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Momentum Building Around Xen

Momentum seems to be building around the Xen-based virtualization offerings from Citrix, as more ISVs announce support for Citrix XenServer or Citrix XenDesktop. The latest announcements include:

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Book Review: Xen Virtualization

I just finished reading the book titled Xen Virtualization: From Technologies to Solutions, published by Packt Publishing and written by Prabhakar Chaganti. Overall, the book was helpful in getting up to speed with Xen, although it appears that English was not the native language for either Mr. Chaganti, his editor, or both.

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VMware Fusion Update Released

As I’m sure most of you have already seen elsewhere, VMware has released version 1.1.1 of VMware Fusion, their desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X. I’ve already downloaded and installed the update, which is free for registered owners.

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This is Hilarious

Via Ben Rockwood, I found this and thought it was just too funny to pass up:

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New Article on HP VirtualConnect

For some good information on using HP VirtualConnect with VMware ESX Server, go check out this article just published by SearchVMware.com:

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A New Role

The past couple of weeks have been very eventful, but things have finally sorted themselves out and I wanted to share the events with readers here. A few weeks ago, I was approached by a well-respected individual in the storage industry about joining a major storage vendor. I guess it’s OK to mention who it was: Network Appliance.

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Recent Virtualization Links

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been collecting various virtualization-related links in NetNewsWire’s Flagged Items collection, with the intention of blogging about them, bookmarking them, or both. With time a bit short recently—let’s just say that life is really, really busy right now—I decided to just condense a bunch of them here with a brief commentary, where applicable, for each. Hopefully some of this information will prove useful to some readers here.

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CPU Spike with DRS and VMotion

An issue has been discovered that can cause a CPU spike when VMotion is used in a DRS-enabled cluster with ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5. It is my understanding that this can occur with both DRS-initiated VMotion operations as well as manually-initiated VMotion operations.

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Leopard Upgrade

So I upgraded my laptop this past weekend to Mac OS X version 10.5, aka “Leopard”. I’ve been reasonably pleased with the upgrade so far.

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Sorry

Apparently my site was compromised and some offensive ads were placed at the top of the site. I’ve removed the ads and the code that placed them there and have taken steps to ensure that we don’t have an issue like this again. Additional steps may be necessary, so be patient with me as I work this out.

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