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

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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My New Job

I started work at ePlus Technology yesterday. I had originally thought that my first day would be on March 13, but things got delayed until the 20th. So far, things are going pretty well.

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Virtual Security

As I make my push deeper into VMware ESX Server and VirtualCenter, I’m hoping to get a chance to try out Reflex VSA as well. Reflex VSA is, according to the vendor, a virtual security product (emphasis mine).

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Synergies

This article on application delivery (written by Brian Madden) got me thinking about synergies between technologies. The article was intended to be a discussion about the various technologies and architectures for delivering applications to users, but what struck me more was the idea of complementary technologies offering more together than they could individually.

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Rebuilding My RSS Subscriptions

For a variety of reasons, I am in the process of rebuilding my list of RSS subscriptions. OK, so I forgot to export my list to an OPML file before I installed Tiger. This gives me the opportunity to weed out some RSS subscriptions that weren’t very helpful (not for me, anyway—that’s not to say they aren’t helpful to others) and add some new ones, as well as focus on certain areas I know I’ll be working with a great deal.

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Problems with 802.1Q

I stumbled across a forum on Apple’s web site this morning (referred to me in turn by Derrick Story’s request for MacBook Pro feedback) that makes me glad I’m not yet able to afford a MacBook Pro.

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New Apple Security Update

Apple released another security update today, Security Update 2006-002, that addresses the security flaw that was unsuccessfully plugged with Security Update 2006-001.

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Vista on Intel-Based Macs

Apparently, there are some rather heated arguments occurring in certain circles about the inability to boot Microsoft Windows Vista on the new Intel-based Macs (as a side note, I seriously do not like the term “Mactel,” so I’ll instead be referring to them as “Intel-based Macs”). While I can see both sides of the debate, I personally feel that holding Apple to blame for not being able to run Windows is a bit of a stretch.

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