Wednesday, December 14, 2011

vSphere 5 Performance, Best practices, Whitepapers, Guides

vSphere 5 has just launched and there are many who are concern on the performance tuning and various enhancements which are not really mentioned.

I will not go into details but rather place some of the good white papers that most of us might be interested in.

Do note of this WARNING when managing Hybrid environment
ESXi 4.0 U2 not compatible with vCenter Server 5.0 When attempting to manage an ESXi 4.0 Update 2 host with vCenter Server 5.0, a purple diagnostics screen appears. To workaround the issue, upgrade ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts to ESXi 4.0 Update 3 or later, prior to upgrading vCenter Server to 5.0. For more information, see the article linked below. Article 2007269

vSphere High Availability Deployment Best Practices
Storage vMotion of a Virtualized SQL Server Database
Best Practices for Performance Tuning of Latency-Sensitive Workloads in vSphere VMs Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.0
VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 Performance and Best Practices
vMotion Architecture, Performance, and Best Practices in VMware vSphere 5
Understanding Memory Management in VMware vSphere 5
Microsoft Exchange 2010 Performance in vSphere 5

Performance of VSA in VMware vSphere 5

Performance Implications of Storage I/O Control–Enabled NFS Datastores in VMware vSphere 5.0
Achieving a Million I/O Operations per Second from a Single VMware vSphere 5.0 Host
VMware vSphere VMFS-5 Upgrade Considerations

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Technical Whitepaper

vSphere 5 MSCS Setup (was not able to locate this on their website but was given when attending some training)
Host Power Manage in vSphere 5 
Creating a vSphere Update Manager Depot
VMware ESXi 5.0 Operations Guide
Timekeeping in VMware Virtual Machines

Update 3:14 Dec 2011: Added more technical paper links.
Update 2:17 Oct 2011: Added ESXi 4.0U2 issue when managing with vCenter 5.0.
Update 1: More Whitepapers and documents added .

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