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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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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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