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  • Using VMware vApps to organize and manage multi-tiered applications

    Multi-tiered applications that span several VMs can be difficult for data center admins to manage, but VMware vApps can help simplify the process.

  • Virtualization management challenges

    Virtualization admins' top concern is no longer choosing a hypervisor -- it's choosing the right tools that will help with management, improve VM performance and make capacity prediction a less painful process. This chapter explains the latest challenges of managing a virtual infrastructure, with insight into the changing virtualization management software landscape.

  • VM management and capacity prediction

    As hypervisor features have become more similar, the next vendor battleground will be over management software. Microsoft and VMware have similar capabilities, and now they'll look to make their products stand out by touting their management tools and complimentary products. Soon, IT pros won't spend time looking at unique features when they compare hypervisors; they will be looking at how an organization can use the hypervisor to improve workflows throughout the data center.

  • As virtual machine migrations accelerate, don't get left behind

    Workload mobility is a key part of virtualization, and it should continue to get better and become a bigger part of an IT admin's everyday operations. Both Microsoft and VMware say they can improve the speed and efficiency of live migrations. Microsoft's Live Migration can now compress migration traffic before transferring to the target server, greatly improving migration time. Some recent VMworld sessions also suggested that VMware has readied vMotion improvements.

  • Use libguestfs to create VM templates on KVM easily

    Virt-sysprep, the latest libguestfs tool for Linux, helps make deploying virtual machines uncomplicated by letting you create a template VM.

  • Solving problems and taking names: Automated scripting keeps you ahead

    IT admins can use automated scripting and other tools to avoid repetition, reduce human error and generate better documentation.

  • Reducing CPU ready time will get your hungry VMs a seat at the table

    Throwing vCPUs at a slow VM is not the answer to better performance when CPU ready time is high.

  • What virtualization admins need to know about flash storage

    A new generation of solid-state flash storage can add speed to virtual environments. With prices dropping and writes improving, flash could shine.

  • Pinpointing application performance problems in a virtual data center

    Hardware performance is relatively easy to monitor, but acceptable hardware metrics do not always translate to smooth application performance in a virtual environment.

  • How to stay relevant in an automated world

    Automation isn't new, but as virtualized environments become more complex, admins are seeing a bigger need for features that help them manage their virtual data centers. We'll continue to see improved built-in automation features. Microsoft's Desired State Configuration includes a set of new PowerShell cmdlets that admins can use to simply describe how they want to set up a server -- without actually having to manually write server roles or configure specific features. This level of automation can save admins a lot of time in highly virtualized data centers.

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  • Virtualization management challenges

    Virtualization admins' top concern is no longer choosing a hypervisor -- it's choosing the right tools that will help with management, improve VM performance and make capacity prediction a less painful process. This chapter explains the latest challenges of managing a virtual infrastructure, with insight into the changing virtualization management software landscape.

  • VM management and capacity prediction

    As hypervisor features have become more similar, the next vendor battleground will be over management software. Microsoft and VMware have similar capabilities, and now they'll look to make their products stand out by touting their management tools and complimentary products. Soon, IT pros won't spend time looking at unique features when they compare hypervisors; they will be looking at how an organization can use the hypervisor to improve workflows throughout the data center.

  • Why is virtual server capacity planning so difficult?

    Virtual server capacity planning is critical to tracking resource use to ensure peak performance and minimize downtime.

  • Virtual data center challenges and management tools that help conquer them

    Constant refinements and upgrades can cause virtualization challenges -- such as VM sprawl -- but management tools can help smooth the process.

  • memory paging

    Memory paging is a memory management technique for controlling how a computer's memory resources are shared.

  • Refresh your approach to private cloud capacity planning

    Traditional approaches to capacity planning won't work when it comes to private clouds. Third-party tools can help ease the pain.

  • Taking charge of VM allocation, troubleshooting methods

    Long-term virtual infrastructure health leads to business growth. To achieve this, you must master capacity planning and troubleshooting techniques.

  • PlateSpin

    PlateSpin is a company that provides tools to help with server virtualization, including physical-to-virtual migrations and server workload management. 

  • Ensure your data center is ready for a move to the cloud

    Virtualization management can make or break your move to the cloud. Which tools should you consider as part of your strategy?

  • virtual file system (VFS)

    A virtual file system (VFS) is programming that forms an interface between an operating system's kernel and a more concrete file system. 

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