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

vWire Launched

Tripwire is launching vWire, a new virtualization management tool that is designed to integrate both monitoring and automation to prevent and resolve problems before they cause downtime.

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Adaptec Support in vSphere Revoked?

It would appear (I have not yet been able to reliably verify this information) that VMware has removed support for the Adaptec aacraid driver from VMware vSphere. The driver was apparently listed on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) as supported at release, but shortly after release support was pulled. Apparently the aacraid driver is in such bad shape with vSphere that you can’t even install vSphere on systems using the aacraid driver. Even more mysterious is the fact that there is no documentation about this issue one way or the other, so it’s quite difficult to really verify where support stands. As of the last time I checked (a couple of days ago), the aacraid driver was still not listed on the HCL.

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The Return of Virtualization Short Takes

My irregular “Virtualization Short Takes” series was put on hold some time ago after I started work on Mastering VMware vSphere 4. Now that work on the book is starting to wind down just a bit, I thought it would be a good time to try to resurrect the series. So, without further delay, welcome to the return of Virtualization Short Takes!

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Spouse Activities for VMworld 2009

Via Twitter, a number of people have tagged my wife, Crystal, with questions regarding spouse activities for VMworld 2009. As some of you may already know, she successfully organized some activities last year in Las Vegas for a group of about 25 ladies. By all accounts, they had a fabulous time—went to the Hoover Dam, drove to the Grand Canyon, and visited lots of sights there in Vegas!

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VMware vSphere Review in the Works

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll start posting a multi-part review of VMware vSphere 4.

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vSphere Virtual Machine Upgrade Process

Upgrading a VMware Infrastructure 3.x environment to VMware vSphere 4 involves more than just upgrading vCenter Server and upgrading your ESX/ESXi hosts (as if that wasn’t enough). You should also plan on upgrading your virtual machines. VMware vSphere introduces a new hardware version (version 7), and vSphere also introduces a new paravirtualized network driver (VMXNET3) as well as a new paravirtualized SCSI driver (PVSCSI). To take advantage of these new drivers as well as other new features, you’ll need to upgrade your virtual machines. This process I describe below works really well.

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Train Signal, Welcome!

I’m very excited to welcome Train Signal to the list of site sponsors! I’m sure that many of you are probably already familiar with Train Signal and their extensive list of training products, and I’ve been told by Train Signal that they’ll have some VMware vSphere training products available soon. I’m looking forward to seeing those!

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This VMworld Thing is Like Watching a Train Wreck

Watching VMware destroy their public image over this VMworld exhibitor agreement is like watching a train wreck: you want to take your eyes off of it, but it’s just so awful and so terrible that you’re mesmerized.

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VMware, This is Wrong

UPDATE: VMware has clarified their position; they will allow competitors to exhibit at VMworld. The text in the exhibitors agreement was legalese—supposedly consistent with other major vendor-sponsored conferences—meant to give them an out in the event an exhibitor behaves inappropriately.

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Strange Error with Firefly Media Server, iTunes, and Avahi

Over the 2008-2009 holiday season, I rebuilt my home network. I included the notes and information from my home network rebuild in an article that described the Mac OS X-Ubuntu integration resulting from the rebuild. Since that time, I’ve added a larger hard drive to the home server to make more room for Time Machine backups, movies, music, and other files. Things seemed to be working very well. Until the other day…

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