VMware – Free compliance checker for vSphere

Check the compliance of your IT infrastructure against specific standards and best practices that are applicable for the environment. The Compliance Checker is a free, downloadable, fully-functional product for checking compliance of your environment to help you ensure that it remains secure and compliant. Download here

VMware – Acronyms

Below is a list of acronyms that are often used when talking about VMware technology. If I forgot some, let me know.   TYPE ACRONYM FULL CERTIFICATIONS VCA4-DT VMware Certified Associate 4 – Desktop CERTIFICATIONS VCAP4-DCA VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration CERTIFICATIONS VCAP4-DCD VMware Certified Advanced Professional – …

VMware – CPU key indicators

Important CPU metrics to look at when troubleshooting CPU performance in VMware environments.   %Ready (%RDY) •% time a vCPU was ready to be scheduled on a physical processor but couldn’t due to processor contention •Investigation Threshold: 10% per vCPU %Co-Stop (%CSTP) •% time a vCPU in an SMP virtual …

VMware – vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for Microsoft Active Directory

The VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for Microsoft Active Directory allows organizations to automate the management of directory services tasks, particularly as they pertain to cloud provisioning use cases. For instance, the plug-in enables the automatic provisioning of vCloud Director organizations based on data retrieved from Active Directory.  The plug-in also …

VMware – Scripted installation of ESX4i

A good article on scripted installations for ESX4i can be found here: http://blog.arentcs.com/esxi-4-1-scripted-installation/ http://blog.arentcs.com/esxi-scripted-installation-%E2%80%93-part-ii/                                           This solution uses the Microsoft Windows Deployment Service.

VMware Capacity Planner Assessment Service

Virtualization is a compelling solution for organizations to increase productivity, reduce complexity and improve the predictability of their IT infrastructure. Typically, the first step towards virtualization is a project that will identify an optimal IT infrastructure, consolidation opportunities and cost savings. For an overview of capacity planner please read this …