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50 Partners To Help You Virtualize Business Critical Applications

January 4, 2013 Leave a comment

I just noticed an article on VMware’s Virtualize Business Critical Applications blog listing all the partners globally that have so far been accredited under the VMware Virtualize Business Critical Applications Program (VBCA) – http://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2012/12/50-partners-to-help-you-virtualize-business-critical-applications.html.

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Virtualizing Business Critical Applications on VMware Whitepaper

December 11, 2012 1 comment

I’ve been reading through a great whitepaper published by VMware recently that covers a number of different business critical applications. The Virtualizing Business Critical Applications on VMware whitepaper has plenty of good guidance for Oracle, SAP, Java, Exchange, SQL Server, Sharepoint, Hadoop and also covers support and licensing. The paper also includes all of the leading VMware Partners that are accredited by VMware under their Virtualizing Business Critical Applications Competency to provide services to help you virtualize these business critical applications. (<blatant plug>including IT Solutions 2000, my company</blatant plug>).

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vSphere 5.1 and vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.5 Deployment Considerations

November 3, 2012 1 comment

Some of you may also remember the article I wrote titled Using vCenter Heartbeat to Protect Non-vCenter SQL DB? Think Again!. vCenter Server Heartbeat is only licensed and supported to provide HA and protect certain components. This article will outline what components are supported with the new vSphere 5.1 release and some important design and deployment considerations.

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Updating CA SSL Certificates in vSphere 5.1 vCenter Virtual Appliance

October 29, 2012 2 comments

Recently I wrote about Updating CA SSL Certificates in vSphere 5.1 which applied to the Windows installable version of the vCenter 5.1 and it’s supporting components including SSO. VMware has now also released the instructions to update the CA SSL certificates in the vSphere 5.1 vCenter Virtual Appliance.

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Updating CA SSL Certificates in vSphere 5.1

October 27, 2012 10 comments

Over the past few weeks I have been working behind the scenes with a team of people at VMware spread around the globe on the process to successfully change out the self-signed certificates in vSphere 5.1. With the introduction of Single Sign-On in vSphere 5.1 the process is somewhat more complicated than vSphere 5 (ok quite a lot more complicated). But now I’m able to bring you some of the solutions you’ve all been waiting for.

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VMware’s Oracle Support Goes 24/7 From Q1 2013

October 21, 2012 2 comments

I heard some great news yesterday from the man in charge of Oracle Solution Support at VMware Global Support Services. The Extended Oracle Support Policy that VMware provides for all customers running Oracle Software on VMware vSphere is going to be extended even further.

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Planning to Migrate Oracle from Unix to Linux on vSphere

September 25, 2012 1 comment

A while ago with much fanfare Oracle announced it would no longer develop it’s flagship software and database for use on HPUX and HP’s Itanium platform due to its perception that the platform didn’t have a solid roadmap. This caused a great flurry of lawyers filing papers on HP’s side. But the end result right now after the lawyers got involved Oracle will still be supporting HPUX for the meantime. But who knows how long this will last. So now might be the perfect time to consider migrating your Oracle databases and applications off the HPUX systems (and any other traditional Unix platform) and onto Linux on vSphere. This article will take you through a high level overview of why you should migrate to Linux on vSphere and some of the important considerations and methods to achieve a successfully migration. This is based on the experience I’ve gained from doing a few successful migrations projects, some of which I spoke about during breakout sessions at VMworld US 2012.

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