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

Cisco Investing in File Virtualization

Virtualization isn’t just about partitioning server hardware so that multiple operating systems (or multiple instances of a single operating system) can run on a piece of hardware. Virtualization is about adding abstraction; that abstraction, in turn, offers flexibility. Case in point: Reports indicate that networking giant Cisco Systems will be investing in NeoPath Networks.

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Microsoft Virtual Server Management Tool Being Readied

According to CRN, Microsoft is readying a management tool for Microsoft Virtual Server. This tool would help fill a serious gap in Microsoft’s server virtualization lineup.

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VLANs and Port Groups

One topic that I had been very interested in exploring was the idea of VLAN tagging within ESX Server. ESX Server offers the ability to establish 802.1Q trunks with compatible switches so that 802.1Q tagged frames can be routed to appropriately configured “port groups” within ESX Server. This would allow a single physical host server to run virtual servers in multiple VLANs without requiring a separate physical connection for each VLAN.

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FreeNAS on ESX Server

As part of ongoing interoperability testing with ESX Server, I tested running FreeNAS (version 0.65) on ESX Server 2.5.3 today. Since FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD (which VMware states is a supported guest operating system for ESX Server), I didn’t really expect any major surprises. I was wrong.

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Open Virtual Disk Formats

VMware has announced that it is making its virtual machine disk (VMDK) format openly available, downloadable and free of charge. This introduction sets the stage for a battle for open virtual disk formats, with the major players being VMware and Microsoft.

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Mac OS X Virtualization Products

Finally! With the introduction of Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X (official announcement here), Intel-based Mac owners have the ability to run unmodified instances of Linux and Windows on their Mac hardware. This has been my “killer wish” ever since the introduction of the Intel-based Macs.

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Learning to Love NetNewsWire

When I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” a few weeks ago, I gave up my existing RSS reader (PulpFiction) in search of a new application (this was at the same time I had to rebuild my list of RSS subscriptions). Having finally settled on NetNewsWire, I’m now learning to love the application that at first irritated me.

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Modifying DHCP Client Operation on OpenBSD

One more quick lesson learned from the recent experiment getting OpenBSD running on VMware ESX Server involved modifying the default operation of OpenBSD’s DHCP client, dhclient.

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Static Routes on OpenBSD

Once OpenBSD was running on ESX Server, there was a configuration issue that had to be addressed involving static routes. This is probably one of those times where the OpenBSD experts are saying, “This is so simple!”, but I had to search a bit to find the answer. So, for future reference and for the reference of those of us who are not OpenBSD experts (yet), here’s the solution.

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Even Microsoft Knows It

I hope Microsoft Vista is going to address the malware problem that is plaguing Windows users worldwide right now. Even Microsoft knows it’s bad. How bad? Read on.

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