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This page is my repository of web links and KB articles that I have accessed or referenced for many purposes e.g. studying VCP, resolving an issue or understanding a particular element, etc.; I have put out these for quick reference and this will continue to grow:

 

VMware vSphere (4.x, 5.x, 6.x) – this includes ESX/ESXi, vCenter Server, Networking, Storage or any other element relating to vSphere.

# Description URL Comment
1 VMware Support Toolbar https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=ssl#q=vmware%20support%20toolbar
2 Reclaim VMFS deleted blocks using ESXCLI http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2057513
3 Back To Basics: Managing VMware ESXi 5.5 Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/2013/12/back-to-basics-managing-vmware-esxi-5-5-direct-user-interface-dcui.html
4 Blog: mikelaverick.com http://www.mikelaverick.com
5 VMware vSphere® Flash Read Cache® 1.0 http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMware-vSphere-Flash-Read-Cache-FAQ.pdf
6 What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1– VMware vCenter Server http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/Whats-New-VMware-vCenter-Server-51-Technical-Whitepaper.pdf
7 vCenter Performance Counter https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-5600 vSphere 4
8 ESXTOP utility http://www.yellow-bricks.com/esxtop/
9 ESXTOP utility: quick overview for Troubleshooting http://www.running-system.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/esxtop_english_v11.pdf vSphere 5.5
10 Interpreting esxtop Statistics https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9279
11 ESXTOP statistics http://www.datacenterdan.com/blog/vsphere-55-bptroubleshooting02-esxtop-cpu
12 Challenges with Multiple VMkernel Ports in the Same Subnet http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2013/02/challenges-with-multiple-vmkernel-ports-in-the-same-subnet.html
13 How to migrate a vCenter 4.1 server and database to a new vCenter 5.5 machine https://communities.vmware.com/thread/479929
14 Technical Papers https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/cat/91,155
15 vCenter not starting – VCDB database ‘PRIMARY’ filegroup is full http://myitoverview.blogspot.ca/2013/06/vimvcdb-database-primary-filegroup-is.html used to resolve issue with BlackLAN vCenter
16 Communication Between vCenter Server and ESX http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-4-esx-vcenter/index.jsp?topic=/com.vmware.vsphere.intro.doc_41/c_communication_between_virtualcenter_and_esx.html
17 Understanding Virtual Machine Storage Profiles https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.vm_admin.doc_50%2FGUID-36EEAE9D-2CCE-4394-8ABE-7DA0F6167E3D.html
18 esxtop Statistics for Block VAAI http://highoncloud.blogspot.in/2013/11/esxtop-statistics-for-block-vaai.html?m=1
19 VMware NSX for vSphere – Sytem Architecture http://www.hypervizor.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/10/Hypervizor-VMware-NSX-for-vSphere-System-Architecture-W18.pdf
20 Blog: brainragazzi.wordpress.com https://brianragazzi.wordpress.com/category/cisco-ucs-configuration/ Useful information related to issue “Status of other host hardware objects” and others
21 Blog: brain-kayser.blogspot.ca http://brian-kayser.blogspot.ca/2013/04/vmware-virtualcenter-server-high-memory.html vCenter high memory
22 Blog: running-system.com http://www.running-system.com/whats-new-vsphere-6-features-enhancements/ covers all in brief
23 NSX Datasheet http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/nsx/VMware-NSX-Datasheet.pdf?elqID=NA&cid=70180000000NktD&src=false NSX
24 What’s New: VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsan/VMware_Virtual_SAN_Whats_New.pdf?elqID=NA&cid=70180000000NktD&src=false
25 What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.0? http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere/VMware-vSphere-Whats-New.pdf?elqID=NA&cid=70180000000NktD&src=false
26 Blog: vladan.fr
vSphere 6 Features – VSAN 6.0 Technical Details
http://www.vladan.fr/vsphere-6-features-vsan-6-0-technical-details/ VSAN 6.0
27 Blog: vladan.fr
vSphere 6 Features
http://www.vladan.fr/vsphere-6-0/ vSphere 6.0
28 Blog: vladan.fr
What’s New in VMware NSX For vSphere 6.1
http://www.vladan.fr/vmware-nsx-for-vsphere-6-1/ NSX
29 Blog: virtualizationreview.com http://virtualizationreview.com/articles/2015/02/02/breaking-down-vsphere-6.aspx
30 Blog: wahlnetwork.com http://wahlnetwork.com/2015/02/02/vsphere-6-web-client/
31 vCenter Server 6 Deployment Topologies and High Availability http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/03/vcenter-server-6-topology-ha.html#more-16544
32 Auto Deploy GUI https://labs.vmware.com/flings/autodeploygui
33 VMware vCenter 6 Server Design http://vinfrastructure.it/2015/02/vmware-vcenter-server-6-design/
34 Image Builder http://www.vstrong.info/2013/07/15/how-to-create-custom-vsphere-esxi-iso-with-vmware-vsphere-esxi-image-builder/
35 Image Builder https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.install.doc_50%2FGUID-C84C5113-3111-4A27-9096-D61EED29EF45.html
36 Install Image Builder PowerCLI and Prerequisite Software https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.install.doc_50%2FGUID-B2F3A45B-C61E-48FF-808D-17AD2C2F1754.html
37 VSAN links http://cormachogan.com/vsan/
38 Hardening Guides http://www.vmware.com/security/hardening-guides.html
39 vSphere 6 Link-O-Rama http://vsphere-land.com/news/vsphere-6-0-link-o-rama.html
40 VMware Automation PowerCLI http://www.virtu-al.net/
41 VMware Posters http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/09/vmware-posters.html
42 Blog: virtualizingkim http://virtualizingkim.com/  vSphere
43 Blog: vmguru.com https://www.vmguru.com/ Useful Resources
44 Blog: wojcieh.net http://wojcieh.net/
45 Client Integration Plug-In 6.0 installed but not working https://communities.vmware.com/thread/510358
46 Blog: virtuallyghetto http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/ Automation, vSphere, VSAN
47 Does cores per socket Affect Performance? https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2013/10/does-corespersocket-affect-performance.html
48 VMware vCenter Configuration Manager Free Compliance Checkers https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=compliance-chk&lp=default
49 VMware Compliance Checker for PCI http://www.vmware.com/products/pci-compliance-checker/overview.html
50 Security of the VMware Hypervisor – A Whitepaper http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2014/02/security-vmware-hypervisor-whitepaper.html
51 VMware SDDC Architecture: sample for 500 – 2000 VM http://virtual-red-dot.info/vmware-sddc-architecture-sample-for-500-and-2000-vm/
52 SDDC Performance and Capacity Management http://virtual-red-dot.info/performance-and-capacity-management/
53 The vSphere 6.0 Learning Path at VMworld http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/08/vsphere-6-0-learning-path-vmworld.html VMworld 2015 sessions
54 Do logical processors constitute as pCPU’s for calculating pCPU to vCPU ratios? https://communities.vmware.com/thread/479352
55 vSphere VM vCPU to ESXi host CPU core allocation http://vcdx56.com/2014/06/01/vsphere-vm-vcpu-to-esxi-host-cpu-core-allocation/
56 VMworld 2014 STO1965 1 Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive https://www.youtube.com/watch?sf39789502=1&v=zFmKPJKe3I4&app=desktop
57  VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) https://blogs.vmware.com/vcat/2015/07/vmware-vcloud-architecture-toolkit-vcat-back.html
58 vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) Blog https://blogs.vmware.com/vcat/
59 vSphere Security Hardening Report Script 5.1 https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-11901
60 vSphere Security Hardening Report Script for vSphere 5 http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2012/04/vsphere-security-hardening-report.html
61 VCDX Timer http://timer.vcdx.es/
62 VCSA 5.5 Auto Deploy http://grokthecloud.com/vcsa-tftp-server/ Auto Deploy, TFTP Server
63 Enable Auto Deploy on vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6.0 https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/03/enable-auto-deploy-vcenter-server-appliance-vcsa-6.html Auto Deploy
64 Configure DHCP and TFTP for Auto Deploy https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/04/configure-dhcp-tftp-auto-deploy.html Auto Deploy
65 Help setting up VCSA 6.0 as a DHCP server for Auto Deploy https://www.reddit.com/r/vmware/comments/37expk/help_setting_up_vcsa_60_as_a_dhcp_server_for_auto/ Auto Deploy
66 VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Performance and Best Practices http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmware-vCenter6-perf.pdf https://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10493
67 Blog: vmtoday http://vmtoday.com/
68 VCAP5-DCA Study Guide http://nickmarshall.com.au/vcap5-dca-study-guide/ Podcast VCAP 5
69 VCAP5-DCD Study Guide http://nickmarshall.com.au/vcap5-dcd-study-guide/ Podcast VCAP 5
70 vBrownBag http://professionalvmware.com/vbrownbag-vmware-certified-professional-6-data-center-virtualization-vcp6-dcv-track/ VCP6-DCV Track
71 vBrownBag http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaZf13iWhwnBdpIkrEmHLbA/playlists

YouTube Channel
72 VMworld Sessions Playback http://www.vmworld.com/community/sessions/
73 Security of the VMware vSphere Hypervisor http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmw-wp-secrty-vsphr-hyprvsr-uslet-101.pdf
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