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April, 2008


April 23, 2008  11:49 AM

Mike arrives in Charlotte, North Carolina…



Posted by: MikeLaverick
Other

Today I set off from the UK and arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m here for a “super” UG event. I will be delivering a keynote about the “Myths of Virtualization” and closing the event with a presentation on “What VMware should do next”. I’m getting over my jet lag today and...

April 22, 2008  5:05 AM

A classic case of moving the goalposts



Posted by: MikeLaverick
Other

If you follow the blogs, there has been an extensive debate about VMotion Vs QuickMigrate. In a classic case of moving the goal posts Microsoft has responded on their virtualization blog.


April 19, 2008  2:10 AM

DEMO: EMC & VMware VDI Provisioning



Posted by: MikeLaverick
VDI

Well, you have seen NetApp do this – creating many VDI VMs very rapidly together with a pre-dedupe process – using Thin Provisioning Storage Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgziAwYfh4A Additionally, you can also sign up for a...


April 15, 2008  1:28 AM

Updated: Interesting Cisco Document on ESX Networking



Posted by: MikeLaverick
ESX

Two guys on my course this week in Utrecht have put me on to an interesting doc from Cisco about networking in ESX. In some places its more interesting/informative than VMware’s own documentation – especially if you use Cisco hardware! Link:


April 12, 2008  11:48 AM

Vi3.5 Update 1 is released…



Posted by: MikeLaverick
vCenter

VMware has release an update thrilling entitled Update 1. Think like DefCon 1 [JOKE] Highights include:

  • HA for ESX3i
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet/Jumbo Frame Support for the Intel 82598 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 32/64-bit Support for MSCS
  • Boot from SAN...


April 10, 2008  9:33 AM

Free tool from Mightycare.de



Posted by: MikeLaverick
ESX

Peter Rudolf from Mightcare.de has emailed me to let me know that they have a free tool to download. It’s called MCS Storageview and it shows you the size of virtual disks and how much free space you have available in them.


April 10, 2008  8:57 AM

Interview with Eric Sloof



Posted by: MikeLaverick
Other

Eric Sloof and I (fellow VCI’s) are attending the first VDM course for instructors in Frimley, Surrey – this week. Eric dragged me to one side to get my first impressions on VDM, and cornered me about the book as well!


April 7, 2008  8:44 AM

Apples and Oranges: Quick Migrate Vs VMotion



Posted by: MikeLaverick
Other

Mike D has an interesting two part analysis – or compare and contast of MS “Quick Migrate” against VMware VMotion. “There has been a lot of talk recently about why Quick Migration with Microsoft’s Hyper-V drops connections when it simply uses Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS) to...


April 3, 2008  1:12 AM

What’s Mike been upto in the last two weeks?



Posted by: MikeLaverick
Other

[OK,  so you spotted my deliberate mistake - I meant North Carolina, not South Carolina...] For the last two weeks – I’ve been upto two main things. Playing with Site Recovery Manager Beta, and prep’ing the new training course on VMware’s Virtual Desktop Manager. Just before I arrived...


April 1, 2008  10:01 AM

Citrix release XenServer 4.1



Posted by: MikeLaverick
Citrix

After sometime Citrix has released its version of Xen. I think what’s very interesting is Citrix licensing model. They have gone for a per-server approach, rather than a per-socket as favoured by VMware and Microsoft. XenServer starts at $600 per server for an annual license, and $900 per server...


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