Friday, January 27, 2006

» The best way for Windows users to be safe on the internet | Spyware Confidential |

Suzi Turner of quotes Mike Healan from the Spyware Weekly newsletter on his position concerning the only safe way to surf the Internet...the VMware appliance. Mike's four part article covers a lot of good basic steps to make the appliance running on the VM player more useful. He also discusses doing updates to the virtual environment which you will need to do as Linux or Firefox security issues are found. The VM player itself may have a security issue from time to time too. So pay attention to updates.

I'd like to hear how consultants are doing encouraging people to use this tool to avoid problems on the web. I'm interested in how they take to this virtual Linux environment from a Windows one. How about their multimedia experience via this approach? Anyone have some feedback?

VMware ESX Server 2.5.2 Upgrade Patch 3 (for 2.5.x Systems) now available

I received notice of this via e-mail this afternoon. If you have a Dell server, you'll want to pay attention to this one. The applicability is as follows per the site:
his patch fixes a timing issue in the LSI Logic MegaRAID driver shipped with ESX 2.5.x. This issue causes ESX Server systems using LSI Logic MegaRAID controllers to become unresponsive when storage management agents are installed on the service console.

VMware has seen this problem on Dell non-blade systems when storage management agents are installed on the service console. However, the issue may also be triggered by other applications that communicate directly with internal MegaRAID firmware. See knowledge base article 2025 for more information.

I'll be looking at my Dell 2850's next week. Things have been running well for last few months so I'll be examining this one closely.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Blackfriars Blog: Memo to Apple: time to call VMWare

If Microsoft is dragging their heals on updating their Virtual PC product for the Mac OS X platform, they should call VMware (which they should do anyway). With the Intel architecture, things just got easier. And more competition is better.

VMworld 2006 · November 7-9 · Los Angeles

Got my e-mail announcing the event for the Fall. Last year's event brought lots of good information which you can take advantage of accessing even if you couldn't make the conference. I'm sure this year will be as useful, especially given the release of ESX 3.0 this year sometime.

Monday, January 09, 2006

VMware's Greene leads virtualization pack

An interview with the President of VMware...highlights the virtualization landscape, competitors and challenges going forward.

Byte and Switch - EMC Buys Windows Expertise

This is great news. Hopefully EMC will work this expertise into the VMware side of the house to support production environments like mine running MS Exchange and SQL on ESX. It will be interesting to see the impact of this acquisition.

Sunday, January 01, 2006 Release: VMware ESX Server 2.5.2 Upgrade Patch 2 released!