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Rick Vanover


August 14, 2008  11:33 AM

Powerful scripting options with the VBoxManage command



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

Sun xVM VirtualBox offers a powerful command-line interface (CLI) component, VBoxManage, which can perform most functions within VirtualBox. Having a robust CLI is key to automation and scripting, even in a workstation virtualization product. In my continued coverage of VirtualBox, this blog will...

August 6, 2008  8:08 AM

More on optimizing virtual hosts



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Eric Siebert, hardware, Networking, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies

Eric Siebert's recent post on optimizing the host environment is a very important concern that may frequently be passed aside in the interest of...


August 4, 2008  8:05 AM

VBox 1.6.4 upgrade fixes folder sharing, VRDP



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

Sun has released VirtualBox 1.6.4, and the upgrade process requires some forward planning. Version 1.6.4 is a collection of fixes to the previous release that mostly revolve around shared folders and the VRDP (VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol) implementation. Here is what you need to know if...


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 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 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...


July 7, 2008  12:39 PM

Test virtual environments make for better server upgrades



Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, Lab management, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, virtualization costs, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

Given that virtual environments for x86 servers are relatively new, most lack direct experience in performing major in-place upgrades. While there are many ways to approach a key upgrade to a virtual environment, we'll take a look at one example of a server virtualization upgrade: VMware ESX 3.5...


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