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Rick Vanover


July 2, 2008  12:09 PM

Dissecting bridged-network functionality on Sun xVM VirtualBox for Windows



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

If you have not noticed, I have been on a Sun xVM VirtualBox kick recently. I think it is beneficial to virtualization administrators and managers to be familiar with at least two hypervisors -- so why not learn more about xVM? VirtualBox has a smooth interface for a version 1 release, but the one...

July 1, 2008  12:05 PM

Importing VMDK disk files into Sun xVM VirtualBox



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

Sun xVM VirtualBox for Windows offers the capability to import VMware-based VMDK files into a virtual machine (VM), making a migration or cross-platform deployment quite...


June 25, 2008  10:24 AM

Getting to know Sun xVM VirtualBox snapshots



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Storage, Sun xVM, Virtual machine, VirtualBox, Virtualization management

Desktop virtualization packages rely on snapshots and virtual drive functionality. The de facto functionality standard here is found in VMware Workstation and VMware Server, but the tools in Sun's VirtualBox may be setting a new standard. Let's take a quick look at how snapshots and virtual drives...


June 19, 2008  9:05 AM

Using VRDP to view VirtualBox virtual machines remotely



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

In last week's blog, I wrote about my first experiences with

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May 29, 2008  8:23 AM

Intel Premier IT Professional series provides virtualization resources



Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, Intel, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms

New vendors, strategies, technologies and capabilities seem to present themselves daily to the virtualization administrator and manager. One resource that can help is the Intel Premier IT Professional (IPIP)...


May 22, 2008  9:51 AM

Storage utilization is a new battle



Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, Rick Vanover, Servers, Storage, Virtualization

I was recently asked, "do you have any visibility of the storge utilization you provide your virtual machines?" I stopped, thought about it and said "no". However, in my situation, this is not yet a problem. A pitfall for most enterprise server virtualization strategies is in a reservation for...


May 16, 2008  9:28 AM

Virtual environment architecting requires network zone placement



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Clusters, hardware, Lab management, Networking, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtual appliances, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

Almost every virtualization admin that I interact with has materially changed their strategy at some point with their first generation of server virtualization before the entire project is complete. Among the strategy changes are those related to network zoning, which will become a more...


May 5, 2008  8:15 AM

Ericom desktop virtualization now available on Oracle VM



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Desktop virtualization, Oracle VM, Rick Vanover, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms

Today, Ericom software announced the availability of Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect for Oracle VM desktop virtualization (VDI) software as a free...


May 5, 2008  7:54 AM

Microsoft extends virtualization management footprint with enhancements



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Microsoft, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, Rick Vanover, Virtualization

Microsoft announced that the beta release of Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM 2008 ) will now provide the ability to manage Microsoft Virtual Server, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and VMware ESX platforms as part of the expanding

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April 24, 2008  10:13 AM

Choosing your next virtualization project



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Application virtualization, Desktop virtualization, High availability and virtualization, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management

For organizations with an established server virtualization environment, future virtualization projects are looming on the horizon. Whether it is desktop or application virtualization, much deliberating will undoubtly be given to the best product for the new virtualization endeavor -- as it...


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