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16 November, 2006

VMware Unveils Virtual Appliance Marketplace and Certification Program

LOS ANGELES, November 7, 2006VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today at VMworld 2006 announced it is launching a marketplace and certification program for virtual appliances. Customers can evaluate or in some cases purchase from a collection of more than 300 virtual appliances available in the Virtual Appliance Marketplace at http://vam.vmware.com
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Sun's desktop virtualization at VMworld

From VMWare site:
Sun's Warren Ponder was at VMworld and had so much traffic his voice gave out by day 2:
The big buzz was unquestionably desktop virtualization. Diane Greene - President of VMware made it very clear in Tuesdays keynote that desktop virtualization is happening now and taking off. I strongly recommend you visit VMware's website and look at the presentation from the keynote. [
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13 October, 2006

From VMware Site: VMware Announces Broad Industry Support from Backup Vendors for VMware Consolidated Backup

NEW YORK and PALO ALTO, Calif., September 27, 2006At Storage Decisions, VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today announced broad industry support for VMware Consolidated Backup, a software product part of VMware Infrastructure 3 Enterprise edition that leverages virtualization technology to enable quick and easy backup and recovery. Leading backup and recovery software providers CA, CommVault, EMC, IBM Tivoli, Symantec and Vizioncore have pledged support for the product to ensure their customers benefit from its robust data protection functionality.
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03 October, 2006

From VmWare Site: VMware Leads the Way to 64-bit Computing

Newest Update to VMware Infrastructure 3 has Full Support for 64-bit Operating Systems, a Non-Disruptive Upgrade Process, Localization in German and Japanese and Expanded Hardware Support that Furthers Customers’ Ability to Deploy Virtualization Pervasively

PALO ALTO, Calif., October 2, 2006 — VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today announced the availability of VMware ESX Server 3.0.1 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.0.1, which add full support for 64-bit operating systems to VMware Infrastructure 3. The update to VMware Infrastructure 3 also includes a non-disruptive upgrade process from VMware ESX Server 2.x hosts and storage, localization in German and Japanese and expanded hardware interoperability. Both products are available at no additional charge to customers who have VMware Infrastructure 3 support and subscription contracts.
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02 October, 2006

Security Response to CVE-2005-3273 and CVE-2006-2444

From VmWare Site
VMware Security Response
Synopsis: CVE-2005-3273: The rose_rt_ioctl function in rose_route.c for Radionet Open Source Environment (ROSE) in Linux 2.6 kernels before 2.6.12, and 2.4 before 2.4.29, does not properly verify the ndigis argument for a new route, which allows attackers to trigger array out-of-bounds errors with a large number of digipeats.
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27 September, 2006

HOWTO vmotion From Dell 2850 to Dell 2950 (woodcrest)

A VmWare community forum article about VMotioning between two different Dell physical server.

Thanks mcallistera!

We bought some new Dell 2950's with the woodcrest (5160 or 51xx) chipset to replace our "old" Dell 2850's. Our desire was to vmotion all our VMs from the old gear to the new gear as we replaced each server. Virtual Center dashed our hopes as we quickly ran into "CPU of destination host is incompatible" problems when attempting the VMotion. As most people know, vmotion between CPU's with different instructions can be problematic and there are apparently a couple of different approaches to overcome the incompatibility. The first approach: Tell virtual center to not test for CPU compatibility. This is NOT supported, and from what I've read VMWare support will be upset if you open a service request after doing this. But... According to this thread http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?messageID=372856 you simply put [ read all... ]

26 September, 2006

Links to interesting Configuration Whitepapers

There are some new useful links in VMTN.

One has been posted by Bogomil Balkansky Director of Product Marketing and it's about "Power and cooling savings with VMware Infrastructure".
The datacenter has typically been a quiet, and face it, boring, place: rows upon rows of identical computers and the droning sound of air conditioning – not exactly the place where journalists look for spectacular drama. And you want to keep it that way – if things are working as they should, no one needs to know what is going on in the datacenter, or that such a place even exists.
So why has the datacenter come out of its anonymity, and is suddenly filling
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There are also technical whitepaper for Virtual Infrastructure on EMC San

VMware ESX Server Using EMC Symmetrix Storage Systems
VMware ESX Server Using EMC CLARiiON Storage Systems
CLARiiON Integration with VMware ESX Server

16 July, 2006

Installing Windows 2003 (within ESX 3.0) on an 8 processor AMD64 Opteron server

Funny video from Richard Masoner.
Like it very much: very good music :)

Have a look

..And have a look also at this one

15 July, 2006

VMware Delivers Free VMware Server

Enterprise-Class Support and VMware VirtualCenter Management Now Available
PALO ALTO, Calif., July 12, 2006 - VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced the general availability of VMware Server after a five month beta program with more than 700,000 downloads. Customers deploying the free hosted virtualization product for Linux and Windows servers can now purchase enterprise-class support from VMware. In addition, they can now use VMware VirtualCenter to centrally provision, monitor and manage VMware Server deployments.

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08 July, 2006

From VMGuru: "In Depth Analysis: vmxnet_console (Re-released)"

From VMguru Webblog sherold says:

I have decided to re-release my most popular article from the original VMGuru.com website at the request of more than one person. I am actually re-releasing this original version as an introduction to my next entry that will be in place by the...

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VMware ESX Server 2.5.3 Upgrade Patch 2 (for 2.5.3 Systems Only)

From VMware site the release of the upgrade patch for ESX 2.5.3

This patch is for ESX Server 2.5.3 and addresses the following issues:

  • Bug 66534 VMs BSOD with STOP: c0000221 Unknown Hard Error during VMotion across HP Blades -->This patch includes a change in SCSI error handling. Prior to this patch, certain SCSI behaviors resulted in an error condition being passed to guest operating systems. After ESX Server 2.5.3 Upgrade Patch 2 is applied, the guest operating system will be passed a retry for its I/O rather than receiving the error condition.
  • This patch refines runt-packet padding behavior in order to accommodate relatively rare circumstances where Ethernet frames are dropped and/or flagged as suspicious by a network security appliance.
  • This patch fixes a bug that caused the VMware Management Interface not to display some groups defined in /etc/group. This is also fixed for ESX Server 2.1.3 in ESX Server 2.1.3 Upgrade Patch 1.
  • This patch enables the use of non-alphanumeric characters in passwords in the VMware Management Interface without generating an error message.This is also fixed for ESX Server 2.1.3 in ESX Server 2.1.3 Upgrade Patch 1. For additional information, refer to KB 2098.
  • This patch enables support for the Sun StorageTek FLX-380 storage array.

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06 July, 2006

TCP/IP Offload Engine relieves CPU burden

By Alan Baldus (from embedded computing design)

Today’s CPUs are overwhelmed by Ethernet traffic, with an increasing amount of CPU cycles being consumed by TCP/IP packet processing. An additional CPU can be added to share the load when this imbalance causes application performance to suffer, but this is an expensive solution with several other drawbacks. In this article, Alan discusses how the addition of a Network Accelerator Card (NAC) with an integrated TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) can relieve the burden on the CPU.

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05 July, 2006

File / Print / DNS Servers: Getting Started with Virtual Infrastructure

From VMware site a whitepaper from Foedus

In this white paper, we will discuss the value of adding virtual infrastructure to the organization to support various staple services such as File and Printing services and DNS. Leveraging VMware ESX Server's iSCSI support, virtual file servers reach new capabilities while keeping costs affordable at the same time. The scalability of virtual networking support in VMware ESX Server 3.0 lends itself especially well in high-bandwidth scenarios when coupled with new processor technology from Intel. New features of ESX Server 3.0 such as clustering, consolidated backup and Distributed Availability Services mean you can ensure 100% availability of file and printing services without the complicated setup of Windows clusters or 3rd party products.

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04 July, 2006

iSCSI Review

Vladamir Savyak article

With the release of the Fibre Channel and SAN based on it the storage world staked on a network access to storage devices. Almost everyone announced that the future belonged to the storage area networks. For several years the FC interface was the only standard for such networks but today many realize that it's not so. The SAN based on the FC has some disadvantages, which are the price and difficulties of access to remote devices. At present there are some initiatives which are being standardized; they are meant to solve or diminish the problems. The most interesting of them is iSCSI.[...]
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From SNIA.org site lot of pdf docs
Internet SCSI (iSCSI) is a simple, yet powerful idea that will change the way we think about computer storage and the way it relates to computer networks. The iSCSI protocol maps the SCSI remote procedure invocation model on top of the Internet's [...]
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From iSCSIStorage.com a page with whitepapers: take a look

03 July, 2006

Documentation in VMWare Official Site

I'm linking here the page from VMware Official Site, in order to find out easily the needed documentation for new Virtual Infrastructure 3.

Follow the link to documentation page (contains all PDF documents)

Some useful PDF files:

As stated on VMWare site: If a component of your configuration is not listed in the HCL’s above, please contact the respective vendor for more information.

21 June, 2006

VMware Advances Software Lifecycle Management

From VMware site:

VMware adds Virtual Lab Automation, Configuration Management and Self-service Provisioning to its Portfolio

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 16, 2006 -- VMware, the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced the addition of virtual lab automation, configuration management and self-service provisioning to its software lifecycle management solutions that span development, quality assurance, pre-production and production environments.
"As customers standardize on VMware virtual infrastructure, they are seeing a huge opportunity to leverage VMware's virtualization platform to enable a clean hardware and configuration-independent way to move from development to test [...]

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16 June, 2006

All about VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3

From VMware site:

VMware Raises the Bar with VMware Infrastructure 3

Next Generation of Industry-leading Infrastructure Virtualization Software Suite Enables Transformative Cost Savings and Breakthrough Levels of Efficiency, Flexibility and Serviceability to IT Environments of All Sizes

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 5, 2006 -- VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today launched VMware Infrastructure 3, the third generation of the industry-leading infrastructure virtualization software suite that empowers enterprises and small businesses alike to optimize and manage their IT environments through virtualization.
The first generation of virtualization for industry-standard systems provided server partitioning through a hypervisor or hosted architecture.[...]

  • VMware Infrastructure 3 Enables Efficiency, Flexibility and Serviceability through Enterprise-scale Management and Service-level Automation
  • VMware Infrastructure 3 Enables Transformative Cost Savings through Server, Storage and Network Virtualization
  • VMware Infrastructure 3 Offers Broadest Hardware and Operating System Choice
  • VMware Infrastructure 3 Packaged and Priced for Adoption Across All Market Segments

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You can also read a brief overview of the ESX 3.0 Public Beta 2 by Steve Herrod on "Virtualize Now" Site.

13 June, 2006

The future: Virtual Infrastructure 3

Today I've been to the first italian date of VMware EMEA Partner Seminars in Milan and I get some sort of ideas of the future Virtual Infrastructure 3.

On VMTN there are a lot of virtual appliance. Take a look!

05 June, 2006

VMware ESX Server 2.5.3 Upgrade Patch 1 (for 2.5.3 Systems Only)

From VMware site the release of the upgrade patch for ESX 2.5.3

This patch solves problem that can be found on the KB article 2075 and others.

View full article on download page

Very Interesting article from GCN Web Page

The server that wasn't
Agencies are exploring OS virtualization to get more out of their systems ( Government Computer News - May 22nd, 2006 )

It's an article about virtualization at the Pentagon.

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16 May, 2006

Evening in Disneyland ::: Some photos

At the end of first working day we get a big surprise: a part of the Disneyland Paris has been hired for us!!! So at 8.00PM we get to the Hotel Hall and start walking to Disneyland passing through Disney Village

The second shot show you the lake in front of New York Hotel on our way to Disneyland Paris. The third pictures has been taken to another VCP addicted to photo-shooting ;).

15 May, 2006

VmWare TSX Event in Paris ::: Some photos

Here is some photos that I take during the event: the first one has been taken during Kathik Rau keynote. All attendees were in plenary session in the big conference room of New York Hotel, for event opening.

First lesson at TSX Paris: In depth overview of Virtualcenter 2.0 by Patrick Lin.

Tomorrow some other photos.

14 May, 2006

New links

just added some useful links. Hope to begin blogging seriously in some days.

13 May, 2006

Hello World!

Hello all!
With this blog I want to share knowledge with all VmWare users (VCP and no-VCP) around the world.
I'm new to "blog things", so I'm starting right now and I will accept suggestions ;).