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SearchMyVM 2 Launched

VKernel has released version 2 of SearchMyVM, a search-based management tool that was originally launched back at the beginning of September. Version 2 includes a feature that is apparently the #1 “most requested” feature: the ability to export searches to CSV format for building reports that can be e-mailed or printed.

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More Hyper9 Beta Invitations Available

If anyone is interested, I still have a few Hyper9 beta invitations available. My first call for interested beta participants was well-received, but my available slots filled up pretty quickly. I thought there might be more people interested in trying the beta and luckily, I was able to secure a few more invites.

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Manually Configuring iCal for Google Calendar and CalDAV

Sometimes I like doing things manually. I can’t tell you why, except perhaps to say that I’d rather know exactly what’s going on and how things are happening instead of giving over control to a “black box” that does something for me and spits out the results. It’s silly, I know, but that’s just how I am.

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FalconStor Introduces a NAS Interface

FalconStor today announced a new file-interface deduplication system and enhancements to its Virtual Tape Library (VTL) software. FalconStor’s VTL product is resold by a number of other vendors, including EMC, Pillar, and SUN.

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Storage Short Take #4

Last week I provided a list of virtualization-related items that had made their way into my Inbox in some form or another; today I’ll share storage-related items with you in Storage Short Take #4! This post will also be cross-published to the Storage Monkeys Blogs.

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4198: Hyper-V on NetApp Deep Dive

This session provided information on running Hyper-V with NetApp storage. The first part of the session focused primarily on Hyper-V basics, such as VHD types (dynamically-expanding, fixed-size, passthrough, differencing), partition alignment (which can only be guaranteed with fixed-size VHDs, by the way), SCVMM 2008, Windows Failover Clustering support, and such. If you’re interested in details on those topics, I suggest you have a look at my coverage of Microsoft Tech-Ed 2008 back in the summer.

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NetApp Insight Session Briefs Coming

On November 10 through November 13, NetApp held their annual technical conference—formerly known as Fall Classic, this year renamed to Insight—for SEs and partner SEs in Los Angeles. I had the opportunity to attend the conference by virtue of the fact that I was also presenting (look for session 3173; that’s me!). Normally the information shared at this conference is covered by non-disclosure agreement (NDA), but I’ve been given special dispensation to discuss the sessions I attended and the information shared in those sessions.

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iPhone Irony

Does anyone else find it a bit ironic that neither AT&T nor Apple have iPhone-optimized versions of their web sites? Or am I the only one wondering why the iPhone’s exclusive suppliers don’t optimize their own sites for the iPhone?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

For those readers who celebrate Thanksgiving, I’d like to extend to you my warmest wishes for a very pleasant and very restful Thanksgiving holiday. I am very thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed upon me; despite whatever problems I may be having, it could certainly be worse.

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OmniGraffle and OmniFocus Updates

Two of my most-used applications have been updated to new versions. OmniGraffle is now updated to version 5.1, and OmniFocus is now updated to version 1.5. (Funny, I just noticed how the versions numbers are reversed–5.1 and 1.5.)

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