VMWare ESXi - Decreasingly Free As Time Goes On

Date July 3, 2009

Hey, what do you say we throw some actual content up here and see what happens... The excellent virtualization blog RTFM Education has a post today talking about VMware ESXi. Specifically that as time continues, fewer and fewer features work with it. The case in point started with the remote command line interface being changed […]

Fun with VMware ESXi

Date June 30, 2009

Day one of playing with bare metal hypervisors, and I'm already having a blast. I decided to try ESXi first, since it was the closest relative to what I'm running right now. Straight out of the box, I run into my first error. I'm installing on a Dell Poweredge 1950 server. The CD boots into […]

What to look for in virtualization?

Date April 7, 2009

If you're not using virtualization yet, you probably have no idea where to even start looking. You hear about platforms, you're inundated by ads and news coverage and it's everywhere, even though it's ephemeral. No one seems to be answering basic questions, everyone assumes that you've got a virtualization infrastructure or you're getting one, and […]

Link: Introduction to Xen Virtualization

Date February 14, 2009

I've played around with VMware for years. Not on servers, but on my desktop. I was really familiar with the way it worked when I found VirtualBox, which became my desktop emulator of choice. They both worked in very similar ways, where they would completely emulate an entire machine. Then Xen came out, and I […]

Software patching is the other benefit of virtualization

Date February 4, 2009

Many thanks to Philip Sellers for this blog entry! Our sys admin group seems to be constantly grappling with software patches. We feel constantly behind and reactive to new patches and firmwares that are released and it's a never ending cycle. Since I joined the company a little over 2 and half years ago, I've […]

(Really) Small Office Environments

Date February 2, 2009

Many thanks to Jeff Hengesbach for this blog entry! There are a lot of very small businesses. I'm thinking about 20-30 or fewer people, and likely only 1 or maybe 2 servers. There are a few reason this interests me. First, in the past I've done 'side' work in a few of these environments. And […]