The Virtualization Room:

February, 2008


February 29, 2008  12:54 PM

Buying servers for virtual machines? Think blades

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

You may be considering new blade servers for your virtual host environments, and you are not alone. Gone are the days of the perception that blade servers have less horsepower than their general purpose counterparts. I recently attended a local virtualization user group meeting, and we talked at...

February 29, 2008  12:51 PM

Getting at internal disk space with Linux distro Openfiler

Rick Vanover Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

Based on the volume of media coverage, explosive growth of iSCSI storage area network (SAN) companies and my own experiences, I think it's safe to say that NFS and iSCSI SANs have begun to prove their worth as valid storage platforms with VMware's Infrastructure 3, and both are also a lot cheaper...


February 27, 2008  10:41 AM

VMware’s “rookie” Seminar too lightweight

Bridget Botelho Bridget Botelho Profile: Bridget Botelho

With virtualization adoption teetering on mainstream, I am sure it is difficult for VMware to find the balance between what to explain about the technology and what is considered common knowledge. Judging by a show of hands, a lot of what the 40-or so IT admins who attended

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February 25, 2008  1:33 PM

VMware underwhelmed by Workstation security flaw

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Security is the VMware topic du jour, what with VMware releasing several security patches for ESX 3.0.2, and with Boston-based Core Security Technologies revealing a

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February 25, 2008  12:27 PM

Review: VMware’s Storage/SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

Alex Barrett Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

VMware documentation has traditionally been great -- it provides useful how-to and compatibility information, and the plain truth in quick-to-read documents with accurate charts, and the information is kept current. Usually the documentation is even written in such a way that you can get a...


February 25, 2008  12:18 PM

P2V migration success, thanks to Robocopy

Alex Barrett Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

...and no thanks to VMware Converter Enterprise or Vizioncore's vConverter.  The situation: a very successful physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration, with only two servers to go. Both original equipment manufacturer (OEM) boxes. One is a Windows 2003 Server File/Print/VMware...


February 25, 2008  11:39 AM

VMware Server guru discusses ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

Author and programmer Eric Hammersley had launched into using VMware Server when he realized virtualization’s space and cost-saving potential. At the time, he was installing multiple server and switch racks on a ship for the U.S. Navy. His book

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February 22, 2008  5:59 PM

Upgrades, virtualization, and a tantalizing glimpse of the future

mschlack Mark Schlack Profile: mschlack

I've recently been through a number of operating system upgrade experiences on the small network I maintain to learn about new technologies, and it's really made me hunger for an all-virtual future. I just installed Windows Server 2008 in a VM (VMware Server) and contrasting that with the pain of...


February 21, 2008  9:34 AM

Antivirus management issues in physical-to-virtual migrations

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

I am well into my company's physical to virtualization (P2V) migration for most general purpose server systems, and it's been pretty successful. But as our environment grew, we experienced a problem involving our virtual systems and our antivirus management system. In this blog post, I'll explain...


February 20, 2008  3:36 PM

VMware VDI no bargain, analyst says

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

I just ran across an interesting article comparing the cost of VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with that of upgrading an existing "rich client" desktop to Vista. According to...


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