Friday, February 17, 2006 - VMware's ticking storage time bomb??

I'm with Jim on this...he says
Maybe if the virtual machines are given raw access to the luns... but still, the file system that the virtual disk (vmdk)files are kept on are a file system that windows can't read (vmfs)... I'm not really sure what this guy's talking about.
I'm not sure what they're saying either. I don't see any VMware security risk. My Windows VM's can't see other virtual disks not mounted from the SAN.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Behind the virtual curtain at VMware

Robert Mitchell at ComputerWorld interviews Raghu Raghuram, vice president datacenter and desktop platform products at VMware for some insight into the recent moves by VMware and where they're headed.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Day 3: Not Much Progress

Trying to figure the amount of resources being used by SUSE. Between examining memory on the OS and Vista VM, I never got to running multiple VM's on my new box. The system was really dragging.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Thomas Tomiczek's Corner: Virtual Servers becoming a commodity - and MS is falling behind (maybe)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Day 2: Windows 2003 R2 & Vista 5270 CTP Working

Yesterday, I was in the throws of installing...first SUSE 10, then VMware Server. I started Windows Vista and was able to finish it today. A couple of quirks on reboot of the VM but booting into Safe mode without loading 32 bit drivers initially seemed to help. I installed Windows 2003 R2 flawlessly today as well. However, running these two simultaneously is problematic probably due to my lack of memory...only 1GB. I'll play around tomorrow (assuming I have the time) and see if I can make any adjustments there. Otherwise, it's truly sweet.

So far I've read several items about how VMware is distinguishing the various products. I'd really like to know once VMware Server is out of beta and free, what the most compelling reason is to continue to pay for VMware Workstation? Chip Hammond at VMware claims it's "VMware Server has no support for multiple snapshots or team functionality" but is that enough? I'm checking on the Snapshot piece too because it's there...just haven't tested it.

Stay tuned.

Monday, February 06, 2006

VMWare Server Installed!!

I installed SUSE 10 on my GX280 which took a little time (disabled ACPI for the install). I proceeded to follow the
VMware Server Beta Release Notes
which were invaluable. The only "gotcha" was making sure the gcc was installed in SUSE which I did after the fact. Everything loaded without a hitch.

Now I'm in the process of loading Windows Vista 5270 from December as one guest OS and Windows 2003 R2 as another. I'll have to pick up tomorrow so stay tuned.

VMware Server Arrives!

It's downloading now...I'll be updating you on my experience loading and using the product. I've never run GSX myself, just Workstation and ESX. I plan on loading it on a Dell GX280 desktop 3.2Ghz Pentium IV with 1GB of RAM. Right now, I think I'm going to use SUSE 10 and the Linux product. We'll see how the day progresses.

Sunday, February 05, 2006 Exclusive: free VMware Server details leaked

Alessandro was tipped off by a reader and captures some details which should be forthcoming shortly. I'm truly interested to see how this is positioned. I think tomorrow we'll know more. Stay tuned...

Friday, February 03, 2006

Free VMware Server Encourages Virtualization Adoption

Big news! When I saw this in eWeek's feed tonight, my mouth dropped open. If this is GSX server, this is amazing technology for FREE! has some a few more details on this breaking story.