P2V Disk Throughput limitation

I was doing some testing with the initial sync feature of VMware convert standalone and came across the scenario whereby transfer speed was rather low <10MiBs – for a 1GB network that seemed a bit low so I thought I would throw up some stats to see what was going on.

As you can see on the left the vmware converter agent is only achieving 7,777,182 B/sec. I’ll test this with a faster disk later.

Once the initial sync has completed I an another sync.

As we can see here the operation is far less IO intense on the disk (there have been very few changes to the disk since I took the initial sync.

I’ll run this again using another system with a better specirfication disk.

More with vmware vcloud service

Ok so I’m testing out vcloud service.

I’ve gone to the administration tab and have click add new users.

I’ve filled in the details as below

And we have a winner! This function seems to work J

I’m going to log out (currently logged in with the ADMIN account

So I logged in fine! (note you need to ensure you add “@” & [ORGNAME] on the end e.g. dan.card@3404

Then I tried to create another VM again…


My First look at vcloud service (VMware hybrid cloud beta) –basically my notes as I go!

I have updated this blog as a combination of a platform error and my lack of ability to read before clicking is what caused the below to occur!


I’m currently researching Azure and AWS services to look at the feasibility of extending the Xtravirt production domain into the cloud (as an initial start). So far I’ve had a fair bit of success with Azure whereby I have extended my own lab domain into the cloud to a virtual domain controller. With AWS I’ve been less successful as I have not as yet been able to connect to the IPSEC VPN Gateway (I believe that is due to a conflict with the AZURE requirement for the WAN interface to have an MTU of 1350). So how this comes into play is that Gregg emailed the internal tech DL mentioning a hybrid service from VMware! Excellent an additional service to look at. Exciting times!

Here we go!

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Configure Windows Server 2008R2 Server as Site-to-Site VPN service to connect to Windows Azure

This is a good article that explains how to do this. Note Server 2012 will not support due to the lack of NAT-T support. With this you must ensure your server is patched with the following:

For the full article check here: