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March 24, 2008  8:03 AM

What to do with internal disk space on VMs



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Storage, Virtualization management, VMware

If one thing annoys me to no end, it is unused capacity. That's why I like virtualization. And it's also why I like grid computing. Heck, that's why I like cheeseburgers (there's no empty space in my stomach after a trip to In-and-Out.) Virtualization makes efficient use of existing hardware to...

March 20, 2008  12:43 PM

Storage VMotion GUIs



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Storage, Virtualization management, VMware

Using Storage VMotion (SVM) from the command line is fairly straightforward. However, a lot of admins may not be comfortable with the inefficiency of taking extra steps to perform a task that can be better handled via an integrated GUI tool. It's a feature that was clearly lacking in the VI 3.5 /...


March 14, 2008  10:36 AM

Bundling support services with hardware purchases?



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

Just about every large hardware vendor can bundle support services for virtualization platforms with your equipment and software purchases. This may seem like a good idea, but let us take a moment to identify the mechanics of the support services that you are expecting. The types of support...


February 29, 2008  12:54 PM

Buying servers for virtual machines? Think blades



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Blade servers, Networking, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

You may be considering new blade servers for your virtual host environments, and you are not alone. Gone are the days of the perception that blade servers have less horsepower than their general purpose counterparts. I recently attended a local virtualization user group meeting, and we talked at...


February 27, 2008  10:41 AM

VMware’s “rookie” Seminar too lightweight



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Application virtualization, Desktop virtualization, VDI, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies, VMware, XenSource

With virtualization adoption teetering on mainstream, I am sure it is difficult for VMware to find the balance between what to explain about the technology and what is considered common knowledge. Judging by a show of hands, a lot of what the 40-or so IT admins who attended


February 15, 2008  2:54 PM

Stressing the value of virtual test environments



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

We all know that test environments are an important part of the quality process within IT. Unfortunately, we may not always follow through and provide good test environments. Virtualization changes all of that. This tip will share some of the strategies that I have found to truly enable robust test...


February 7, 2008  1:10 PM

Virtualization strategies for the SMB



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Microsoft Virtual Server, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies, VMware, Xen

The small and medium businesses (SMB) are unique in their approach to virtualization. In attending a recent VMware Users Group (VMUG) meeting it became clear that virtualization is much easier to embrace for the large enterprise, whereas the smaller IT shops have an entirely different dynamic....


February 6, 2008  12:36 PM

Staffing and virtualization, a response



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

I read an article here on SSV entitled "Virtualization and Staffing" the other day, and decided I had to add my two cents in and comment. I was going to do a...


January 30, 2008  10:29 PM

Technosium 2008: Virtualization and regulatory compliance, time to revisit?



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

I am blogging from the first annual Technosium 2008 Global Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., where I have gotten some clarification on regulatory compliance, a topic that perplexes me and other virtualization managers and administrators I...


January 18, 2008  4:27 PM

GParted: Save yourself from virtual test screw-ups



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Virtualization management, VMware

Todays episode is ... screwing up your test environment and fixing it. As many know, I test management tools like some people switch socks. I have a simple theory on it: If what I'm using could be better, and there's no business impact in switching, I'm going to switch. I went from Groundwork Open...


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