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

Virtual Consoles Inside Virtual Machines

Using VMware Fusion (or I suppose that other Intel-based Mac virtualization application, Parallels Desktop), we can now run a Windows instance on our Mac (I’m running it on a Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro, for example). Like all other VMware hosted products (VMware Workstation or VMware Server, both on either Windows or Linux), the close-enough-to-native performance allows us to use this instance in order to host an installation of the Virtual Infrastructure (VI) client without an unacceptable performance impact.

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MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update

The Apple Support page that describes the firmware update states that after the update, the Boot ROM Version will be reported by System Profiler as MBP11.0055.B08 (for 15-inch MacBook Pros) or MBP12.0061.B03 (for the 17-inch MacBook Pros).

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My First Few Weeks with the MacBook Pro

There were two concerns I had about buying a MacBook Pro, neither of them huge concerns but sufficient enough nevertheless. The first was the heat; there were just so many reports of MBPs running hot. (Yes, I know that this was primarily early-run MBPs.) The second was the performance of non-Universal applications.

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Report of Logons from Security Logs

As a system administrator, no doubt you’ve had the occasion where you’ve needed to review the security event log on a server or a domain controller to retrieve information about when a particular user logged in or logged out. It’s a time consuming and laborious process. Or it was, until now.

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Security Fixes for ESX

The Secunia advisories (ESX 2.x here and ESX 3.0.0 here) are dated today and were brought to my attention via Thincomputing.net. Updates are available for both ESX 2.x (2.0.2, 2.1.3, 2.5.3, and 2.5.4 all have updates available) as well as for ESX 3.0.0 (please note that ESX 3.0.1 is not affected by the same vulnerability).

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Soaked

I suppose it could have been worse; I could have gotten in a car accident, been injured, or any number of things. So, it’s important to keep that in perspective.

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Full-Text Indexing in Mail.app Broken

Of course, I’ve done the requisite Google search, which turned up a few hits. Most of them suggested a rebuild of the mailbox, which I’ve done. No change. I’ve also tried forcing Spotlight to re-index the mail data (via mdimport -f ~/Library/Mail). Also no change. It’s funny because using the Spotlight menu works just fine, and will return mail messages that contain the requested text. It’s just the search filter in Mail.app that appears to be affected.

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Returning Home

Tuesday night we drove from downtown LA to Covina, a suburb east of LA where I lived as a kid. After some initial difficulties (it turns out my parents’ directions weren’t as good as we thought they were), I managed to locate the house and the neighborhood in which I had lived for most of my childhood. It was amazing to see how much the neighborhood had changed over the last (almost) 30 years, and yet how much it was still the same. I had expected that the neighborhood would have changed so drastically that I wouldn’t recognize areas, but that was not the case. Unfortunately, due to traffic on the freeway headed east out of LA, it was dark by the time we arrived in Covina, and so I wasn’t able to get any good pictures of the old house or the old neighborhood.

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VMworld 2006 Day 3 and Wrap-Up

Given that my employer is a big partner of both VMware and Network Appliance, I was particularly looking forward to the session on using NetApp SnapMirror to provide business continuity/disaster recovery for virtual machines hosted on ESX Server. Unfortunately, the session turned out—in my opinion, at least—to be more marketing fluff than solid technical information. I did pick up a couple of useful ideas and a few technical tips, but it wasn’t as technical as I had hoped it would be.

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VMworld 2006 Day 2 Keynote

The majority of the keynote was handled by Mendel Rosenblum, cofounder of VMware and an operating system researcher who also teaches OS classes at Stanford University. Mendel spoke at length about the functions of the virtualization layer and how those functions might be extended and/or enhanced.

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