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Automating VI Client login

The VI Client (vSphere Client) accepts several command-line arguments that can help administrators automate logging in to vCenter or ESX.

Hyper-V Server Hyperbole

Initially, Hyper-V Server was sort of a mystery.  Some kind of “bare metal hypervisor” that “is not Windows” sounded peculiar.  Details were scarce.  Some thought it would be like ESXi, a small-footprint design that can be embedded in a server via flash memory.  As you know, it turned out to be nothing more than Windows […]

What would things be like without VMFS?

If you have been using VMware ESX, then you might be a little spoiled by VMFS, VMware’s clustered filesystem. I have a hunch that many of us just take it for granted: create large LUNs, add to multiple ESX servers, create your virtual machines and be done with it. And, oh, migrate the VMs around […]

iSCSI configuration: VMware ESXi vs. Microsoft Hyper-V

Now that Microsoft has released the much-hyped Hyper-V Server, it’s a good time to take a look at the steps you would need to go through to configure iSCSI LUNs. As you can see in this video, it is incredibly complex.  ESXi, on the other hand, walks you through without a lot of fuss.  VMware […]

VMware ESXi and Hyper-V installation comparison

I took a look at the Hyper-V installation process to see how it compares with ESXi and decided to install it on Server Core, since that has been touted by Microsoft as the preferred and recommended way of deploying Hyper-V.  Well, after significant research and learning, I was able to distill the process down to […]

What is VMware ESXi?

Recently I was catching up with an old friend of mine who has worked in technology for many years and has used the free “hosted” virtualization products like VMware Server and Virtual PC.  He asked me about the new free ESXi and was wondering what the difference was and what OS it runs on.  I […]

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