RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix:

April, 2008


April 23, 2008  11:49 AM

Mike arrives in Charlotte, North Carolina…

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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…

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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?

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

[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

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

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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