Wednesday, November 08, 2006

VMware Blog is shutting down. I'm too busy to dedicate any time to this blog and with great bloggers already doing the work in this area, there is no need to duplicate it. Instead, I'll concentrate on my ThoughtComm blog. Thanks...

**Updated 2/9/11 to reflect more recent blogs before sale

Thursday, September 28, 2006

VMware 'miles ahead' of Microsoft Virtual Server, expert says

I agree.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Vizioncore's got VMware's back | InfoWorld | Review | 2006-09-21 | By Paul Venezia

From the article:
The backup and restore process itself is the very model of simplicity. Armed with the root credentials to the VMware servers and administration rights to Virtual Center, esxRanger’s backup method is straightforward: It creates a snapshot of the target server and then leverages tar and gzip to collect and compress the snapshots and the VMDK (VM Disk Format) hardware configuration file for the target VM into an SSH connection between the ESX or VI3 server and the workstation. From there, the resulting tarball is placed onto the destination medium, whether it is a local disk, a SAN, or a simple Windows share. Alternatively, the backup may be directly placed on a file system mounted on the VMware server, be that a SAN LUN (logical unit number) or an NFS file system.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

VMware preps less painful ESX upgrades reported over a month ago about zero downtime migration from ESX 2.x to ESX 3.x. Now it seems we have a name for this feature, "Dmotion" as well as a bit more detail. I think it would be much more appropriate to call it "Promotion".

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Phil Windley's Technometria | VMWare ESX Performance Report

Phil Windley, former CIO of Utah, had a student do a report on ESX server performance. He reports the following findings from the student:
  • Single CPU virtual machines scale better than virtual machines using Virtual SMP.
  • Hyper-Threading increases throughput if there are a large number of virtual CPUs, but makes no difference if the number of virtual CPUs is less than or equal to the number of physical CPUs.
  • Do not allocate excessive resources to virtual machines. Additional resources may hurt performance.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 Tool: Live View

A forensic analysis tool from CERT which allows virtualization on the fly so systems can be untouched in the physical world but manipulated in the virtual world. Try it out for yourself.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Features comparison: VMware Workstation 5.5.2 vs Server 1.0.0

Helpful reference as to how these products compare. I'm running Workstation on my desktop and Server on my laptop. Some feature in Workstation are definitely worth the money.

VMware Appliance Winners

VMware's introduction of virtual appliance was simply brilliant. Organizing a contest and challenging the community to contribute their best appliances sparked a variety of ideas and purposes for virtual machines. Now we have the winners with this appliance (HowNetWorks) taking top honors. Download a copy and try out the result of ingenuity, teamwork and practical application.

Monday, August 07, 2006 VMware Workstation for Mac OS X to enter beta soon

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Two new migration offerings for ESX

Vizioncore debuts esxMigrator and PlateSpin releases PowerConvert 6.0. Both products can assist in the move to VI3. Check them out and let us know your experiences.