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VMware ESXi 5.1 Patches Released

Hot off the presses are some ESXi 5.1 patches. This build of ESXi 5.1 (1157734) fixes several bugs and more importantly addresses some security issues. As always in any environment, please test out the patches thoroughly before putting them into production. Each environment is unique, and issues may surface that could cause you some headaches. These...

Awarded VMware vExpert 2013 Status

It's that time of year again when VMware vExpert 2013 awards are handed out. Last year I was very surprised and honored that my blogging efforts got such recognition and that I made the 2012 list. Since then I've tried to do even more community work, and spent countless hours doing the vSphere 5.1 install...

Automate Sysprep on vSphere w/o Custom Specs

I'm a huge fan of using vCenter customization specifications to automate the sysprep process for deploying new Microsoft VMs. The sysprep process ensures a unique Windows SID, sets the VM's hostname, and can even join a VM to the domain, among other things. However, the customization specifications can only be...

Potential CommVault licensing gotchas for VMs

Some backup software manufacturers are offering a capacity based licensing model, instead of a agent based model. Depending on your situation, this may be a dramatically easier and cheaper licensing model. Traditionally you had to buy per-server licenses, per-agent licenses, per-library licenses, and maybe other options as well. Backup software...

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