Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Windows Vista Virtualization FAQ:

James Senior, a UK-based Microsoft technical specialist, has a detailed FAQ on Windows Vista™ and licensing rights.

Read the original source for this information here.
VMware Role in the Future / Standards / Emerging Architectures:

"However, looking into my crystal ball, I see the next generation VMware virtual infrastructure architecture as once again raising the bar. VMware’s ESX hypervisor will have a smaller footprint and improved security. Features that are important in the enterprise, including dynamic VM failover and backup will see significant improvements. You should also to see the complexity of storage integration reduced as well. Technologies such as N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and the proliferation of iSCSI will significantly ease VM storage integration and failover."

"Intrusion detection is becoming more of a concern for numerous organizations, and the uptake of virtualization support by many security ISVs is evidence of that. For example, Catbird’s V-Agent can be used to quickly add an IDS to existing virtual networks."

"Hypervisor security is naturally important as well. If you would like to see some of the issues out there today, take a look at Harley Stagner’s excellent article on preventing and detecting rogue VMs. The blue pill attack has also received considerable interest. For more information on blue pill, take a look at Joanna Rutkowska’s presentation “Virtualization - the other side of the coin.”

Read the full article here.
Virtualization Benefits Outside of the DataCenter:

"The benefits of integrating virtualization in to consumer electronics are similar to the benefits IT managers derive from server virtualization: better utilization of hardware equals less hardware. In consumer devices, that translates in to smaller, lighter devices with better battery life and that cost less to manufacture, and therefore, that cost less for consumers to buy."

"With TRANGO, ARM processors gain the ability to run up to 256 virtual processes, executing a “rich operating system (such as Linux or Windows CE), a real-time operating system (RTOS), or a standalone driver or application.” I have no idea how far along they are on this process, or when virtualization-enhanced mobile devices might hit the market, but it certainly sounds promising."

Read the full article here.

Monday, June 18, 2007

A brief architecture overview of VMware ESX, XEN and MS Viridian:

This appears to be a nice article worth a read.

"It is my feeling that there has been a bit of confusion lately around how hypervisors are being positioned by the various vendors. I am specifically referring to the three major technologies that seem to be the most relevant strategically going forward:"

  • VMware ESX
  • Microsoft Viridian
  • Xen
Read the full article at the source.
VMware Embedded "ESX Lite" Hypervisor breaking news: has exclusive news on the full article here, or here.

VMware Inc. is working on a reduced footprint version of its ESX hypervisor, called ESX Lite, that would run directly within a server's firmware, has learned.

According to several sources close to VMware, ESX Lite is real and currently under development. The new lightweight hypervisor would be installed directly on the motherboard, simplifying the deployment of an ESX host and ensuring 100% hardware integration.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

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Monday, June 11, 2007

ESX Advanced Technical Guide released in FULL for FREE:

THE technical guide that all worthy VMware ESX architects and Admins bought during the ESX 2.5.x days is now available completely free in PDF format here.

And info on their NEW book everyone anticipates will be of the same amazing quality as the first but this one covering the VI 3 (ESX 3.x) product is due out this summer. For more info on the new book see
New Microsoft Windows licensing whitepaper covering third Party Virtualization products released:

Microsoft already exposed its licensing strategy more clearly with the launch of Virtualization Calculator 2.0, a few weeks ago, but customers were still missing an official document to refer to.

"The most interesting part anyway is a final comparison chart between VMware ESX Server, SWsoft Virtuozzo and Microsoft Virtual Server, where appears VMware ESX Server is less expensive than competitors when using Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, and has equal costs when you adopt Enterprise or Datacenter editions (which are preferred choice for virtualization deployments)."

Download the whitepaper or read the entire article from who broke this news.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

New Patch Management Tool for ESX Server:

Massimiliano Daneri, famous on the virtualization scene for its free high-availability script, VMBK, working with VMware ESX Server, launches today a new tool: VMTS Patch Manager.

VMTS Patch Manager addresses a critical need for VMware customers, allowing automatic (or manual) patching of ESX Servers platforms.

This looks like a really nice tool.

Read the entire article at the original source.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Guide to installing VMware ESX3 on Workstation 6 (update):

This paper illustates how to install and configure VMware ESX3 Server to run within VMware Workstation 6. From this, VirtualCenter, VMotion, HA and DRS features can be configured.

Although performance is significantly reduced from that of a physical server, this type of environment opens considerable possibilities for portable client demonstrations and is excellent for self training and small lab environments.

This paper assumes the reader has good technical knowledge of VMWare Virtual Infrastructure 3. The paper assumes that you know how to install the VirtualCenter2, License Server and Virtual Infrastructure Client.

The hardware used in this whitepaper was an IBM Thinkpad T60P laptop, Core Duo, 3GB memory, 120GB SATA Hard Disk.

Note: Intel CPU(s) on the hardware running Workstation 6 must have the VT technology or the performance of ESX will be very poor. It is believed that the same applies with AMD chips with AMD-V compatible CPU's being recommended, although it is currently untested by us on this platform.

See how to do this from the original article here.

Updated information and additional steps are on
Server 2008 LAST 32 bit Server OS:

Several news sites are discussing this issue. Bill Laing, general manager of the Windows Server division, said that after 2008 Microsoft would only produce 64 bit operating systems. This has led to speculation that Vista would be Microsoft’s last 32 desktop OS. However, this was just a jump to conclusions as clarified by the Vista blog.

Read more on this here.
Server 2008 Roadmap:

Here's how Laing outlined the Windows Server 2008 delivery roadmap up to R2:

2007: Windows Home Server gets a fall release; Windows Server 2008 is expected to have a release candidate prior to getting released to manufacturing in late November or December.

2008: Windows Server 2008 will be generally available in January. Windows Server codename "Cougar", aka Windows Small Business Server 2008, follows Windows Server 2008. Windows Server codename "Centro," the much-anticipated medium-sized version, is expected around or just after Cougar. Windows Server 2008 Storage Server, the storage and file server primarily targeted at SMBs, debuts sometime after Cougar and Centro.

Read the entire article here.
Server 2008 Server Core step-by-step Install Guide:

The Server Core step by step guide is now available
To download in Microsoft Word Document format
also the Server 2008 Technical Library is available

The step by step guide covers how to do most everything with Server Core, from initial configuration, role installation to command line and remote management. Please let me know if there is additional detail that you would like to see included.

There are also a set of scenarios posted and a survey on Server Core at:

In the left tree, select Server Core and the first item in the list “Tell us how you deploy, manage, and configure Server Core” is a survey where you can provide feedback. The other options in the list allow you to comment on the usefulness of sections of the step by step guide.

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