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How to Enable VMware VAAI and Install NetApp Plugin on ESXi

by Karthikeyan Sadhasivam on November 18, 2014

VAAI stands for VMware APIs Array Integration (for vSphere Storage).

VAAI is also referred to as hardware acceleration (or hardware offload APIs), which are a set of APIs to enable communication between VMware vSphere ESXi hosts and storage devices.

This APIs are enabled on the ESXi host to offload certain storage operations to the storage array instead of all the I/O operations being handled by the VM kernel.
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How to Install SSL Certificate on VMWare ESXi and vCenter Virtual Center

by Karthikeyan Sadhasivam on October 21, 2014

This article explains how to install SSL certificates on your ESXi machine & vCenter for browser compatibility.

First, on your Linux server, generate SSL certificate as explained below.

This will generate both private key and csr file. If you are generating certificate for multiple hosts, create separate directory for each host.
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Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources.

For those who are new to virtualization technology, this article will give you some high level fundamentals that will help you to get started on virtualization.
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VMware Workstation is VMware’s commercial virtualization software for x64 computers.

This is a Type 2 hypervisor, which means it is installed on top of an existing operating system running on the computer hardware called the host operating system. It can be installed on both Linux and Windows host Operating Systems.

In VMware Workstation you can set up multiple virtual machines, each with its own guest operating system, and execute them simultaneously.
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This article explains fundamentals of datastore management in VMWare ESXi server.

In this example, let us assume that we have a server that has 6 slots for hard disks. We’ve filled all the 6 slots with hard disks. We are also using the hardware raid. So, we have created three RAID-1 logical groups out of these 6 hard drives.
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Question: I installed VMWare ESXi 4.1 on a Dell Poweredge Server. I created a Virtual machine, and while installing Red Hat OS 6.1 64-bit, it gives the following error message. My server is a new Dell poweredge R710 server, which support 64-bit CPU. Why do I get this error message and How do I fix it?
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Question: How do I find out the DELL service tag and express code of a PowerEdge server that is running VMWare ESXi (or VMWare Server)?

Answer: Depending on what you are running (i.e VMWare ESXi or VMWare Server), use one of the methods shown below to identify the DELL service tag.
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If you are a sysadmin, who is responsible for managing multiple servers, you should learn the fundamentals of virtualization and implement it in your environment.

On a very high-level, you should get started by installing VMWare ESXi server, which can be managed using vSphere Client.
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