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February 29, 2008  12:54 PM

Buying servers for virtual machines? Think blades

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

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 29, 2008  12:51 PM

Getting at internal disk space with Linux distro Openfiler

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

Based on the volume of media coverage, explosive growth of iSCSI storage area network (SAN) companies and my own experiences, I think it's safe to say that NFS and iSCSI SANs have begun to prove their worth as valid storage platforms with VMware's Infrastructure 3, and both are also a lot cheaper...


February 25, 2008  12:27 PM

Review: VMware’s Storage/SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

VMware documentation has traditionally been great -- it provides useful how-to and compatibility information, and the plain truth in quick-to-read documents with accurate charts, and the information is kept current. Usually the documentation is even written in such a way that you can get a...


February 25, 2008  12:18 PM

P2V migration success, thanks to Robocopy

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

...and no thanks to VMware Converter Enterprise or Vizioncore's vConverter. The situation: a very successful physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration, with...


February 25, 2008  11:39 AM

VMware Server guru discusses ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

Author and programmer Eric Hammersley had launched into using VMware Server when he realized virtualization’s space and cost-saving potential. At the time, he was installing multiple server and switch racks on a ship for the U.S. Navy. His book


February 21, 2008  9:34 AM

Antivirus management issues in physical-to-virtual migrations

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

I am well into my company's physical to virtualization (P2V) migration for most general purpose server systems, and it's been pretty successful. But as our environment grew, we experienced a problem involving our virtual systems and our antivirus management system. In this blog post, I'll explain...


February 15, 2008  2:54 PM

Stressing the value of virtual test environments

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

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 13, 2008  9:49 AM

Dilbert gets orders to virtualize!

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

Scott Adams isn't the first to create a cartoon about virtualization (see VirtualMan helps IT pros explain virtualization's benefits). Even...


February 11, 2008  5:11 PM

VirtualMan helps IT pros explain virtualization’s benefits

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

VirtualMan blog posts co-authored by Hannah Drake and Matt McDonough. Trying to grasp the basics of server virtualization? Or, do you face the even more challenging task of explaining and/or pitching server virtualization projects to non-IT execs? Definitions from


February 8, 2008  1:40 PM

Linus: wake up and smell the coffee

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

This post is from Mark Schlack, VP/Editorial for TechTarget. Linus Torvalds dismisses virtualization in a recent interview with the Linux Foundation: "It's been around for probably 50 years. I forget...


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