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Virtualization Short Take #7

While at VMware Partner Exchange 2008 in San Diego this week, a few virtualization- or VMware-related headlines have popped in and caught my attention:

  • Via Eric, I learned that vimsh has morphed into vmware-vim-cmd in version 3.5. Xtravirt’s updated document can be found here.

  • Via Duncan, it looks as if a number of patches for ESX/ESXi 3.5 have been released. Time to put Update Manager through its paces…

  • As several other bloggers have mentioned, VMware is now discussing in much greater detail the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification. I suspect that the BC/DR and VI architectural workshops that are taking place at Partner Exchange this week—which incorporate a fairly intensive review and presentation process—are prepping professionals for the rigors they will have to endure to achieve VCDX. Bring it on!

  • Sys-Con Media—which has republished a couple of my articles—published this interesting article from a KVM developer regarding the placement and architecture of I/O and I/O drivers in various virtualization solutions. Of course, he feels that KVM is the best, but that’s not necessarily surprising.

  • Author David Davis has published a brief blog entry at that summarizes the use of NIC teaming and load balancing with VMware ESX Server. This blog post is particularly useful since it references some of my own content.

In a future post, I’ll probably delve into more detail an interesting and thought-provoking article from DCS titled “Microsoft Unveils GSNW 2.0”. It’s an interesting take on the (possible) repetition of history. In the meantime, I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on this article—go read it, then come back here and add your thoughts in the comments below.

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