Tag Archive: VMware vSphere

Jul 16

Dan Mitchell, vExpert and author of VMware vSphere for Dummies speaking at NEVMUG 2012

I will be speaking at the New England VMware Users Group (NEVMUG) on Thursday, July 19th, 2012. The session is titled “Virtualization 101” and is a great introduction to virtual technology. Here is the session description:

Virtualization 101
Thursday 7/19/2012 @ 12:00pm
2nd Floor Auditorium

Mastering the principals of virtualization is the foundation of a
trouble-free environment. Whether you are just starting out or an
seasoned veteran, Dan Mitchell, VMware vExpert and author of
VMware vSphere for Dummies, will reinforce what it takes to build
a rock solid environment. He will take you through the basics of
installation and networking to the best practices of configuring a
Virtual Machine.

Get all the details at

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Aug 11

VMware vSphere For Dummies book

From the Wiley website:

Wiley::VMware vSphere For Dummies.

A plain-English guide to the market-leading virtualization and cloud computing technology

VMware vSphere for Dummies

With virtualization, a single server can host dozens or hundreds of virtual machines running a variety of operating systems, and even hook them together in a virtual network or cloud infrastructure. This practical guide shows you how to create a virtual system using the VMware VSphere environment.  You’ll find all the information you need to understand, design, and deploy one—without getting overwhelmed with technical detail. And once you’re up and running, this book is the perfect reference for maintenance and troubleshooting issues.

  • Introduces you to virtualization and VMware’s virtualization/cloud computing technology, the most recent version is VMware vSphere Shows you how to design a vSphere environment
  • Covers installation, deployment, management, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Provides what IT managers and system administrators need to roll out their first virtualized or cloud infrastructure, or to get up to speed on VMware’s technology

Get up and running on the cloud with VMware vSphere For Dummies!

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Jun 20

Opendedup – Open Source Storage Deduplication for the masses

Opendedup is Storage Deduplication for the common man (or woman).

From the Opendedup.org website…

The main features of SDFS are:

  • Reduced Storage Utilization – SDFS Deduplication can reduce storage utilization by up to 90%-95%
  • Scalability – SDFS can dedup a Petabyte or more of data. Over 3TB per gig of memory at 128k chunk size.
  • Speed – SDFS can perform deduplication/redup at line speed 290 MB/S+
  • VMWare support – Work with vms – can dedup at 4k block sized. This is required to dedup Virtual Machines effectively
  • Flexible storage – deduplicated data can be stored locally, on the network across multiple nodes, or in the cloud.
  • Inline and Batch Mode deduplication – The file system can dedup inline or periodically based on needs. This can be changed on the fly
  • File and Folder Snapshot support – Support for file or folder level snapshots.
This looks like it has some real potential for the lab environment, especially for those who cannot afford commercial-grade solutions like NetApp.

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