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VI Programming Book on the Horizon

Andrew Kutz shot me an e-mail today about a new book he’ll be authoring, due to be published by O’Reilly sometime next year. Quoting from his VMware Communities post:

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A Couple More Articles Published

It turns out that a couple more articles of mine have been published by SearchServerVirtualization.com, a sister site to SearchVMware.com where some of my other articles were also published.

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The Dark Side of Virtualization

In The Four Horsemen of the Virtualization Security Apocalypse, Chris Hoff shines a great big spotlight on the dark side of virtualization security (or virtsec, as its increasingly being known). To quote from Hoff’s article:

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VMware's Switch to Fusion Contest

VMware recently announced their “Switch to Fusion” contest, inviting users who have switched to VMware Fusion to run other operating systems on their Macs to create a video documenting their conversion.

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AD Integration Tip: Dealing With More Than 1,000 Users

Reader Scott Merrill pointed out something to me in an e-mail regarding a Registry change that might be necessary in some Active Directory integration scenarios:

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Keeping Thin VMDKs Using NetApp SnapRestore

A short while ago, I discussed that VMDKs on NFS may start out thin provisioned, but will lose that thin provisioned status over time. Operations like cloning and Storage VMotion will cause these thin provisioned disks to become thick (fully provisioned) disks, and you lose one of the benefits of running VMware on NFS.

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Virtualization Short Take #5

Here’s some thoughts on a variety of links that passed by me over the last couple of weeks. (Yes, I’ve been a bit lax in getting another Short Take published. Sorry.)

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Articles in Progress

Here’s a quick list of a few of the articles that I currently have in progress:

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Quick Migration Revisited

Earlier today I participated in a webinar with VMware in which the subject of Microsoft’s Quick Migration functionality came up. I’ve discussed Quick Migration vs. live migration (VMotion in the VMware world) before, but this time I had the opportunity to see an interesting video demo of Quick Migration.

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Unity Coming to VMware Workstation 6.5

The recently announced beta for VMware Workstation 6.5 includes support for Unity, a technology that was originally introduced with VMware Fusion. Unity allows for seamless windowing of VMs; that is, windows from VMs and windows from the host can be seamlessly intermingled so that the distinction between the virtualized OS and the host OS almost disappears. This is the continued emergence of the application agnosticism I discussed near the end of 2006 and furthers the possibility of collections of VMs becoming our new working environments.

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