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April, 2007

April 11, 2007  3:15 PM

Once upon a time, there was a VI3 migration…

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

I found another blog post-worthy blog. Rightfully called "Documenting a virtualization project", it's pretty darn cool. Read about one company's experience with virtualizing their servers from the start. Most recently, the author,...

April 11, 2007  2:55 PM

Virtualization bookstore

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

I was surfing the virtualization blogs recently and came across a gem of a Webpage. Virtualization Daily has put together a virtualization bookstore of sorts -- the books link to Amazon, but it's a great way to get a fast glance at...

April 6, 2007  12:22 PM

VMware price list

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Robin Harris of StorageMojo has procured a VMware price list, adding to his extensive collection of storage products. You can find it at: According to the...

April 6, 2007  10:09 AM

Managing VirtualCenter2 Management Service (vpxd) failures

Kutz Profile: Akutz

The VirtualCenter2 management service (vpxd) is not very robust. If it cannot connect to the back-end database, the service will halt. It *should* continue to run, periodically trying to connect to the database, but this is not the case. There are also problems with the service coming up before the...

April 6, 2007  7:40 AM

Not so needless Windows Server licenses

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Last week, I wrote a story entitled Virtuozzo user avoids needless Windows Server licenses. Many of you wrote in to inform me that in fact, the Windows Server licenses that the subject...

April 5, 2007  3:23 PM

Physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration blooper

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Since I wrote the post, P2V wins and losses, I've been hearing from IT managers who've done the P2V deed. One migration was halted by a too-proactive IT guy. Here's the story, but I'll let...

April 5, 2007  9:11 AM

Generated an update script for ESX 3.0.0 and 3.0.1

Kutz Profile: Akutz

In my last post I showed you how to get all the available updates for an ESX 3.0.0 and 3.0.1 server. This post showcases a script that will generate the commands you need to run to update your server with the downloaded patches in the order that they were released. The script, newupdates, examines...

April 5, 2007  9:05 AM

Virtual Iron Offers up Performance Benchmark

cwolf Profile: cwolf

Following Simon Crosby's release of a XenSource performance benchmark, I began to needle...

April 4, 2007  8:32 AM

Getting ESX 3.0.0 and 3.0.1 updates

Kutz Profile: Akutz

It can be a real hassle to download updates for ESX 3.0.0 and 3.0.1. Wouldn't it be nice if there was some program that could take care of this for you? Now there is! Introducing my patented (not really) chk4updates script. Using arcane majiks and other-wordly sorceries, I have divined through...

April 3, 2007  12:38 PM

Virtual machine back up licensing challenges

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

Recently, I chatted with a sys admin about his experience with VM migrations and management challenges. His primary goal right now is creating backup copies of his VMs as part of his disaster recovery plan. The biggest hurdle? Licensing. Or rather, the cost of licensing, because he wants...

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