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Graphical Front-End for Storage VMotion

My dislike for the Remote CLI is fairly well-known. Unfortunately, using the Remote CLI is the only way to perform a Storage VMotion. Storage VMotion is, of course, the new feature in ESX Server 3.5 that allows for a running VM’s virtual disk files to be relocated from one datastore to a second datastore without any service interruption. A very handy feature, indeed, but hobbled—in my opinion—by its dependence upon the Remote CLI.

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Another ePlus Blogger

I discovered another ePlus blogger today. Last week I mentioned that fellow ePlus engineer Aaron Delp has launched his site, The Blade Blog (now called BladeVault.info); today I discovered that Colin McNamara also runs his own blog as well. Colin is a CCIE whose blog, quite naturally, focuses on networking and Cisco equipment. Most of his technical stuff is, frankly, over my head; I only know enough to get myself into trouble.

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Virtualization Short Take #1

As sometimes happens, I’ve been collecting a variety of virtualization-related links that, while interesting, don’t necessarily warrant a full blog posting by themselves. Since I don’t want to just copy someone else’s content and not provide any value of my own, I’ve decided to start irregularly publishing a “Virtualization Short Take”. Each of these will just be a few links with a brief commentary or thought attached. Perhaps these will lead to broader and more active discussions around some of these topics.

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VMware Fusion Team Blog

I just received a note from VMware announcing the launch of the VMware Fusion Team blog, aka Team Fusion. The RSS feed for Team Fusion is here.

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Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1

As I’m very sure has been copiously reported elsewhere, on Monday Microsoft released to manufacturing Windows Server 2008. Also on Monday, Microsoft RTM’ed Windows Vista SP1.

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Getting Things Done on my Mac

As part of transitioning into my new role at ePlus, I’ve been having to change some of the ways that I track my responsibilities and outstanding tasks. For many, many years I’ve been driven by customer-facing projects, and I centered my organization—document filing strategies, keywords, e-mail folders, tasks, etc.–around these projects. It was pretty easy to know what needed to be done when you’re implementing a farm of ESX Servers, or installing a new storage area network.

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Clearing the DNS Cache in Leopard

In previous versions of Mac OS X, I could use this command to flush the DNS resolver cache:

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Netsh Shortcuts

Reader Tom Spis read my article on resetting DNS and WINS on DHCP clients and shared some insight on shortening some of the Netsh commands used in that article.

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New Blog

A friend and colleague of mine recently launched a blog of his own, The Blade Blog. If the useful information that’s been posted there so far is any indication, this will be a definite addition to your RSS subscriptions. Keep up the good work, Aaron!

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HP VirtualConnect Clarification

SearchVMware.com recently published an article of mine about using HP VirtualConnect with ESX Server and the impact it has on configuring ESX Server networking. Based on the comments to my original post about the article, it appears that I didn’t adequately explain the interaction between VirtualConnect’s Standard Ethernet Networks and VLAN tagging. I’d like to thank those readers that asked about this issue and take a moment to clarify.

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