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Excellent post comparing iSCSI, NFS, FC, and FCoE storage protocols from a vSphere perspective. Advantages, disadvantages, and supported vSphere technologies for each protocol.

Best thing since sliced bread? Pretty close I guess… Very nice visual (Mind Maps) trouble resolution paths for common VMware (vSphere, Installation, Network, Storage, SRM, View, VUM) issues.

Excellent vSphere 5 CLI resource.

Useful to demonstrate to users of the ISM class.

Nice series of articles on putting together a VMware vSphere 5 home lab on affordable hardware using VMware Workstation 8.

VMware vSphere 5 - Highly Available Auto Deploy Infrastructure

Script generates a health check report for vSphere 4.x/5.x

Very nice 6 part blog series on vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) Design Considerations and Best Practices.

VMware vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive by Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping Kindle book on sale for less than 5 bucks!
Not sure how long it is going to be on sale for but this is a must read book for anyone working with VMware vSphere 5 High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) clusters.
The paper back version is only $25 and some change and well worth it.  I have both.

VMware vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive by Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping Kindle book on sale for less than 5 bucks!

Not sure how long it is going to be on sale for but this is a must read book for anyone working with VMware vSphere 5 High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) clusters.

The paper back version is only $25 and some change and well worth it.  I have both.

Nice post on setting up the Software FCoE in vSphere 5.

A great starting point for vCO resources.  Just recently started to really dig into vCenter Orchestrator (vCO).  The newly vCO appliance makes it snap to install and I have been running it in my home lab for the past couple weeks.  Exploring the different provided workflows and getting a feel for creating my own task to automate snapshots, configuration, VM provisioning, and many (many, many) other administration tasks.  Looking forward to Cody’s book Automating vSphere: With VMware vCenter Orchestrator.

A good series of articles (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) outlining the what’s new features in VMware vSphere 5 for VCP5 study.

Ran into an issue in the TCC lab tonight when trying to configure HA on student lab environments. The student lab environments are running ESXi 4 hosts as VMs on a vSphere 5 environment.  Not sure why we have not run into this before but VMwareKB 1026037.

HA configuration was failing with this error:
A general system error occurred: Invalid fault

Here is the error from the vpxa.log that pointed us to the fix:

Result:
(vmodl.fault.SystemError) {
   dynamicType = <unset>,
   faultCause = (vmodl.MethodFault) null,
   reason = “Invalid fault”,
   msg = “vim.fault.InsufficientMemoryResourcesFault”,
}

Great VMware View 5 VDI guide from @vTexan