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You've Got to be Kidding Me

Via jtroyer on Twitter, I learned of this post comparing Hyper-V and VMware ESX.

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Virtualization Short Take #24

There’s lots of good information flowing around the Internet, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sort through all the useless stuff to find the valuable gems. Hopefully, some of the links that I have collected here will prove to be more useful than useless!

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VMware HA Problem with Update 3

A problem has been identified with VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3 when using VMware HA and VM failure monitoring. This problem results from a delay in the transmission of a heartbeat from a VM to VMware HA; VMware HA then detects this as a VM failure and restarts the VM. It appears that this problem affects both VMware ESX and VMware ESXi.

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New Tool from Veeam?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who received this e-mail:

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Google Apps Doesn't Play Nice with MailTags

One of my most used and most useful applications (add-ons?) is MailTags, by Scott Morrison. It’s an add-on to Mail.app that allows for tagging e-mail messages with keywords, projects, notes, etc., and then saving that information in IMAP headers—if you are so inclined—so that it persists from one IMAP client to another. It’s a fantastic add-on. I highly recommend it.

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3183: VMware SRM on NetApp Storage

This session described VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) on NetApp storage. The session started out with a review of VMware SRM, its features and functionality, and some of the requirements. I was not aware, for example, that SRM cannot use SQL Server Express like VirtualCenter can; you must use a full-blown instance of SQL Server. Given VMware’s development history, I should not have been surprised to find that Perl 5.8 is required (it’s included in the distribution and installed automatically).

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Continuing the FCoE Discussion

A few weeks ago I examined FCoE in the context of it’s description as an “I/O virtualization” technology in my discussion of FCoE versus MR-IOV. (Despite protestations otherwise, I’ll continue to maintain that FCoE is not an I/O virtualization technology.)

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Mobile Version Launched!

Thanks to MobilePress, this site now has a mobile version! If you browse the site using a mobile device—I’ve only tested it with my iPhone, as that’s the only mobile device I have—you’ll get a mobile-optimized version of the site. Enjoy!

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Installing the VI Power Documenter

The VMware Infrastructure Power Documenter (hereafter referred to as VIPD) is a nifty PowerShell script that queries VirtualCenter and produces reports of VM configurations, data center inventory, VM stats, etc. Last time I tried to install VIPD, though, I found the installation instructions seriously lacking. Today I had the opportunity to work with a customer to get this installed, and I wanted to share my information here. These instructions are not to be construed as the “official” way of making VIPD work, just what I had to go through in order for it to work.

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VMware SRM 1.0 Update 1 Released

Many thanks to Dave Lawrence, aka VMguy, for the heads-up: Update 1 for VMware Site Recovery Manager 1.0 has been released. Missing in this update: NFS support. I mention that only because I heard numerous references to NFS Support in SRM 1.0U1 at NetApp Insight a few weeks ago. Of course, they also mentioned a March 2009 timeframe, so I was a bit surprised when I saw that Update 1 had been released.

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