Free VMware ESXi health monitoring with Veeam ONE Free Edition

Some time ago, I posted a guide on VMware VM health monitoring with a free tool available on the web. Looking for a more efficient free, third-party ESXi monitoring option, I found Veeam ONE and tested it in my lab.

Why is native VMware monitoring not enough?

You can get real-time statistics on system performance provided by VMware vSphere via customizable charts in vSphere Client. The charts present information on resource allocation and utilization of CPU, network, memory, storage and other resources, and are refreshed every 20 seconds. However, this native VMware monitoring doesn't cover administrators' needs in proactive management. So, if you are looking for more comprehensive capabilities like forecasting of trends in your virtual infrastructure and proactive alerting of the possible issues, consider a third-party solution.

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TechEd North America 2014 take-away

Even though TechEd North America 2014 took place a couple of weeks ago, the community is still discussing the technical sessions and industry trends dictated by Microsoft this year. One of the biggest and prominent annual IT events, Tech Ed was held in Houston and hosted about 10,000 IT Pros and developers. Although I wasn't able to attend this year, I did manage to follow the sessions online on Channel 9. The online coverage was comprehensive and left me feeling like the parties and freebies were the only things I actually missed!

Mobile-first, Cloud-first

Because Microsoft is building a new cloud culture, the key message of TechEd 2014 was a shift to the cloud from onsite infrastructures. In his keynote, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Program Management Brad Anderson shared Microsoft's upcoming IT development: "Enterprise that is based upon Mobile-first and Cloud-first."

Speaking of the Cloud, have you been considering moving your workloads to the cloud lately? I am guessing you're not, since the majority of companies these days still rely on onsite data centers. Keep in mind, however, that we are all noticing a strong worldwide trend of companies moving towards virtualization, mobility, cloud-computing and high availability of data. Microsoft has definitely moved us forward and placed its stake on its promising Azure hybrid-cloud business. Bottom line? There are tremendous opportunities that come with unlimited computing power.

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Understanding VMware certification: overview, cost, how to prepare


VMware is an industry leader in virtualization and cloud computing. Their products are widely used among developers, testers and other professionals in the field of computer sciences, so having a level of expertise in VMware products can be very valuable. The VMware certification helps to demonstrate such level of expertise, granting a valuable update for the career of any person in this industry.
VMware points out 4 reasons to obtain a certification:

  • Industry recognition
  • Career progression
  • Real world approach
  • Tailored learning

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How to monitor VMware ESXi with VM Health Monitor

ESXi is a virtualization software by VMware that is installed directly on hardware. It can host Virtual Machines without the need of a host operating system, thus improving performance and allowing the users to customize the options more deeply.

VMware ESXi 5.5.0 system info

Figure 1: ESXi 5.5.0

When it comes to monitor ESXi, there are several options, from monitoring it through configurations and built-in counters, to third party software. This time I’ll write about monitoring with a third party application, mostly because of the ease of use and the time needed from the final user to set the test environment. Also, this is one of the simplest monitoring tools available, and it’s free. In this case, you don’t need to download extra tools to manage the ESXi server, which is an advantage when testing.


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Reliable ways for backup storage

Backup tape historyClick to enlarge this infographicData protection strategy in many companies requires critical data storage in different mediums. For example bank accounts database must be protected against all possible risks including general system or hardware failure, data stealing, newest malware, natural disasters and so on. You might not believe but according to Gartner researches by the end of 2011 78% of large enterprises still duplicate their backup files to tapes. However, some businesses that still use tape are those that have not embraced what the IT market has developed as change. This has led the IT experts to look for native tape support capability together with modern ways of data protection.

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Active Directory (AD) and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)

From time to time I read posts on public forums where the terms of AD and LDAP are misunderstood. IT terms can be confusing, to say at least. In this article I want to give definitions to acronyms AD and LDAP and explain their difference.

To start from the beginning I need to explain the term of directory services. By directory services I mean a publicly available database of structured information. Directory services rise in many aspects of our life. The most well-known example is Yellow Pages containing structured information about businesses beginning with their titles and phone numbers up to working hours and payment types. Directory services can be implemented locally in a form of one database inside of the organization available to its workers (phone and email books) or globally as several interconnected databases.

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TechEd Europe 2013 Highlights: Windows Server 2012 R2

TechEd Europe 2013 is ended not so long ago, and took place in Madrid on June 24-28. The total number of guests on this conference exceeded 5,000 people. In addition to a very impressive speaker faculty Microsoft prepared a highly topical program which was focused on innovations occurring in the industry.

Usually TechEd conferences feature the announcement of availability of new technologies, key products or their previews, and this year was no exception. In Madrid Microsoft released preview of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack. All these technologies are about making businesses more agile, data centers more flexible, and providing optimized cloud infrastructure. In this article I would like to take a closer look at Windows Server 2012 R2.

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