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

OpenBSD on ESX Server

Having already successfully installed OpenBSD (version 3.8) on GSX Server, the task now becomes installing OpenBSD 3.8 on ESX Server. For the most part, the experience is very similar, but there are a couple of important details.

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Upcoming Articles

Due to some of the work I’m being asked to do at the office, there should be some very cool informational articles headed this way. Here’s a quick look at what I hope to provide in the next few weeks.

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VMware Weak Spot

VMware ESX Server is a great product. From what I understand, version 3.0 (current version is 2.5.2) will be even better. However, in the last few days of working with ESX Server fairly extensively, I have uncovered what (for me) is the weak spot: remote console support.

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CheckPoint-Sourcefire Acquisition Dies

As most readers probably already know, the proposed CheckPoint-Sourcefire acquisition deal died last week. I’m of two minds about the failed deal. Part of me is disappointed that the deal did not go through, and part of me is relieved.

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My Almost Three Years with Mac OS X

A blog entry by Giles Turnbull a few days ago titled “My five years with Mac OS X” got me to thinking about my own experiences with Mac OS X. As I started thinking about it, I realized that it’s been almost three years for me.

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Apple Leopard Virtualization Rumor

There’s a rumor floating around that Mac OS X 10.5 (code-named “Leopard”) will include a virtualization engine similar to that provided by VMware. This will allow x86-based Macs running Leopard to also run Microsoft Windows and Linux on the same hardware, providing a deadly triple-play combo.

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Critical IE Flaw Uncovered

Word has surfaced of a critical Internet Explorer flaw that could allow remote code execution, and which affects all versions save the very latest builds of Internet Explorer 7.

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Installing VMware Workstation on Ubuntu

Once I’d gotten Ubuntu up and running on my HP nc8230 laptop, the next order of business was—due to business needs—get a copy of Windows XP Professional running under VMware Workstation on Ubuntu. While I’m not a huge Windows fan (I prefer Mac OS X and Linux to Windows, generally), I also recognize the need for Windows in a world where your customers all run Windows.

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Installing Ubuntu on an HP Compaq nc8230

I was issued a new HP Compaq nc8230 laptop today, with the standard corporate image of Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 and the assorted applications. One of the very first things I did was install Ubuntu 5.10. Here’s some additional information on a few of the hurdles involved (there aren’t many, fortunately).

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Does Innovation Equal Increased Productivity?

Paul Thurrott, a longtime reporter on Microsoft and its products, wrote today in “Windows IT Pro UPDATE” (I couldn’t find a link to the article online) that Microsoft’s innovation in their upcoming products, Windows Vista and Office 2007, will lead to a decrease in productivity, not an increase.

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