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Anthony Hargis virtual storage. Anthony Hargis Virtual Networking. Configuring a Virtual Network. Features | Documentation | Knowledge Base | Discussion Forums Prev Contents Last Next The first topics in this section give you a quick look at the virtual networking components that VMware Workstation provides and show how you can use them with your virtual machine.

Configuring a Virtual Network

The rest of the section provides more detail on some networking capabilities and specialized configurations. Virtual_networking_concepts.pdf. VMware vSphere Features: Virtual Networking & Management. Virtual Networking 101: Understanding VMware Networking. May 30, 2012By Petra Jorgenson On a basic, structural level, virtual networks in VMware aren’t that different from physical networks; vSphere is designed to mimic the functions of a physical network, so a lot of the network hardware you’ll find in the real world, you’ll find virtualized in VMware.

Virtual Networking 101: Understanding VMware Networking

If you understand how physical networks operate, then understanding virtual networking shouldn’t be too difficult. Before jumping into an explanation of how VMware handles virtual networking, I’ll first provide a quick refresher of the basic equipment that makes up a physical network. If you already have a firm understanding of how networking works, then you can skip the following paragraph. To connect to a network, a computer must be network-capable, meaning that it must have a working network interface controller (NIC), also known as a network card or network adapter, installed. In VMware, switches are used to establish a connection between the virtual network and the physical network.

VMware Virtual Volumes Launch A New Storage Era. The arrival of VVOLs with vSphere 6 will allow us to provide data services at the VM-level and put an end to impractical LUN management.

VMware Virtual Volumes Launch A New Storage Era

VMware’s Groundhog Day announcement of vSphere 6 means that I’m finally released from the non-disclosure agreement that was part its Fight Club-style public beta program. Just as the first rule of Fight Club was to never talk about Fight Club, the beta program was open to the public but participants were sworn to secrecy. From my perspective as NetworkComputing’s steely eyed storage guy, vSphere 6 with Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) represents a sea change in the way we view and manage storage. In the very near future -- VMware says this quarter -- we’ll be able to stop managing LUNs and start providing data services at the virtual machine level. This will overcome the difficult relationship virtual platforms like vSphere have with most storage systems. This functionality becomes especially important with quality of service. More Insights. VMware_NFS_BestPractices_WP_EN.pdf. VMware storage: SAN configuration basics.

VMware storage entails more than simply mapping a logical unit number (LUN) to a physical server.

VMware storage: SAN configuration basics

VMware’s vSphere enables system administrators to create multiple virtual servers on a single physical server chassis. The underlying hypervisor, vSphere ESXi, can use both internal and external storage devices for guest virtual machines. In this article we will discuss the basics of using storage area network (SAN) storage on vSphere and the factors administrators should consider when planning a shared SAN storage deployment.

VMware storage: SAN basics vSphere supports internally-connected disks that include JBODs, hardware RAID arrays, solid-state disks and PCIe SSD cards. SAN storage, however, provides a shared, highly available and resilient storage platform that can scale to a multi-server deployment. It is possible to use NAS and SAN-based storage products with vSphere, but in this article we will consider only SAN, or block-based devices. VMware adds networking, storage to its virtual data center stack. At the kick-off of its annual VMworld user conference, being held this week in San Francisco, VMware will fill in more layers of its software stack for running its envisioned software defined data center (SDDC).

VMware adds networking, storage to its virtual data center stack

"IT should be able to provision a production environment in minutes," said Peter Wei, a VMware senior director of product marketing. "People want things very quickly, so you have to abstract the [IT infrastructure]. Otherwise it is not possible. " Over the past few years, VMware has been expanding its core focus from virtualizing servers to a much broader task of virtualizing all the operations in a data center, using an architecture it calls SDDC. With SDDC, all of an organization's infrastructure is virtualized, allowing data center administrators, in theory, to easily automate operations.

This year's VMworld conference will provide more details about the products and protocols that could make SDDC a reality. "NSX is about speed, speed, speed," Wei said. Routing between Two Host-Only Networks. Features | Documentation | Knowledge Base | Discussion Forums Prev Contents Last Next If you are setting up a complex test network using virtual machines, you may want to have two independent host-only networks with a router between them.

Routing between Two Host-Only Networks

There are two basic approaches. In one, the router software runs on the host computer. In the other, the router software runs in its own virtual machine. The examples described here outline the simplest case, with one virtual machine on each of the host-only networks. Setting Up the First Host-Only Interface On Windows hosts, the first host-only network is set up automatically when you install VMware Workstation.