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Thinking Out Loud: It's Not Just the Technology

I had a quick thought this morning while browsing this post by Lori MacVittie. She, in turn, was referring back to a post published on VMBlog.com about a virtualization prediction that 2010 would be the year that the network becomes fluid and virtual. (As a side note, the original article on VMBlog.com appears to be primarily a marketing exercise for a company that purports to help make the network fluid and virtual.)

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Resetting the Root Password on VMware ESX 4.0

Earlier today, I had to reset the root password on a lab server running VMware ESX 4.0 Update 1. For some reason, the password we assigned yesterday when we built the server from scratch wasn’t working this morning. OK, no big deal, right? Just reboot the server into single user mode and away you go. I won’t bother to repeat the steps for getting into single user mode; go to this article and it will give you what you need (the article is written for ESX 3.5 but it works fine for ESX 4.0).

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A Couple GeekTool Scripts

I’ve been experimenting with GeekTool, a nifty Mac OS X Preference Pane that allows you to display information on your desktop. This information can be static text, images, or the output of a script. The last option is the most useful one, in my opinion, and that’s where I’ve been putting GeekTool to use for me. This isn’t going to be some long post on how to use GeekTool or why you should install it; rather, I just wanted to share a couple of short scripts that I wrote that you might find useful.

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Virtualization Short Take #33

Welcome to Virtualization Short Take #33, the first installation of the Virtualization Short Take series for 2010! This installation will be a bit lean, but I hope that you find something useful among these nuggets of information.

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VMware, Zimbra, and Why I'm Not an Analyst

The rumors are swirling that VMware is going to buy Zimbra, an open source e-mail platform currently owned by Yahoo. You’ve probably all read the various news articles about the rumors and the events leading up to the rumored acquisition, so I won’t bother you with them again.

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Vote Early (But Don't Vote Often)

The time has come again for readers to vote for Eric Siebert’s top 20 bloggers list. I’ve been honored to be placed at #2 for quite some time now, behind Duncan Epping and ahead of Chad Sakac. In addition, some great new bloggers have arrived on the scene this past year, so the competition is going to be fierce. I hope to retain or improve my position, but I’m also realistic—there are some really great bloggers out there.

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Staying in Touch with Me

With the job change, some of my contact information is also changing. Naturally, my ePlus.com e-mail address will go away, but also going away (effective immediately) are my three ePlus-related instant messaging accounts:

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So Long Status Quo

Fans of Christian artist Nichole Nordeman will recognize the title of this post as a line coming from the chorus of her hit song “Brave” (from the album of the same name). The words go something like this:

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A Bit Harsh, Don't You Think?

Yesterday, Alex Barrett of TechTarget posted a tweet about her predictions for 2010:

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Virtualization Short Take #32

Here it is—the last Virtualization Short Take of 2009! This is just a small collection of various virtualization-related links and articles that I’ve gathered over the last few weeks (OK, maybe more than a few weeks).

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