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I'm Honored, Too

I stumbled across this post by Duncan over at Yellow Bricks about his inclusion in a recent Top 10 list by Eric Siebert over at VMware-land. The new Top 10 list is “Top 10 blogs that VMware administrators must read.” This list is a regular “Who’s Who” list of well-known bloggers like Mike Laverick, Eric Sloof, Christofer Hoff, and others. Lo and behold, I find out that I’m on the list as well! And at #2, no less!

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Understanding NIC Utilization in VMware ESX

In early December of 2006, I wrote a very popular article on VMware ESX, NIC teaming, and VLAN trunking. In that article, I laid out the configuration for using both NIC teaming and VLAN trunking. In particular, the NIC teaming configuration in that article described the use of Cisco Gigabit EtherChannel for link aggregation, in which both the physical switch and the vSwitch are configured to distribute traffic across all the links between them.

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In the Works

I just wanted to provide a quick update on some articles I have in the works to be (hopefully) published soon.

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TextMate

Until just recently, I was using the free text editor Smultron for my text editing needs. To be absolutely honest, my text editing needs aren’t really that great; basically, I use a text editor to:

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Storage Short Take #1

My Virtualization Short Take series seems to be reasonably popular, so I thought I’d expand into another area that interests me: storage. Here is Storage Short Take #1! If this proves helpful or useful to readers, I’ll continue the series on an irregular basis.

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Tracking My Own Published Articles

For those that are interested, I’ve started bookmarking all my own published articles. They’re viewable on Delicious.com with the tag “Articles”, and you can also subscribe to the RSS feed for that tag as well. I was having a hard time keeping track of all the URLs where my articles had been published, so I thought I’d just go ahead and bookmark them so I had them for future reference.

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VMware HA Configuration Notes

I recently wrapped up some testing in my lab around VMware HA; specifically, around VMware HA isolation response. My tests involved various network configurations and attempted to clearly document the behavior of VMware HA isolation response under different circumstances. I thought I’d share some of my findings here in the hopes that others would find this information useful as well. (Keep in mind that some of the stuff listed below is just common sense, but I’m including it here anyway just for completeness.)

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Windows Server 2008 Power Savings Whitepaper

I got notice of this whitepaper back during Tech-Ed but it’s been sitting in my “blog posts to write when I get time” pile until now. Microsoft has posted a whitepaper (download it here) as well as a blog entry (viewable here) regarding Windows Server 2008’s new power saving functionality.

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Sanbolic Looking to Capitalize on Hyper-V Opportunity

Sanbolic, whose Melio FS product I discussed a short while ago, announced today the availability of their Kayo file system. The official press release is here in PDF format. Quoting from the press release:

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Greene is Out; What's Next?

What is up with this? In case you’ve been hiding under a rock—or, like me, have been on the road all day with no Internet access—VMware issued a press release today announcing the removal of Diane Greene as President and CEO of VMware, to be replaced by a former Microsoft executive, Paul Maritz. Where in the world did this come from?

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