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September 4, 2008  9:09 AM

VKernel SearchMyVM appliance delivers VI3 information in a browser search

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Portsmouth, N.H.-based VKernel has released a beta of the SearchMyVM appliance to allow administrators to make queries of their VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VI3) virtual environment through a browser search-style interface. The SearchMyVM appliance keeps VKernel's tradition of delivering very...

September 2, 2008  9:24 AM

Making a P2V conversion: Driver cleansing

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Successful physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions revolve around getting the virtual environment correct before presenting the actual workload to the new VM. In this video blog, Rick Vanover discusses some conversion tasks that can help a VM function optimally as the workload goes virtual from a...


September 2, 2008  9:19 AM

Embotics’ V-Scout enters management arena for free

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Embotics has launched a new product, V-Scout, which provides administrators with an extra view into their VMware-based virtual environments. V-Scout is a free product that complements Embotics' existing product, V-Commander. I have had a chance to work with the version 1.0 release of the product...


August 26, 2008  9:11 AM

VCP certification proves highly valuable

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

The VCP (VMware Certified Professional) certification I have blogged about twice before has gone through the roof. I have never seen a jump like this in all my years in IT. See for yourself. VCP CHart 08-22-08


August 25, 2008  10:09 AM

Proxmox PVE offers VM mash-up for the virtualization market

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

The mashup market is for more than just those out there making rich-media web apps. They've taken the concept of the mashup to the virtualization market. The resulting product is a mash-up of two virtualization platforms, OpenVZ and KVM, which Proxmox has combined into a delightful new offering...


August 25, 2008  9:58 AM

VDI process selection revolves heavily on the endpoint device

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Selecting a VDI environment is a daunting process. As I begin to evaluate technologies for VDI design and implementation for an upcoming project, the first step is often to identify the requirements from the end-user perspective. Administrators frequently get wrapped up in the server side of a...


August 19, 2008  1:16 PM

Making a P2V conversion: Stage-phase configuration

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

A well-documented procedure for physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions still lacks the valuable information learned by experience. In this video blog, Rick Vanover introduces the stage configuration phase of a P2V conversion. When this phase and other phases of a conversion are used in a procedural...


August 14, 2008  11:33 AM

Powerful scripting options with the VBoxManage command

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Sun xVM VirtualBox offers a powerful command-line interface (CLI) component, VBoxManage, which can perform most functions within VirtualBox. Having a robust CLI is key to automation and scripting, even in a workstation virtualization product. In my continued coverage of VirtualBox, this blog will...


August 14, 2008  10:56 AM

New HP unit to offer one-stop desktop virtualization shopping

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has expanded to incorporate a new business unit that will focus on desktop virtualization. Client-side virtualization has been a tough...

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August 6, 2008  8:08 AM

More on optimizing virtual hosts

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Eric Siebert's recent post on optimizing the host environment is a very important concern that may frequently be passed aside in the interest of...


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