Virtual Machines

My P2V Conversion Guide

Hey all!

I’m on an engagement with a client that includes a dozen or so hard-to-p2v physical servers. I’m sure I’ll have other posts as I work through the issues, but one of the Jr. Administrators on their staff asked if I had a best practices or how to guide for successful P2V’s.

So to add to the web pile of guides on this subject, I bring you my take on virtualizing existing servers!



Microsoft 70-412: Objective 1.4 – Manage Virtual Machine Movement

Hooray, the last post in section 1! I hope this series is helping you study as much as it is for me!
This post deals with Objective 1.4, which handles some common Virtual machine operations:

Table of Contents:
Perform live migration
Perform quick migration
Perform storage migration
Import, Export, and Copy VMs
Configure VM network health protection
Configure drain on shutdown


Edit VM Hardware V10 VMs

Hey all!

There’s a an updated version of vSphere out, vSphere 5.5 update 2.

  • Hosts can have 6TB of RAM installed
  • Microsoft SQL 2012 sp1 and 2014 support
  • Drops web client support for Windows XP and Vista
  • Drops IBM DB2 as a supported for the vCenter database
  • Other improvements and bug fixes

But also improved and not necessarily trumpeted in the announcement? A new and improved C# Client, complete with 100+ bug fixes and the ability to edit Virtual Hardware Version 10 machines!

I just tried it out on a VM in my lab, and I get this dialog:

This is a huge step forward for the C# Client! Even if you can’t use it to configure advanced HW10 features, it can be used to increase number of vCPUs, Memory, disk space…. all of the important stuff.

The rumor mill can also be heard saying that the C# client will gain full functionality in the coming year.

Important note: I didn’t need to upgrade my lab to the latest upgrade to edit HW version 10- I was able to just use the new C# client available on the installation media.