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Rick Vanover


November 17, 2008  4:20 PM

Virtualization tool bundles assist older OSes



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms

Virtualization administrators are in a unique situation where older operating systems (OSes) can potentially "live forever" in the virtual world. While we may not wish to enable older OSes to remain in our environments indefinitely as virtual machines (VMs), situations arise where we need to do...

November 12, 2008  10:16 AM

Key concepts of Hyper-V Integration Services



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Microsoft, Microsoft Hyper-V, Rick Vanover, Virtualization platforms

Integration Services is Microsoft Hyper-V's installation interface on guest virtual machines that is designed to optimize the drivers of the virtual environments and provide the best experience. Here is a rundown of what you want to know about Integration Services when getting started with...


November 7, 2008  1:17 PM

Getting Started with Hyper-V Manager



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Microsoft Hyper-V, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, Virtualization management

Every good virtualization administrator owes it to themselves to survey the field. In today's virtualization climate, this includes looking at Microsoft's Hyper-V. Various Hyper-V configurations,...


November 6, 2008  12:57 PM

Making a P2V conversion: Tricks for systems with large storage



Posted by: Rick Vanover
network, Networking, P2V, Rick Vanover, Servers, Storage, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

Converting a system with a large amount of locally attached storage can be a challenging task given the time required to perform the conversion. Here area a few tricks I've found that can help ease the pain on these types of conversion tasks.

  • Private network: Making a...


October 30, 2008  4:01 PM

Piloting a VDI requires partner involvement



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Desktop virtualization, Rick Vanover, VDI

A successful VDI pilot is a critical step toward embracing desktop virtualization technology when migrating from traditional desktops. In this video blog, Rick Vanover discusses how to go about creating a pilot to obtain optimal results without engaging vendors in the pre-sales...


October 23, 2008  11:01 AM

The first 45 days of using the virtual machine expiration date



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

In prior posts, I mentioned that determining how the expiration of a virtual machine (VM) will be managed and...


October 20, 2008  9:01 AM

Defining a nomenclature for storage allocations



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

The relationship between the virtualization administrator and storage administrator can sometimes be less than cordial. Yet it can become less contentious when approached in a certain manner. One way that administrators can work closer with storage teams is to identify a nomenclature for shared...


October 15, 2008  4:13 PM

Out-of-band boot order configuration with Sun xVM VirtualBox



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

The configuration for virtual machine (VM) tasks that involve booting from anything other than the virtual disk can be inconvenient. Sun xVM VirtualBox offers a functionality that allows the boot order to...


October 9, 2008  10:24 AM

VMware releases update to VirtualCenter and VMware Converter



Posted by: Rick Vanover
High availability and virtualization, Product announcements, Rick Vanover, VMware

Last week, VMware released VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 3. The release fixes issues with Update 2 (build 104263), which was released in July, before the


October 6, 2008  2:10 PM

Did VMworld 2008 satisfy attendees?



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Desktop virtualization, Rick Vanover, VMworld, VMworld 2008

While VMworld 2008 left some attendees and contributors to


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