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New Version of Hyper9 Available

Hyper9 is releasing a new version of their flagship virtualization management product, also of the same name, today. An official announcement of the release from Hyper9 is expected next week. The new version brings numerous enhancements to further expose its functionality to new users.

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New Version of esXpress Supports vSphere

PHD Virtual Technologies, maker of the esXpress backup solution, are today announcing the availability of the latest version of their backup product. esXpress version 3.6 offers support for VMware vSphere 4 and, according to PHD Virtual, also offers improvements for all versions of VMware ESX since version 3.0.2.

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Client-Specific DHCP Options with Linux DHCP Server

Last week, I had a need to present a different set of DHCP options to one specific DHCP client (my iPhone) on my home network. Being the geek that I am, I have a small server set up here at the house running Ubuntu Linux. (You can read about the latest evolution of my home network in this article.) Now, I knew that this was possible using the Windows DHCP server, but I’d never done it with the Linux DHCP server. So, in case you find yourself in a similar situation, here’s how it works.

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A Bit of an AppleScript Kick

I’ve been on a bit of an AppleScript kick recently. I’m not 100% sure exactly why, but I have. I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Apple’s “natural language” scripting engine, but I’ve also always been frustrated that more applications don’t support it. Even Apple’s own applications don’t support AppleScript as well as some other applications do.

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Mudslinging Between Cisco and HP

I’ll preface this article by saying that I am not (yet) an expert with Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), so if I have incorrect information I’m certainly open to clarification. Some would also accuse me of being a UCS-hater, since I had the audacity to call UCS a blade server (the horror!). Truth is, I’m on the side of the customer, and as we all know there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” solution. Cisco can’t provide one, and HP can’t provide one.

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VMware Releases a Trio of New Products

Today VMware is releasing three new products in the vCenter line:

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Follow-Up About Multiple VLANs, Virtual Connect, and Flex-10

I wanted to post a quick follow-up on the previous two articles that I published regarding using VLANs, Virtual Switch Tagging, HP Virtual Connect, and Flex-10:

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Using Multiple VLANs with HP Virtual Connect Flex-10

In this article on using VMware ESX Virtual Switch Tagging (VST) with HP Virtual Connect, I showed you how to use the Multiple VLANs setting to map multiple VLANs onto a network connection so that the VLAN tags would pass all the way up to the VMware ESX/ESXi host—a necessary prerequisite for making VST work.

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Submit a Question for VMworld 2009 Ask the Experts Session

As many of you probably already know, I’ll be participating in an Ask The Experts session at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, CA, this year. Together with Rick Scherer (of VMwareTips.com), Chad Sakac (Virtual Geek), Tom Howarth (PlanetVM), and Duncan Epping (Yellow Bricks), we’ll be taking questions on virtualization design.

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Altor Announces VMsafe-Integrated Altor VF 3.0

Since the announcement of the VMsafe APIs at VMworld Europe 2008, the virtualization world has been waiting. First, we waited for the actual release of the VMsafe APIs, which came with the release of VMware vSphere 4. Next, we waited for the delivery of the first VMsafe-integrated security solutions. While I can’t say definitively that it’s the first, Altor Networks is announcing its VMsafe-integrated virtual firewall solution, Altor VF 3.0. The wait is over, and now we get to see: just how powerful does VMsafe allow virtual security solutions to be?

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