IT infrastructure research thoughts

Virtualization

VMmark is not for sissies


The VMmark benchmark suite from VMWare is very well documented, but it’s still not trivial to get it going. ┬áSome things you learn only by ignoring the documentation, getting it wrong and then redoing it correctly:

1) Leave IPv6 switched on, especially on the mail server.

2) Stick to a three part domain name, e.g. lab.mycompany.foobar or benchmark.vmware.argghh-i-m-running-out-of-domainname.  STAF fails obscurely if the domain name does not have exactly 3 parts.

3) Exchange 2007 SP3 is required on M$ 2008R2

4) …

I’ll add more here as I struggle along…

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