Veeam’s Gift to VCPs, vExperts, and VCIs

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Thanks Veeam!!

From their website…

Today Veeam issued a press release about their vHoliday Gift. In the release, they say that their vHoliday gift is to offer NFR (not for resale) licenses of their most popular products to VMware Certified Professionals (VCP), vExperts, and VMware Certified Instructors (VCI).

These individuals can receive Veeam Backup & Replication™ v5 with vPower™ for non-production use in their home labs. Any vExpert, VCP or VCI can receive a free two-CPU socket software license for evaluation, demonstration and training purposes. The offer also includes the Veeam ONE™ Solution for VMware management with Veeam Monitor™, Veeam Reporter™ and Veeam Business View™.

If you are a VCP, vExpert, or VCI, you can find out how to register for your license keys in the Veeam Holiday Gift PR.

Book – Virtualizing Microsoft Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere 4

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I got the honor of talking with Charles Windom today.  He is the author of “Virtualizing Microsoft Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere 4”

We were concerned about Exchange performance with our SAN being setup as a large aggregate of drives vs. discrete drives.

All the best practices I read specifically stated discrete drives for performance reasons with Exchange 2003.  However our SAN is setup as a large aggregate of drives.

Sean Dehlinger of vmware set me up with Charles and in about 2 minutes I had the confirmation that I needed.. (Thanks Sean!)

Here is the feed back from Charles…

1. Exchange 2003 Database does lots of Random R/W’s to the LUN, if the LUN is not discrete then you will see delays.  The Logs and C: Drive are doing more Sequential R/W’s  and the LUN aggregate should be okay.

2. IF your using Exchange 2010 Database or Logs then the R/W’s are Sequential and LUN discreteness is a non-issue.

It was nice to talk to an true expert and I look forward to meeting him at vmworld 2010 or having him talk at our Phoenix event..