ESX 3.5 – Partitions

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I get asked this question many times… what are the best practices for partitions with ESX 3.5.

Here are the settings that I use…

Setting primary partitions
Best practices state that the following partitions should be made “Primary” partitions:
Table 3 – Primary Partitions
Mount Point Partition Type Size in MB
/boot ext3 100 MB
/ ext3 2048 MB
N/A swap 1600 MB

This can be accomplished by selecting each of the aforementioned partitions (one at a time) and clicking the “Edit” button. The configuration options for that partition/file system will be brought up. Select (turn on) the checkbox option near the bottom of the box labeled “Force to be a primary partition”. Do this for each of 3 file systems listed above, clicking “OK” after fixing each file system.

Configuring partitions
The following table adheres to VMware best practices:

Extended Partitions
Mount Point Partition Type Size in MB
/var ext3 4096 MB
/tmp ext3 1024 MB
/opt ext3 2048 MB
/home ext3 1024 MB
vmkcore 100 MB
N/A vmfs Remaining space

VMware KB: Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) processor support

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Check out this great article on EVC… lots of great information and links!

VMware KB: Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) processor support: “Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) processor support
Details

Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) simplifies VMotion compatibility issues across CPU generations. EVC automatically configures server CPUs with Intel FlexMigration or AMD-V Extended Migration technologies to be compatible with older servers. After EVC is enabled for a cluster in the VirtualCenter inventory, all hosts in that cluster are configured to present identical CPU features and ensure CPU compatibility for VMotion. The features presented by each host are determined by selecting a predefined EVC baseline. VirtualCenter does not permit the addition of hosts that cannot be automatically configured to be compatible with the EVC baseline.”

TalkShoe – Call – VMware Communities Roundtable

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I found this really cool little community today thanks to a fellow VMUG User (Vlad N)

They have some really cool stuff..

TalkShoe – Call – VMware Communities Roundtable: “VMware Communities Roundtable”

ESX / ESXi 4.0 Whitebox HCL

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I found this cool link to whitebox with your ESX servers.. check it out!
Thanks to a fellow VMUG User (Vlad N)

ESX / ESXi 4.0 Whitebox HCL: “Motherboards and unsupported servers that work with ESX 4.0 and / or ESXi 4.0 Installable
Lasted updated – 2010.02.02″

IPSentry Network Monitoring Software | Systems Monitor | RGE, Inc.

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Need a cheap tool to do network monitoring… Check out IPSentry..

Fast, Cheap, and once you have it dialed in it works pretty well…

http://www.ipsentry.com/

“IPSentry Network Monitoring Suite v5

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Current Version: 5.12.3 NEW: – IPSentry LITE – Free Edition (click here)

IPSentry is the monitoring software you have been looking for. For over 10 years, we have provided centralized, Windows based, network monitoring software to thousands of IT specialists, administrators, support staff, and solution providers around the world.

With IPSentry, you will have constant monitoring of your network infrastructure and be able to receive notifications and alerts should there be a problem detected based on your own specific thresholds. Your down-time will be minimized by making sure that if a problem is detected, you are made aware of the issue for immediate correction thereby reducing your costs due to inevitable network problems.

When you purchase IPSentry, you are investing in a powerful network administration tool which will continuously monitor your internet and intranet servers, routers, modems, databases, services, event logs, performance data and more, 24 hours per day; insuring that your network and devices are functioning properly. If a problem is detected, various alerts and notifications can be triggered to make sure you are aware of the problem as soon as possible.

Whether you are monitoring one server or five hundred, performing complex network tests or simple simple ping requests, IPSentry is designed to provide a simple interface with the power and complexities sitting behind the scenes allowing you to concentrate on what you do best – keep your networks up and running and all of your users and customers satisfied.”

Shadow Protect IT Edition for P2V

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Shadow Protect IT Edition for P2V

Shadow Protect IT Edition is a product that I love to use… especially for P2V (Physical to Virtual) conversions..

Benefit that I found are:

It allows you to create an image of a server, PC, notebook, etc and then push it to anything you want..
PC to Notebook, server to VM, VM to server, PC to VM, etc..

I keep every image file that I make… this comes in handy after a P2V as sometimes the applications owner wants to see there system prior to the P2V.
I simply get a piece of hardware, push the image, and let them have it..
Also, I can mount the image file and give them access as a file share..

Check them out..

http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_IT_edition.php