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Virtualization blog featuring my home virtualization lab, tutorials, network topology and configuration guides in the virtualized environments.

Overview of the Veeam Backup & Replication Software

In my last blog I went through various hardware that we use for backup purposes and their specifications. Since I wrote that article, I've...

VMware VCP410 Exam Promotion code

Its about time VMware released a promo code for their VCP410 exam. If you are studying for VCP exam then this could save you...

Unable to connect to MKS: Virtual machine config file does not exist

If you have your VMs on an cheap iSCSI storage, chances are you've seen this error before in VMware vCenter: Unable to connect to MKS:...

Poll: VMware vCenter Database Requirements and Issues

What Windows OS and database platform is your virtual infrastructure running on? With over 20 database software platforms, numerous OSes, there is bound to be problems and incompatibility issues. I've had an opportunity to deal with one of those issues over the last few days. At one of my clients, vCenter 4.1 was running on Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Express edition, everything was working as it should until the VMware vCenter services started failing, vSphere client would not authenticate and log system admins into management console, so in other words, major problems as server provisioning and deployments were delayed!

Got a Virtualization Infrastructure backup strategy yet?

Ever since we deployed and migrated some of our IT infrastructure to Virtualization, backup of those resources, and virtual machines has been a top priority. Once that Virtual Machine (VM) is deleted from the database, there is no way to get it back unless you have another copy of it, cloned it, made a template from it or point in time backup of that VM somewhere other than the datastore it is running on.

VMware Virtualization Training and VCP Exam

I recently had a chance to attend VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V4] training bootcamp at one of the MicroTeck training facilities. It was a four day session, consisting of half lecture and half hands-on training labs. I am planning on taking the VCP4 exam in few weeks and one of the requirements for the exam is training bootcamp.

Installing Drivers for Additional NICs in VMware ESXi Server

This is a how-to guide on installing additional drivers for network adapters for which vmware ESXi may not install drivers during installation. During our initial setup of the new Dell PowerEdge R710 servers, we ran into issue where ESXi 4.0 U1 did not detect the 2 Intel Gigabit Quad Port ET NICs that the each server came with.

Dell PowerEdge R710 Photos and Specs

We received first batch of our Dell PowerEdge R710 servers today. These servers are for Vmware virtualization testing environment to simulate various virtual infrastructure configurations. I used the opportunity during initial configuration to take some pictures. We are hoping to get some more servers in the near future, including a decent SAN so we can test storage virtualization as well.

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