Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

New VDI Article at SearchVMware

The fine folks over at SearchVMware.com have published another of my VDI articles, this one focusing on the connection broker’s integration into Active Directory:

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Good Podcasts

Up until now, I haven’t really messed around with listening to podcasts. I know all about them, what they are, how they work, and all that wonderful jazz. But I typically have not listened to podcasts at all.

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Proving VMware Over NFS

I’m a fan of using NFS for VMware; I’ve mentioned it before. I’m not the only one, either; there have been a number of recent blog entries from various people regarding the use of NFS for VMware:

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ESX Server 3.0.1 Patch Needed for VC 2.5

A notice about a potential interaction between ESX Server 3.0.1 and VirtualCenter 2.5 just shot through my e-mail, and I thought it important enough to post here.

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Local Logins Refused in AD Integration Scenarios

A customer with whom I had worked to fully integrate their ESX Server systems into Active Directory—using my instructions here—had run into a problem. The problem was that local logins were refused when the Service Console lost network connectivity. Clearly, this was a problem; if the customer couldn’t login as root when the network is down, even locally at the console, then we have problems. So I set out today to isolate and fix the problem.

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LACP with Cisco Switches and NetApp VIFs

In my previous article about using NetApp multi-mode VIFs with Cisco switches, I mentioned that you could—at that time—only use 802.3ad static link aggregation:

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VMware HA Clarification?

VMwarewolf posted an update today intended clarify the behavior of VMware HA admission control:

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Underwhelmed by the Remote CLI

Along with the release of VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5 and ESX Server 3i version 3.5, VMware released the VMware Remote CLI. This was supposed to be, to my understanding, the new way to manage ESX Server 3i since there is no longer a Service Console with ESX Server 3i. Of course, you can still manage ESX Server 3i with VirtualCenter, but the Remote CLI was the only reasonable way to get a command line interface. In addition, the Remote CLI is the method whereby users can initiate a Storage VMotion operation.

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Some Things I'm Working On

I wanted to take just a brief moment and let everyone know about a few articles that I’ve got “in the pipeline” for the site. If there is one—or more—of these articles that looks particularly interesting, speak up in the comments.

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Mac RDP Client Wishlist

There seem to be quite a few IT professionals out there that have chosen Mac OS X as their primary computing platform. While some of them may have environments that are predominantly UNIX or Linux-based—Macs seem to be particularly common in heavy Solaris environments—I would hazard to guess that a larger majority of them have Windows-based environments that they must support. As a result, a good Remote Desktop client for connecting to Windows-based servers is a valuable piece of software to have.

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