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November 2009, Vol. 16

Virtual host maintenance and enhancement strategies

Ongoing maintenance and upgrades to host systems can be a challenge to the virtualization administrator. Making significant changes to a virtual environment is a tactical process that requires planning Whether its the additional storage or enhancements to virtualization platform operating systems, this tip offers a managed upgrade strategy for eventless implementations. The system landscape is always in a state of flux. Changed your mind on your storage connectivity, or added network interfaces for additional connectivity? Increased memory on your host systems, or rethought your virtual machine provisioning process? The dynamics of system administration are multiplied by virtual machines (VMs). What makes virtual environments unique is that their scope is increased from the host system perspective. In my environment, each virtual host system currently houses around 25 virtual machines. Therefore, if maintenance is required on a host system, accommodations need to be made for those systems. Migrating virtual machines to other ...

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  • VDI assessment guide

    Wait! Don't implement VDI technology until you know your goals and needs. A VDI assessment should consider the benefits of a VDI ...

  • Guide to calculating ROI from VDI

    Calculating ROI from VDI requires a solid VDI cost analysis. Consider ROI calculation models, storage costs and more to determine...

  • Keep the cost of VDI storage under control

    Layering, persona management tools and flash arrays help keep virtual desktop users happy and VDI storage costs down.