Analyzing vSphere with Free Tools “Syslog”

Virtualization is a great technology, but sometimes it can be hard getting a closer look into your environment.  Over the next few post I am going talk about a few free tools that I use in my environment.  They have given me a lot of support in managing my environment, and I would like to think the people who made them.

Syslog can be a very useful tool.  The problem with it is that it can be very painful to use.  Luckly VMware has a great tool for that and that tool is LogInsight. It makes a great syslog server and has a lot of other features that you may find invaluable.  It is a paid product so what is a great alternative?  Sexilog is that great alternative.  With it you point all your esx host to it and watch the magic happen. Very quickly you get a better insight what is happening inside your environment. It may not have as many features as LogInsight, but nothing beats it on feature compared to price.

After update vCenter database grows excessively

When update 2 came out for vCenter 6 recently I jumped on it.  Thinking that since it was an update there should not be any issues to come from it.  Then one day I was looking at the Xtrem IO and noticed close to 1TB of bandwidth being used.    I saw that all the activity was coming from the SQL server that our vCenter used.  So I immediately got with our DBA, and  he confirmed that it was vCenter creating all that IO.  Luckly VMware support was able to quickly send me to this article.

It’s Time To Reconsider My Thoughts on GPUs in VDI…

The Virtual Horizon

Last year, I wrote that it was too early to consider GPUs for general VDI use and that they  should be reserved only for VDI use cases where they are absolutely required.  There were a number of reasons for this including user density per GPU, lack of monitoring and vMotion, and economics.  That lead to a Frontline Chatter podcast discussing this topic in more depth with industry expert Thomas Poppelgaard.

When I wrote that post, I said that there would be a day when GPUs would make sense for all VDI deployments.  That day is coming soon.  There is a killer app that will greatly benefit all users (in certain cases) who have access to a GPU.

Last week, I got to spend some time out at NVIDIA’s Headquarters in Santa Clara taking part in NVIDIA GRID Days.  GRID Days was a two day event interacting with the senior management…

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