Monday, July 30, 2007

Cisco-first 3rd party virtual switch for Vmware:

VMware will allow 3rd party vendors to develop their virtual switches for ESX Server virtual network, and Cisco is expected to be the first company announcing such product (Virtual Catalyst?).

The original info and scoop on this story is located here.
Microsoft 26min webcast explanation of Virtualization and licensing:

Read more and see the video here.

Friday, July 20, 2007

New Free ESX Manager 2.1 Tool looks very cool:

This information originally appeared on

Quoting from that site:


Virtual Center independent
Keeps track of Virtual Machine Host Registration, Migrations and Status
Manage Virtual Machine Configuration

Display and work in the Virtual Machine Console
Kill Virtual Machine Process (if the VM can't be powered off)
Rename Virtual Disks of registered Virtual Machines
Move Virtual Disks and keep the disk attached to the Virtual Machine
Virtual Machine Registration, Start , Restart , Reset, Power Off, Suspend
Extend Virtual Disks

View-Search-Filter Logfiles on the ESX Host.
Define and save custom SSH commands with Parameter handling
Publish and share custom SSH commands with other ESX Administrators

You can download ESX Manager 2.1, here.

You can also download screenshots and a feature list, here.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Per Vmware testing: 67% more VMs on Intel quad-core CPU than dual-core: has info here.

Read the full ariticle from

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How to use Active Directory to identify / track virtual machines:

As organizations become more and more virtual, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between physical and virtual servers. Some administrators append "_vm" to the host names of each virtual machine. However, many organizations do not prefer this approach, as any name change could impact how users and applications access the VM's data. Changing a server's name after it has been converted to a VM may also impact the server's locally installed applications and services. When administrators rename a server following a physical to virtual (P2V) migration, they often use CNAME records in DNS to ensure name resolution transparency. Still, this approach adds additional complexity to managing server resources. Another way to identify server objects as either physical or virtual is by making use of each computer object's Description attribute in Active Directory. Some organizations already use the Description attribute to identify a computer's location, department, or role. With that in mind, making use of the Description attribute may require you to be concise in how you identify physical or virtual objects.

Continue to the full article here.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Forrester predicts Microsoft will not impact the virtualization market until 2010:

"In the coming years, VMware will continue to dominate the market for x86 server virtualization, but it face new challenges from Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 and XenSource, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

The July 9 report finds that while Microsoft's soon-to-be-released server product and XenSource's XenEnterprise suite match some of the features found in VMware's products, it will take years for them to dislodge VMware from its spot as the premier provider of virtualization technology. "

Read the full article at

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Microsoft Server 2008 Product Launch will be in 2008:

Microsoft said it will launch the product, which it has said will be finalized before the end of the year, at an event in Los Angeles on February 27. The company will also launch Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 at the same event. The company made the announcement at its Worldwide Partner Conference here.

Read the full article here.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Intel Buys into VMware:

Quoting from

VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware. VMware's base virtualization platform virtualizes the Intel architecture. Intel microprocessors comprise the majority of the systems on which VMware's virtualization products are deployed.

Intel Capital will invest $218.5 million in VMware's Class A common stock subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions including Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) review. At the completion of VMware's planned initial public offering and upon closing of the investment, Intel will own approximately 2.5 percent of VMware's total outstanding common stock (less than one percent of the combined voting power of VMware's outstanding common stock). Pursuant to the investment, an Intel executive is expected to be appointed to the VMware Board of Directors.

Read the Full Story at the source:

VMworld 2007 Sessions / Content Catalog Now Online:

The VMworld 2007 Content Catalog is now online, listing over 230 breakout sessions across 8 different tracks. This information comes direct from

There are many interesting topics (for a short list see and it appears we will learn more about Vmware Server 2.0 (perhaps the next evolution for the free Vmware server 1.x product).

Friday, July 6, 2007

DXTreme Turbo Charges Windows 32 bit VMs:

Quoting from

"InovaWave's DXtreme product has been reviewed independently by InfoWorld and has won it's highest award. For those of you that have not heard of InovaWave's DXtreme, it optimises the disk I/O subsystem for VM's running on Windows. The ESX, Virtual Iron and Xen versions of the products are under development. If the current windows version is anything to go by then they also should be awesome products."

This looks like a product to keep and eye on. Read the full review and see the amazing results here.

Visit the main site

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Citrix Evaluation Virtual Appliance:

The EVA includes all of the components needed to evaluate Presentation Server Platinum Edition. These components include:

Application Virtualization
Application Streaming
Application Performance Monitoring
SmartAccess (Access Gateway appliance not included)
Single Sign-On

The Microsoft .VHD Test Drive base image evaluation period will end 30 days from the initial startup of the operating system.

You can download it, here.

Read the original source of this information here.
Dell to feature VMware ESX lite in new VESO Servers:

As first rumored and reported on appears this has now been confirmed.

Read the original article here or more details here.

Quoting from the details site:

"VESO, according to a large Dell customer who was briefed on the product, will be available in the second half of this year, and will have extended memory and I/O capabilities, simplified iSCSI boot functionality, physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration services, and an embedded hypervisor, most likely ESX Lite."

"VESO's promise is that it would be incredibly easy to set up, the source said. "Just plug it in to the network, configure it through a Web browser and you're done," he said." launches nice Virtualization Industry Predictions site: does it again with another first for the virtualization world.

Quoting from the site: "Virtualization Industry Predictions collects all forecasts major analysis firms publicly disclosed since 2003, providing customers, system integrators and investors another effective tool to research and track virtualization market evolution."

View the new site here:

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Platespin's PowerRecon Leads new Green Efficiency Service:

London, UK , - PlateSpin Ltd. today announced that VirtualizeIT, the virtualisation consultancy specialist, has chosen PlateSpin PowerRecon 3.0 as a key part of its newly launched Virtualisation Environmental Design Initiative (VEDI). The new service will take the form of a strategic report, specifically designed to enable customers to use virtualisation technologies to help reduce their natural resource consumption and carbon footprints.

Designed to operate as a standalone alternative or addition to the other services that VirtualizeIT offers, the report covers a number of strategic assessments of a customer’s infrastructure, focusing in detail on the environmental impact caused through power consumption and its knock-on effects.

Read the entire article here.

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