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VM Portability Again

The idea was to take a VM running Windows Server 2003 R2 off one of the ESX servers and port it over to VMware Fusion on my MacBook Pro. If that worked (and I fully expected that it would), then I’d try reversing the process. In particular, I’d love to move that same VM I moved last week over to the VI3 server farm from my MBP (it’s running the NetApp Data ONTAP Simulator and I could really use it running on the servers). This attempt would be a precursor to that attempt.

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Word Zero-Day Attack Alert

Microsoft has started alerting customers of the new Word zero-day attack via a posting on the MSRC blog and by posting Microsoft Security Advisory 929433, which describes the attack, the vulnerability, and suggested actions.

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iSCSI on Solaris 10 x86

Given that I’m neither a Solaris expert (yet) nor an iSCSI expert (yet), I knew that it would be a bit of a challenge to make this work. Fortunately, a found a very useful blog posting by Frank Berger that gave me the framework I needed to get started. From there, Sun’s documentation provided the rest of the necessary details. Perhaps this documentation will prove moderately useful as well.

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The Future of the OS

Over at Virtualization Daily, Kimbro Staken pulls together a variety of views about the future of the operating system. Citing such forces as Web applications, virtualization, and ever-increasing hardware power, he and others believe that the general purpose operating system as we know it has no future.

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ESX Server, NIC Teaming, and VLAN Trunking

Before we get into the details, allow me to give credit where credit is due. First, thanks to Dan Parsons of IT Obsession for an article that jump-started the process with notes on the Cisco IOS configuration. Next, credit goes to the VMTN Forums, especially this thread, in which some extremely useful information was exchanged. I would be remiss if I did not adequately credit these sources for the information that helped make this testing successful.

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Macintosh Virtualization Heating Up

Parallels Desktop for Mac took the prize as the first virtualization solution for Intel-based Macs (OK, the first commercial solution). Even so, heavyweight VMware’s entry into the Mac market caused many to say, “Well, there goes Parallels.”

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I Don't Like Flying

I purposefully scheduled a later flight out of Atlanta because I wanted to allow plenty of time to get from Duluth (where my training class was located) to the airport. Knowing that traffic in Atlanta can be troublesome at times (cough, cough), I wanted to be sure to allow plenty of time.

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Solaris 10 x86 on Mac OS X

I haven’t had the chance to finish installing Solaris 10 yet, as I ran out of time trying to copy down the ISO images before I left to go to Atlanta for some Network Appliance training. (By the way, have I mentioned how cool NetApp’s stuff is? No? It is.)

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VM Portability

The article at virtualizationdaily.com is pretty cool, but I’d be much more interested if it were written the other way around—converting a Parallels VM to run under VMware. Of course, that’s not likely to happen until VMware Fusion hits public beta. If I had a copy of Parallels (or a Parallels VM), I’d try it myself. Anyone out there with a Parallels VM they want to donate? Hey, wait a minute…I could just try one of the prebuilt Parallels appliances also made available at virtualizationdaily.com! Stay tuned for more details….

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Unix Attributes Tab and nisprop.dll

A number of the readers of my article describing integration between Linux and Active Directory on Windows Server 2003 R2 have inquired about the need to install Server for NIS on a domain controller. Even though we don’t necessarily need NIS for this process (although we will need NIS if we are going to use NFS and automounts), installing the Server for NIS also makes available the “UNIX Attributes” tab in the Active Directory Users and Computers console. You’ll need some sort of access to the attributes in Active Directory (unixHomeDirectory, gidNumber, uid, uidNumber, gecos, loginShell) in order to set them so that Linux and UNIX systems can utilize the information in those attributes, so installing Server for NIS in order to get the “UNIX Attributes” tab makes sense.

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