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

Various Odds and Ends

I was going through my list of flagged headlines in NetNewsWire and realized that I’d built up quite a list of articles that I intended to write something about. Some of them just don’t merit a full-blown post, though, so I thought I’d just toss a bunch of them in here along with a brief sentence or two about them:

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The Power of Quicksilver

So the other day I’m sitting in my office, working on my laptop, when my seven year old son came up to me and asked a question. I don’t recall exactly what I was doing at the time (probably working on a blog post!), but as I frequently do when working in my office I was listening to some Christian music with iTunes (and GrowlTunes). So that I could hear my son ask his question, I quickly pulled up Quicksilver and paused iTunes with only a few keystrokes.

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Troubleshooting VMware HA Isolation Response

This article started life as something entirely different. I was reviewing some of the VMworld 2007 slide decks, looking for “nuggets of knowledge,” as I like to call them (these are the small details that are often far more significant than they might seem) when I came across some information on VMware HA isolation response. I was actually looking for something else but as is typically the case when you’re looking for something, you find everything but the one thing for which you’re looking.

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VI 3.5 Expected in December

Virtualization.info broke the news that VMware is expected to announce next week that version 3.5 of Virtual Infrastructure will be generally available in December. Of course, that’s not the only news released (new editions and such), but I’ll leave it to others to comment on those items.

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Sanrad Configuration Basics

The Sanrad V-Switch is a useful device that offers a number of features, including (but not limited to) storage virtualization, iSCSI-to-FC connectivity, snapshots, and data migration services. It’s actually a pretty handy little device. I had the opportunity to spend the day today with a V-Switch 2000, an entry-level model, connected in front of a small Fibre Channel array. I thought it might be handy to include some configuration commands here in the event that someone else needed them (to be honest, the Sanrad documentation is horrible).

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Exciting New Opportunity

I’m extremely excited about a new opportunity that has just recently opened up for me. I’ve been offered the opportunity to do some writing for a VMware-focused web site that will be launching shortly. I can’t disclose the name of the site or anything like that (at least, not as far as I know), but I’ll be sure to let everyone know when the site goes live.

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Apple and VMware...or Xen?

For a company that wants their virtualization technology to be ubiquitous, it would seem to make sense that VMware needs it to run on every major host operating system. Right now, VMware has Windows and Linux covered. But what about OS X? There is a tremendous amount of attention being paid to OS X right now, from many different sides, and Apple seems to be pushing OS X in a number of different directions (such as using OS X as the basis for the iPhone, and rumors of future OS X-based iPods circulating). In my mind, it seems to make a lot of sense that both Apple and VMware could benefit from a closer relationship.

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Nifty NFS-VMware Trick

I can take absolutely zero credit for this idea; it came completely from this aticle by Nick Triantos. But the trick is so absolutely cool, so incredibly useful, and yet so obvious (once you read it, you’ll smack yourself in the head and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”) that I just had to say something about it.

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NFS for VMware Storage

I thought that I had blogged here before about using NFS for VMware storage, but it appears that I have not. (I guess that’s one of the downfalls of a fairly long-running weblog—you blog about some things too often and not at all about other topics.) In any case, following some of the VMworld breakout sessions last week, NFS is getting a lot more attention these days as the storage protocol for VMware.

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Feature....or Flaw?

In the end, I’ll leave it to the readers to decide whether this functionality I uncovered today (which is not entirely secret, per se, just not widely discussed) is “feature” or “flaw”. I’m kind of split on the issue myself.

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