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

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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Hyper-V Architectural Issue

Alerted to this information by Alessandro at virtualization.info, it appears that Hyper-V will not boot VMs via a SCSI virtual disk. Instead, Hyper-V virtual machines will only boot from an IDE virtual disk.

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VMware HA Failover Capacity Changes

Continuing the discussion regarding VMware HA failover capacity started in this article and continued in this follow-up article, it appears that VMware has added the ability to modify the “slot size” used in calculating VMware HA failover capacity as part of ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5.

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Hyper-V Off to a Rocky Start

While VMware was busy launching VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5, Microsoft was giving the virtualization industry an early Christmas present in the form of the first Hyper-V (formerly “Viridian” and “Windows Server Virtualization”) beta. This beta was a bit of a surprise in that it was delivered slightly ahead of schedule; that in and of itself is a surprise given Microsoft’s track record with delivering products on time. Can anyone say “WinFS” or “Vista”?

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Latest VDI Article Published

SearchVMware.com has published my latest VDI article, a closer look at the integration of the connection broker with VirtualCenter:

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A Short Break

There will be a short break in blogging here while I enjoy some vacation time out of town with my family.

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OK, I Had to Comment on This

Naturally, an article titled “Why would you not choose Microsoft Virtual Server…?” is going to grab my attention. Microsoft Virtual Server is a decent enough product in the hosted virtualization space, but certainly doesn’t compete with VMware ESX Server or other solutions based on a Type 1 bare metal hypervisor.

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More Discussion on VMware HA Failover Capacity

A few other bloggers have picked up VMwarewolf’s article about calculating VMware HA failover capacity, which I wrote about a few days ago.

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New VLAN Article at SearchVMware.com

SearchVMware.com has published another article of mine, this one on the various VLAN configurations within VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3), the differences between each of them, and when each configuration may be appropriate.

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Managing LUN Space Requirements with NetApp Storage

If you’ve worked with Network Appliance storage before, you’re probably already familiar with the idea of snap reserve (storage space set aside to accommodate for Snapshots) and fractional reserve (used with LUNs). I’m going to hold the in-depth discussion of why you need snap reserve and fractional reserve for a different day, but I did want to pass on these commands that were shared with me by a colleague of mine. These Data ONTAP commands, available with Data ONTAP 7.2 or later (some commands are available in Data ONTAP 7.1), will help you manage the space requirements for LUNs on a NetApp storage area network (SAN).

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