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daily link  Friday, May 20, 2005


When disaster strikes VMware: From IBM.  "This article gives you some guidance for system failures, including where to look and how to interpret the problems, and offers some answers on fixes, all within the VMware ESX framework. .. To aid in troubleshooting, you can categorize problems when a VMware ESX server fails in several ways, depending on the failure. The most common method is to split the categories into a four-way matrix with server and virtual machine problems on one axis and network and storage on the other axis. .."  8:31:13 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, May 16, 2005


Microsoft Virtual Server Deployment Manager 1.3.0 (VSDM): "The Virtual Server Deployment Manager provides a streamlined way to manage and deploy Virtual Machines. Using this tool, regular users (not just administrators) will be able to create and manage their own machines, without impacting other users' machines... Based on the concept of templates, VSDM manages the virtual library (templates and ISO images) in a simple and productive way. A "must have" tool for Virtual Server customers that manage large number of machines or need to frequently recreate images based on a master image (template). .. This tool does not have PSS support. It is provided AS IS." 

Available for download.  More info: "The original Virtual Server administration is very powerful, yet very complex to use. Along with all the power it provides, it is complicated to manage to a regular user (not acquainted with administration processes) and therefore suitable to mistakes. One of the most critical mistakes this infra-structure provides support to avoid is when a user inadvertently modifies or damages other userís machines..  The system also includes a client-side system service which runs inside the Virtual Machine. It is used to pass information from VSDM to the Virtual Machine and perform maintenance tasks, like renaming the machine. This a very important task because if you create Virtual Machines based from some image and they startup, Windows network will crash because another name already exists on the network. The VSDM Client prevents that by keeping the virtual machine name in sync with the VSDM database, avoiding network name collisions"

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daily link  Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Joel Spolsky likes VMware, and has for a long time.  Here he gives an example of how to test installation code with it.  8:55:39 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, May 02, 2005


VMware Sales Double: "growth was driven by new license sales, which accounted for 80 percent of its sales in the quarter, about $64 million.. VMware has an installed based of about 3 million seats for its Workstation products, and has about 10,000 customers for its server products"

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