Resources to Broaden Your VMware Knowledge

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    The cost of building a VMware home lab

    Assembling a home lab is an expensive endeavor. But its true cost is highly dependent on the materials chosen and what components you already own.

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    Top 5 VMware VCP test prep and educational articles of 2012

    VMware admins obtain a VMware Certified Professional certification -- in ever-increasing numbers -- for many reasons. This certification is designed to prove that an IT pro has a working knowledge of VMware's virtualization products and how to implement them. Success depends on what you do before going into the VMware VCP test.

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    Going virtual with business-critical applications on VMware vSphere

    In the book Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere, authors Alexander Fontana and Matt Liebowitz offer advice to VMware admins looking to virtualize business-critical applications on VMware.

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    The top 10 VMware tutorials and tips for 2013

    While talk of network virtualization, hybrid clouds and software-defined data centers dominated the news out of VMworld 2013, virtualization administrators were looking for help with VMware certification, backups and desktop virtualization. If you missed the best of the bunch for 2013, here is a compilation of the top 10 most popular articles on SearchVMware.

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    Mind your business with proper VMware View backup, recovery methods

    Every systems administrator knows how important security is, but there's more to protecting your data center than focusing on firewalls and network monitoring. A solid VMware View backup and recovery plan is fundamental to the livelihood of the business, but something that can be overlooked.

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    Got ravenous VMs? Check your virtual memory management configuration

    Just "keeping the lights on" isn't enough at many businesses where high availability and high performance are expected. A virtualization administrator can improve VM responsiveness in numerous ways, such as tuning the virtual memory management configuration so it is optimized for the company's environment.

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    VMware surmounts learning curve by developing Project NEE platform

    While more than 20,000 VMworld 2013 attendees packed the conference halls in San Francisco to hear about enticing new technologies like virtual networking with NSX and storage provisioning in VMware Virtual SAN, a homebrewed concoction quietly percolated behind the scenes to deliver more than 10,000 online lab sessions during the event.

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    VMware for small business IT infrastructures: Top 5 tips

    IT shops in small businesses deal with different budgets, problems and projects than their enterprise-IT cohorts. Check out these top five tips for small business virtualization with VMware.

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    Video: Configuring NetApp SnapMirror for VMware Site Recovery Manager

    In this short video we show you how to configure SnapMirror for SRM. We start from the very basics of creating a volume, setting the NFS permissions, mounting the volume to the ESX hosts – and then we head to show how to configure NetApp SnapMirror – not content with that we show you install the NetApp SRA and configure the “Array Manager” ready to run a recovery plan with VMware Site Recovery Manager – you can watch the whole thing here.

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    Best practices, tips and tools for VMware virtual recovery and backup

    As more companies depend on virtual machines to streamline costs, it becomes imperative that a systems administrator has a solid backup and recovery system in place. Many businesses have a mixture of physical and virtual servers, but regardless of the infrastructure, data loss and system downtime have the same impact.

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    VMware VADP and vSphere Data Protection FAQs

    VMware vSphere 5.1 administrators can choose between vSphere Data Protection and a third-party backup tool -- both communicate with VMware vStorage API for Data Protection. Get answers to frequently asked questions about VMware VADP and VDP before implementing backup tools.

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