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Rick Vanover


October 3, 2008  4:38 PM

Take the time to learn direct disk access to a virtual machine



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Storage

Recently I had the opportunity to go through a series of tests revolving around the use of a raw disk or dedicated logical unit number (LUN) to a virtual machine. I think that any virtualization administrator should go through the drill. The basic principle is to seamlessly move storage on a...

September 30, 2008  10:05 AM

VDI planning primer on DHCP scope options



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Desktop virtualization, Networking, Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, Virtualization management

Fellow virtualization expert Andrew Kutz has argued that future virtual...

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September 29, 2008  11:00 AM

Embotics V-Scout VM population trending is a hidden jewel



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

Virtualization administrators are quite aware of the risk of virtual machine sprawl. How your virtual environment will grow or shrink will vary based on many factors. For new implementations, there is a generally a large front-loading of virtual machines from conversions or migrations from older...


September 22, 2008  12:49 PM

Managing the virtual machine lifecycle with an expiration date



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

Having a virtual machine expiration date is an important procedural step in successfully managing a virtual environment. Managing the expiration date in VMware environments is challenging without adding pricey tools such Lifecycle Manager or other commercial management products. In this video blog,...


September 9, 2008  9:04 AM

Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.0 released with new features



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Product announcements, Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox

Sun has released version 2.0 of the xVM VirtualBox workstation hypervisor. This major release offers new features including support for 64-bit guest operating systems, an improved GUI console, some performance enhancements, support for...


September 4, 2008  9:09 AM

VKernel SearchMyVM appliance delivers VI3 information in a browser search



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Product announcements, Rick Vanover, Virtual appliances, Virtualization management

Portsmouth, N.H.-based VKernel has released a beta of the SearchMyVM appliance to allow administrators to make queries of their VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VI3) virtual environment through a browser search-style interface. The SearchMyVM appliance keeps VKernel's tradition of delivering very...


September 2, 2008  9:24 AM

Making a P2V conversion: Driver cleansing



Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, P2V, Rick Vanover, Virtual machine, Virtualization strategies

Successful physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions revolve around getting the virtual environment correct before presenting the actual workload to the new VM. In this video blog, Rick Vanover discusses some conversion tasks that can help a VM function optimally as the workload goes virtual from a...


September 2, 2008  9:19 AM

Embotics’ V-Scout enters management arena for free



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Product announcements, Rick Vanover, Virtualization management

Embotics has launched a new product, V-Scout, which provides administrators with an extra view into their VMware-based virtual environments. V-Scout is a free product that complements Embotics' existing product, V-Commander. I have had a chance to work with the version 1.0 release of the product...


August 25, 2008  9:58 AM

VDI process selection revolves heavily on the endpoint device



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Desktop virtualization, hardware, Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VDI, Virtualization

Selecting a VDI environment is a daunting process. As I begin to evaluate technologies for VDI design and implementation for an upcoming project, the first step is often to identify the requirements from the end-user perspective. Administrators frequently get wrapped up in the server side of a...


August 19, 2008  1:16 PM

Making a P2V conversion: Stage-phase configuration



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Networking, P2V, Rick Vanover, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

A well-documented procedure for physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions still lacks the valuable information learned by experience. In this video blog, Rick Vanover introduces the stage configuration phase of a P2V conversion. When this phase and other phases of a conversion are used in a procedural...


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