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
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.”
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″
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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..