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I'm Speaking at Virtualization Congress 2009!

I’m very excited to announce that I have been invited to speak at Virtualization Congress 2009! In fact, I was even lucky enough to make the Virtualization Congress front page as a “featured speaker.” Cool!

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VMM Beta 1.5 is Here

Quickly following the initial beta release of Virtualization Manager Mobile (VMM), Schley Andrew Kutz has now released beta 1.5 of VMM. The updated beta, available via the relaunched lostcreations.com site, boasts several new features:

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Configuring Mail.app and iPhone with Google IMAP

So I recently moved almost all of my personal e-mail domains over to Google Apps. A couple of people have asked, “Why?” My answer is simple: it’s easier. The e-mail functionality of my current hosting provider is lacking in a couple of key areas:

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SVMotion Syntax

This is nothing earth-shattering; I just needed to record the syntax for the SVMotion command in the Remote CLI so that next time I need it six months from now, I’ll have an easy reference.

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Free Sanbolic Licenses for Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Users

Here’s an announcement that is exclusive to readers of my site: I have learned that Sanbolic—the company behind Melio FS and other products about which I’ve blogged before, including very recently—plans to offer free licenses of La Scala and Melio FS to beta testers of Windows Server 2008 R2.

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VMware vExpert Program Officially Launched

While a number of other blogs broke the news about the name for this program earlier today—VMware vExpert—the official announcement is now available on the VMTN Blog. You can also get to the official nomination form, where you can nominate yourself or someone else (cough, cough, me) for a VMware vExpert award.

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VMware ESX and ESXi SAN I/O Issue

Via this Twitter post, I learned that VMware has posted a new KB article about a SAN I/O failure that can occur with VMware ESX and ESXi 3.5 Update 3. If you are using VMware ESX or ESXi 3.5 Update 3, please be sure to read the KB article and stay tuned here for additional updates. I will update this post when I get more information.

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A Quick Thought Regarding Cloud Computing

So, a number of sites have been tossing around this conversation regarding cloud computing, what it is (and isn’t), and where it’s headed. As I was responding to a private e-mail from another conspirator in this conversation, I came up with something that I thought would be best shared with everyone else.

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Sanbolic Optimizes Melio FS, Adds Virtualization Support

Back in June, I wrote about Sanbolic and Melio FS as a workaround for the “one-VM-per-LUN” limitation that Hyper-V’s Quick Migration imposes. By running Melio FS on a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V host, users could put multiple VMs in the same LUN and still use Quick Migration. At the same time, Sanbolic was also announcing that they were supporting the use of Melio FS, their clustered file system, inside Windows Server-based VMs running on VMware ESX.

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Marathon to Bring EverRun VM to Hyper-V

Today, Marathon Technologies announced an expanded development and marketing agreement with Microsoft Corporation designed to bring fault tolerance and high availability to a wider audience. As I understand it from talking to the folks at Marathon, the ultimate goal of this new agreement will bear fruit in two key areas:

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