Documenting a virtualization project

Experiences in Virtualization


About the weblog

This blog was formed as an external documentation hub for the implementation of a VMWare Virtual Infrastructure. The implementation was an actual project that ran while I was department coördinator of the ICT Infrastructure department of my former employer. At the time there was very little information available on the web about actual VMWare VI implementations and I decided to document our own progress as a kind of public service. After that project I also designed a VMware VDI infrastructure that is also a customer reference from the Leostream connection broker. If you are interested you can find that here: It is the case called: “Software: Role-based, Remote Access to Development Resources”

As of Q2 2008 I am employed by TriNext, a virtualization consulting company in The Netherlands.

If you have found this blog and are looking for professional support with your virtualization project or just have a question don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail or leave your contact details in the comments. I’ll try to answer what I can.


Please note that the opinions and ideas published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the products discussed.

About the author

My name is Martijn Lohmeijer and I am managing consultant with TriNext, a Dutch dedicated virtualization consulting company. After coming from a business oriented consulting role I have switched over to IT Infrastructure consulting and project management with a focus on virtualization technologies. I have over 10 years experience in the IT field as a consultant, architect, project manager and department manager.

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11 Responses to “About”

  1. On behalf of PlateSpin, we would like to know what we can to do help and or follow along on the project to help insure its success. We have extensive customer experience to offer and this can also be valuable in terms of how you illustrate project progress on the web site.

    Please reply to: {e-mail address removed}


  2. martijnl said

    I’ve removed Mr. Pollack’s e-mail address as contact has been established

  3. […] Chillin with Platespin Caught up with Greg from Platespin earlier in the week and had a general chat about their products PowerConvert and PowerRecon- they work with offerings from both VMware and Microsoft (not tested Parallels yet).   I like their stuff, and looking forward new versions in features in the pipleline.  On a side not Platespin gets a mention on the blog “Documenting a virtualization project” where Martin is documenting his experiences on a ESX 2.5 to 3.0 migration (a really great idea).  The cool part is that Martin had a few roadbumps and the Platespin CEO, Stephen Pollack, makes a post asking how he can help. ..nice. Published Wednesday, 20 September 2006 10:06 AM by dugie Filed Under: Virtualization […]

  4. Homer said

    I think it’s better to go the open source route. I have my eyes on Xen. I’m hoping xensource or someone else comes up with a decent Xen management tool. We already have enough backup mechanisms in place through tarbals that we don’t really need “p2v” and stuff like that. What I need is a seemless way to create, backup, and move virtual machines. Looks like Xen in RedHat Fedora Core 6 already kind of does this, so I need not look any further. Open source all the way!
    I’m eagerly awaiting RedHat to offer this level of Xen support in their Enterprise version. Looks like Xen is actual native performance too, either through their hypervisor or through the newer vt / pacifica cpu features.

  5. martijnl said

    This is not really related to the project at hand as we have already made the choice 6 months ago to go Virtual Infrastructure 3. There are a number of things that Xen doesn’t have that are necessary in an enterprise environment (such as support from leading vendors, custom host and guest installations and much more).

  6. SysAdm said

    Hi Martin
    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, as we are busy with a similar project. Fortunately, or unfortunaley [depending on one’s point of view] we don’t have Oracle.
    Any updates on how things are currently going with your VM’s?
    In retrospect, what would you do differently if you had the luxury of doing it all over again?


  7. martijnl said

    Hi Sysadm,

    We have been very busy finishing the implementation of our new DiskXtender archiving solution and because we are doing the virtualization project ourselves (meaning us guys running the day-to-day server and network operations as well) progress has been slow.

    I will start updating the website again from today.

  8. Jack said

    Great blog this has been very helpful in my planning of an 800 server migration. Any preplanning pointers that you might have I would love to hear.

    Thanks for the blog!

  9. […] lads over at the blog “Documenting a virtualization project” have finished.  It under 12 months they’ve consolidated 120 Virtual Machine on to 6 […]

  10. Yaz Okulu said

    does anyone knows if there is any other information about this subject in other languages?

  11. if you wanted to read news about virtualisation, where would you look?

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