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Virtual Iron Tackles Power Usage with New Release

Virtual Iron, the company I termed “the Rodney Dangerfield” of virtualization because their products just don’t get the attention and respect they probably deserve, is tackling power management and power utilization with a new release of Virtual Iron, version 4.4.

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The Altar and the Door by Casting Crowns

A fellow believer contacted me recently asking if I’d listened to any recent Casting Crowns albums. He’d stumbled across the site, entirely accidentally, and saw my post about Casting Crowns’ Lifesong album. I followed that post up a couple of months later with another take, in which I took a deeper look at their music—not just their musical style, but the words and the emotions behind their music—and I realized that there was so much more to be heard.

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Liveblogging at VMworld 2008

While it should be fairly obvious from the discussions about spouse activities at VMworld, I am attending VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas, and I do plan on liveblogging as much of the conference as is humanly possible. That will depend upon a great many factors, of course, but I hope to be able to provide at least the same level of coverage for VMworld 2008 as I did for Tech-Ed back in June. As I’ve done in the past, I’ll post my VMworld schedule here once it is finalized so that readers will have an idea of what sessions I’m planning on attending. I’m certainly open to suggestions from fellow attendees on potential sessions.

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A Testimony of Love

Over three years ago, I blogged about Shaohannah’s Hope, a charity founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth Chapman. Shaohannah’s Hope is dedicated to helping further the love of Christ through the ministry of adoption.

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A Few SRM Discussion Points

I’ve never really discussed VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) here; there always seemed to be plenty of coverage elsewhere. Just recently, though, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a very knowledgeable SRM resource within VMware, and gathered some notes about VMware SRM that I thought might be helpful. Some of this stuff may be obvious, so bear with me.

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TextMate Revisited

About a month ago, I blogged about trying TextMate as my text editor of choice. After almost a month, I’ve gone ahead and purchased a license for TextMate and I’m sticking with it.

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Virtualization Interview Posted

I recently had the honor of participating in an e-mail interview with OdinJobs regarding virtualization and how to “break into” the virtualization industry. My fellow cohorts in this e-mail interview were Bob Plankers and Martin MacLeod. The interview questions focused on things like the best way for a sysadmin to get started with virtualization, what skills may be vendor-specific or not, and where virtualization may be headed. It was pretty interesting to participate, and it’s even more interesting to see how Bob and Martin responded to the questions.

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Storage Short Take #2

Here’s another installation of Storage Short Takes, with news and views of the storage world. Readers, if you have any more sources of information about storage happenings, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to expand the coverage of storage in these posts.

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FlexClones Versus Deduplication with VMware Infrastructure

A number of times over the last few months, I’ve run into situations where NetApp’s FlexClone technology was being heavily pitched to customers interested in deploying, or expanding their deployment of, VMware Infrastructure.

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VMware Lab Manager 3.0 Released

As has been already detailed elsewhere (such as by Alessandro or by David), VMware has released version 3.0 of Lab Manager. This lab automation software, primarily targeted at software development and QA environments, now brings greater integration with VirtualCenter. While I haven’t had the chance to fully review the release notes and the list of new features, my opinion is that the integration with VirtualCenter is huge.

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