Top 6 Tips for Configuring vSphere Resource Pools – aggregating hardware into logical pools of resources for easier management. But how do you really configure resource pools? Get the PDF Top 6 Tips for Configuring vSphere Resource Pools here. This paper is written by Greg Shields, MVP, vExpert. Greg gives some good tips on managing resource pools in VMware vSphere.
The Ins and outs of IOPS - IOPS, which is not an easy topic, but you’ll get some good tips. Get the free PDF - The Ins and outs of IOPS. The discussion in this document focus on IOPS, and how storage I/O is an often over-simplified topic. The author is Brad Bonn from Dell and he explains what are IOPS, where to look at the storage performance degradations, and also how to plan your storage architecture.
Maximizing VMware Virtual Machines Performance - In this technical Whitepaper called Maximizing Virtual Machine Performance, Mattias Sundling walks you in several steps, through the basics on where you can recover the maximum of performance of your VMs, which is otherwise lost in miss-configurations. A well-tuned foundation enables you to make better use of your virtual infrastructure. Optimizing CPU, memory, disk and network will improve performance and make your virtual environment more efficient to manage.
Mythbusters Goes Virtual - Four Myths which all will get uncovered by Eric Sloof and Mattias Sundling. Mythbusters goes virtual was in in the top 3 of the most popular VMworld sessions. You can download this free PDF, where both professionals uncovers those myths which are still present in many minds. Not only they explain why, but they also shows the details through graphs and schemas.
VM Memory Sizing Considerations - What are applications which are “memory hogs”? In fact those applications are designed to reserve (cache) all available memory when they start. In a virtual environment it’s not a behavior which one would prefer though… How to find the way out? You’ll need to take into account the Reservations and Limits as well. In fact, by knowing exactly how much your application need memory you can properly size the VM and configuring resource controls if necessary. Get this PDF – VM Memory Sizing Considerations.
Best practices for Storage and server admins on How-to enhance Performance of VMware environments. To show storage and server admins some tips to avoid friction. Enhancing VMware Performance - Three best practices for Storage and Server Admins points out few tips about the organization and planning.
Applying an Economic Model to IT Management – these technologies need to replace manual partitioned management with ROI-centric, proactive, scalable, automated, and unified resource and performance management. In this whitepaper, we describe how VMTurbo’s supply-chain economy uniquely addresses these requirements by combining monitoring (Observe), analytics(Advise), and actions (Automate) to enable proactive, ROI-centric virtualization management. Get this PDF Applying an Economic Model to IT Management here.
vCPU Sizing Considerations - The number of vCPUs is one of the most important considerations when sizing virtual machines. But getting the right balance — neither over-allocating nor under-allocating is a challenge.
100 percent CPU usage for short periods isn’t cause for changing CPU configuration… Get this PDF vCPU Sizing Considerations here.
Successfully Managing Performance and Capacity in Cloud Environments - Managing Virtual Infrastructure instead of just physical servers one by one is challenging. One must make some decisions on where to best place the workloads or how much physical server and storage capacity to provision for new VMs… What’s the best sizing for new VMs so they’re not oversubscribed with memory, disk or CPU…? Identify the “sleeping VMs” which do nothing, orphaned VMDKs, Snapshots, logfiles… Get the Free PDF here.
Utilizing Automation and Control to Improve TCO in Cloud Infrastructures - This eBook explores the key challenges facing service providers as they scale out “Cloud Infrastructure as a Service” and how these can be addressed by leveraging next-generation infrastructure operations management solutions that provide the intelligence, automation and orchestration capabilities to automate service delivery processes and deliver greater financial returns. The business model of Service Providers is founded on the basis of being able to remove cost from IT service delivery processes whilst providing the same or better quality of service, thus enabling their customers to focus on their core business activities. Get the Free PDF here.
Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 Technical Hands on Guide
- Introduction to Hyper-V 3.0
- Failover Clustering
- Managing Virtual Machine Failover
- PowerShell Management
The authors, Brian Posey, with Pete Zerger and Chris Henley goes quite deep in the topics and provides many screenshots through the document, which is btw 142 pages long.
Top 7 VMware management challenges – Virtual Infrastructure brings new challenges that does not exists in physical world. If you ignore them, you might soon be facing a serious nightmare and disorder. Your neat and clean Virtual environment after 6 month of use might look like a mess.
Some might think that VMs are free. They are not. The actually cost money, because you need to have a host with real CPU, real Memory, you need shared storage to implement HA (High Availability) etc….. You know, there are ways on how to prevent VM sprawl….
A quick quote from the E-book
“Veeam ONE provides tools that can help you identify and stop VM sprawl so your virtual environment doesn’t become a virtual junkyard. This can be done via reports and dashboards that track resource usage and idle virtual machines, as well as mechanisms for categorizing virtual machines and documenting the virtual infrastructure.“