ZFS Build Checklist

I’ve decided to replace the Windows Home Server Vail server with something capable of handling newer builds of ZFS and the inherent deduploication. Here’s a quick kit list and build diary I’ll try to keep up-to-date as I go along. Kit: Dell Perc6i – this is essentially a port multiplier. I scored it from eBay […]

Macbook Pro 15″ i5 Unibody Upgrades

I’ve finally purchased a MacBook Pro, and things are going pretty well. Most of my work these days involves using servers for heavy lifting, but I still use Windows 7 from time to time, and Lightroom 3 almost all the time. Unfortunately, Lightroom 3’s catalog is essentially a database of photos, and the more you […]

Windows Home Server in VMware Fusion 3

I set off on a quest to get the home backup / media server / remote access solution Windows Home Server with Power Pack 3 running inside of VMware Fusion 3 running on top of Apple OSX Snow Leopard (10.6).

Novell to Acquire Platespin for 205M

More purchases and conglomeration on the way this year. The buzz at VMworld Europe, before it has even started, is that Novell is to purchase Canadian data center management software company Platespin. Novell has now posted the news on their site, and many are scrambling to figure out where this will lead them as the […]

The 10 Best VMware Virtual Appliances

As suggested in the comments, I’ve updated this post here: http://blandname.com/2012/04/09/top-10-virtual-appliances-revisited/ Daniel and Bitnami have quite a few of these already published, which is pretty cool!  This list is subjective, and you’ve been warned! All of these virtual appliances have been tested with ESX server, and may have issues elsewhere. For appliances that needed it, I […]

Learning VMware ESX 3.5 on the Cheap

Lately I’ve been scouring the web for used gear because there seems to be an influx of incredibly powerful stuff at amazing prices. This all came about with me wanting to learn ESX 3.5 and how to build profitable online business, and needing the hardware as well as the network to run a feasible set […]

VMware Importer Now Supports VirtualPC 2007!

The VMware Fusion team recently announced that the new beta version of VMware Converter (beta 2) will allow importing of Virtual PC 2007 based virtual machines, as well as Parallels Desktop 2.5 and Parallels 3.0 based virtual machines. This means that you can now easily convert old virtual machines that you might have running on […]

VMware: Workstation, ACE, Player, Server releases

From the VMware blog: “Workstation 6.0.1, ACE 2.0.1, and Player 2.0.1 have all been released. These updates address security issues, introduce new functionality, and broaden guest OS support, including experimental support for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Server 2008 (code name Longhorn).In addition, Workstation 5.5.5, ACE 1.0.4, Player 1.0.5, and Server 1.0.4 have also been released. […]

VMware Releases VI3 Perl Toolkit Virtual Machine

Recent stock market darling VMware has just released a Perl toolkit for it’s Virtual Infrastructure virtualisation product, as well as a Perl toolkit virtual machine that you can download for free to play around with. VMware describes the toolkit as “an easy-to-use Perl scripting interface to the VMware Infrastructure API (VI API). Administrators and developers […]

Citrix to Announce XenSource Purchase

The Register is reporting that Citrix will be letting everyone know tomorrow that it plans to acquire XenSource tomorrow. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as we know Citrix has been looking long and hard at a virtualization platform. While this seems to be a very good move on behalf of Citrix, it […]