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A Few Thoughts on Xen

I’ll start this blog posting with the disclaimer that I am not a Xen expert (at least, not yet). That being said, I had some questions, thoughts, rants, etc., that I wanted to get out of my system after a lengthy meeting with some Citrix XenServer folks today.

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VI Plugin Guide Available

Andrew Kutz has published a guide to developing plugins for VMware Infrastructure 3.5. More information on the developers guide is available in this blog posting from Andrew on the Virtualization Pro site.

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Filling the Gap With a Trigger

In part 2 of my informal discussion about getting things done with my Mac, I mentioned that I needed a way to invoke an AppleScript from within NetNewsWire. I was already using Mail Act-On and an AppleScript to easily move information from Mail.app into OmniFocus, and had a similar AppleScript for NNW but no easy way to invoke it.

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Virtualization Short Take #2

Before I begin the second installation of Virtualization Short Takes, I thought it was interesting to note that Thomas Bishop over at ScaleTheMind.com has adopted a similar strategy. There’s just so much happening that it’s truly impossible to discuss everything in depth. Even so, it’s often helpful to at least provide the readers with the links and some additional thoughts. It seems like this approach may be the best one to use. I’m certainly open to everyone’s thoughts.

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Getting Things Done on my Mac, Part II

A short while ago I wrote about how I was trying a new way of getting things done on my Mac. Since I published that blog entry, I’ve made some progress on wrapping myself around some of the tools and addressing some of the shortcomings I’d found. Since there may be others out there facing the same situation, I thought it would be useful to share my experience here.

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VIPlugins.com

Andrew Kutz has launched viplugins.com, a home for developing and distributing plugins for VirtualCenter 2.5. This launch comes on the heels of the recently released Storage VMotion plugin, which provides a graphical interface to Storage VMotion.

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Storage VMotion Plugin

Here I thought I was getting a scoop, but it appears that the e-mail I received regarding the Storage VMotion plugin for VirtualCenter 2.5 was distributed to a few others as well.

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Recommended ESX Service Console Partitioning

Rich Brambley over at vmetc.com has recently published some information taken from the VMware Authorized Consultant guides regarding the recommended partitioning scheme for ESX Server 3.x (not ESX Server 3i). It was good to see that this information closely mirrored the recommended partitioning configuration I’d developed myself.

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XenServer Taking Advantage of NetApp Functionality

Via Nick, it looks like the next version of Citrix XenServer (version 4.1, currently in beta) will have a new feature called Storage Delivery Services that is designed to take full advantage of some of the features of NetApp storage systems. Quoting from the Citrix datasheet:

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I'm Glad I'm Not The Only One

It would appear that Bob Plankers of LoneSysAdmin and I are thinking along the same lines. Shortly after I posted a brief notice of the Storage VMotion GUI, Bob posted a rant on the overall quality of VirtualCenter 2.5. In Bob’s words, I don’t even have to post, because he said exactly what I was going to say.

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