Eventually you will upgrade your ESX/ESXi environment to ESXi5. With vSphere 5 VMware eliminated the ESX branch of their virtualization products. All future versions will run directly on the hypervisor platform ESXi. The normal upgrade path to vSphere 5 starts with the vCenter Upgrade to vCenter 5. From there you will tackle the different ESX and ESXi hosts. [Read more…] about vSphere VMFS 5 Upgrade
Archives for 2011
With version 4.1 of ESX VMware discontinued the vSphere versions that were based on the Linux Kernel and started offering only vSphere ESXi editions of its popular Virtualization platform. If you are still running your virtualization on version ESX 4.1 or lower you need to upgrade to ESXi if you want to use vSphere 5. [Read more…] about How to install / force migrate ESX 4.1 to ESXi 5
I am doing a lot of work with local clients lately providing SEO Services, Internet Consulting, and other related services. One recent project included to move a static website to WordPress. The client was hosting her website with Lunarpages and so I did not anticipate problems in regards to the environment. Lunarpages has a decent reputation. The first warning came when I noticed that cpanel was not outdated, but was configured running a fairly old skin/theme and many functions were locked down or not available. [Read more…] about Is LunarPages really running unsecure, outdated servers?
I had an interesting problem to work last week and wanted to share the knowledge here with you. My problem was to move the database for a VMM Server (Virtual Machine Manager) database from SQL Express to a remotely hosted SQL. As always, there are many ways to do this and after doing some research I picked the one that looked like it was the easiest with not much work. Being efficient is important for anyone working in information technology. And if you are using Hyper-V in your web hosting environment, this might come in handy. [Read more…] about How to move a Hyper-V VMM Database to a new SQL Server
Yesterday evening I increased the performance of my Lenovo T500 laptop with just a few steps. The laptop is now booting up in roughly 23 seconds and after logging in (I have setup profiles and password protection) it roughly takes another 7 seconds before everything is fully operational. In the past it took roughly 3 minutes for the laptop to become operational. Also, if it took 30-45 seconds for Photoshop or Dreamweaver to load, it now takes maybe 10 seconds or so.
Yesterday VMWare announced their new licensing scheme vSphere 5 and man, that is like a small bomb went off. The new licensing will definitely add cost to virtualization when using VMware’s products. And with Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology slowly catching up – this is the time for any business to re-think their virtualization strategy. This is the moment to really think about if you need VMWare for virtualization. [Read more…] about VMWare Is Driving Customers To Microsoft Virtualization
This is my recap of Microsoft’s Management Summit 2011. This posting was initially written on March 25th, but I had not enough time yet to post it earlier. Here we go: I am in the very last session of the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 event in Las Vegas. This Microsoft centric event is a great resource to get in-depth information on specific Microsoft products. Examples are System Center Configuration Manager, Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and more. Anyone who is deploying Microsoft System Center related products should definitely plan on going to this event (happening on an annual basis). [Read more…] about Observations from Microsoft Management Summit 2011
Many moons ago I signed up to become an affiliate with JustHost.com to earn money from referring customers to them. They gave me a test account because when I write reviews I at least want to have seen and tested their environment. I think if you are honest when reviewing products and services the reader will feel it and it makes you more trustworthy. [Read more…] about How not to do customer service (real life web hosting example)
Google Adwords is one of the most advanced methods of online advertising. Google has tweaked this advertising program to be a beast if used properly. However, you usually lose some money before seeing success with this method of advertising. For one, if you are new to Google Adwords you should definitely start reading up on it. You can lose a fortune if you do not know how use Google Adwords. I highly recommend this book written by Brad Geddes. I have my own copy of it and I consider it the ultimate Guide for Google Adwords. [Read more…] about Advertising on Google Adwords
How much does it cost you to host a website on the Internet? This is one of the most common questions one might ask when talking about getting a website. It is 2011 and by now you would think that most people actually do know the answer to this question. As you can guess, not everyone knows how cheap web hosting can be. [Read more…] about How Much Does It Cost To Host A Website?