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July, 2008


July 29, 2008  11:09 AM

Recovering servers, virtual machines after power failure



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, High availability and virtualization, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

An event like a complete data center power failure is something you never want to experience. Having recently gone through one I thought I would share some lessons learned from it.

This particular data center had a full UPS...

July 28, 2008  10:34 AM

Seamless windows in Sun xVM VirtualBox



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox, Virtualization platforms

A product that provides a smooth transition between host and virtual machine helps when selecting a product for virtualization on a workstation. Sun xVM VirtualBox offers a seamless session that can make the transition between your guest and host quite transparent. The seamless window...


July 23, 2008  9:53 AM

Sun xVM VirtualBox easily enables folder sharing



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox, Virtualization

One of the features that make desktop virtualization packages attractive is the ability to move files from the host to the guest virtual machine without the use of a network. Sun xVM VirtualBox has this functionality, so let's go through it for use on Windows systems. Enabling shared folders is...


July 20, 2008  8:50 PM

Considering external-facing virtual machines



Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, Networking, Rick Vanover, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

One of the more overlooked placement discussions that happen within the design or re-engineering phases of virtualization projects involves systems that are on an external network. The placement of external systems can be addressed many different ways, including the use of virtual private network...


July 17, 2008  2:26 PM

VMware updates its security hardening guide



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtualization security, VMware

VMware has just updated their security hardening guide, which provides recommendations for hardening a VI3 environment.

In addition to the updates for virtual machines and the ESX Service Console, they have now added new...


July 14, 2008  10:27 PM

Using USB device filters with Sun xVM VirtualBox



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox, Virtualization

A virtualization package is ready for prime time when it has a full array of device connectivity between the host and the guest virtual machine (VM). Let's take a quick look at USB device redirection in Sun xVM VirtualBox 1.6.2. The USB device functionality has a nice feature that allows a...


July 14, 2008  4:46 AM

When not to treat VMs like physical servers



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, VMware, Xen


July 10, 2008  8:12 AM

Where are the Microsoft Hyper-V users?



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Microsoft, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, Virtual Iron, Virtualization, virtualization costs, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, VMware

So, earlier this week I wrote a blog about Clabby Analytics Analyst Joe Clabby's report spelling out a handful of


July 9, 2008  10:31 AM

Guest Additions installation makes the grade with VirtualBox



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, Video, VirtualBox, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms

The Sun xVM VirtualBox Guest Additions host and guest driver integration suite optimizes the guest experience in a way similar to the VMware Tools installation. The virtualization suite installs within the guest operating system with a small footprint on most of the supported platforms within...


July 9, 2008  8:12 AM

Four reasons why VMware will retain market share position over the next five years



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtualization strategies, VMware

Speculations are overflowing within the virtualization community following Diane Greene's resignation from VMware. As a glass-half-full kind of guy, I'd like to offer my reasons why...


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