Multiple vCPU encoding performance in ESXi 4.1

October 9, 2010

Background This is a continuation of my post about vSphere 4.1’s new Power Policy settings. This post will look more closely at how adding additional vCPUs to an encoding process can impact its performance, and whether the power settings make that big a difference on a more heavily-loaded system. An excellent document on the vSphere […]


Compressing Windows NFS share to simulate ESXi thin provisioning

September 5, 2010
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The problem In an effort to automate backups of some of my VMWare ESXi virtual machines, I configured a Windows Services for Unix (WSFU) share as a datastore, and set up GhettoVCB to backup the machines to the share. The problem that I discovered with this approach is that WSFU does not retain the “thin” […]


Using to backup ESXi 4.1 VMs to NFS Datastore

August 27, 2010
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Introduction I recently created an NFS datastore on ESXi, linked to a Windows Services for Unix (WSFU) share on my backup, Windows XP machine. The purpose of the datastore was to store virtual machine backups. The next step in the process is to configure ghettoVCB to perform the VM backups. ghettoVCB Details of ghettoVCB can […]


Setting up an NFS share to receive ESXi 4.1 VM Backups

August 22, 2010
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Introduction All the datastores on my ESXi box are local currently. In order for me to effectively back up virtual machines, an external datastore was needed. I chose to use Network File System (NFS). None of my virtual machines are mission critical but I do have several that would require some effort to reinstall and […]


Enable Tech Support Mode on ESXi 4.1

August 19, 2010
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Tech Support Mode Back when I first installed VMware’s ESXi on my machine, the method for enabling SSH on it required you to have physical access to the machine so you could view/interact with the console. You had to see the output from the ESXi Server. There were six steps. After I upgraded to ESXi […]


Upgrading from ESXi 4.0 to 4.1

August 12, 2010
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Introduction In July VMware released a new version of vSphere client and ESXi. I finally got around to seeing what is new in 4.1. Many of the new or enhanced features either did not impact me, or required vCenter (read: $$$$). However, there were some excellent features that did catch my eye: Performance and Scalability […]