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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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vSphere 4 Available for Download

As of today, May 21, 2009, the final GA builds of VMware vSphere 4–including VMware ESX 4 (build 164009), VMware ESXi 4 (build 164009), vCenter Server 4 (build 162902), VMware Consolidated Backup, VMware vCenter Data Recovery, and VMware vShield Zones are available for download from VMware’s web site.

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VMware vSphere vDS, VMkernel Ports, and Jumbo Frames

In April 2008, I wrote an article on how to use jumbo frames with VMware ESX and IP-based storage (NFS or iSCSI). It’s been a pretty popular post, ranking right up there with the ever-popular article on VMware ESX, NIC teaming, and VLAN trunks.

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VMware vSphere Generates Insane Amounts of I/O

The news has hit the Internet in various places, but I wanted to point it out here because it does help to debunk the myth that virtualization can’t handle all workload. What’s the news? EMC and VMware have jointly demonstrated that a single VMware vSphere host running just three virtual machines can drive just above 350,000 I/O operations per second (IOPS).

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Summary of CDP Articles

For all you data storage guys and gals out there, CDP here means “Cisco Discovery Protocol”, not “Continuous Data Protection.” Sorry.

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Hyper9 Virtualization Mobile Manager Beta Invitations

The fine folks over at Hyper9 recently offered me a very limited number of special beta invitations for Hyper9’s new Virtualization Mobile Manager (VMM) product. As you may already know, VMM is the brainchild of Andrew Kutz, who recently joined Hyper9 and has already released a few snippets of code via H9Labs.

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Pre-Order Mastering VMware vSphere 4

My forthcoming book, Mastering VMware vSphere 4, is now available for pre-order via Amazon! Click here to see all the details. The book is available with a fairly significant discount (37%), but I don’t know how long that price will last. Get it now!

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