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

ESX Server and the Native VLAN

It was December 2006 when I first published this article on using NIC teams and VLANs with ESX Server. As you can see in the “Top Posts” section in the sidebar, that article has since claimed the top position in the most popular post here on this blog. Note that “most popular” does not translate into “most commented”; that distinction falls to one of the Linux-AD integration articles, although I not sure which one right at the moment.

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Second VDI Article Published

Another VDI article I wrote has been published by SearchVMware.com:

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VMware Fusion Update Released

Today VMware released version 1.1 of VMware Fusion, their desktop virtualization product for Intel-based Macs. I’ve been using Fusion since the very earliest days and have been really pleased with the product, so I had no hesitation in upgrading to the latest release. Although there’s nothing terribly revolutionary here, what I’ve seen so far shows me that it is a solid update to an already solid product. Sure, they’ve extended some of the DirectX support, and added a UI feature here or there, but these are evolutionary changes as the product matures. If you’re running Fusion and haven’t yet upgraded, I recommend doing so. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to update the VMware Tools, which generally means a reboot of your virtual machine.

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Microsoft Update Troubles Again

It seems like Microsoft just doesn’t learn. OK, I’ll grant you, it’s hard for a multi-billion dollar company with tens of thousands of employees to move quickly or respond nimbly to customer concerns, but I can only justify their actions so far. Here we are again, for the second time in as many months, talking about Microsoft pushing software to Windows machines when that software was unapproved or unwanted.

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My First Articles!

Back at the start of October, about a month ago, I wrote about an exciting new opportunity that had recently opened up for me. I couldn’t really disclose any details at that time, but now that everything has finally materialized into reality I can share exactly what is happening.

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LM and NTLM Authentication in AD Integration

I’ve received some feedback from a reader who alerted me to some sort of interaction between the Local Security Policy on the Windows side and Linux servers authenticating to Active Directory via Kerberos/LDAP/Samba. I haven’t quite been able to get to the root issue yet, but here’s the high level overview.

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Lessons Learned About Exchange Server 2007

I’m in the midst of a non-virtualization-related project right now, which is a bit odd; a great majority of my work these days is centered around virtualization. Nevertheless, I try to view every project as one from which I can learn. I have definitely learned some things with this project, that’s for sure.

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Virtual Mac OS X

I won’t bore you with all the details again, since no doubt by now you’ve probably already seen the news—or perhaps I should say hype—about how the End-User License Agreement (EULA) for Leopard Server (Mac OS X Server 10.5) has changed to apparently allow for virtualization of Mac OS X Server.

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Using scponly on ESX Server

Quite a few organizations implementing VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VI3) are not organizations with a great deal of non-Windows experience. Given that the Service Console is based upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux, this is often a completely new environment for them that introduces unfamiliar processes and applications.

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Virtualization Security Guidelines

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) has released some security benchmarks for VMware ESX Server 3.0.x. The ESX security benchmark joins recommendations and guidelines for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Linux, and Mac OS X that are also available from the CIS. The CIS has also published a generic virtual machine (VM) security benchmark as well. Taken together, the ESX benchmark and the VM benchmark provide good, solid recommendations around virtualization security.

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