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Happy Thanksgiving!

For those readers who celebrate Thanksgiving, I’d like to extend to you my warmest wishes for a very pleasant and very restful Thanksgiving holiday. I am very thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed upon me; despite whatever problems I may be having, it could certainly be worse.

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OmniGraffle and OmniFocus Updates

Two of my most-used applications have been updated to new versions. OmniGraffle is now updated to version 5.1, and OmniFocus is now updated to version 1.5. (Funny, I just noticed how the versions numbers are reversed–5.1 and 1.5.)

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Viscosity, a Mac OpenVPN Client

So, I’ve been searching for a good way to establish connectivity to the lab at my office for a while. My first attempt was to work with one of our CCIEs at the office to establish an IPSec-based VPN against a Cisco router at the edge of the lab network, but despite our best efforts we couldn’t get the IPSec VPN client I was using, IPSecuritas, to connect and authenticate. No amount of fiddling would make it work.

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Virtualization Short Take #23

A short while ago, I had a colleague in the blogging industry ask me if the reason I was writing “Short Takes” was because I was too busy to write in-depth articles. At the time, I told this colleague no, but now I’m wondering if I should change that answer…

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No Solaris-AD Integration Update

I’m sorry, folks, but I’m not going to have the time or the resources to publish an update to my existing instructions for integrating Solaris 10 into Active Directory. Quite some time ago I had posted that I planned on creating an update to the original instructions so as to incorporate some lessons learned, but it keeps get pushed aside for other tasks that are more important and more relevant to my day-to-day work. Rather than keep readers hanging on for something that will likely never appear, I’d rather just be upfront and frank about the situation. As much as I’d love to spend some time working on the Solaris-AD integration situation and documenting my findings, I just don’t have the time. Sorry.

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Need an ESX Cheat Sheet?

After noticing a link I’d added to my Delicious.com bookmarks about a cheat sheet for Linux/UNIX, a reader shared with me a cheat sheet that he had created for VMware ESX. The cheat sheet can be downloaded here, and the reader’s weblog is available here. Thanks for sharing this information!

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FCoE versus MR-IOV...huh?

I’ve had this link sitting in my “Articles To Read” list for quite some time, but—to be perfectly honest—I’ve been just too busy to really do anything about it. Now that a hectic few weeks has wrapped up and I have a small breather before the next hectic few weeks, I wanted to comment briefly on Doug Gourlay’s discussion of FCoE versus MR-IOV.

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NetApp Insight Posts

It looks like I may be able to blog about some of the content that was covered this week at NetApp Insight in LA after all. I’m still working out the details, but I hope to have things straightened out very soon. Stay tuned to this space for more details!

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CompareMyVM

VKernel, whose SearchMyVM search-based management product I wrote about back at the beginning of September, is launching a community site called CompareMyVM. The site is expected to formally launch in early December.

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Recent VMware Security Notice

I started to mention this in Virtualization Short Take #22, but I felt that burying mention of a security notice amongst a bunch of other links just wasn’t the right way to bring it to everyone’s attention. I don’t want to be accused of crying wolf, but I do want readers to be aware of this sort of issues when they arise.

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