Virtualization Infrastructure


Take Five: VMworld 2021 -- What You Missed (Including Tom Microwaving a Laptop)

Tom lists his top 5 and then turns presenter in a session where he puts a laptop in a microwave oven as part of an experiment to limit Wi-Fi ... and then turns it on!

VMworld 2021 Kicks Off with Security Blitz: Zero Trust, SASE, Ransomware Protection

VMworld 2021 kicked off with a blitz of security-related announcements including developments in the company's "journey to Zero Trust," secure access service edge (SASE) improvements, new capabilities to fight ransomware and more.

Multi-Cloud Complexities Spawn New 'VMware Cross-Cloud Services'

VMware announced Cross-Cloud services, part of its strategy to help organizations get a handle on all of the complexities that come with multi-cloud implementations.

VMware Teases Tanzu Application Service Update Ahead of VMworld 2021 Launch

The company describes Tanzu Application Service as a modern runtime for microservices, targeting organizations that want to securely deploy and run microservices whether in the cloud or on-premises.

Using Oracle Cloud, Part 1: The 'Always Free' Offering

To get a feel for the Oracle Cloud, Tom Fenton shows how easy it is to sign up for and create a web site on an x86 VM and a desktop on an Arm VM, here using the "Always Free" option.

Why Is Multimedia Redirection (MMR) So Important?

Using MMR, a Unified Communications program runs on the VDI device instead of the ESXI host, increasing the guest density of the host and thus reducing the cost of running each virtual desktop.

Hands-on with ControlUp Edge DX, Part 3: Gathering Metrics & Creating Custom Reports

Tom Fenton concludes his series by creating a script to gather metrics from devices and then creating a custom report from the information gathered.

Hands-on with ControlUp Edge DX, Part 2: Advanced Features

Tom Fenton looks at Edge DX, a new product from ControlUp that was designed to monitor and manage Windows, macOS, Linux and IGEL OS endpoint devices. He explains the information it gathers, how it displays logon and processes to help troubleshoot and diagnose issues that end users might be having.

Hands-On with ControlUp Edge DX, Part 1: Architecture & Monitoring

Tom Fenton begins a 3-part series on this new offering, used for monitoring and managing physical devices.

Migrating File Data to the Cloud Using AWS DataSync, Part 2: Configuration

With more interest in cloud-based file servers, Brien Posey details the integral process of migrating existing files to the cloud to get started, here focusing on the final configuration steps.

Migrating File Data to the Cloud Using AWS DataSync, Part 1

With more interest in cloud-based file servers, Brien Posey details the integral process of migrating existing files to the cloud to get started.

Azure Monitor 101

Paul Schnackenburg looks at the tool for monitoring all your Azure IaaS and PaaS services, plus your own applications and code, explaining what it can do, how to design and configure it and how to connect your workloads.

Home Lab NAS (QNAP TS-431K) Part 4: Command Line, Performance and Conclusion

Finishing up his 4-part series on setting up a QNAP TP-431K network appliance to replace a failed ESXi server, Tom Fenton adds a caching drive to the device, uses the command line on it and sets it up as an NFS file share on it for vSphere before sharing his final thoughts on it.

Home Lab NAS (QNAP TS-431K) Part 3: Applications

Tom Fenton works with some of the QNAP applications for streaming and sharing data, and then adds another disk to this device for storage.

Home Lab NAS (QNAP TS-431K) Part 2: Installation and Configuration

Tom Fenton, as part of a project to recover from an ESXi server failure, details how, after earlier introducing his QNAP TS-431K replacement, he set up the device and put an iSCSI target on it.