Today I had the opportunity to take the VCP 4 beta exam. 270 questions in 4,5 hours. When I was finished I still had more than 1 hour left and I even took a 10 minute break in between. After I finished I decided to review all the questions, trying to remember the question I wasn’t sure about. Just in case I fail and have to retake the test.
What did I do to prepare for this exam? … Continue Reading
A while ago I posted an article about my ESX whitebox and the HP P400 RAID controller I use in this whitebox server. At that time, I used ESXi 3.5 and there was no way I could configure or get the status from the RAID controller. Fortunately, someone commented that it was possible when using the regular ESX (no i) version by installing some HP software packages. I’ve been using ESXi 4 for some time now, but it was quiet annoying when of my disks died and I wasn’t informed about it or could not check the status, other than by restarting the server. I have switched to ESX 4 and now I want to be able to check and configure my P400 RAID controller. And I can! This is how I did it: … Continue Reading
When you look at all marketing material of VMware vSphere, you can get confused about what feature is in what version. For example: I was under the impression that 8-way Virtual SMP was a new feature of vSphere regardless of what version you have (Standard, Advanced, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus). Take a look at this press-release for example:
VMware vSphere 4 also introduces new scalability capabilities. By expanding server resource support to 1 TB of RAM and 64 logical processing cores, some of the very largest and most powerful servers can be leveraged for virtual workloads. With support for up to 256 GB of RAM and eight virtual CPUs per virtual machine, nearly 100 percent of resource-intensive workloads such as high-end databases are suitable for virtualization.
You probably noticed because the blogoshpere is full of it but we can’t let this event unmentioned : VMware unveiled the successor to the VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 suite : VMware vSphere 4. Just to be clear this is the name of the suite, not just “ESX 4″.
Interesting to see is that the various editions of vSphere that will become available. Check them out here : http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/buy/editions_comparison.html .
VMware vSphere products will be available for sale on May the 21st 2009, until then you can still buy VMware Infrastructure 3 products (dunno why you would but anyway).
Check out the official press release including product and pricing information here [http://vmware.com/company/news/releases/vsphere-launch.html].
We could put a lot of info in this post but lots of people have done that already so I thought I would provide you with a link to an article on Yellow-Bricks where Duncan is keeping a nice list of published articles.