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20 essential virtualization tips & techniques

Nov 30, 2010, 01:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Distilling down the hundreds of possible virtualisation tips and tricks to a mere 20 is a good trick in itself. Many of these techniques are generic in nature and can apply to any vendor's virtualization; however, some are specific to VMware. In all cases, the tips and tricks emerged by experience with a variety of virtualization technologies.

"Virtualization is about placing workloads into virtual machines, and perhaps the most often asked questions about virtualization have to do with performance of those virtual machines. Therefore, most of the tips given here relate to virtual machine performance enhancement and making the user's experience richer and less problematic than traditional hardware-based, physical systems.

"Other than performance, the remainder of the tips are associated with virtualization best practices for medium to large implementations. Although those with smaller environments will also benefit from these tips, many of the problems they solve arise as virtual machine numbers increase to 50 or more."

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