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

TA8037: vApps, OVF, and Advanced VM Templates

I managed to score a seat in the vApps/OVF/Advanced VM Templates session. Unfortunately, I arrived late, so I don’t know the presenter’s names (apparently the location of the session was changed from the time I put it on my calendar to today).

(Read more...)

Technology Short Take #2

Welcome to Technology Short Take #2, a collection of links, thoughts, ideas, and items pertaining to data center technologies—virtualization, networking, storage, and security. I hope you find something useful or interesting!

(Read more...)

Twitter Follow-Up: How to Manage a Default Route?

I posted a tweet earlier today that asked this question:

(Read more...)

My Book Project Has Been Canceled

Over the last couple months I’ve been working on a revision to Mastering VMware vSphere 4 that incorporated new content for the VMware vSphere 4.1 release. Unfortunately, due to production timelines and some other constraints, Sybex has decided not to proceed with this revision. Bummer! I understand the publisher’s reasons for not proceeding with the project, but it is a shame nevertheless.

(Read more...)

Some Pre-VMworld Product Announcements

There were several new product announcements that hit the wire today. I don’t have time to go in-depth on any of these, but I did want to point them out very briefly. If time permits, I’ll try to provide a bit more detail in the near future.

(Read more...)

Windows 7, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Proxy Servers

On the recommendation of a number of Twitter users, I decided to install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on a couple of laptops running 64-bit Windows 7. These laptops are used by my kids for their school work (they are home-schooled), and I just wanted to make sure that the laptops don’t get infected with some nasty bug. More than a few Twitter users recommended MSE, so I figured it couldn’t be all bad, right?

(Read more...)

New User's Guide to Configuring VMware ESXi Networking via CLI

This is one article in a series of articles focused toward new users. Some other New User’s Guide articles include:

(Read more...)

VMworld 2010 Spouse Activities Calendar

As many of you already know, this year is the third year that my wife, Crystal, is planning activities for spouses (i.e., “spousetivites”) who are in San Francisco with their VMworld-attending significant others. Crystal has even launched her own site, Spousetivities.com, where you can find more information as well.

(Read more...)

Virtual Storage Integrator for Hyper-V

Most of my virtualization focus centers on VMware and its product portfolio, but VMware isn’t the only virtualization solution in town. I’m sure they (VMware) probably wish they were the only solution in town, but competition keeps everyone on their toes. (Consider Proverbs 27:17.)

(Read more...)

Fixing Inactive New Paths on an EMC CLARiiON

I ran into an issue in the lab today with some VMware ESX 4.0 hosts and some older CLARiiON CX3 arrays. I’d been working to fix up the lab so that it more properly reflects a “best practices” configuration with dual SAN fabrics, dual-homed HBAs and CNAs, network connections spread across multiple physical switches, etc.—you know, all the wonderful things that we recommend to our customers.

(Read more...)