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What is VMware vCenter Server?

When it comes to VMware virtualization technologies, some of the hallmarks are the amazing features VMware has provided for virtual machines.  Things like VMware HA (High Availability) which restart virtual machines on surviving ESXi hosts in the vSphere cluster after a host hardware failure.   Another popular feature is VMware DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler) which …

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VMware vMotion and DRS Explained

When I talk to people who are new to the world of VMware virtualization, I have noticed VMware vMotion and DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler) can be confusing topics.  They are distinctly different technologies that do different things, and the terms vMotion and DRS cannot be used interchangeably. When it comes to these two VMware features, …

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13 Things Only Early VMware vSphere Administrators Remember

Anyone who has worked with VMware vSphere can tell you that it is pure magic.  Deploy a brand new server with a single click while you do something else.  Send virtual machines around the world, to the cloud, and back again with the click of a button.  Virtually anything you want or need to do …

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Updating VMware Tools and VM Hardware Compatibility with vSphere Update Manager 6.7 U1

Updating VMware Tools and VMware virtual hardware (which is also commonly referred to as VM hardware compatibility these days) are very important steps in your vSphere upgrade process.  As of VMware vSphere 6.7 U1, you can now upgrade these both by using the new VMware vSphere Client, which is HTML5 based. Want to learn more …

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