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Virtualization Short Take #19

Virtualization Short Take #19 is here, with news, headlines, and commentary on a few things that have passed my way over the last few weeks. Feel free to share your own interesting tidbits in the comments!

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More on VMware ESX NIC Utilization

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about NIC utilization in VMware ESX in which I discussed some of the details around how VMware ESX uses NICs in various configurations. The testing that prompted that article was primarily centered around IP-based storage (software-based iSCSI and NFS), so naturally the discussion primarily centered around IP-based storage as well.

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Blogging Frequency May be Down

My blogging frequency may be down over the next few weeks. Just like the old saying, “When it rains, it pours,” I’ve been hit with a truckload of things to get done over the next few weeks that are really going to demand a great deal of my time. Don’t get me wrong; I’m thankful for the work and the opportunities. It’s just a lot of work! I’ve been invited to speak at a vendor conference in early November (sorry, I can’t share which vendor) and need to finalize that presentation, I’m traveling later this week, and I have other deadlines at work that must be met. Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for this site.

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NetApp iGroup Strategies for VMware ESX

Readers who have installed and configured VMware ESX in a storage area network (SAN) environment know that all the VMware ESX servers in an environment need to see the same LUNs with the same LUN IDs. This is necessary in order to avoid problems with VMFS resignaturing.

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I'm Honored Again

Back in July, I was recognized as #2 in the “Top 10 blogs that VMware administrators must read.” I was honored by my inclusion in that list along with some very well-recognized names.

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Now Cisco's Participation in SVVP Becomes Clearer

Some while ago, it was noted that Cisco was signed up as a participant in Microsoft’s Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Many wondered why—what did Cisco have up its sleeve?

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Hyper-V Server Released

Microsoft announced the release of Hyper-V Server 2008 today via a blog post on the Server and Tools Business News Bytes blog (man, is that a mouthful!). Available “later today” as a free download, Hyper-V Server is Microsoft’s “bare metal” hypervisor-based virtualization product. Although the blog post said later today, I tried downloading it right away anyway, but the download link apparently doesn’t yet work.

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HP Buys LeftHand Networks

I just got word this morning from a co-worker that HP has announced it will buy LeftHand Networks for about $360 million. The official HP news release can be found here on the HP web site.

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OmniFocus for iPhone First Impressions

For those that follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I purchased and installed OmniFocus for iPhone over the weekend. If you are a GTD lover and a Mac user, you are no doubt familiar with the “regular” OmniFocus application from The Omni Group. I’ve been using OmniFocus for quite some time now (I wrote about that back in February), and I was really excited about the possibility of taking it mobile with me on my iPhone.

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Virtualization Short Take - VMworld 2008 Edition

This edition of Virtualization Short Takes is mainly a collection of items from the VMworld 2008 conference in Las Vegas. Some of these are session transcripts from various bloggers; some are just VMworld-related blog posts.

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