VMware Technical Resource documents listing

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    VMware provide a list of Technical Resource Documents at http://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/cat/91

     

     

    The listing provides little search capabilities and it can be a  challenge to find a document relevant to a topic of research. The  following document details each of the documents currently listed with a  link to the PDF and the detailed description, all in one listing.  Documents are listed in order of revision.

     

     

    Compiled by Rodney Haywood(

    Rodos), Enterprise Architect - Virtualisation, Alphawest Services, Sydney Australia

     

     

    206 documents listed.

     


    Dell EqualLogic VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

     

    by Dell on 01/25/2009 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/dell/dell-vmware-solution-brief-r2final08q4.pdf

     

    This solution brief explains how organizations can use  VMware virtualization technologies to provide a virtual desktop  infrastructure.

    Dell EqualLogic VMware® View 3

     

    by Dell on 01/25/2009 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/dell/dell-vmware-desktop-wp-r208q4.pdf

     

    This paper assumes that the reader already has a good understanding of desktop virtualization

    and has reached the point where they are ready to begin sizing their server and storage architecture.

     


    Address Desktop Challenges with VMware View and NetApp

     

    by NetApp on 01/24/2009 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/netapp-tap-desktop-solution-brief.pdf

     

    NetApp helps you realize the full potential of your VMware  environment by addressing the common storage challenges associated with  virtual desktop solutions.

    Comprehensive Virtual Desktop Deployment with VMware and NetApp

     

    by NetApp on 01/24/2009 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/netapp-vmware-view-wp.pdf

     

    VMware offers an end-to-end solution called VMware® View,  the next generation of VMware VDI, that allows organizations to provide  corporate end users with access to virtual desktop machines that are  hosted in a central data center.

    xpnet Performance White Paper

     

    by xpnet on 01/21/2009 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/xpnet_Performance_Review_of_AppVirt_Solutions.pdf

     

    Application Virtualization 2008-2009:

    Assessing the Architectural and Performance Characteristics of Four Leading Windows Application Virtualization Solutions


    Java in Virtual Machines on VMware ESX: Best Practices

     

    by VMware on 01/21/2009 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/Java_in_Virtual_Machines_on_ESX-FINAL-Jan-15-2009.pdf

    This paper discusses best practices for running Java-based  software in VMware ESX virtual machines. These guidelines will help you  to get the best from your Java applications and application servers when  you run them on VMware Infrastructure 3.

    VMware ThinApp 4 Reviewer’s Guide

     

    by VMware on 01/19/2009 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/thinapp_4_reviewers_guide.pdf

    VMware ThinApp 4 Reviewer’s Guide

    Performance of Virtual Desktops in a VMware Infrastructure 3 Environment

     

    by VMware on 01/20/2009 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vdesk_scaling.pdf

    This paper examines the performance of virtual desktops  running a typical mix of interactive applications on VMware ESX 3.5  Update 2. These include office application tasks such as editing  documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, as well as browsing the  Internet and reading documents. Results show the effect on performance  as workload is scaled up from 16 to 160 virtual machines.

    VMware View Reference Architecture Kit

     

    by VMware on 12/09/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/resources/vmware-view-reference-architecture.pdf /

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/resources/vmware-view-profile-virtualization.pdf /

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/resources/vmware-view-xp-deployment-guide.pdf /

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/resources/vmware-view-ns20-deployment-guide.pdf

     

    This reference architecture kit is comprised of four  distinct papers written by VMware and our supporting partners to serve  as a guide to assist in the early phases of planning, design and  deployment of VMware View based solutions. The building block approach  uses common components to minimize support costs and deployment risks  during the planning of VMware View based deployments.
    Included in this kit are the following materials:
    1. VMware View Reference Architecture
    2. Guide to Profile Virtualization
    3. Windows XP Deployment Guide
    4. Storage Deployment Guide for VMware View

     


    Storage Design Options for VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

     

    by VMware on 11/29/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/resources/WP_Storage_Design_Options_For_VMware_VDI.pdf

    This paper provides information on technical concepts  related to storage implementations in a VMware ® Virtual Desktop  Infrastructure (VDI) environment.

    Using IP Multicast with VMware ESX 3.5

     

    by VMware on 12/01/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/technology/esx35_ip_multicast.pdf

    This paper explains the operation of IP Multicast in ESX 3.5 and the considerations and best practices for deployment.

    VMware Distributed Power Management: Concepts and Usage

     

    by VMware on 11/24/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/DPM.pdf

    VMware Distributed Power Management (DPM) saves power in a  VMware Infrastructure 3 cluster of ESX hosts by consolidating virtual  machines onto fewer hosts and powering hosts off during periods of low  resource utilization, and powering hosts back on for virtual machine use  when workload demands increase. DPM is an optional add-on to VMware  Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS).
    This paper provides a technical overview of DPM operation in  the VirtualCenter 2.5 / ESX 3.5 release. It is intended for VMware  partners, resellers, and customers who want detailed information on DPM  functionality in that release.

    SQL Server Workload Consolidation

     

    by VMware on 11/25/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/SQL_Server_consolidation.pdf

    Database workloads are very diverse. While most database  servers are lightly loaded, larger database workloads can be  resource-intensive, exhibiting high I/O rates or consuming large amounts  of memory. With improvements in virtualization technology and hardware,  even servers running large database workloads run well in virtual  machines. Servers running Microsoft's SQL Server, among the top database  server platforms in the industry today, are no exception.

    Performance of Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI)

     

    by VMware on 11/13/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/RVI_performance.pdf

    AMD recently introduced its second generation of hardware  support for virtualization, incorporating MMU virtualization called  Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI). Hardware support for MMU  virtualization can improve performance, particularly for MMU-intensive  workloads.
    VMware ESX 3.5 leverages this RVI support in AMD processors.  This paper compares the performance with and without RVI of a number of  industry-standard benchmarks and microbenchmarks running in VMware ESX  3.5, Update 2 on AMD Opteron 8384 ("Shanghai") processors.

    10Gbps Networking Performance on ESX 3.5 Update 1

     

    by VMware on 11/04/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/10GigE_performance.pdf

    10 Gigabit Ethernet is expected to replace Gigabit Ethernet  and become the dominant Ethernet standard in the next few years. VMware  ESX now supports a number of 10 Gbps network cards and allows multiple  virtual machines to share a single physical NIC. This paper presents  results from our single-virtual machine and multi-virtual machine  network throughput experiments that show ESX can easily reach line rates  on 10 Gbps links. The paper discusses how Jumbo Frames influence  networking performance, both on the receive and the transmit paths. The  paper also presents the results of our scalability experiments in which  up to 16 virtual machines share a single 10 Gbps physical NIC and  discusses the allocation of bandwidth to different virtual machines.

    VMware Update Manager 1.0 Performance and Best Practices

     

    by VMware on 11/03/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vum_1.0_performance.pdf

    This paper provides measurements of VMware Update Manager  (VUM) 1.0 performance and gives recommendations about VUM deployment and  configuration.

    Installing and Configuring Linux Guest Operating Systems

     

    by VMware on 10/30/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/linux_install_config.pdf

    This technical note describes installing, configuring,  updating, and administering Linux guest operating systems in virtual  machines running on VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5. In addition,  this note includes a collection of useful tips and tricks in fine-tuning  your Linux virtual machines. Although the recommendations in this paper  apply to most Linux distributions, they are tailored specifically to  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Linux administrators can use this paper as a  source for guidelines when building and maintaining Linux virtual  machines in their VMware Infrastructure environments. Some working  knowledge of VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 2, ESX 3.5 Update 2, and Linux  operating systems is required.

    Best Practices for Patching VMware® ESX/ESXi

     

    by VMware on 10/09/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/esx_patching_best_practices.pdf

    This best practices document gives a brief explanation of  patching and the different mechanisms for applying patches for the  VMware ESX 3.5 product line. This paper does not focus on the  differences in detail between proactive patch management and reactive  patch management. Instead, it focuses on the ESX patching model, patch  packaging, and deliverables – key topics you need to understand to  maintain your ESX systems.

    VMware Consolidated Backup ‐ Partner Integration Guide

     

    by VMware on 09/29/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vcb_partner_integration_guide.pdf

    This guide offers information on VMware Consolidated Backup  integrations developed by VMware Technology Alliance Partners. The  functionality described here is supported by the partner Support  organization directly rather than by VMware Global Support Services.

    VMware VDI Storage Considerations

     

    by VMware on 09/29/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vdi-storage-considerations-v4.pdf

    This information guide focuses on design choices for the  storage environment that forms the foundation of a production VMware VDI  implementation.

    Implementing Microsoft Network Load Balancing (NLB) in a Virtualized Environment

     

    by VMware on 09/25/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/implmenting_ms_network_load_balancing.pdf

    Network Load Balancing (NLB) is a feature of recent  Microsoft Windows Server operating systems used to improve the  scalability and availability of Internet server applications. This paper  provides instructions for supporting NLB in unicast or multicast mode  on VMware ESX.

    Virtual Appliances: A New Paradigm for Software Delivery

     

    by VMware on 09/23/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vam/VMware_Virtual_Appliance_Solutions_White_Paper_08Q3.pdf

    This white paper discusses the value of virtual appliances  and outlines the ways in which VMware is building a rich and diverse  ecosystem around the virtual appliance model based on four key elements:
    • A VMware Ready Virtual Appliance Program which is an ecosystem  initiative that enables customers to identify virtual appliances that  follow best practices and are optimized for VMware Infrastructure.
    • A robust authoring tool for configuring, packaging and updating production-ready virtual appliances.
    • A large and diverse marketplace where vendors can list their virtual  appliances online for customers to discover, download, evaluate and  purchase.
    • A reliable, robust and proven virtualization platform for deploying and managing virtual appliances.

    Virtualizing SAN Connectivity with VMware Infrastructure 3 and Brocade Data Center Fabric Services

     

    by VMware on 09/03/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware-BRCD_Virtualizing_SAN_Connectivity_GA-TB-084-00.pdf

    This Joint best practice technical white paper addresses the  benefits of using NPIV with ESX Server 3.5. It addresses best practices  and deployment considerations. Providing specific examples of  deployment steps and two case for which the NPIV can be leveraged with  Fabric quality of service (QoS) in VMware environments.

    Best Practices Guide: Emulex Virtual HBA® Solutions and VMware® ESX Server 3.5

     

    by VMware on 09/2/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware_Emulex_Best_Practices_for_Virtual_HBA_V4.pdf

    This Joint best practice technical white paper addresses the  benefits of using NPIV with ESX Server 3.5. It addresses best practices  and deployment considerations. This paper provides specific examples of  deployment steps and use cases for which the joint technology can be  leveraged in virtualization environments.

    Using EMC SRDF Adapter for VMware® Site Recovery Manager

     

    by VMware on 08/28/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware_SRM_SRDF_bestpractices.pdf

    This white paper discusses the best practices for using VMware® Site Recovery Manager with EMC® SRDF® Adapter.

    Performance Counters

     

    by VMware on 08/27/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/technote_PerformanceCounters.pdf

    This technical note provides additional information about performance counters available in ESX.

    Timekeeping in VMware Virtual Machines

     

    by VMware on 08/15/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware_timekeeping.pdf

    This paper describes how timekeeping hardware works in  physical machines, how typical guest operating systems use this hardware  to keep time, and how VMware products virtualize the hardware.

    VMware Management and Automation Products: Deployment Approaches and Considerations

     

    by VMware on 08/20/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/MandA_deployment.pdf

    VMware Management and Automation products provide datacenter  automation solutions in IT service delivery and business continuity.  These products can be deployed across a shared VMware Infrastructure  platform. This paper presents technical guidance and considerations when  deploying these products together on a shared VI platform.

    VMbook - Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

     

    by VMware on 08/07/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/practical_guide_bcdr_vmb.pdf

    This VMware® VMbook focuses on business continuity and  disaster recovery (BCDR) and is intended to guide the reader through the  step-by-step process to set-up a multisite VMware Infrastructure that  is capable of supporting BCDR services for designated virtual machines  at time of test or during an actual event that necessitated the  declaration of a disaster, resulting in the activation of services in a  designated BCDR site.

    DRS Performance and Best Practices

     

    by VMware on 07/28/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/drs_performance_best_practices_wp.pdf

    VMware Infrastructure 3 provides a set of distributed  infrastructure services that make the entire IT environment more  serviceable, available, and efficient. Working with VMware ESX 3, VMware  VirtualCenter 2, and VMware VMotion, VMware Distributed Resource  Scheduler (DRS) dynamically allocates resources to enforce resource  management policies while balancing resource usage across multiple ESX  hosts. This performance study focuses on understanding the effectiveness  and scalability of DRS algorithms. It identifies various scenarios in  which you can benefit from DRS and explains how to configure your  environment to take best advantage of DRS.

    Performance Best Practices and Benchmarking Guidelines

     

    by VMware on 07/10/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/VI3.5_Performance.pdf

    This book provides tips that help administrators maximize  the performance of VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5. A separate  chapter provides guidance on benchmarking VMware ESX systems.

    Data Protection Options for Exchange

     

    by VMware on 06/25/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/data_protection_options_exchange.pdf

    More and more customers are deploying their mission critical  applications, prominently Exchange, on VMware Infrastructure platform.  This paper describes various options that customers have in protecting  Exchange installation against data loss. The paper also summarizes the  merits of each of the options.

    Scalable Storage Performance

     

    by VMware on 06/05/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/scalable_storage_performance.pdf

    VMware ESX enables multiple hosts to share the same physical  storage reliably through its highly optimized storage stack and VMware  Virtual Machine File System (VMFS). To gain the greatest advantage from  shared storage, it is important to understand the potential bottlenecks  at various layers and make the necessary configuration changes to get  optimal storage performance.This paper presents the results of our  studies on storage scalability in a virtual environment with many ESX  hosts, many LUNs, or many of both. It examines the effects of I/O  queuing at various layers in a virtual infrastructure as more and more  virtual machines share the same storage. It considers the effects of  SCSI reservations on virtual machine I/O performance. And it looks at  ways to mitigate bandwidth bottlenecks when multiple LUNs are connected  to a single ESX host. It provides recommendations you can follow to  avoid overcommitting storage resources.

    VMware VDM 2.1 Reviewers Guide

     

    by VMware on 06/04/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vdm_2.1_reviewers_guide.pdf

    This Reviewer's Guide provides a step-by-step process to get VDM 2.1 installed and configured for evaluation purposes.

    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Deployment Considerations

     

    by VMware on 06/04/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vdi_deployment_considerations_wp.pdf

    This white paper is the first in a series that detail  deployment considerations that should be taken into account when  planning a VMware VDI deployment.

    Consolidating Web Applications Using VMware Infrastructure

     

    by VMware on 05/29/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/consolidating_webapps_vi3_wp.pdf

    Enterprises continue to move their technologies and services  onto the Web. Today, the Web servers that provide these services are  distributed across multiple systems. As the number of Web applications  increases, it is very common for the number of physical systems in the  data center hosting these Web applications to increase along with them.  Studies from IDC, among others, describe the challenges IT managers face  administering the proliferation of servers used to run Web  applications. Virtualization can help businesses to consolidate their  Web computing needs onto fewer high performance servers. This approach  can simplify management, save operating costs, and increase the  efficiency of delivering Web services.
    In this paper we explore the configuration and testing of  VMware® Infrastructure 3 as a consolidation platform for multiple Apache  Web servers. It describes the processes and methodologies we used in  the consolidation study. In addition, we describe the results of our  performance testing using the industry standard SPECweb2005 workload to  determine the effectiveness of this consolidation approach.

    Oracle Database Scalability in VMware ESX

     

    by VMware on 05/14/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/Oracle_Scaling_in_ESX_Server.pdf

    Database applications running on individual physical servers  represent a large consolidation opportunity. However enterprises  considering such consolidation want guidance as to how well databases  scale using virtualization.
    In this paper we demonstrate that when running multiple  virtual machines with Oracle database workloads on VMware ESX, the  individual performance remains close to that of the Oracle database  workload in a single virtual machine, while CPU utilization scales in a  near-linear fashion.
    This scalability is one of the factors that makes VMware ESX  the perfect platform on which to consolidate demanding,  mission-critical workloads such as Oracle databases.

    Implementing Virtual Provisioning on EMC Symmetrix DMX with VMware Virtual Infrastructure

     

    by EMC on 06/15/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/symmetrix_virtual_provisioning_wp.pdf

    This white paper provides a detailed description of the  technical aspects and benefits of deploying VMware Virtual  Infrastructure version 3 on EMC Symmetrix devices using Virtual  Provisioning.

    Thin Client Compatibility Guide for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Virtual Desktop Manager

     

    by VMware on 06/30/2008 @

    http://vmware.com/pdf/VDM_ThinClient_guide.pdf

    VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is an integrated  desktop virtualization solution that delivers enterprise-class control  and manageability with a familiar user experience. VMware Virtual  Desktop Manager provides simplified management and secure provisioning  of virtual desktops.
    VMware Virtual Desktop Manager is tested for compatibility  with a variety of thin client devices. Our goal is to support a wide  variety of thin clients and virtual desktop devices used to access  virtual desktops through VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

    DMZ Virtualization with VMware Infrastructure

     

    by VMware on 05/08/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/dmz_virtualization_vmware_infra_wp.pdf

    As virtualization of network DMZs becomes more common,  demand is increasing for information to help network security  professionals understand and mitigate the risks associated with this  practice. This paper provides detailed descriptions of three different  virtualized DMZ configurations and identifies best practice approaches  that enable secure deployment.

    VirtualCenter Database Performance for Microsoft SQL Server 2005

     

    by VMware on 04/14/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vc_database_performance.pdf

    VMware® VirtualCenter uses a database to store metadata on  the state of a VMware Infrastructure environment. Performance statistics  and their associated stored procedure operations constitute the largest  and the most resource‐intensive component of the VirtualCenter  database. Hence the performance of your VirtualCenter database depends  upon the frequency at which you collect performance statistics and the  level of detail of the statistics you store. VirtualCenter 2.5 features a  number of enhancements that are aimed at greatly improving the  performance and scalability of the performance statistics operations in  the VirtualCenter database. The purpose of this study is to present the  performance results of tests we conducted to validate these performance  enhancements and to provide best practices information for configuring a  VirtualCenter database. The study also provides information for sizing  the server you use to host the VirtualCenter database based on these  performance results. Although the new features in VirtualCenter 2.5  benefit users with any of the supported databases, the examples and  performance data presented in this study are specific to Microsoft SQL  Server and the paper assumes that you have a working knowledge of SQL  Server.

    IBM® Lotus® Sametime® Reference Architecture in a VMware® Infrastructure 3 Environment

     

    by VMware on 04/04/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/ibm_lotus_sametime_ref_arch_vi3_wp.pdf

    Real-time collaboration has become a vital component of  on-demand business, and IBM Lotus Sametime has quickly become an  important component in many IBM Lotus Notes® and IBM Lotus Domino®  environments. Typical Lotus Sametime deployments that support several  thousand users require multiple servers in the physical environment,  which results in high capital and operating costs. Virtualization offers  unprecedented opportunities in commodity server consolidation, workload  management, and return on investment.

    VIRTUALIZED iSCSI SANS: Flexible, Scalable Enterprise Storage for Virtual Infrastructures

     

    by VMware on 03/12/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/dell-eql-iscsi-sans-wp.pdf

    This white paper describes a virtualized infrastructure that  applies storage and server virtualization technologies to  cost-effectively achieve a flexible, high-performance, dynamic IT  infrastructure that is simple to manage and scale.

    Performance Comparison of Virtual Network Devices

     

    by VMware on 03/11/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/perf_comparison_virtual_network_devices_wp.pdf

    The networking performance of a virtual machine is greatly  influenced by the choice of virtual network devices in the virtual  machine and the physical devices configured on the host machine. ESX  Server 3.5 supports multiple virtual network devices (vlance, e1000,  vmxnet), each with its own usability advantages and performance  benefits. It is clear that vlance is not the best choice for  high-performance workloads. However, many users are still uncertain  about the performance differences between e1000 and vmxnet virtual  network devices.

    What's New in VMware Infrastructure 3: Performance Enhancements

     

    by VMware on 02/28/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vi3_performance_enhancements_wp.pdf

    The new features in VMware® Infrastructure 3 makes it even  easier for organizations to virtualize their most demanding and intense  workloads. The new version of VMware Infrastructure 3 provides  significant performance enhancements, including the release of VMware  ESX Server 3.5 and a new ultra-thin hypervisor called VMware ESX Server  3i that can significantly

    Networking Performance in VMware ESX Server 3.5

     

    by VMware on 02/25/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/ESX_networking_performance.pdf

    There is a general belief that due to the extra layer  introduced by virtualization code, networking performance in a  virtualized environment cannot match the performance in a native  environment.

    Performance Characterization of VMFS and RDM Using a SAN

     

    by VMware on 02/14/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/performance_char_vmfs_rdm.pdf

    VMware ESX Server offers two choices for managing disk  access in a virtual machine—VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS)  and raw device mapping (RDM). It is very important to understand the I/O  characteristics of these disk access management systems in order to  choose the right access type for a particular application. Choosing the  right disk access management method can be a key factor in achieving  high system performance for enterprise‐class applications.

    Large Page Performance

     

    by VMware on 02/14/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/large_pg_performance.pdf

    VMware ESX Server supports the use of large pages inside  virtual machines. The large‐page support enables server applications to  establish large‐page memory regions. Memory address translations use  translation lookaside buffers (TLB) inside the CPU. The use of large  pages can potentially increase TLB access efficiency and thus improve  program performance. This study examines the performance of this  feature.

    Performance of VMware® VMI

     

    by VMware on 02/13/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/VMware_VMI_performance.pdf

    VMware ESX Server 3.5 introduces support for guest operating  systems that use VMware's paravirtualization standard, Virtual Machine  Interface (VMI). This paper describes VMI and its performance benefits,  concluding that VMI-style paravirtualization offers performance  improvements for a wide variety of workloads, but that the actual  performance gains depend on the nature of those workloads.

    Maintaining End-to-End Service Levels for VMware® Virtual Machines Using VMware DRS And EMC Navisphere QoS

     

    by EMC on 02/05/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/EMC_VMware_NQM_wp.pdf

    With the increasing deployment of VMware® ESX Server for  mission-critical applications, it becomes even more important to  maintain the performance of these applications in virtual machines. The  complexity of virtualization, especially when server and storage  resources are shared across multiple components, makes it more difficult  for an administrator to detect and solve performance problems.
    Using CLARiiON®’s Navisphere® Quality of Service (NQM)  product and VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduler allows you to  maintain application service levels in virtual machines. This greatly  minimizes the time and resources needed to manage and fix performance  issues.

    H2756 - Using EMC Celerra IP Storage with VMware Infrastructure 3 over iSCSI and NFS (EMC White Paper)

     

    by EMC on 01/31/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware_VI3_and_EMC_Celerra_IP.pdf

    With th release of VMware Infrastructure 3, virtual hardware  support was extended to include the use of IP storage devices. This  support enables ESX environments to take full advantage of the NFS  protocol and IP block storage using iSCSI. This significant improvement  profivdes a method to tie virtualized computing to virtualized storage,  offering a dynamic set of capabilities within the data center and  resulting in improved performance and system reliability. This white  paper describes how best to utilize EMC Celerra in a VMware ESX  environment.

    Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

     

    by VMware on 01/30/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi35_san_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server 3.5 has been tested and deployed in a  variety of storage area network (SAN) environments. This guide describes  the combination of HBAs (host bus adapters) and storage devices  currently tested by VMware and its storage partners.

    I/O Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

     

    by VMware on 01/30/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi35_io_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server Software delivers high performance I/O for  PCI-based SCSI, RAID, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet controllers. To  achieve high performance, these devices are accessed directly through  device drivers in the ESX Server host, and not through a host operating  system as with VMware Workstation and GSX Server products.
    VMware certifies that specific systems and components are  compatible with ESX Server software. Through the VMware Preferred  Hardware Partner Program, ESX Server software works with leading server  vendors to ensure that appropriate configurations of their current and  future server products are certified.

    Backup Software Compatibility For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

     

    by VMware on 01/30/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi35_backup_guide.pdf

    This is not an exhaustive list of all backup software  packages and versions that are compatible with ESX Server software, but  it represents those servers that VMware or its partners have tested with  the current release of ESX Server software.

    Systems Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

     

    by VMware on 01/30/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi35_systems_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server is tested for compatibility with a variety  of major guest operating systems running in virtual machines.  Additionally, VMware ESX Server is tested for compatibility with  currently shipping platforms from the major server makers in pre-release  testing. Our goal is to support a variety of storage and network  adapters used as standard options for these platforms as they come to  market.

    SPECweb2005 Performance

     

    by VMware on 01/28/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/specweb_perf_final.pdf

    Virtualization is revolutionizing data center computing by  making it easy for people to run multiple operating systems and multiple  applications seamlessly on the same computer. More and more  organizations are adopting VMware® Infrastructure 3 for server  consolidation and to reduce the total cost of ownership.
    VMware ESX Server 3.5 is designed for high performance. With  a number of optimizations for superior performance, even the most  I/O‐intensive applications perform well when deployed on VMware  Infrastructure 3. In this paper we compare the performance of a virtual  machine to that of a similarly configured native machine using the  industry standard SPECweb2005 workload. In our virtualized tests we  achieved close to 85 percent of native throughput performance using the  highly network‐intensive SPECweb2005 workload. In the tests focused on  measuring latency, we did not observe any noticeable difference in  application latency between the native and virtual environments. These  results demonstrate that users need not sacrifice performance in order  to embrace the benefits of virtualization technology.

    Using the Wyse V10L and S10 Thin Clients with VDM

     

    by VMware on 01/28/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VDM_Wyse_tech_note.pdf

    This technical note provides a reference for configuring  Wyse V10L and S10 devices for use with VDM. VDM supports the Wyse V10L  and S10 Thin Client devices, running Wyse Thin OS version 5.3.0.9 or  later. For detailed information about deploying and managing Wyse thin  client devices, contact Wyse directly.
    Wyse Thin Client devices with versions of the Wyse Thin OS  earlier than 5.3.0.9 do not support HTTPS connection to a VDM Server.  You must upgrade the Wyse Thin OS to version 5.3.0.9 or later to use  HTTPS.
    Unlike VDM Web Access or VDM Client, Wyse thin clients  connect to desktop virtual machines directly using RDP and connections  do not pass through a VDM Connection Server. As a result Wyse thin  clients cannot be used in DMZ deployments.

    Windows XP Deployment Guide

     

    by VMware on 01/27/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/XP_guide_vdi.pdf

    VMware® Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) transforms the  way customers use and manage desktop operating systems. Desktop  instances can be deployed rapidly in secure data centers to facilitate  high availability and disaster recovery, protect the integrity of  enterprise information, and remove data from local devices that are  susceptible to theft or loss. Isolating each desktop instance in its own  virtual machine eliminates typical application compatibility issues and  improves users’ personal computing environments.
    This guide offers best practices for creating Windows  XP-based templates for VMware VDI-based solutions and for preparing the  same templates for use with Virtual Desktop Manager 2.

    VMware VDM 2 Load Balancing Guide

     

    by VMware on 01/27/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VDM_2_lb_guide.pdf

    Once appropriate server-grade hardware has been selected,  load balancing become an important consideration for addressing a  configuration’s scalability and fault tolerance.
    In general, load-balanced configurations use multiple VDM  Connection Servers installed in a primary-and-replica manner, with the  first server installed as the primary and subsequent servers are  installed as replicas. VDM Connection Servers provide session management  and handle all incoming client requests, directing them to the  appropriate virtual desktop session, and VDM Security Servers provide  SSL tunneling capabilities for encrypting communication between the  client devices and the VDM Connection Servers.
    The configuration of a load-balanced solution largely  depends on the requirements of the organization for which it is being  deployed. Companies that already have a load balancing solution in place  may be able to utilize it for VDI since the load generated by the VDI  solution is minimal. Both hardware-based load balancing appliances and  inexpensive (or free) software-based load balancing products can be  considered as candidate solutions.

    Using VMware VDI and vmSight for Stronger and Sustainable HIPAA and PCI Compliance

     

    by VMware on 01/27/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/HIPAA_PCI_vdi_compliance.pdf

    For many organizations, HIPAA and PCI compliance is no  longer optional. Penalties are increasingly stiff, and the ultimate cost  of non-compliance – the breach of personal data – can damage  organizations in multiple ways. Compliance, and validation of  compliance, is not easily achieved. It is especially difficult when  computing environments are widely distributed and not all computers are  centrally managed.
    Virtualization technologies, including virtual desktops,  offer an improved means to centralize computing, management and  monitoring while still providing users local access and full  functionality. For organizations seeking stronger HIPAA and PCI  compliance, relying on virtual desktops for access to sensitive systems  provides both cost savings and increased manageability and security.  With an integrated compliance monitoring and reporting system such as  the vmSight virtual network intelligence suite, virtual desktops can be  used to increase compliance and reduce data breaches while also reducing  IT costs.

    Comparison of Storage Protocol Performance

     

    by  VMware  on 01/24/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/storage_protocol_perf.pdf

    This paper demonstrates that the four network storage  connection options available to ESX Server are all capable of reaching a  level of performance limited only by the media and storage devices. And  even with multiple virtual machines running concurrently on the same  ESX Server host, the high performance is maintained. The data on CPU  costs indicates that Fibre Channel and hardware iSCSI are the most CPU  efficient, but in cases in which CPU consumption is not a concern,  software iSCSI and NFS can also be part of a high‐performance solution.

    VirtualCenter Database Maintenance: SQL Server

     

    by  VMware  on 01/23/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vc_microsoft_sql_server.pdf

    This document discusses ways to maintain the VirtualCenter  database for increased performance and manageability. It covers all  versions of VirtualCenter 2.0. The recommendations here pertain  specifically to SQL Server, version 2000 and later. This document  assumes the reader has a working knowledge of SQL Server.

    What Is New for Storage in Virtual Infrastructure 3 Release 3.5

     

    by  VMware  on 01/06/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/new_storage_features_3_5_v6.pdf

    With the launch of VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5 comes  a new version of VMware’s hypervisor, ESX Server 3.5. One of the core  focus areas for Virtual Infrastructure 3.5 is to enable greater uptime  and agility in the management of the virtual infrastructure environment.  VMware has addressed this by bringing new levels of flexibility and  connectivity options to Virtual Infrastructure 3 version 3.5.

    VMware Consolidated Backup: Improvements in Version 3.5

     

    by  VMware  on 12/28/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vcb_35_new.pdf

    This paper descibes the new features of VCB introduced with  VI 3, version 3.5. It explains the features and how customers can  benefit with those features.

    VMware VMotion and CPU Compatibility

     

    by  VMware  on 12/27/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vmotion_info_guide.pdf

    This white paper focuses exclusively on CPU compatibility  and outlines CPU compatibility checks performed by VMware VirtualCenter  before allowing migration with VMotion. It describes why some CPU  compatibility constraints make VMotion possible only between certain  revisions of CPUs. The appendices detail some differences in features  and extensions in current CPUs and describe procedures that could be  used to relax some CPU compatibility constraints to facilitate VMotion.

    VMware Consolidated Backup

     

    by  VMware  on 12/27/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vcb_best_practices.pdf

    This whitepaper is intended to enhance the reader’s  knowledge by discussing deployment considerations, best practices  recommendations, and troubleshooting tips when implementing VMware  Consolidated Backup. The whitepaper is a collection of information  gathered by real world field implementations, expertise of VMware  Professional Services and in-house testing. Insightful information  useful in troubleshooting VCB environment is also provided.

    Performance Characteristics of VMFS and RDM

     

    by  VMware  on 12/07/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vmfs_rdm_perf.pdf

    VMware ESX Server offers three choices for managing disk  access in a virtual machine—VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS),  virtual raw device mapping (RDM), and physical raw device mapping. It is  very important to understand the I/O characteristics of these disk  access management systems in order to choose the right access type for a  particular application. Choosing the right disk access management  method can be a key factor in achieving high system performance for  enterprise‐class applications.
    This study provides performance characterization of the  various disk access management methods supported by VMware ESX Server.  The goal is to provide data on performance and system resource  utilization at various load levels for different types of work loads.  This information offers you an idea of relative throughput, I/O rate,  and CPU efficiency for each of the options so you can select the  appropriate disk access method for your application.

    Firewall Configurations for Backup Clients on ESX Server 3

     

    by  VMware  on 12/09/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35_25_vcb_firewalls.pdf

    This document provides information about how to configure  connections between different backup software products and VMware® ESX  Server 3 hosts. The document explains how to open predefined firewall  ports for supported backup products and how to open specific ports from a  command line. If the backup product you use requires additional  configuration changes to work with ESX Server 3, the document describes  any specific steps you need to perform.

    Virtual Machine Failure Monitoring

     

    by  VMware  on 12/09/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35_25_vmha.pdf

    VMware® High Availability (VMware HA) monitors your virtual  infrastructure for ESX Server host failures and restarts virtual  machines that are interrupted by those failures on alternate hosts.  Starting with ESX Server 3.5, VMware HA can also detect and handle the  failures of individual virtual machines and respond appropriately based  on your specifications.
    With this additional functionality, called Virtual Machine  Failure Monitoring, VMware HA deals with both host operating system and  guest operating system failures.

    Round-Robin Load Balancing

     

    by  VMware  on 12/09/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35_25_roundrobin.pdf

    VMware® ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i version 3.5 enhance  ESX Server native multipathing by providing experimental support for  round‐robin load balancing. This technical note explains how round‐robin  load balancing works and how to set it.

    Configuring and Troubleshooting N-Port ID Virtualization

     

    by  VMware  on 12/09/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35_25_npiv_config.pdf

    N‐Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) is an ANSI T11 standard that  describes how a single Fibre Channel HBA port can register with the  fabric using several worldwide port names (WWPNs). This allows a  fabric‐attached N‐port to claim multiple fabric addresses. Each address  appears as a unique entity on the Fibre Channel fabric.
    The primary source of information on configuring NPIV in a  VMware Infrastructure 3 environment is the Fibre Channel SAN  Configuration Guide, available on the VMware Web site.
    This technical note provides additional details about  certain specific NPIV configurations and information on diagnostic  techniques that may be helpful as you configure NPIV. It also includes  information to help you understand error messages that may appear as you  are working with NPIV in a VMware Infrastructure environment.

    Enabling NetFlow on Virtual Switches

     

    by  VMware  on 12/09/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35_25_netflow.pdf

    NetFlow is a general networking tool with multiple uses,  including network monitoring and profiling, billing, intrusion detection  and prevention, networking forensics, and SOX compliance. NetFlow sends  aggregated networking flow data to a third‐party collector (an  appliance or server). The collector and analyzer report on various  information such as the current top flows consuming the most bandwidth  in a particular virtual switch, which IP addresses are behaving  irregularly, and the number of bytes a particular virtual machine has  sent and received in the past 24 hours.

    VMware OVF Tool

     

    by  VMware  on 12/10/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ovf_tool.pdf

    The Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) is a virtual machine  distribution format that supports sharing virtual machines between  products and organizations. The format facilitates the use of virtual  appliances, which are preconfigured virtual machines that package  applications with the operating system they require. Because OVF runs on  multiple platforms, a virtual appliance is ready to run without  significant additional configuration.

    Using VMware ESX Server With Hitachi Data Systems NSC or USP Storage

     

    by  VMware  on 10/02/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/hds_svd_technote.pdf

    This technical note discusses using ESX Server hosts with a  Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) NSC or USP SAN storage array using  FibreChannel (FC) connections. These storage arrays use advanced storage  virtualization technology, and setup differs from setup of a  non‐virtualized SAN storage array that is to be used with ESX Server  hosts.

    Best Practices for Building Virtual Appliances

     

    by  VMware  on 11/15/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/Best_Practices_Building_Virtual_Appliances.pdf

    A virtual appliance is a pre-installed, pre-configured  operating system and software solution delivered inside a virtual  machine. Deploying a software solution as a virtual appliance enables  you to build a complete turnkey package that customers are able to  download and immediately deploy. Thus, customers skip the time-consuming  and often support-intensive task of installing and configuring the  appliance. This lets customers focus all their energies on trying or  using your solution rather than struggling to get it to run. This  document describes the best practices for building a virtual appliance.  It covers high level design principles as well as low level details for  building virtual appliances ready for certification under the VMware  Certified Virtual Appliance program. In turn, virtual appliances built  according to these standards will allow your customers or prospective  customers to test or use your virtual appliance with all the VMware  virtualization platforms.

    Management of VMware  ESX Server 3i

     

    by  VMware  on 11/12/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/ESXServer3i_management.pdf

    VMware ESX Server 3i is the next-generation hypervisor,  offering improved security, increased reliability, and simplified  management. In many respects, the functionality of an ESX Server 3i  system is the same as for ESX Server 3. However, the architecture of ESX  Server 3i points the way to a new management model for a virtualized  infrastructure.  This paper covers the management of an ESX Server 3i  system and lays out the characteristics of this new management model.

    Architecture of VMware ESX Server 3i

     

    by  VMware  on 11/12/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/ESXServer3i_architecture.pdf

    VMware ESX Server 3i is the next-generation hypervisor,  providing a new foundation for virtual infrastructure. This innovative  architecture operates independently from any general purpose operating  system, offering improved security, increased reliability, and  simplified management.  This paper describes the architecture and  operation of ESX Server 3i and discusses the new management model  associated with it.

    Understanding Full Virtualization, Paravirtualization, and Hardware Assist

     

    by  VMware  on 11/11/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware_paravirtualization.pdf

    In 1998, VMware figured out how to virtualize the x86  platform, once thought to be impossible, and created the market for x86  virtualization. The solution was a combination of binary translation and  direct execution on the processor that allowed multiple guest OSes to  run in full isolation on the same computer with readily affordable  virtualization overhead.
    The savings that tens of thousands of companies have  generated from the deployment of this technology is further driving the  rapid adoption of virtualized computing from the desktop to the data  center. As new vendors enter the space and attempt to differentiate  their products, many are creating confusion with their marketing claims  and terminology. For example, while hardware assist is a valuable  technique that will mature and expand the envelope of workloads that can  be virtualized, paravirtualization is not an entirely new technology  that offers an “order of magnitude” greater performance.
    While this is a complex and rapidly evolving space, the  technologies employed can be readily explained to help companies  understand their options and choose a path forward. This white paper  attempts to clarify the various techniques used to virtualize x86  hardware, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and VMware’s community  approach to develop and employ the most effective of the emerging  virtualization techniques. Figure 1 provides a summary timeline of x86
    virtualization technologies from VMware’s binary translation  to the recent application of kernel paravirtualization and  hardware-assisted virtualization.

    SQL Server Performance in a VMware Infrastructure 3 Environment

     

    by  VMware  on 11/11/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/SQLServerWorkloads.pdf

    This performance study clearly demonstrates that VMware  Infrastructure 3 provides an excellent production-ready virtualization  platform for customers looking to deploy Microsoft SQL Server inside  virtual machines. Furthermore, together with virtualization-based  distributed infrastructure services such as VMotion, VMware High  Availability, and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler, VMware  Infrastructure 3 can provide increased serviceability, efficiency, and  reliability for your SQL Server deployments. This should offer  transformative cost savings to your dynamic data center.

    iSCSI Design Considerations and Deployment Guide

     

    by  VMware  on 11/05/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/iSCSI_design_deploy.pdf

    With the release of VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware added  ESX Server support for iSCSI storage. With rapidly increasing adoption  rates, many VMware customers requested iSCSI as an option for storage  virtualization and are now deploying it as a lower cost alternative to  Fibre Channel SANs. This paper is intended to help you understand the  design considerations and deployment options for deploying VMware  Infrastructure 3 using iSCSI storage. The first section provides an  overview of iSCSI terminology, benefits, and limitations. The second  section provides a high-level overview of the VMware iSCSI  implementation using either a software initiator or a hardware  initiator. The third section provides a detailed set of deployment steps  covering both software and hardware initiator options. The paper  concludes with two appendices that provide software versus hardware  initiator iSCSI performance test results and details on command line  options for managing iSCSI from the ESX Server host. This paper  highlights trade-offs and factors to consider when deploying iSCSI  storage to support VMware Infrastructure 3. It is a complement to, not a  replacement for, VMware product documentation.

    The Roadmap to Virtual Infrastructure: Practical Implementation Strategies

     

    by  VMware  on 09/20/2007 @

    http://download3.vmware.com/elq/pdf/wp_roadmaptovirtualinfrastructure.pdf

    The paper provides recommendations to provide IT management  with the most salient best practices and implementation strategies to  get started and to accelerate a successful roll out of virtualization  technology. These guidelines are based on experiences and best practices  accumulated by many of our leading customers and partners.

    OVF Open Virtual Machine Format Specification

     

    by  VMware  on 09/07/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ovf_spec_draft.pdf

    The Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) describes an open,  secure, portable, efficient and extensible format for the packaging and  distribution of (collections of) virtual machines.

    The Open Virtual Machine Format Whitepaper for OVF Specification

     

    by  VMware  on 09/07/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ovf_whitepaper_specification.pdf

    The Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) specification is a  hypervisor-neutral, efficient, extensible, and open specification for  the packaging and distribution of virtual appliances composed of one or  more VMs. It aims to facilitate the automated, secure management not  only of virtual machines but the appliance as a functional unit. For the  OVF format to succeed it must be developed and endorsed by ISVs,  virtual appliance vendors, operating system vendors, as well as virtual  platform vendors, and must be developed within a standards-based  framework.

    VMware Infrastructure and CA XOsoft's WANSyncHA: Building a DR System

     

    by  VMware  on 08/19/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vi_xosoft.pdf

    You can combine two very powerful solutions, VMware  Infrastructure and CA XOsoft's WANSyncHA, to provide a multi-layered  disaster recovery solution that covers a wide array of contingencies, is  extremely cost-effective, and provides an unusually high degree of  robustness and simplicity.

    Best Practices for Setting Up VMware ACE 2.0 Enterprise Edition

     

    by  VMware  on 08/20/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_best_practices.pdf

    VMware ACE 2.0 Enterprise Edition enables you to apply  corporate IT policies to a virtual machine containing an operating  system, enterprise applications, and data to create a secure, isolated  PC environment known as an “ACE virtual machine.” This technical note  explains how to set up VMware Workstation with ACE option pack to most  efficiently create and manage ACE masters.

    Pocket ACE Guide

     

    by  VMware  on 08/18/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/pocket_ace_technote.pdf

    The purpose of this technical note is to provide an in-depth  view of Pocket ACE, a new feature of VMware ACE 2 Enterprise Edition.   This guide is intended for architects or administrators looking for more  information about Pocket ACE and how it might be used in their  environments.  This guide covers the steps required to create an ACE  master, policy, and package for deploying Pocket ACE instances.

    Disaster Recovery Virtualization: Protecting Production Systems Using VMware Virtual Infrastructure and Double-Take

     

    by  VMware  on 08/17/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/DR_VMware_DoubleTake.pdf

    This paper describes the use of VMware virtualization and  NSI Doubletake replication technology to implement a DR solution. The  paper educates the reader about using the virtualization technology to  protect physical environment in primary data centers and also talks  about benefits of P2V and V2V DR.

    Optimized Backup and Recovery for VMware Infrastructure with EMC Avamar

     

    by  VMware  on 08/13/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware_and_Avamar_Backup.pdf

    This document provides technical details for the different  methods of backup and recovery of VMware Infrastructure using EMC Avamar  software. It gives a brief overview of VMware Infrastructure and EMC  Avamar, outlines the architectural requirements for each method, and  reviews advantages and key considerations to consider.

    VMware Virtual Networking Concepts

     

    by  VMware  on 07/29/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/virtual_networking_concepts.pdf

    VMware Infrastructure 3 provides a rich set of networking  capabilities that integrate well with sophisticated enterprise networks.   With virtual networking, you can network virtual machines in the same  way that you do physical machines and can build complex networks within a  single ESX Server host or across multiple ESX Server hosts, for  production deployments or development and testing purposes.  This guide  is for VMware Infrastructure 3 users who want a clearer understanding of  the basic design of the networking capabilities in VMware  Infrastructure 3 and how that design affects deployment in the  datacenter.

    VMware Virtual Machine File System: Technical Overview and Best Practices

     

    by  VMware  on 07/25/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmfs-best-practices-wp.pdf

    The VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) is a high  performance cluster file system that allows virtualization to scale  beyond the boundaries of a single system. This paper gives a technology  overview of VMFS, including a discussion of features and their benefits.  The paper highlights how VMFS capabilities enable greater scalability  and decreased management overhead. It also provides best practices and  architectural considerations for deployment of VMFS.

    Layers of Virtual Storage in VMware VI3: Configuration without Confusion

     

    by  VMware  on 07/25/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/storage-layers-wp.pdf

    Provisioning storage for a virtual environment requires  navigating several layers of abstraction, making it desirable to view  this as a stack in order to follow the complete path successfully.  The  purpose of this paper is to define the options, choices and terms that  can help trace the route through this complex set of dependencies.

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Performance on VMware® ESX Server 3

     

    by  VMware  on 07/09/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/Virtualizing_Exchange2003.pdf

    This paper discusses the performance and scalability of  Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 when deployed within virtual machines  running under VMware ESX Server 3.01.

    Using MSCS to Cluster VirtualCenter

     

    by  VMware  on 06/21/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/VC_MSCS.pdf

    This document describes the use of Microsoft Cluster Server  (MSCS) to provide high availability for VirtualCenter. This capability  is available in VirtualCenter 2.x starting with VirtualCenter 2.0.1  Patch 2. You can implement the clustering architecture described in this  paper whether VirtualCenter runs on a physical server or in a virtual  machine.

    Networking Performance in Multiple VMs

     

    by  VMware  on 06/05/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/Multi-VM_Network_Performance.pdf

    Scaling and performance of VMware ESX Server 3.0.1 and  XenEnterprise 3.2.0 are measured by running a heavy networking load  simultaneously in each of several uniprocessor virtual machines.  The  results are also compared with a single SMP native machine running the  same total load.

    Using a Network Appliance SAN with VMware Infrastructure 3 to Facilitate Server and Storage Consolidation

     

    by  Network Appliance  on 05/30/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware_netapp_consolidation_wp7018.pdf

    This paper describes the real-world experiences of a  customer that reduced its x86 server count by 60% and decreased overall  operating costs.

    Performance Tuning and Benchmarking Guidelines for VMware Workstation 6

     

    by  VMware  on 05/08/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/WS6_Performance_Tuning_and_Benchmarking.pdf

    This book provides guidance in obtaining the best possible  performance using VMware Workstation 6.0, both in a production  environment and when running benchmarks.

    Multi-NIC Networking Performance in ESX 3.0.1 and XenEnterprise 3.2.0

     

    by  VMware  on 04/30/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/Multi-NIC_Performance.pdf

    In this paper, we characterize the virtualization overheads  of virtual machines by measuring the performance under heavy networking  in a uniprocessor virtual machine.

    Managing VMware VirtualCenter Roles and Permissions

     

    by  VMware  on 04/16/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_vc_roles.pdf

    This paper introduces you to the way Virtual Infrastructure 3  controls access to resources and describes techniques you can use to  assign appropriate access rights efficiently. It explains the concept of  roles, provides information to help in the design of custom roles, and  gives recommendations for how to work with roles and privileges in  VirtualCenter.

    Running VirtualCenter in a Virtual Machine

     

    by  VMware  on 04/03/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_vc_in_vm.pdf

    Running VirtualCenter in a virtual machine is fully  supported by VMware to the same degree as if it were installed on a  physical server. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidelines on  how to deploy VirtualCenter in a virtual machine, including sizing,  installation, functionality, and configuration of VMware HA.

    SAN System Design and Deployment Guide

     

    by  VMware  on 03/19/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_san_design_deploy.pdf

    This guide, or “cookbook,” describes how to design and  deploy virtual infrastructure systems using VMware Infrastructure 3 with  SANs (storage area networks). It describes SAN options supported with  VMware Infrastructure 3 and also describes benefits, implications, and  disadvantages of various design choices.

    VirtualCenter Monitoring and Performance Statistics

     

    by  VMware  on 03/19/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_monitoring_statistics_note.pdf

    This document lists the metrics available for monitoring  from VirtualCenter.  It includes guidelines for setting the Statistics  Collection Level, and indicates the types of metrics available for each  level.

    VirtualCenter 2.x: Using Database Views

     

    by  VMware  on 02/14/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vc_dbviews_2x.pdf

    This document describes the relationships of the provided  database views in your VMware VirtualCenter database. This document does  not describe how to create or use database views. This document  describes the database views for VirtualCenter version 2.x.

    Security Design of the VMware Infrastructure 3 Architecture

     

    by  VMware  on 02/22/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_security_architecture_wp.pdf

    VMware Infrastructure 3 is one of the most secure and robust  virtualization platforms available. VMware has both the technology and  the processes to ensure that this high standard is maintained in all  current and future products. This document discusses the architecture of  VMware Infrastructure 3, focusing on the security aspects of the  design.

    VMware Infrastructure 3 Security Hardening

     

    by  VMware  on 02/21/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_security_hardening_wp.pdf

    This paper provides recommendations for steps you can take  to ensure that your VMware Infrastructure 3 environment is properly  secured. It also explains in detail the security-related configuration  options of the components of VMware Infrastructure 3 and the  consequences for security of enabling certain capabilities.

    A Performance Comparison of Hypervisors

     

    by  VMware  on 01/31/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/hypervisor_performance.pdf

    This paper provides a quantitative and qualitative  comparison of two virtualization hypervisors available for the x86  architecture — VMware ESX Server 3.0.1 and open-source Xen 3.0.3 — to  validate their readiness for enterprise datacenters.

    Performance Tuning Best Practices for ESX Server 3

     

    by  VMware  on 01/25/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi_performance_tuning.pdf

    The paper provides a list of performance tips that cover the  most performance-critical areas of Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VI3).  The  intended audience is system administrators who have already deployed  VI3 and are looking to maximize their performance.

    Deploying Microsoft Exchange in VMware Infrastructure

     

    by  RapidApp  on 01/18/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/exchange_best_practices.pdf

    Deploying Microsoft Exchange in VMware Infrastructure offers  many advantages, including higher availability,simplified recovery, and  more efficient use of resources.  This paper discusses best practices  for running Exchange 2003 in a VMware Infrastructure environment, in the  areas of servers, virtual machines, storage, and implementation. In  addition, a case study shows an example architecture, and the Appendix  provides some sample metrics for Exchange performance.

    Replacing VirtualCenter Server Certificates

     

    by  VMware  on 12/19/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi_vcserver_certificates.pdf

    This Technical Note provides information about replacing the default certificates supplied with VirtualCenter Server hosts.

    VDI -- A New Desktop Strategy

     

    by  Foedus  on 12/05/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vdi_strategy.pdf

    VDI allows IT administrators to host and administer user  desktops on Virtual Infrastructure in the datacenter. Users access their  desktop using a remote desktop protocol. While sharing similarities  with other computing models, VDI offers many new and compelling benefits  for increasing manageability, performance, and security of user  desktops/PCs. This paper compares VDI to other user management  strategies and highlights VDI’s benefits for particular use cases.

    Configuring Management Agents for ESX Server 3.0.1

     

    by  VMware  on 10/05/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx30_cfg_mgmt_tools.pdf

    This technical note describes how to configure the selected  management agents for use with ESX Server 3.0.1: Dell OpenManage 5.1  agents, HP Insight Manager 7.6.0 agents, and IBM Director 5.10.3 agents.

    Scaling IBM DB2 in VMware Infrastructure 3 Environment

     

    by  VMware  on 10/09/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/db2_scalability_wp_vi3.pdf

    This white paper characterizes the performance of a  web-based OLTP workload using IBM DB2 9 and running in VMware  Infrastructure 3 environment. The results described in this paper  support the conclusion that running IBM DB2 in VMware virtual machines  can provide an effective production ready platform for hosting multiple  virtualized OLTP workloads.

    Improving Scalability for Citrix Presentation Server

     

    by  VMware  on 10/22/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_citrix_scalability.pdf

    This white paper presents data showing the number of Citrix  sessions you can sustain when running Citrix Presentation Server 4.0  inside a virtual machine, and then measures scalability with 1, 2, 4 and  8 VMs.  For ESX 3, engineering improved Citrix performance in a virtual  machine and we want to showcase those gains, as well as present best  practices for performance.

    Ready Time Observations

     

    by  VMware  on 10/31/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_ready_time.pdf

    To achieve best performance in a consolidated environment,  you must consider ready time — the time a virtual machine must wait in a  ready-to-run state before it can be scheduled on a CPU. This paper  provides information to help you understand the factors that influence  ready time on an ESX Server 3.0 system.

    Using VMware Infrastructure for Backup and Restore

     

    by  VMware  on 10/26/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_backup_wp.pdf

    This white paper describes what resources should be backed  up on an ESX Server system and explains the options available for that  backup, including advantages and disadvantages of each option. The paper  also offers some recommendations based on these trade-offs.
    This paper applies to VMware Infrastructure 3. The corresponding paper for ESX Server 2.x is available at http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/237

    Recommendations for Aligning VMFS Partitions

     

    by  VMware  on 08/01/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_partition_align.pdf

    Partition alignment is a known issue in physical file  systems, and its remedy is well-documented. The goal of the testing  reported in this paper was to validate the assumption that unaligned  partitions also impose a penalty when the partition is a VMware Virtual  Machine File System (VMware VMFS) partition.
    This paper lists a summary of the results of our testing,  recommendations for VMware VMFS partition alignment, and the steps  needed to create aligned VMware VMFS partitions.

    The Role of Memory in VMware ESX Server 3

     

    by  Kingston  on 10/23/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_memory.pdf

    The memory management capabilities of VMware ESX Server 3.0  provide a unique and sophisticated way to maximize the usage of physical  memory within a single box. For many workloads, memory is the limiting  factor, and effective memory management enables more virtual machines to  share a single server, increasing ROI for consolidation. Advances in  virtualization, CPU, and memory technology make the addition of memory  one of the most effective investments for maximizing the utilization of  an ESX Server host.

    Patch Management for ESX Server 3

     

    by  VMware  on 09/06/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_esxupdate.pdf

    The VMware ESX 3 Server software maintenance tool,  esxupdate, is a utility that efficiently updates VMware ESX Server  hosts. Use it to install software updates, enforce software update  policies, and track installed software. The benefits of this mechanism  include smaller distribution downloads, atomic updates, ability to  automate update deployment, selectability by update classification, and  automatic dependency resolution.

    SAN Conceptual and Design Basics

     

    by  VMware  on 10/03/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_san_cfg_technote.pdf

    To use ESX Server effectively with a SAN, you’re expected to  be familiar with the SAN technology. This white paper offers a brief  introduction to some basic SAN concepts, but doesn'’t aim to be an  exhaustive source of information on SANs.

    Enabling Active Directory Authentication with ESX Server

     

    by  VMware  on 10/02/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_esxcfg_auth_tn.pdf

    This document provides information about how to configure ESX Server to use Active Directory for authentication.
    This paper applies to VMware Infrastructure 3.  The corresponding paper for ESX Server 2.x is available at http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/429

    The Portable Datacenter

     

    by  VMware  on 09/25/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/portable_datacenter.pdf

    Using VMware technology as a foundation, Smartronix, a  global professional solutions provider,created a complete datacenter  that is self-contained and easily transported to any location at a  moment’s notice. This paper documents the architecture of this portable  datacenter solution.

    VMmark: A Scalable Benchmark for Virtualized Systems

     

    by  VMware  on 09/24/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmmark_intro.pdf

    This paper presents VMmark, a novel benchmark for  quantifying the performance of virtualized environments. VMmark is  designed as a tile-based benchmark consisting of a diverse set of  workloads commonly found in the datacenter. The workloads comprising  each tile are run simultaneously in separate virtual machines at load  levels that are typical of virtualized environments. The performance of  each workload is measured and then combined with the other workloads to  form the score for the individual tile. Multiple tiles can be run  simultaneously to increase the overall score.

    VMware ESX Server Using EMC Symmetrix Storage Systems

     

    by  EMC  on 09/19/2006 @

    http://www.emc.com/techlib/pdf/300-003-507_a01_elccnt_0.pdf

    This solutions guide describes integration of the VMware ESX  Server with EMC Symmetrix networked storage systems—and software  including EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) and EMC TimeFinder  local replication software. Topics covered include installation, setup,  configuration, and best practices; how TimeFinder can be used with  VMware ESX; and how SRDF can be leveraged with VMware ESX Server to  provide business restart processing.

    Double-Take Replication in the VMware Environment

     

    by  VMware  on 09/18/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware_doubletake.pdf

    This technical white paper talks about the way Double-Take's  replication solution can be used in VMware environment. It also talks  about a customer experience and lists a few example scenarios.

    Using VMware ESX Server with 3PAR Utility Storage to Optimize Virtual Computing Deployments

     

    by  VMware  on 10/15/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_3par_util_stor.pdf

    This whitepaper discusses the cost of over-provisioning  servers and storage in an IT infrastructure, and how this unnecessary  cost can be reduced and even eliminated through combining server  virtualization technology and utility storage. The combination of VMware  ESX Server and 3PAR Utility Storage results in a powerful virtualized  utility computing platform.

    VMware ESX Server Using EMC CLARiiON Storage Systems

     

    by  EMC  on 08/28/2006 @

    http://www.emc.com/techlib/pdf/H2197_VMWare_ESX_CLARiiON_Stor_Syst_ldv.pdf

    This solutions guide describes integration of the VMware ESX  Server with EMC CLARiiON networked storage systems—and software  including EMC SnapView, EMC MirrorView, and EMC SAN Copy. Download this  guide for detailed information and instruction on how CLARiiON storage  systems and software enhance VMware functionality by providing  capabilities to efficiently grow, clone, and/or remotely replicate  virtual environments.

    Planning an Upgrade to VMware Infrastructure 3

     

    by  VMware  on 10/15/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_upgrade_plan.pdf

    Because of the breadth of the changes in VMware  Infrastructure 3, environments that currently run ESX Server 2.x and  VirtualCenter 1.x must be upgraded with procedures that utilize special  capabilities designed into the product. This guide aims to help IT  administrators and architects understand the upgrade process and plan  for it appropriately.

    VDI Server Sizing and Scaling

     

    by  VMware  on 08/24/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vdi_sizing_vi3.pdf

    VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a  server-based computing offering that provides desktop environments as an  enterprise hosted service. VDI allows administrators to maintain and  manage all user applications, data, and environments in the centrally  located data center.
    This white paper describes the testing methodology, results,  and analysis and sizing guidelines for setting up Virtual Desktop  Infrastructure using VMware Infrastructure 3.

    Fast Transparent Migration for Virtual Machines

     

    by  VMware  on 04/09/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/usenix_vmotion.pdf

    This paper describes the design and implementation of a  system that uses virtual machine technology to provide fast, transparent  application migration. This is the first system that can migrate  unmodified applications on unmodified mainstream Intel x86-based  operating system, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Novell NetWare and  others. Neither the application nor any clients communicating with the  application can tell that the application has been migrated.  Experimental measurements show that for a variety of workloads,  application downtime caused by migration is less than a second.

    Memory Resource Management in VMware ESX Server

     

    by  VMware  on 12/08/2002 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/usenix_resource_mgmt.pdf

    This paper introduces several novel ESX Server mechanisms  and policies for managing memory. A ballooning technique reclaims the  pages considered least valuable by the operating system running in a  virtual machine. An idle memory tax achieves efficient memory  utilization while maintaining performance isolation guarantees.  Content-based page sharing
    and hot I/O page remapping exploit transparent page  remapping to eliminate redundancy and reduce copying overheads. These  techniques are combined to efficiently support virtual machine workloads  that overcommit memory.

    Virtualizing I/O Devices on VMware Workstation’s Hosted Virtual Machine Monitor

     

    by  VMware  on 06/24/2001 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/usenix_io_devices.pdf

    This paper focuses on VMwareWorkstation’s approach to  virtualizing I/O devices.  This paper studies the virtualization and  performance of an Ethernet adapter on VMware Workstation. Results  indicate that with optimizations, VMware Workstation’s hosted  virtualization architecture can match native I/O throughput on standard  PCs.

    An Analysis of Disk Performance in VMware ESX Server Virtual Machines

     

    by  VMware  on 10/26/2003 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/wwc_performance.pdf

    This paper studies the performance of a key component of the  ESX Server architecture: its storage subsystem. We characterize the  performance of native systems and virtual machines using a series of  disk microbenchmarks on several different storage systems. We show that  the virtual machines perform well compared to native, and that the I/O  behavior of virtual machines closely matches that of the native server.  We then discuss how the microbenchmarks can be used to estimate virtual  machine performance for disk-intensive applications by studying two  workloads: a simple file server and a commercial mail server.

    A Comparison of Software and Hardware Techniques for x86 Virtualization

     

    by  VMware  on 08/08/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/asplos235_adams.pdf

    The main technical contributions of this paper are (1) a  review of VMware Workstation’s software VMM, focusing on performance  properties of the virtual instruction execution engine; (2) a review of  the emerging hardware support, identifying performance trade-offs; (3) a  quantitative performance comparison of a software and a hardware VMM.

    Using VMware ESX Server with IBM WebSphere Application Server

     

    by  VMware  on 08/20/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/partners/vmware/ESX_WAS_WP.pdf

    This paper looks at the best practices when running VMware  ESX Server and IBM WebSphere Application Server on a large symmetric  multiprocessor (SMP) server to achieve the best application performance  (throughput and response time). Our tests concluded that the use of  VMware software is an excellent option for those wanting to run  WebSphere Application Server in a virtualized SMP environment.

    Improving Guest Operating System Accounting for Descheduled Virtual Machines in ESX Server 3.x Systems

     

    by  VMware  on 08/20/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_esx_vmdesched.pdf

    This document explains how to install and monitor VMDesched  on Linux and Windows guest operating systems. It also describes timer  interrupt virtualization issues resolved by VMDesched and how VMDesched  works.
    When installed, the VMDesched component provides two key benefits:
    • Improved accuracy for guest operating system CPU time accounting when physical CPU resources are overcommitted.
    • Improved guest operating system timekeeping with respect to real time.
    The experimental VMware Descheduled Time Accounting  component, VMDesched, is an optional new component of VMware Tools.  VMDesched is available starting with ESX Server 3.0.

    VMware ESX Server:  Third-Party Software in the Service Console

     

    by  VMware  on 08/02/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_3p_scvcons.pdf

    In general, VMware recommends that users avoid running  third-party software in the VMware ESX Server service console. Clear  exceptions to this policy are software packages explicitly identified in  ESX Server compatibility guides. This technical note outlines the  reasons for this recommendation and guidelines developers should follow  when writing software to run in the ESX Server service console.

    Running Microsoft Exchange Server in a Virtual Machine Using ESX Server 2.5

     

    by  VMware  on 07/21/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/exchange_esx25_wp_eng.pdf

    This white paper provides lab-tested guidance for  implementing an enterprise messaging system using Microsoft Exchange  messaging products and VMware ESX Server 2.5.
    The paper provides referential and prescriptive guidance to  enable a customer or solution provider to adequately plan, build,  deploy, and operate an enterprise messaging system that results in the  following benefits to an organization:
    • Availability to meet the service level agreements (SLAs)
    • Security to meet the business requirements
    • Scalability to meet the projected business volumes
    • Predictable and reliable performance from pre-tested implementations
    • Reduced implementation time, cost, and operational risk, leading to a faster time to benefit

    Configuring VMware ACE as the Primary Desktop Environment: Sample Registry File

     

    by  VMware  on 10/06/2005 @

    http://download3.vmware.com/software/ace/ace-secure-template.reg.txt

    The sample registry file to accompany the technical note Configuring VMware ACE as the Primary Desktop Environment,  which explains how to configure VMware ACE and a host computer so the  virtual machine running in VMware ACE is the primary desktop  environment.

    VMware ESX Server Ethernet-based Storage Configuration

     

    by  VMware  on 06/15/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/iscsi_storage_esx.pdf

    This technical note examines key issues in configuring iSCSI storage with virtual machines running on an ESX Server system.

    HCL: I/O Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x

     

    by  VMware  on 01/03/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_io_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server Software delivers high performance I/O for  PCI-based SCSI, RAID, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet controllers. To  achieve high performance, these devices are accessed directly through  device drivers in the ESX Server host, and not through a host operating  system as with VMware Workstation and GSX Server products.
    VMware certifies that specific systems and components are  compatible with ESX Server software. Through the VMware Preferred  Hardware Partner Program, ESX Server software works with leading server  vendors to ensure that appropriate configurations of their current and  future server products are certified.

    HCL: Backup Software Compatibility for ESX Server 3.x

     

    by  VMware  on 12/20/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_backup_guide.pdf

    This is not an exhaustive list of all backup software  packages and versions that are compatible with ESX Server software, but  it represents those servers that VMware or its partners have tested with  the current release of ESX Server software.

    HCL: Systems Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x

     

    by  VMware  on 01/03/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_systems_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server is tested for compatibility with a variety  of major guest operating systems running in virtual machines.  Additionally, VMware ESX Server is tested for compatibility with  currently shipping platforms from the major server makers in pre-release  testing. Our goal is to support a variety of storage and network  adapters used as standard options for these platforms as they come to  market.

    HCL: Storage Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x

     

    by  VMware  on 01/09/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_san_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server 3.x has been tested and deployed in a  variety of storage area network (SAN) environments.  This guide  describes the combination of HBAs (host bus adapters) and storage  devices currently tested by VMware and its storage partners.

    Streamlining Patch Testing and Deployment

     

    by  VMware  on 06/15/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/gsx_landesk.pdf

    Using VMware GSX Server with LANDesk Management Suite to improve patch deployment speed and reliability.

    Using Clones to Streamline Development

     

    by  VMware  on 06/09/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ws5_clones_technote.pdf

    Use Workstation 5, with its linked clones and multiple  snapshots features, to set up a repository of clean development  environments in a series of virtual machines and then quickly clone and  download a desired setup in minutes.

    Development in Multitier Configurations with Workstation Teams

     

    by  VMware  on 06/09/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ws5_teams_technote.pdf

    Use Workstation 5, with its teams feature, to set up an  entire three-tier configuration for development and testing, virtually,  on a single physical machine.

    Performance Benchmarking Guidelines for VMware Workstation 5.5

     

    by  VMware  on 04/14/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/WS55_Benchmarking_Guidelines.pdf

    This white paper provides guidance in implementing benchmark  tests using VMware Workstation 5.5. It addresses benchmarking  methodology, configuring for performance, ensuring “apples-to-apples”  comparisons, and avoiding common pitfalls.

    Building Virtual Infrastructure with VMware VirtualCenter

     

    by  VMware  on 07/29/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi_wp.pdf

    This paper demonstrates how adopting virtual infrastructure  helps organizations drive costs out of their infrastructure, respond  faster to business needs and increase consistency of operations.

    VirtualCenter Technical Best Practices

     

    by  VMware  on 07/19/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vc_technical_best.pdf

    This presentation provides an overview of VirtualCenter  product components, system requirements, the VirtualCenter database,  authentication, sample configurations, and VMotion considerations.

    Comparing the MUI, VirtualCenter, and vmkusage

     

    by  VMware  on 03/18/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/mui_vmkusage2.pdf

    This paper compares three VMware performance tools and  highlights where the values of the output can differ, focusing on CPU  and memory statistics.

    Performance Problem Report Check List

     

    by  VMware  on 04/08/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_checklist1.0.pdf

    This paper presents a check list that VMware Support uses to  iteratively eliminate potential performance issues until the system is  running optimally.

    Using vmkusage to Isolate Performance Problems

     

    by  VMware  on 03/23/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_using_vmkusage.pdf

    This paper introduces vmkusage and describes how to use it to analyze and isolate ESX performance problems.

    ESX Performance Tips and Tricks

     

    by  VMware  on 02/07/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_performance_tips_tricks.pdf

    This paper provides several useful tips for tuning and troubleshooting your ESX Server machine.

    Using esxtop to Troubleshoot Performance Problems

     

    by  VMware  on 12/23/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_using_esxtop.pdf

    This paper describes the process for troubleshooting a  suspected performance problem at the virtualization layer (i.e., the ESX  Server layer) using the esxtop tool.

    Representing Physical Machines in the Virtual World

     

    by  VMware  on 12/23/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_machine_representation.pdf

    This paper describes the process for troubleshooting a  suspected performance problem at the machine representation layer (i.e.,  virtual machine layer).

    Isolating Performance Problems

     

    by  VMware  on 12/23/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_isolating_performance.pdf

    This paper provides an overview of the process used to troubleshoot performance problems in the ESX Server environment.

    ESX Server Architecture and Performance Implications

     

    by  VMware  on 08/03/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_performance_implications.pdf

    This paper uncovers ESX Server software architecture and  provides insights into the techniques used for efficient resource  control. It also describes advanced scheduling configuration options and  performance tools for measuring system resource utilization.

    NIC Bonding and VLANs on IBM BladeCenter

     

    by  VMware  on 08/10/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx21_IBM_NIC_VLAN.pdf

     

    This paper covers topics including load balancing, failover only mode, and switch failover mode.

    Configuring and Installing HP Blade Servers

     

    by  VMware  on 04/28/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx21_HP_blade.pdf

    This paper helps you maximize your ESX Server experience on HP blade servers.

    Configuring and Installing IBM BladeCenter

     

    by  VMware  on 03/31/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx21_IBM_blade.pdf

    This paper helps you maximize your ESX Server experience on IBM blade servers.

    Login Using Active Directory

     

    by  VMware  on 03/02/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_authentication_AD.pdf

    This document explains how to use a Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory domain as an authentication source.
    This paper applies to ESX Server 2.x.  The corresponding paper for VMware Infrastructure 3 is available at http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/582

    Login Using Windows NT

     

    by  VMware  on 05/13/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_authentication_NT.pdf

    This document explains how to use Microsoft Windows NT 4.0  with domain as an authentication source in the ESX Server 2.1  environment.

    Using VERITAS NetBackup DataCenter

     

    by  VMware  on 03/24/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/veritasnetbu.pdf

    This technical note describes basic procedures for using  VERITAS NetBackup DataCenter version 4.5 to backup VMware ESX Server  files.

    Using AnywhereUSB to Connect USB Devices

     

    by  VMware  on 03/01/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_anywhereusb2.pdf

    AnywhereUSB enables a virtual machine running on VMware ESX  Server to send USB data through its standard Ethernet interface over an  Ethernet or wireless IP network to nearly any USB device.

    Providing LUN Security

     

    by  VMware  on 03/10/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_lun_security.pdf

    VMware ESX Server provides strong security and performance  isolation for virtual machine storage. This technical note describes the  underlying mechanisms and some configuration differences between  physical and virtual environments as they relate to SAN storage.

    Virtual to Physical Documentation and Sample Configurations

     

    by  VMware  on 06/18/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/support/v2p/index.html

    The V2P Technical Note details how a customer can convert an  existing virtual machine to a physical machine using third party tools.

    Converting Image Files into Virtual Machine Disks

     

    by  VMware  on 07/13/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/p2v_thirdpartyimage.pdf

    This technical note describes how to create virtual disks,  with or without operating systems, using third party tools, compatible  with VMware virtual machines.

    P2V Assistant Tested Hardware

     

    by  VMware  on 05/24/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/p2v_hardware.pdf

    Listing of systems, SCSI / RAID controllers, NICs, and Fiber Channels tested against P2V.

    VMware Infrastructure 3: Pricing, Packaging and Licensing Overview

     

    by  VMware  on 06/02/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi_pricing.pdf

    Simplifying how customers purchase, deploy and get support  for VMware data center products, the VMware Infrastructure 3 product  suite introduces significant changes to pricing, packaging and licensing  for all products included in the suite.

    HCL: VMware ESX Server Supported Backup Tools

     

    by  VMware  on 10/07/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/support/esx25/doc/backup_tools_links.html

    Links to ESX Server 2.5 supported backup clients.

    HCL: VMware ESX Server 3.x and 2.5.x Supported System Management Clients

     

    by  VMware  on 12/18/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/support/esx25/doc/sys_mgmt_links.html

    This document lists the links to ESX Server 3.x and 2.5 supported system management clients.

    HCL: Backup Software Compatibility for ESX Server 2.x

     

    by  VMware  on 10/07/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_backup_guide.pdf

    This document describes the specific backup packages tested by VMware.

    HCL: SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 2.x

     

    by  VMware  on 11/07/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_SAN_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server has been tested and deployed in a variety  of SAN environments. However, in practice, because every customer's  device combination, topology, and configuration are unique, VMware  recommends that VMware professional services be engaged to install and  configure the initial ESX Server installation in your SAN environment.
    This paper describes in detail the combinations of HBAs and storage devices currently tested by VMware and its storage partners.

    HCL: I/O Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 2.x

     

    by  VMware  on 11/07/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_io_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server delivers high performance I/O for  PCI-based SCSI, RAID, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet controllers. To  achieve high performance, these devices are accessed directly through  device drivers in the ESX Server machine and not through a host  operating system as with VMware Workstation and GSX Server products.

    HCL: Systems Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 2.x

     

    by  VMware  on 12/11/2007 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_system_guide.pdf

    VMware ESX Server has an architecture that delivers high  performance I/O for PCI- based SCSI, RAID, Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and  Gigabit Ethernet adapters, as well as internal RAID controllers.  These  high performance devices are accessed directly through device drivers in  the ESX Server machine and not through a host operating system as with  VMware Workstation and GSX Server products.
    VMware ESX Server is tested for compatibility with a variety  of major guest operating systems running in virtual machines.  Additionally, VMware ESX Server is tested for compatibility with  currently shipping platforms from the major server makers in pre-release  testing. Our goal is to support a variety of storage and network  adapters used as standard options for these platforms as they come to  market.

    VMware ESX Server 3:  802.1Q VLAN Solutions

     

    by  VMware  on 06/04/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_vlan_wp.pdf

    This white paper provides an overview of VLAN concepts and  benefits and illustrates three possible ESX Server and virtual machine  VLAN configurations. It then compares the advantages
    and disadvantages of the three possible configurations and  recommends some best practices. The paper also includes configuration  samples for both ESX Server and the external physical switches and  concludes with a list of frequently asked questions.

    VMware Infrastructure 3 architecture

     

    by  VMware  on 06/05/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi_architecture_wp.pdf

    This paper describes the architecture of VMware  Infrastructure, beginning with the elements that make up its physical  topology, followed by the virtual, or logical, view of VMware  Infrastructure where the relationships between the virtual architectural  elements and the physical world are explored. Lastly, the architectures  of two core VMware Infrastructure components are discussed in further  detail.

    Tips and Tricks for Implementing Infrastructure Services on ESX Server

     

    by  Foedus  on 06/05/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/tips_tricks_infrastructure_services.pdf

    The purpose of this paper is to provide advice on leveraging  key features of VMware Infrastructure for deployment of infrastructure  services for system administrators who are new to VMware Virtual  Infrastructure.  This paper is intended for system administrators who  are new to VMware Infrastructure.  The recommendations are applicable to  small or mid size companies.  Recommendations and examples will  illustrate what can be accomplished using the VMware Infrastructure  platform.
    Foedus is a leading provider of Virtualization  Infrastructure technologies and services to companies worldwide,  specializing in helping organizations utilize emerging technologies to  solve their critical business challenges. By offering a unique  combination of consulting talent and implementation expertise, Foedus  enables companies to realize a measurable return on their VI investment.

    VirtualCenter 2: Template Usage and Best Practices

     

    by  Foedus  on 06/04/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vc_2_templates_usage_best_practices_wp.pdf

    This document will focus on the use of virtual machine  templates in VMware Infrastructure 3. Virtual machine template  functionality was redesigned in VMware Infrastructure 3 which includes  VirtualCenter 2. In this context, a virtual machine template (usually  referred to as simply a template) is a reusable image created from a  virtual machine. The template, as a derivative of the source virtual  machine,typically includes virtual hardware components, an installed  guest operating system (with any applicable patches) and software  application(s). New to VirtualCenter 2 is the ability to keep templates  current with OS and application updates.
    Foedus is a leading provider of Virtualization  Infrastructure technologies and services to companies worldwide,  specializing in helping organizations utilize emerging technologies to  solve their critical business challenges. By offering a unique  combination of consulting talent and implementation expertise, Foedus  enables companies to realize a measurable return on their VI investment.

    File / Print / DNS Servers: Getting Started with Virtual Infrastructure

     

    by  Foedus  on 06/05/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/file_print_dns_wp.pdf

    In this white paper, we will discuss the value of adding  virtual infrastructure to the organization to support various staple  services such as File and Printing services and DNS.  Leveraging VMware  ESX Server's iSCSI support, virtual file servers reach new capabilities  while keeping costs affordable at the same time.  The scalability of  virtual networking support in VMware ESX Server 3.0 lends itself  especially well in high-bandwidth scenarios when coupled with new  processor technology from Intel.  New features of ESX Server 3.0 such as  clustering, consolidated backup and Distributed Availability Services  mean you can ensure 100% availability of file and printing services  without the complicated setup of Windows clusters or 3rd party products.
    Foedus is a leading provider of Virtualization  Infrastructure technologies and services to companies worldwide,  specializing in helping organizations utilize emerging technologies to  solve their critical business challenges. By offering a unique  combination of consulting talent and implementation expertise, Foedus  enables companies to realize a measurable return on their VI investment.

    Consolidated Backup in VMware Infrastructure 3

     

    by  VMware  on 06/05/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_consolidated_backup.pdf

    VMware Consolidated Backup offloads backup tasks from ESX  Server systems to one or more dedicated backup proxies, thus reducing  the load on the ESX Server systems and improving manageability.  It  provides highly flexible backup and restore capabilities, from full  image backups (for any guest operating system) to full and incremental  file-based backups (for Microsoft Windows guest operating systems).
    This white paper provides a brief introduction to VMware Consolidated Backup.

    VMware HA: Concepts and Best Practices

     

    by  VMware  on 01/02/2008 @

    http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMwareHA_twp.pdf

    This paper describes the use of VMware HA to system and  server administrators and IT architects. The paper addresses the  important details of the VMware HA architecture and expounds on  configuration and implementation topics and how to avoid configuration  issues. This paper also discusses various ways that network and storage  can be configured and how the choices affect the levels of availability.  Troubleshooting and special issues like isolation and maintenance mode  are also discussed. Key best practices like basic networking dos and  don'ts and advanced VMware HA options and when to use them are explained  as well.

    Resource Management with VMware DRS

     

    by  VMware  on 06/05/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware_drs_wp.pdf

    VMware® Infrastructure 3 provides a set of distributed  infrastructure services that make the entire IT environment more  serviceable, available and efficient. VMware DRS (Distributed Resource  Scheduler) dynamically allocates and balances computing capacity and  virtual machine placement with resources pooled from multiple ESX Server  hosts.
    This white paper provides an architectural and conceptual  overview of VMware DRS and describes how you can use DRS to simplify  provisioning of applications, achieve higher levels of resource  utilization, and better align use of IT resources with business  priorities.

    Extending Your Patch Management Framework: Technical Note

     

    by  VMware  on 06/09/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_custom_patch.pdf

    This technical note explains how to use VMware ACE to extend the patch management
    framework that has been adopted by your company.
    (script )

    Integration with Active Directory

     

    by  VMware  on 06/09/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_active_directory.pdf

    This technical note explains how to set up Active Directory to use with VMware ACE.

    Custom Authentication: Technical Note

     

    by  VMware  on 06/09/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_simple_authenticate.pdf

    This technical note explains how to write a simple script to authenticate remote
    VMware ACE users.
    (script )

    Managing Guest Workers

     

    by  VMware  on 05/26/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_guest_mgmt.pdf

    This technical note explains how to use VMware ACE to manage  personal computers for guest workers, such as contractors, who  routinely use their laptop computers both at work and at home to access  the corporate network.

    Managing Remote Access

     

    by  VMware  on 02/13/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_remote_mgmt.pdf

    This technical note explains how to use VMware ACE to manage remote access through VPN to a corporate network.

    Best Practices for Setting up VMware ACE

     

    by  VMware  on 02/13/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_best_practices.pdf

    This technical note explains how to set up VMware ACE Manager and most efficiently manage your VMware ACE projects.

    Configuring VMware ACE as the Primary Desktop Environment: Technical Note

     

    by  VMware  on 10/06/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_primary_desktop_20051006.pdf

    This technical note explains how to configure VMware ACE and a host computer so
    the virtual machine running in VMware ACE is the primary desktop environment.
    (sample registry file )

    Virtual Machine Encryption Basics

     

    by  VMware  on 01/17/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ace_encrypt_bg.pdf

    This technical note provides an introduction to the  encryption used in VMware ACE. VMware ACE gives administrators the  option of enhancing the security of virtual machines they distribute to  end users by encrypting key data and configuration files.

    Storage Subsystem Performance in VMware ESX Server: BusLogic Versus LSI Logic

     

    by  VMware  on 04/04/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ESX2_Storage_Performance.pdf

    This white paper compares the performance of virtual  BusLogic and virtual LSI Logic SCSI drivers within VMware ESX Server for  a variety of data sizes and access patterns.

    ESX Server Performance and Resource Management for CPU-Intensive Workloads

     

    by  VMware  on 02/14/2006 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ESX2_CPU_Performance.pdf

    This white paper describes the methods available for  allocating and managing resources among ESX Server virtual machines. The  paper then examines benchmark results run with various system  configurations to illustrate the effects and benefits of using these  different scaling and resource allocation methods.

    Reference and Capacity Planning with Citrix Presentation Server (for ESX Server 2)

     

    by  VMware  on 03/09/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_citrix_planning.pdf

    This guide recommends architecture designs for users  implementing Citrix in a VMware environment. It outlines the advantages  of deploying Citrix Metaframe operating in virtual machines running on  VMware ESX Server.

    Reference & Planning for Virtualizing Citrix

     

    by  VMware  on 02/22/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_citrix.pdf

    This provides reference and capacity planning for Citrix Presentation Server in a VMware ESX Server Environment.

    Hyper-Threading Support in ESX Server 2.1

     

    by  VMware  on 04/13/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx21_hyperthreading.pdf

    This paper explains the changes that an administrator can  expect to see when running ESX Server on a Hyper-Threading Technology  (HT) system.

    Best Practices for ESX Server 2

     

    by  VMware  on 11/04/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_best_practices.pdf

    This paper recommends specific deployment guidelines to maximize the ease of use of ESX Server in your environment.

    Systems Management

     

    by  VMware  on 12/06/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ESX2SysMgt.pdf

    This technical white paper provides an overview of the systems management options possible with VMware ESX Server 2.

    NUMA Support for ESX Server 2

     

    by  VMware  on 06/10/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_NUMA.pdf

    This whitepaper describes how the mainframe-style  partitioning of VMware ESX Server 2 and the NUMA system design of the  IBM Enterprise X-Architecture complement and support each other.

    VMware ESX Server 2: 802.1Q VLAN Solutions

     

    by  VMware  on 12/10/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_vlan.pdf

    This white paper provides an overview of VLAN concepts and  benefits and illustrates three possible ESX Server and virtual machine  VLAN configurations.

    Security

     

    by  VMware  on 09/24/2004 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_security.pdf

    This paper describes how VMware provides for security in the ESX Server environment.

    CLARiiON Integration with VMware ESX Server

     

    by  EMC  on 09/14/2006 @

    http://www.emc.com/techlib/pdf/H1416_emc_clariion_integration_vmware_wp_ldf.pdf

    This technical overview highlights the clustering and  VMotion capabilities of the VMware ESX Server when connected to a  CLARiiON storage system.

    Best Practices Using VMware Virtual SMP

     

    by  VMware  on 07/12/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsmp_best_practices.pdf

    This paper provides an overview of Virtual SMP and outlines  recommendations for deploying virtual machines with more than one  virtual CPU on VMware ESX Server.

    Timekeeping in VMware Virtual Machines

     

    by  VMware  on 08/01/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware_timekeeping.pdf

    This paper describes how timekeeping hardware works in  physical machines, how typical guest operating systems use this hardware  to keep time, and how VMware products virtualize the hardware.

    Backup, Restoration, and Disaster Recovery

     

    by  VMware  on 11/11/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_backup_wp.pdf

    Backup, restoration, and disaster recovery are among the  most crucial elements of datacenter management. VMware ESX Server System  and VMware Virtual Infrastructure provide many different capabilities.  This paper describes what resources should be backed up on an ESX server  and explains all the options available for that backup.
    This paper applies to ESX Server 2.x. The corresponding paper for VMware Infrastructure 3 is available at http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/610

    NSI Double-Take and VMware ESX Server & GSX Server Virtual Machines

     

    by  VMware  on 10/07/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/nsi_doubletake_esxgsx.pdf

    This document describes how VMware products can be used with  Double-Take from NSI Software to provide solutions for challenging high  availability and disaster recover cases.
    Please see updated paper for VMware Infrastructure 3 at:  http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/560

    Using IBM® TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server FlashCopy Function with the VMware ESX 2.5 Server

     

    by  VMware  on 10/07/2005 @

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ibm_flashcopy_esx.pdf

    In the current information age, the amount of data is  increasing exponentially, and storing and managing this vast amount of  data is critically important. As part of their data backup strategy,  companies are increasingly replicating their data using point-in-time  solutions such as FlashCopy® for ESS.