Performance Troubleshooting VMware vSphere – CPU

Introduction Processors have come a long way in a very short time, and over the past few years we have seen the industry embrace the multi-core x86 architectures (Intel and AMD) which is allowing us to consolidate with even greater efficiencies than previous processor architectures.  Ensuring available compute cycles to virtual machine workloads is critical,…

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VMware pvSCSI – When and when not to use it

Introduction Hopefully you have read my previous blog posts on pvSCSI.  It describes what the driver is, how it works, and how it can positively impact your performance and workloads.  Part two covers the process of installing the pvSCSI driver on an existing system and a new system.  Both can be found here on the…

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VMware Data Recovery (vDR) Overview

Overview I like to try and save my employer money when possible.  I am of the opinion I would be doing them a disservice if I didn’t examine and evaluate a product that we paid for.  Our company decided to take the plunge and upgrade all of our licensing to vSphere Enterprise Plus.  There is…

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Mass upgrade of VMware Tools in Linux guests

Installing and/or upgrading VMware tools has always been a bit more complicated for Linux guests than for Windows guests.  After the installation of the package binaries, the vmware-config-tools.pl script must be run to configure the tools for your environment.  This script has to be run from the console, which is a pain when you’ve got…

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