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Getting eth0 back in a SLES for VMware clone

After cloning a Linux VM in vSphere, the network interface may be named eth1 instead of eth0. Learn how to change it in a snap.

The Truth About VM SAN Transfers

While Microsoft marketing material claims Hyper-V and SCVMM can transfer large virtual machine files and templates over a SAN, the truth is that all VM transfers are done over the network. Only VMware ESX leverages high-speed storage area networking for VM migration.

Don’t Sysprep Me, Bro!

With SCVMM, VM templates are generalized with Sysprep before storing in the image library -- the original VM is destroyed and cannot be updated. vCenter only Syspreps after cloning.

Hyper-V Linux Smokescreen

Hyper-V Linux guests (SUSE) do not yet have integration components or customization capabilities. Nor can you P2V a Linux system to Hyper-V.

Which guest operating systems can be customized by SCVMM?

Although SLES 10 is supposedly supported by SCVMM 2008, administrators must look elsewhere for a Linux guest customization solution.

Finding thin-provisioned virtual disks with PowerShell

Even though the VI Client does not offer creation of VMs with thin-provisioned disks, they may exist. Use a PowerShell script to identify them.