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comment Force a downsize of a vmdk disk
Please note that you should be able to do it even without Storage vMotion if you first shut down the VM. Also note that at least in ESX(i) 4.1 if using VMFS3 (not NFS) you must move the .vmdk between datastores formatted with different block sizes; if you move the VM between two datastores formatted with the same blocksize, the disk will not be shrunk.
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comment Recommended DNS TTL
@dmourati: It's 2011. For the overwhelmingly vast majority of small (i.e., under 1000 or so zones) DNS servers and for any and all clients the additional CPU load and bandwidth requirements are absolutely negligible. Of course, if your DNS servers go down for more than 4 hours you're SOL, but if that's important and you can't provide reliable DNS service you have no business hosting your DNS service on such a rickety foundation in the first place...
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