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VMworld 2007 Top Support Issues Session

My last session of Day 3, and of the entire conference, was a super-session on the top support issues and how to resolve them. For someone who wasn’t already familiar with some of the Service Console command-line utilities (such as esxcfg-vswitch, esxcfg-vmknic, esxcfg-vswif, etc.), this was a great session. For someone already pretty comfortable with these tools, the session was less helpful.

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VMworld 2007 IP-Based Storage Sessions

I just wrapped up two different sessions on IP-based storage, one on iSCSI configuration and one on performance characteristics and comparisons between iSCSI and NFS.

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VMworld 2007 VCB Solutions Session

This session is titled “Best Practices for Architecting VMware Consolidated Backup Enabled Solutions,” and it’s being led by a couple of different presenters, one of whom is Dan Anderson, who also led the VCB session on Partner Day and leads the VCB labs (and led the VCB labs last year at VMworld 2006). So far, it looks like this session won’t be a repeat of Monday’s Partner Day session, which is good.

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VMworld 2007 Day 3 Keynote Liveblog

Here we are again back in the Moscone Center for the keynote of Day 3 of VMworld 2007. Unlike yesterday’s keynote from Cisco’s John Chambers, today’s keynote is expected to be much more exciting and more revealing. (Make no mistake: John Chambers is a very skilled speaker, but my personal opinion is that yesterday’s keynote was long on hype and short on reality.) Taking the stage today is VMware co-founder and Chief Scientist, Mendel Rosenblum. His keynote last year revealed VMware’s work on capturing the live execution stream, a feature that made its way into VMware Workstation and will, presumably, also find its way into the enterprise platform as well. Expected this year is news about the next version of VMware Server. We shall see.

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Enhanced VMotion Announcement

I was supposed to be in this session! I’m so mad…I had another obligation, someone to whom I’d committed to do something, so I couldn’t make the 5:00PM session yesterday during which VMware announced “Enhanced VMotion,” which is designed to alleviate some of the CPU compatibility concerns that have become a bit more visible in the last few months.

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A Collection of VMworld 2007 Links

Here are some VMworld links that I’ve been collecting over the last day or so. As I have time, I’ll try to expand upon them and add my own thoughts and views, but wanted to mention them here briefly, at least:

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VMworld 2007 Session on Advanced Diagnostics Log Analysis

I signed up for this session (titled “Advanced ESX 3.0.x Diagnostics Log Analysis”) with the hope of getting some in-depth, useful information on log analysis and troubleshooting. As a field person, out there in the trenches installing and supporting this stuff, having detailed information on the information that’s being logged by the system is incredibly helpful. Let’s hope that this session provides exactly that.

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VMworld 2007 Session on ESX Patch Management

I’m getting ready to start another session (another super-session) on ESX patch management, presented by Brian Gallob. Incidentally, I met Brian on Monday night at the VMTN Communities get-together around the corner at the Thirsty Bear (username is BrianG on the forums). I think I heard there’s about 1200 people registered for this session over in Room 103 of Moscone South, the same room used yesterday for the VC bullet-proofing session I attended.

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VMworld 2007 Day 2 Keynote Liveblog

Day 2 is here, and along with it is my liveblog. Thanks for reading, and I hope that today’s content is useful to you. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below!

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Other VMworld News and Views

I was so busy yesterday with meetings, VMworld sessions, and other obligations here in San Francisco that I missed out on some important news and posts:

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