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Citrix to buy XenSource

It’s odd how things work out sometimes. I was in a meeting earlier today with our VMware channel SE and some other colleagues on our VMware team, and the subject of VMware’s relationship with Citrix came up. The VMware SE went on to explain that there was no head-to-head competition between VMware and Citrix, and that the two companies’ products were, in many cases, complementary. Fine, no big deal; I can buy that. I’ve seen a lot of instances where virtualizing Citrix Presentation Server offered value to the customer, even if it did mean a drop in the total number of users that could be supported on each (virtual) instance of Presentation Server. (The benefits of snapshots, cloning, VMotion, etc., are pretty compelling in some environments, and outweigh the decreased user session counts. But alas, I digress…)

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Next-Generation Virtual Infrastructure

If the list of features in ESX Server 3.1.0/VirtualCenter 2.1.0 as exposed by virtualization.info actually make it into the shipping product, VMware will even more rapidly increase the gap between them and the rest of the virtualization market. The features list sounds like a “wish list” from virtualization customers far and wide:

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Strange VCB Error

While in the process of verifying the operation of VMware Consolidated Backup (version 1.0.3) today using the command-line vcbMounter.exe utility, I kept receiving an error from vcbMounter and the full VM backups would fail. Nothing seemed obvious at first, so I added the “-L 6” parameter to the command line, which was something like this:

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A Few More Quick Thoughts on Fusion

The release of VMware Fusion today (there was a launch event hosted this afternoon for various bloggers, including yours truly) marked the official entry of VMware into the Mac virtualization space, taking on current market leader Parallels.

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Fusion Released

I just finished downloading the final release version of VMware Fusion from the VMware web site, and as I type this blog posting I’m in the process of updating the VMware Tools in my Windows XP Professional VM. Already in my limited testing of the new release I see improvements in Unity (the Windows background no longer shows up when you minimize a window). As I’m a bit limited on time right at the moment (in the midst of a VMware deployment, imagine that!), I’ll stop there, and I’ll post more thoughts about the final version later today.

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Fusion Ship Date Announced

As is being reported throughout the Internet, VMware has announced that their VMware Fusion product, which provides virtualization functionality for Intel-based Macs, will ship on August 6. I won’t repeat the long list of features that Fusion provides (other sites have covered that very well), but I will state that I have been using Fusion since the very beginning (before the public beta, there was a “Friends and Family” release). I met some of the developers last year at VMworld 2006, and they have done an awesome job with this product. Regis, Ben, and the rest of the team: Fantastic work! Now on to Fusion 2.0!

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Heading to VMworld 2007!

I just got the news today that I’m heading to VMworld 2007 in September! It’s going to be a fantastic trip—I haven’t been to San Francisco in years, and I’m looking forward to VMworld, the keynotes, the announcements, and the in-depth technical sessions. Drop me a line and let me know if you’re going, and perhaps I’ll see you there!

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Learning Solaris

I’ve targeted Solaris (specifically, Solaris 10 on x86) as the next major technology that I’m going to try to learn. I’ve always been fascinated with UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux, and Linux’s popularity on the x86 platform made it much easier to learn because I didn’t have to acquire any exotic hardware. With Sun’s (apparent) renewed interest in x86/x64, Solaris is much more accessible now than it was in the past.

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MKS Client Updated

In the short period of time since I mentioned the Virtual Machine MKS Client in my post on assorted VMware tools, the client has gone from version 1.1 to version 1.8 and has added tons of functionality. Some of the features include:

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Cisco Switches on VMware

I just saw this headline from virtualization.info about Cisco being the first to announce a third-party virtual switch for ESX Server. Honestly, I’m not too terribly surprised.

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