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March 21, 2007  9:55 AM

VI3 videos

Posted by: Ryan Shopp
Links we like, Virtual machine, Virtualization platforms, VMware

Unless you live under a rock, by now you're probably heard about VI3. But have you seen it in action? This "short" (ha) 20-minute long video I found on YouTube shows you exactly what it does. It features a VMware "guru" and a virtualization "newbie" who asks every possible question you could...

March 19, 2007  8:44 AM

Spiceworks with VMware

Posted by: Joe Foran
Virtualization management

I'm a big fan of free... free as in beer and free as in speech. Sometimes that even means free as in ad-supported. NOT Adware-supported, mind you, but ad-supported free software runs second in my book to truly free open-source software. Anyone remember Pointcast? Yeah, it was a bandwidth hog in an...

March 16, 2007  8:00 PM

Are your virtual machines lost in space?

Posted by: Jan Stafford
Virtual machine, Virtualization management

"Whoever comes up with a solid virtual machine documentation process will make a killing this year."
Those words were spoken -- off-the-record -- by a senior systems administrator for a major utility company. I ran into him at the Red Hat RHEL5 release party this week. The...

March 16, 2007  3:43 PM

Xen, meet Qlusters

Posted by: Alex Barrett
Uncategorized, Virtualization management, Xen

When two qlever, xany technologies meet, who knows what can happen? On Monday, Qlusters, which makes the open source OpenQRM server provisioning and monitoring software, will add official support for Xen, the open-source virtual machine monitor used by XenSource, Red Hat, Novell and...

March 8, 2007  12:39 PM

Veeam reports on ESX

Posted by: Alex Barrett
Uncategorized, Virtualization management, VMware

I just had a chat with Veeam Software's Ratmir Timashev about the release of their first commercial product, Veeam Reporter for VMware Infrastructure 3. The Russian company may already be known to some of you for its free tools -- Veeam FastSCP, which administrators can use for backup or to...

March 7, 2007  1:11 AM

P2V blues: Physical-to-virtual migration mishaps

Posted by: Jan Stafford
P2V, Uncategorized, VMware

While researching P2V migrations, I came across some discussions of problems encountered during the process. Dave Mast, Geek at Large, learned this lesson about P2V migrations and shared it on his blog: "This Tuesday we attempted a P2V...

March 7, 2007  12:53 AM

The debut of Virtual Iron 3.5 – Hype or Huzzah?

Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Virtual Iron, Virtualization platforms, Xen

From Virtual Iron's Website:

"Virtual Iron Software (, a provider of server virtualization and virtual infrastructure management software solutions, today announced the general availability of Version 3.5 of its...

March 7, 2007  12:42 AM

A Parallels Universe

Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Application virtualization

I am (was) the unofficial Microsoft Entourage support person for my organization.  Susie Q. is having a problem with Entourage losing her e-mail, "Call Andrew" her office-mate would say.  Those days are no more.  I now use Outlook 2007 on my Mac and let users know that until the next version of...

March 5, 2007  12:36 PM

Windows Server virtualization calculator

Posted by: Ryan Shopp
Servers, Virtual machine, Virtualization management

I was doing some blog-surfing the other day and came across Christian Saborio's virtualization blog. He mentions this really cool tool published by Microsoft that helps IT directors figure out costs of...

February 26, 2007  8:01 PM

Virtualization security: The dark side of the force

Posted by: Jan Stafford
Microsoft Virtual Server, Virtualization security

Thomas Ptacek writes about two ways virtualization complicates life for systems security people in his blog entry, Dark Reading on Virtualization Security. First of all, he says, "you now face the spectre of...

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