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Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Here in the United States we are preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and it’s a time of reflection. It’s a time to be thankful for what we have and what we’ve been given. This past year has been a tremendous year for me, both personally and professionally, with lots of things for which to be thankful:

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Some OSS with my Mac, Part 2: Unison

(This is Part 2 of a two-part series on some open source software I’ve incorporated into my primarily Mac-based home office setup. Read Part 1.)

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Exporting Outlines as Markdown

As you probably already know, I’ve been working extensively with Markdown (and MultiMarkdown) over the last few months, and it has rapidly become my preferred format for content creation. To help me more extensively leverage Markdown for all my content creation, I came across this OmniOutliner plug-in by Fletcher Penny that allows me to export outlines as Markdown.

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Some OSS with my Mac, Part 1: Synergy

(This is Part 1 of a two-part series on some open source software I’ve incorporated into my home office setup, which is primarily Mac-based. Part 2 is here.)

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Some vSphere 5 Video Content

While I was in Copenhagen for VMworld EMEA 2011, I ran into a few EMC colleagues from the Solutions Center in Cork, Ireland. I’d visited Cork a couple of times last year (haven’t had the opportunity this year, sadly), so it was great to catch up with them. During our conversation, one of them mentioned that the EMC Proven Solutions Group has a YouTube channel and had posted some new vSphere 5-related content.

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vSphere HA and vApps

This is probably obvious to most everyone, but for those who don’t already know it’s important to point this out: vSphere HA does not honor vApp startup settings. So while you can go into the properties for a vApp and define the order in which VMs will start (or stop) and the timing between those actions, vSphere HA will not recognize or honor those settings. Therefore, in a situation where an ESX/ESXi host fails and that host is running a vApp, the individual VMs in the vApp could be restarted in an entirely different order than what you specified in the vApp settings.

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New Version of UIM/P

An e-mail popped into my Inbox on Monday notifying me that Unified Infrastructure Manager/Provisioning (UIM/P) version 3.0 has been released and is now generally available. You might already be familiar with UIM/P as it is the primary provisioning tool for Vblocks.

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Spousetivities at HP Discover Vienna

As many of you probably already know, my wife Crystal (@crystal_lowe on Twitter) runs something called Spousetivities, which organizes activities for spouses traveling to conference cities with conference attendees. (You can learn more about Spousetivities by visiting the About page.) In the past, Spousetivities was limited to VMworld. This past year, it expanded to include EMC World as well. And now it’s expanding again to include HP Discover Vienna!

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Technology Short Take #16

Welcome to Technology Short Take #16. It’s been quite a while since my last Technology Short Take (a month!), and I don’t know if that’s a good thing (so readers didn’t have to listen to my rambling) or a bad thing (readers missing out on what I hope are useful or interesting links). In any case, here’s my latest collection of various data center-related links, articles, and thoughts. Thanks for reading!

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Fate, Free Will, Virtualization, and Storage

You might wonder what fate and free will have to do with virtualization and storage. The title of this post is a reference to the debate of Fate vs. Free Will, which in turn is a reference to Stephen Foskett’s recent post VMware as Oedipus: How Server Virtualization will Change Storage Forever. I won’t provide all the details here (go read the post), but the basic idea behind the post is that VMware’s drive to add storage features to the virtualization stack puts it on a collision course with EMC, a leading storage vendor. The twist here is the fact that EMC has a majority ownership in VMware, thereby earning EMC the term “parent company” and creating the Oedipal conflict to which Stephen alludes in his post.

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