Virtualization 101: What Is Virtualization? (Do I have to wear those VR Goggles???)

The basics of server virtualization are explained for those who may not be 100% familiar with the technology.

What words come to mind when you hear the term Virtualization? Some people may think of the late 80s and 90s when Virtual Reality was a big buzzword and those humongous VR goggles allowed us to see 3-D representations of images and interact with them almost as if they were 100% real.  So, when you hear an IT Geek Professional talk about Server Virtualization, is it the same thing? Continue reading “Virtualization 101: What Is Virtualization? (Do I have to wear those VR Goggles???)”

Cloud 101: What Is “The Cloud”?

The Cloud is here to stay as more companies look to cut costs by leasing part, or all, of their computing infrastructure. If you’re not familiar with the technology, now is the time to do so.

By now, I think we’ve all seen the Microsoft commercials that feature the tagline “…To The Cloud”. What exactly is Microsoft talking about when they speak of The Cloud? Continue reading “Cloud 101: What Is “The Cloud”?”

Properly Shutting Down Stubborn VMs

Sometimes a VM refuses to shutdown, no matter how polite the vSphere Admin is. Don’t panic and kill the VM’s pid; instead, follow VMware’s best practices.

Every now and then, “it” happens. “It” refers to the dreaded VM-that-refuses-to-shut-down situation…even when you ask politely.

Now, I know a lot of you vSphere and VI3 Admins out there also moonlight as UNIX\Linux Admins. So, you may be all too happy to attack with a ps -ef | grep vmx and kill -9 pid combo. Even if this tactic has worked for you in the past, read on to find out why that might not be a good idea. Continue reading “Properly Shutting Down Stubborn VMs”