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I'm Confused

I’m confused. I know, that’s not a terribly difficult thing to do some days. I saw this article on the Windows Server Division weblog about the Release Candidate of SP2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista and I asked myself, “Did I miss SP1 for Windows Server 2008? I don’t recall hearing about the release of SP1. I guess I should go download it.”

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Hyper9 Apparently in Good Shape

With the recent downturn in the economy, it seems like companies on all sides are running into lots of problems. This seems to be particularly true; I’ve heard rumors—nothing confirmed, mind you—that more than one virtualization-related startup is down to a skeleton crew in the hopes they can survive the economic storm.

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Open Source VMFS Driver

It looks like my post discussing a universal cluster file system may have been prescient. Shared with me first via Twitter, it appears that a company has already started building an open source VMFS driver. It was also covered here and here.

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VMware vExpert Awards

Today, VMware awarded their vExpert Awards, an award intended to highlight those IT professionals who have supported the VMware community through user groups, blogs, forums, tools, and other means. Quoting from John Troyer’s official announcement on the VMTN Blog:

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It's Official: XenServer Available for Free

Although word of this announcement was leaked last week, today Citrix made the announcement official: Citrix XenServer will be available to customers free of charge. Although I was briefed by Citrix on this news the day before word broke, I assured Citrix that I would honor my word and not discuss the news until the embargo expired.

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Is Unified Fabric an Inevitability?

So here’s another “thinking out loud” post. This time, I’m thinking about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and unified fabric.

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Citrix Open Sources Their VHD Implementation

One sticking point I’ve had with Citrix since the XenSource acquisition has been the perception of a failure to give back to the open source Xen community. Note that I said perception. It appeared, following the XenSource acquisition, that Citrix was all about using open source Xen as a base but failing to return any of enhancements they made to the code base. No, I don’t have any concrete examples; again, this was the perception.

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Blades and Virtualization Aren't Mutually Exclusive: Part Four, HP Traditional Expansion Options

By Aaron Delp

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Hyperspaces Updated

Hyperspaces, the application designed to extend and build upon the built-in functionality of Spaces, has been updated again. My first coverage of Hyperspaces was back in October 2008, and at that time the application still had a few rough edges. I’m happy to report that Hyperspaces seems much more polished this time around—it’s clear that Tony Arnold, the developer, has been paying attention to the details.

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Blades and Virtualization Aren't Mutually Exclusive: Part Three, IBM Traditional Expansion Options

By Aaron Delp

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