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Blog Aggregation Taken Too Far

This post by Mike Laverick is, as I believe they say, spot on (did I get my British English right?). Blog aggregation is one thing; many bloggers do it, including myself in my Virtualization Short Takes. VMware does it with Planet V12n. It’s not that uncommon. In my opinion, as long as the original blogger and the original blogger’s website are properly and clearly attributed, it’s not really a big deal.

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VMware Workstation Beats Hyper-V?

If this is indeed accurate, then this is big news. The Hypervisor recently published a comparison between VMware Workstation 6 and Hyper-V, and found that VMware Workstation 6 was faster than Hyper-V for a variety of tasks.

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A Brief Update on the Personal Side of Things

If you don’t want to read personal and/or Christian-oriented posts, just skip this one. Otherwise, read on.

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Xsigo I/O Director Tips and Tricks

For the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of using a Xsigo Systems VP780 I/O Director in my lab. After using the product for these past few weeks, I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks for integrating the product into your VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) environment.

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More on Hyper-V for the ESX Engineer

My colleague and friend, Aaron Delp, recently published a post titled Hyper-V for the ESX Engineer. It’s a good post, and provides a good overview of Hyper-V for someone who might already be familiar with VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3). With sincere apologies to Aaron for plagiarizing his title, I thought I might add a few thoughts, comments, or clarifications to his post.

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Virtualization Short Take #15

A whole lot has been buzzing around in the virtualization space over the last week or so, a lot of it as a result of the release of VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5 Update 2 (what a mouthful!). Anyway, here are some links I found interesting or about which I wanted to comment.

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Fusion 2.0 Beta 2 Available

The best (in my humble opinion) option for virtualization on Mac OS X, VMware Fusion, now has Beta 2 of Fusion 2.0 available for download. You can read VMware’s announcement of the new beta as well as read about new features online from VMware’s web site.

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OpenSSH with Kerberos and Active Directory

I ran across this handy white paper about OpenSSH on Linux using Kerberos authentication with Windows and Active Directory. There’s not a whole lot in there that isn’t also covered in my Active Directory integration notes, but it is useful information nevertheless.

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VMware Releases Update 2

VMware has released Update 2 for VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5, which includes updates to VMware ESX, VMware ESXi, VirtualCenter, and VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB). Check the Release Notes for the full details; I won’t reproduce them here, but instead I’ll just point out the particularly interesting details.

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My Take on Free ESXi

There’s been a lot of coverage about VMware’s announcement that VMware ESXi would be free starting Monday, July 28, 2008. More than a couple of people asked me why I haven’t said anything about it yet, and to be honest it was because I was waiting until I could offer something more than just “Hey, ESXi will be free!”

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