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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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Virtualization Short Take #14

Welcome to another installation of Virtualization Short Takes!

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Brocade Buys Foundry

A colleague at work just turned me on to the news that Brocade will be buying Foundry for $3 billion. This sets the stage for Brocade to compete even more directly with Cisco, not only in storage networking but now also in Ethernet networking.

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Virtualization Short Take #13

Here’s the latest installation of Virtualization Short Takes, my occasionally-weekly view on various virtualization news, reviews, and other happenings. Hopefully I can share something interesting with you!

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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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