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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc. VMware and other Virtualization tools How many ways can VMware be useful? The list is endless?
Thinking of a Remote Computing Solution based on Citrix/VDI/BladePC’s? Make sure your Network is up to the task, or you might have curious issues?
Recently I found myself at a school down near Melbourne carrying out what should have been a relatively simple PoC (Proof of Concept) of 20 x BC2500 BladePC’s in an Enclosure with some T5730 Thin Clients, and initially all went pretty well and then I found that I had some issues with the SAM Registration service….. from the BladePC’s not communicating very well (or at all) with the SAM Server BTW – SAM = HP’s Broker, Session Allocation Manager So then I was thinking through some ideas about what ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 10:11 PM

Waiting for Windows 7? Want to see what it's like? Here's how to test it yourself.
So anyway, I figured that with the stories getting around regarding the recent PDC that there would be Virtual Machines of Windows 7 being handed out on the portable Hard drives that it wouldn't take long for them to appear on Torrent sites etc... And so it would appear ;-) Download 64-bit Windows 7 6801 Pre-Beta ISO (Microsoft.Windows.7.64Bit.... Torrent) So I started looking around to see how easy this might be to crank up under the old trusty VMware Workstation 6 (I really have ......

Posted On Saturday, November 29, 2008 3:51 PM

Race around the World in your own Yacht - Virtually ;-)
So it's been quite some while since I last did a post of any kind as I was away from Aust. sailing and sampling the hospitality in the British Virgin Islands thanks to my brother (thanks Martin), and then on to New York City, and finally London and Guilford (thanks to Lou and David) before making it back home. Incidentally just before leaving for this trip the Volvo Ocean Race set off - and if you'd like to navigate your own 70 footer around the world and compete then get on to http://www.volvooceanracega... ......

Posted On Saturday, November 29, 2008 3:30 PM

Ask the Core Team : 10 commonly asked questions or issues seen during Hyper-V beta
Given that Hyper-V has now just been released as RTM it’s likely that more people are looking at the product and quite possibly for the first time so this sort of information might be very useful? 10 commonly asked questions or issues seen during Hyper-V beta With the RTM release of Hyper-V just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to re-visit some of the top things we have seen customers encounter when installing and configuring Hyper-V for the first time and give pointers to resources ......

Posted On Saturday, June 28, 2008 12:50 PM

Released: Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 now RTM and available for download
So this mornings news from Alessandro is the release of Hyper-V - Download a trial here. I have also included at the bottom of this post a number of links that Justin Zarb helped collate regarding where to find all kinds of info relating to Hyper-V Release: Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 Thursday, June 26, 2008 | 0 Comments | After over three years of development (the product was originally announced at WinHEC 2005 conference) Microsoft finally releases today its first bare-metal virtualization platform: ......

Posted On Friday, June 27, 2008 7:05 AM

Login Consultants benchmarking tool to compare VDI vs. SBC?
My only disappointment is that we are currently in the middle of moving our current Solutions Centre from one Office location to the other so it'll be some while before I get a chance to test this. It certainly looks quite impressive and it does have some lofty aims, but from a brief look through as well as their well deserved reputation based on Flex Profiles I'm sure this will stand up to it's promises. Test Scenario’s With login VSI you can compare many different scenarios: • VDI vs. SBC • VMware, ......

Posted On Monday, May 12, 2008 10:31 PM

Thinstall to be reborn as ThinApp under VMware's new management?
So along with Alessandro I'm curious as to why the name ThinApp has been chosen as it does have more than a passing resemblance to Citrix's new XenApp? I wonder if this is any indication of the coming marketing campaigns in the push for customers attention in the Desktop Virtualization market? ;-) VMware ThinApp is the final name for Thinstall technology In January 2008 VMware, a hardware virtualization company, acquired an application virtualization startup called Thinstall. The plan is to use the ......

Posted On Monday, May 12, 2008 5:45 PM

UPDATE - Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) as Guest on VMWare - this is now Possible!! - details here

<Ahem!> It would appear that this is not contingent on VMWare 5.5 after all........   ;-)

Posted On Thursday, December 8, 2005 11:08 AM

Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) and Advanced Access Control (AAC) 4.2 has now been formally released
Just a short note that Citrix has actually finally released the 4.2 version Firmware for the device and the AAC components. So far I have been unable to confirm where the WI 4.2 image is, but I guess that's not quite as important? Update:The Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) and Advanced Access Control (AAC) 4.2 is available from MyCitrix under the Licensing > Channel Licensing > Download Software - whereas the WI 4.2 image is available from Downloads > Web Interface > 4.2 I am currently doing ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 8:11 AM

Future vision of VDI? What if the Hypervisor was cheaper and flexible enough to run on BladePC's/BladeWS's - could vMotion/XenMotion then switch on demand?
I am sure this is not really what VMware had in mind when they were touting VMware OnDemand? I'm guessing they had more of an idea that it would combine some of the benefits of ACE with ESX? ;-) I have just got back from some training in Houston and while listening to a question from a colleague from the UK where he asked if "VDI was going to be able to use the full suite of Hypervisor functionality like vMotion..." and that got me thinking... Some of the Conventional Wisdom around the place holds ......

Posted On Monday, April 28, 2008 3:58 AM

SoftGrid Visio Stencils
Justin Zarb has a blog linked below that comes up with some very useful bits of info relating to SoftGrid, these Visio Stencils just happen to represent the "eye candy" ;-) , there is loads more and this is an extremely usefully resource if you're quite involved in SoftGrid Sequencing? SoftGrid Visio Stencils It must have been at least 3/4 months ago I came across these stencils and I said than I would blog about them..... well as you can tell I never did! ubba cool stencils for visio when your designing ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:53 PM

"Hi, I'm a VMware Server" video parody of the "Hi, I'm a Mac" adverts
Almost getting a little lame with the "I'm a Mac" spoofs, but very nicely done Hi, I'm a VMware Server OK, the "Hi, I'm a Mac" parodies are reaching their 'sell by' date, but this one is amusing. Not part of the video contest and I have no idea who did it ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 5, 2007 4:18 PM

Will Altiris ever be more than a subsidiary?
It is something of a shame that Symantec is not making the best of this acquisition, especially when you consider the amount of change and hype in the Virtualization space over the last 14 months since Symantec announced the purchase? I made the comment only a few weeks ago (Thinstall quick out of the blocks) that it was quite gratifying to see good technology not sitting by the sidelines waiting for the politics and marketing to settle before it can again back on with getting the work done - but ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:47 PM

Dell to give VMware ESX Server 3i for free?
Talk about the cat among the pigeons? I was certainly aware that MS's 2008 was to have Hyper-V included at a minimal cost of USD$28 but that is not due for another 5 months or so, and it was always expected that the pricepoint would come down to meet MS but this is quite early I would have thought? As Alessandro points out - this will cause some serious pain in the Sales Channel, this is where Citrix had a big jump on VMware and as far as I am aware VMware was getting very serious about trying to ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 2:32 PM

Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) as Guest on VMWare - this is now Possible!! - details here
One of the problems with anything that is contingent on specific Hardware is that it is quite difficult to test or carry out any diagnosis but it now looks possible with the advent of VMWare 5.5 it is now possible to mimic intel NIC's and as such it might actually be possible to replicate a CAG on VMWare 5.5. Check out the discussion here at VMWare **Caveat** This is on VMWare 5.5!In essence this is quite simple - as reported in the VMWare VMTN Discussion Forums by Petje, all that is needed is to ......

Posted On Monday, December 5, 2005 1:12 PM

What is a Long Tail economy? and How Consultants *CAN* get their own Magic Wand
First of all, sorry for the length of this - and I'll understand if you can't be bothered? but at least go and check out the blog at Sightlines Consulting please? You know how it is with us self confessed Geeks? You start searching or researching for a particular answer or information and then the power of the HyperLink takes over and before you know it you are in another Metaverse all together, looking around for the breadcrumbs or the piece of string to guide you back to the path? So it was with ......

Posted On Thursday, December 1, 2005 9:31 PM

Thinstall quick out of the blocks?
It's good to see quality products don't always have to languish in no-man's land following an acquisition? Hopefully they haven't lost too much steam and can maintain their enthusiasm? It now just remains to see how VMware integrates this component in to the bigger picture? VMware Project North Star Beta (Thinstall) (for Windows Systems) Latest Version: Beta | 3/05/08 | Build 3.350 What's Coming Upcoming enhancements in the VMware Project North Star release: Expand the production services and product ......

Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 3:04 PM

Live Demos of VDM2 from VMware and XenDesktop from Citrix
In some cases the regular methods of "Going to Market" with a new product is fraught with pitfalls as it is conceived by Marketing and/or Product managers who then seem to loose sight of what the Customer is actually after - I've always thought it better to get the product and solution in front of the customer as quickly as possible and let them make up their mind and give feedback? In all fairness, with some of the larger Vendor's there is so much red tape and bureaucracy this makes it nigh on impossible ......

Posted On Saturday, February 9, 2008 2:41 PM

Hyper-V on Win2008 RTM - VMM service fails to start? You must install 2008 using 'English (United States)'
So as I'm going to be attempting this in the next few weeks it is interesting to note that this would appear to still be an issue with the RTM of 2008 as the Hyper-V is still in beta. Another note mentioned that you don't actually reinstall: You don't really need to reinstall anything. You only have to reset System & Default User regional settings to original (default EN-US) settings and then reboot the server. Ciao, Alessandro Still, worth keeping mind if you are after the Hyper-V service? ;-) ......

Posted On Saturday, February 9, 2008 1:59 PM

Why VDI might have an up-hill battle to win the hearts and minds of CIO's?
A very comprehensive rundown (from Massimo) of the potential issues being faced by anyone trying to implement a VDI solution? I certainly agree with Massimo on a number of points, just as it's quite easy to move from physical to virtual on the Server side this almost sets the customers expectations that it's just as easy to do the same for the Desktop, and this is where things are sometimes getting undone? Why Desktop Virtualization is not as easy as Server Virtualization In the last few months I ......

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2008 12:57 PM

Production Servers now at 95% Virtualization
I found this article today at CIO via an Article at Doug Browns site www.dabcc.com and thought it too good to just post the quote. This is exactly why Virtualization is shaking up the IT market so much - it has the capacity to drastically change the way you think about "Flexibility" and "Agility". Being able to provision on the fly in 30 minutes or so doesn't hurt either - and it's this very reason that makes concepts like VDI seem so very attractive. Virtualization at Warp Speed: How One Company ......

Posted On Monday, December 17, 2007 11:10 AM

Cold Shower for VMware? or just a dose of reality instead of virtual ;-)
So it looks like the gloss is coming off the VMware IPO? now that we are back down to the $70 mark I wonder how many people will stop and remember that this was an IPO of only $29? Let's be honest here, regardless of the hype surrounding the stock and the IPO, most companies and advisors do not normally release a stock for IPO and price it at 30% or 50% of value? It was priced at $29 for a reason and now we are starting to come back to that. If anything I feel sorry for those that are not intimately ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 8:29 AM

Considering migrating or upgrading to Server 2008? here's some points to help get you started in the right direction...
Judging by my limited experiences with Vista the "security" sounds like it might be a case of how much security you need to turn off until your Server actually communicates with the other devices and runs the Applications correctly? Other than that I'm looking forward to seeing just how much can be accomplished with Power Shell, it's certainly got my Brother excited ;-) 10 things to consider when making a Windows Server 2008 upgrade decision Windows Server 2008 is expected to officially launch in ......

Posted On Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:10 PM

A Virtual Web Server from your Phone/PDA?
So based on two recent announcements it might actually be possible shortly to host your Virtual Web Server from your PDA? Seriously, it might not be possible today - but don't bet against it being real in the next year or so? Turn your phone into a file and web server When you want to connect to your Windows Mobile phone you've got a few options. You can either use ActiveSync via the supplied cable or you can remotely connect over the WiFi with applications like Pocket Controller. Now there's another ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 14, 2007 10:08 PM

Is Quest quietly building a comprehensive IT Infrastructure Management Suite?
So it's worth considering what this news might mean in it's wider context? As Alessandro quite rightly points out, Quest is almost in stealth mode with regards to it's Virtualization plays, it is much more widely known for it's AD Admin tools, etc. - not Virtualization? When you have a look through the Products and Solutions offered by Quest the main reoccurring theme would appear to be "Management" and the tools to assist Admin's in Management of the various IT Systems. Provision was effectively ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 9:37 PM

A Hypervisor for the masses? $28 a pop on OEM? "You can't be serious!!"
from virtualization.info: Well this clearly looks like it is vindicating some of the comments from Brian Madden's site that Hypervisors will become a commodity, and what will clearly differentiate will be the Management Tools for Virtual Machines. Microsoft Hyper-V is the final name for codename Viridian Monday, November 12, 2007 | 0 Comments With an unexpected announce Microsoft opens TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcellona revealing that final name for codename Virdian will be Hyper-V. Tentative name ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 10:28 AM

From virtualization.info: Oracle announces its own (Xen-based) hypervisor??
So What is going on here? now everyone is getting on the Virtual Bandwagon? I also find it interesting to note that VMware's share price has recently gone off the boil and is now down from around $110 less than a week ago to as low as $76?? and this was after the news from Oracle was announced. Oracle announces its own (Xen-based) hypervisor, breaks VMware idyll Monday, November 12, 2007 | 0 Comments By surprise Oracle today announces its own hypervisor based on Xen: Oracle VM. The new product includes ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:45 AM

Oracle refuses to accept the idea of Virtual Servers?
It would appear that Martin is getting a hard time from the Oracle regarding the Licensing element. Is this just me, or does this seem like Oracle is sticking their head in the sand? I find it incredibly hard to understand that in the latter part of 2007 Oracle finds it difficult to accept or accommodate the concept of Virtualization. Oracle licensing: not OK We have received word on our Oracle licensing problem. Unfortunately the word from Oracle HQ in The States was not good. They still will not ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:29 AM

MS Beta Solution Accelerators for Softgrid and Viridian
I'm afraid I haven't had time to actually download the docs and read them through as there are other things I need to get done before heading over to Vegas for Citrix's Application Delivery Expo next week. But it would appear that the Guide for Softgrid has come at a very opportune time as I've been contacted a couple of times now in the last few weeks by recruiters looking for people here in Australia with experience in Softgrid, in fact a few weeks ago I was contacted by a recruiting firm in Hong ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 17, 2007 3:30 PM

Change of location
Hi All, I have been posting both at this site as well as at my new blogging home of www.techagility.info for a few weeks now, and although I still have some tweaking to do on the graphics side of things, it's time to open the doors for all. I will probably still drop the odd post this way, but essentially all is now going to the new site. So the home page is at www.techagility.info and if you are after the feed then you can find it at www.techagility.info/feed See you there? ;-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 9, 2007 9:08 AM

Pricing for ESX Server 3i (stand alone) to be less than $500?
So Allessandro is certainly well connected in the Virtualization space and as XenSource will be clearly getting some serious airtime in just over 2 weeks time at the newly re-badged iForum (oops, Application Delivery Expo) hosted by Citrix then I'm sure that VMware will be trying to make sure that it has some choice announcements just before and even during the last week of October. Note to self - must be less cynical ;-) For those who will be attending iForum 2007 in Las Vegas, please drop me a ......

Posted On Thursday, October 4, 2007 8:28 AM

8 vCPU's for Server 2003 in Virtual Machine under Viridian?
Alessandro is at it again, keep checking his site for all news Virtual? Microsoft opens Viridian technical preview to general public By Alessandro Perilli Just a couple of weeks after releasing Windows Server 2008 RC0 to TAP customers, Microsoft is ready to open the new build to general public. Since it includes a technical preview of upcoming Windows Server Virtualization (codename Viridian), this is the first time the new Microsoft hypervisor reaches such a wide audience. Viridian adopts is a true ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 3:34 PM

Leostream Announces Version 5.x of Connection Broker
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 09/10/07 -- VM World Conference -- At the VM World Conference running this week, Leostream Corp., a leading provider of Virtual Hosted Desktop software and physical-to-virtual conversion tools, today announced version 5 of its Connection Broker for the management of access to hosted desktops running in virtual machines. The Leostream Connection Broker dynamically assigns users to Hosted Desktops whether running on physical or virtual machines. "Leostream has been building Connection ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 3:24 PM

Any chance of an independent ROI Calculator for VDI and Virtual Desktops?
Now this is quite interesting because up until now most of the news and information (dare I say Hype?) has been based around the benefits of flexibility and high availability (like VMotion, etc.) but we are now starting to see enough real world examples of Server and Desktop Virtualization that we can have broad benchmarks or rule-of-thumb guidelines that are indicative of the savings that can be gained even at the design stage when details of the intended environment are almost non-existent? Although ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 8:47 AM

The news VMware would have liked to release at VMworld? Plans of a 10,000 Server migration to virtual.
As Stephen Hilton from Credit Suisse puts it "You can't be a box-hugger any more", although it's interesting to note that they expect to be only just past the half way point by the end of 2009? Perhaps they should consider looking at Power Recon? I'm sure that they have, and it will certainly make very interesting reading when the Whitepapers start emerging as a consequence of this project... What has always been a challenge in any large IT Department (and they don't come much bigger than with the ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 26, 2007 7:37 PM

Confirmation of Viridian now available via 2008 CTP
Microsoft opens Viridian technical preview to general public By Alessandro Perilli After revealing that codename Viridian beta 1 will be included in Windows Server 2008 RTM, set for February 28, Microsoft published a 10-minutes demo of the technical preview included in Window Server 2008 RC0. It's the first time Microsoft shows Viridian to a broad audience since first demo presented at WinHEC 2006. The video shows Viridian integration in a full version of Windows, a scenario which Microsoft didn't ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 11:03 PM

Download Server 2008 and get your first look at Viridian?
After a wet and wild weekend camping Dugie pulls out all the stops again... Thanks Dugie, I wasn't aware I needed to install the 64bit version to make it work? URLs for Windows 2008 RC0 and WSv WSS, Virtualization September 25th, 2007 If you want to download Windows 2008 RC0 with the Windows Server virtualization preview, the URLs are below: Windows Server 2008 RC0 Enterprise - 2.6 Gb Windows Server 2008 RC0 Datacenter - 2.6 Gb Remember to grab the 64 bit version (6001.16659.070916-1443_amd... ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 7:14 PM

Microsoft's Viridian at 1Mb to be significantly smaller than VMware's ESX 3i hypervisor at 32Mb?
I was checking some other news over at ChannelRegister and found this interesting little snippet. I'm sure the Microsoft marketing will make a lot more of this than it's worth? ;-) Microsoft counters VMware insanity with optimistic frown I'm pretty sure that this is part of the reason VMware has pushed so hard with ESX Server 3i - a 32MB version of its flagship product that can and will be embedded into the flash memory of servers. Dell, IBM, HP, Fujitsu and others have lined up to include ESX 3i ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 11:17 AM

ClearType Bandwidth can increase bandwidth requirments for RDP sessions by up to 600%?
In a post by Helge Klein at IT from inside he has done sometesting regarding the impact of utilising ClearType across RDP connections and the upshot of it is that this has the potential to increase your bandwidth usage by 300% or if using 32bit colour this can be as high as 600%. Your mileage may vary- best to test extensively before you turn this on? This is based on server 2008 CTP, June 2007 so this may improve before the official release? colour - for my US readers this is how it is spelt in ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 9:50 AM

Reality Check for VMware's Stock price on P/E ratio of 231?
Welcome to the cold shower? Still, it will be very interesting how this space shapes up? Deeper look at VMWare's results spooks investors Posted by: Aaron Pressman on September 18 When software hotshot and EMC (Symbol: EMC) spin-off VMWare (VMW) went public last month at $29, demand from investors was feverish and the shares shot up 76% on their first day of trading. Since then, they’ve gained even more, peaking at $82.75 in intraday trading last week. VMWare’s final IPO filing with the Securities ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 6:29 AM

Has VMware now settled on the killer VDI Broker?
So from Allessandro's Virtualization.info he has some other interesting news... But what is very interesting to note is his final comment It's interesting to note that another Dunes product, the one addressing VDI scenarios called VD-O, seems disappeared immediately after acquisition announcement. Because not only has VD-O disappeared from their website, if you use Dunes search tool you will only find reference to it in general apart from this entry: VD-O 1.0 Demonstration (Products/Theater) Right-click ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 6:09 AM

September has been a very busy month so far for Virtualization, and it's only half way through?
There has been so much going on in the Virtualization space that it's worth reviewing some of the announcements that has predominately been broken at Alessandro's Virtualization.info Microsoft to distribute Viridian beta 1 with Windows Server 2008 RTM Microsoft and Citrix will leverage future products on VHD format Microsoft partners with Sun to improve hypervisors interoperability Virtualization leaders and OEMs start working on common virtual machines format VMware distributes VMware Tools as open ......

Posted On Monday, September 17, 2007 11:58 AM

Viridian Hypervisor might be running late - but we could see it sooner rather than later?
So this is a very interesting bit of news almost on the eve of the VMworl Conference in SF? Microsoft releases Viridian hypervisor along with Windows Server 2008 RC0 Few hours ago WinBeta broke the news Microsoft just released Windows Server 2008 RC0 to TAP customers. Now virtualization.info has learned from trusted sources that this new version contains first preview version of new Microsoft hypervisor Windows Server Virtualization (WSV), codename Viridian. As expected the hypervisor comes as a ......

Posted On Sunday, September 9, 2007 1:21 AM

Review of VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) utilities
Daniel Petri has always been coming up with some very useful info, and in this post he covers Backup tools for your virtual environment 3 VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) utilities you should know In our previous article, "What you need to know about VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB)", we provided an overview of how VCB can help you. In this article, we will explore the command line utilities provided with VCB. There is no GUI interface for VCB so these tools are THE tools that you get with VCB. Because ......

Posted On Thursday, September 6, 2007 3:53 PM

HP BladeSystem c3000 for SMB's
Something very interesting came across the desk today that looks very neat for the SMB space HP challenges Dell in the SME market Colin Barker ZDNet.co.uk After Michael Dell on Monday launched his company's first storage system targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises, HP responded with a system of its own on Wednesday. Both systems are low-cost. The Dell system is priced at £5,497, while the HP BladeSystem c3000 (pictured, left) costs just under £5,000. But there was a difference between the ......

Posted On Friday, September 14, 2007 2:54 PM

From the New York Times - For Networks, Thin Is In - an article highlighting Neoware's M100
From the New York Times..... an article highlighting Neoware's M100 BTW Neoware has already announced an upcoming release of the next generation release being an M2000 that will be using an Intel CPU and contain a DVD/CD drive ;-) By STEVE LOHR IN the world of information technology, the future often arrives as predicted but rarely on time. The big things that ignite new markets and change people’s behavior, like the personal computer and the Internet, are actually collections of related technologies ......

Posted On Thursday, September 13, 2007 5:57 AM

New OPEN Format for Portable Virtual Machines? HP, Dell, Microsoft, VMware and XenSource all co-operating apparently
Thanks to Dugie for the heads up on this announcement, could this be right? everyone is going to co-operate? WOW DMTF Accepts New Format for Portable Virtual Machines from Virtualization Leaders New specification created by Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, XenSource aims to become an industry standard; will help ensure portability, integrity and automated installation/configuration of virtual machines PORTLAND, ORE. September 10, 2007 The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF®) today announced ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 11, 2007 10:25 PM

Even before VMworld kicks off Citrix is starting to look like it has a mountain to climb?
I'm starting to wonder what is left for VMware to announce at VMworld? RSA integration, Cheaper pricing for SMB's and now news that VMware has acquired Dunes as well.... Earlier I noticed Citrix and XenSources road to market just got steeper - VMware's price bubble coming under threat? where VMware was making the entry point for SMB's a whole lot cheaper: VMware to slash VI3 price for SMBs virtualization.info has learned VMware is about to drastically reduce VMware Infrastructure 3 (aka ESX Server ......

Posted On Sunday, September 9, 2007 5:01 PM

Pano Logic's idea of a thin client? Perhaps with a better pricing model it might stand a chance?
Well I must admit it sounds great, but by using PCI-over-IP does have it's disadvantages, like Video and Audio which are both mandatory these days on business client devices. The current model that both Citrix and VMware (they do agree on something? ;-) use is to have Video be streamed natively to the client device and then use locally installed codec's to reassemble and display the video stream. If you have no CPU or Memory then this will have to be done back at the server - then streamed in uncompressed ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:49 AM

Citrix and XenSources road to market just got steeper - VMware's price bubble coming under threat?
Very interesting news, especially when you consider this is coming out just a week prior to the VMworld event in SanFrancisco? Surely this news might have been worthy of being released then? So why the rush? Does this actually indicate that VMware is concerned about competion? I wonder how VMware's stock price is going? It was also interesting to note that as much as Citrix have been very lacklustre about announcing any particular roadmap of how they are going to integrate Ardence in to their offerings, ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:22 AM

Can you run Citrix Presentation Servers as Virtual Servers on VMware ESX?
Yes you can, but would you want to? This has come up again with an excellent post from Rene Vester at BrianMadden A short guide to virtualizing Presentation and Terminal servers on VMware ESX 3 The main point about this is that it has always been a criteria of selecting suitable Guest systems to be hosted on ESX that they are relatively lightly loaded - otherwise what is the point of Virtualizing a Server - if you can't make some gains by way of consolidation then you are simply adding another layer ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:08 AM

Wyse making deals with VMware? could this have other implications?
This just in from Alessandro, but of particular note and possibly concern for me is the following: Inclusion of Wyse multimedia redirection engine ESX Server 3.5 VMware Tools will include a DLL provided by Wyse to simplify delivery of multimedia contents when VMware Infrastructure 3.5 is used as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in conjunction with Wyse thin clients. The last feature is particularly important: VMware is preparing to release its own connection broker after silent Propero acquisition, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 28, 2007 9:58 AM

VMware Infrastructure 3.1 renamed 3.5, hits beta 2
Hot off the press from Alessandro, I thought there were so many new features being added that this really deserved more than 3.1, so we'll see how it's received? VMware Infrastructure 3.1 renamed 3.5, hits beta 2 By Alessandro Perilli Initially planning to release it as ESX Server 3.1 and VirtualCenter 2.1, VMware changed its mind and relabeled it as ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5, aka Virtual Infrastructure 3.5. The change is well justified by impressive amount of features it sports, which ......

Posted On Friday, August 24, 2007 10:29 AM

All the VMware Tools under one roof
Courtesy of the VMBlogs... If you think there is something that Eric has missed then drop him a line? Great new site from Eric Sloof (soon to be appearing on the right-hand blogroll as soon as I get a moment), vm4all.com. The tagline is "The VMware Tools Repository," and it lists both freeware and commercial utilities you can use with VMware Infrastructure. It has an RSS feed so you can keep up with changes and additions. There are 38 entries so far, with the latest being freeware from Massimiliano ......

Posted On Friday, August 24, 2007 9:39 AM

Supposedly Citrix will detail Xen project destiny within 45/60 days?
I personally don't think that Citrix can/will meet this self imposed deadline, but good on them if they can? Citrix will detail Xen project destiny within 45/60 days By Alessandro Perilli InformationWeek published a brief but interesting interview with Citrix Corporate Vice President of WorldWide Marketing, Wes Wassom, and XenSource CEO, Peter Levine, obviously about recent acquisition. A couple of answers are exposing crucial details to figure out Xen future developments: How many of the hypervisor ......

Posted On Thursday, August 23, 2007 7:21 AM

Sample chapters of VI3 Advanced Technical Design Guide are available
If you are interested in keeping abreast of all things in the Virtualization space you should make sure you check out Alessandro's blog on a regular basis. Sample chapters of VI3 Advanced Technical Design Guide are available By Alessandro Perilli In the last two years the most popular virtualization book has been for sure VMware ESX Server: Advanced Technical Design Guide, written by two exceptional authors: Ron Oglesby, CTO at RapidApp (now acquired by Glasshouse), and Scott Herold, former Director ......

Posted On Thursday, August 23, 2007 7:19 AM

Redmond to spoil Citrix's XenSource buy? I don't think so.
One thing is for sure, if Microsoft were to buy/offer XenSource $1b and trump Citrix - then I think we would be able to safely say "the bubble has burst" on Tech Stocks again.... Having said that, this <cough> reporter from TheDeal then goes on to compare Microsofts Virtualization efforts to Google's acquisition of Green Border for the browser virtualization technologies - so on that little insight I'm not going to be worrying too much if I was Citrix. But in fairness, there is a very good ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 1:34 PM

From The Australian: Automation key to HP next-gen strategy + Keeping virtual server sprawl in check
So I was reading these two articles in todays IT Section and it started me thinking about the fact that I hadn't really looked through Opsware's web site to see what it did, and then it started to dawn on me that not only is Opsware looking really good, it also looks like a shift for HP in that this does a lot of the tasks that are currently done by Altiris Deployment Manager (OEM'd by HP as the Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP)). It can build from bare metal, offers Config Management, Patching, Compliance, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 1:14 PM

Citrix buys XenSource: what will Microsoft and VMware do now?
More comment on the Citrix acquisition of XenSource.... Citrix buys XenSource: what next?And what will Microsoft and VMware do now? By Manek Dubash, Techworld Last time we wrote about virtualisation -- only just over a month ago -- we said: "the virtualisation market is in a bit of turmoil at the moment, shaken up by the prospect of billions of dollars of revenue." How prophetic those words have proven to be, albeit not in the manner we expected. Market gorilla VMware now has a rival. But what does ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 12:41 PM

MS Virtual Server R2 ‘Cookbooks’ released
Courtesy of Dugie at Dugie’s Pensieve Virtual Server R2 ‘Cookbooks’ released Virtualization August 20th, 2007 Microsoft have released “5 Cookbooks” for Virtual Server R2. Cookbooks are a step-by-step guide (with screen shots) on how to “make and bake” a solution. Thanks to Matt McSpirit for the early heads up! Each of the cookbooks are about ~100 pages in length and you can download them directly below: Hosted Backup.pdf - data backup and recovery to customers as a hosted solution with Virtual Server ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 10:14 AM

XenSource acquisition Q&A with Simon Crosby and Wes Wasson
This Q&A from Alessandro is quite interesting from my point of view, but more importantly for this quote from Wes Wasson: XenSource does not get any revenue from the underlying hypervisor, nor will Citrix. Our revenue will come from adding a compelling set of application delivery value propositions on top of the hypervisor, whether it is Xen or Viridian. The more successful Viridian is, the more opportunity Citrix will have to sell value-added application delivery offerings on top of this platform, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 8:38 AM

This is too good not to share - Ubuntu Linux Validates As Genuine Windows!!! WTF!! ;-))
Ubuntu Linux Validates As Genuine Windows By sumeethevans@bink.nu on Windows (general) "Another crack in the Windows Genuine Advantage wall. A user at UbuntuForums.org managed to validate an Ubuntu installation as a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows and get to the download page of Windows Defender, using IE4Linux and Wine. (Here is an OGG video of the process.) Along with the advancement of LiveCD technology, this could spell the end of Microsoft's control over who gets their updates." ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:19 PM

Crazy August for Virtuals? - KVM being ported to Windows and FreeBSD + VMware acquires Determina
So is it a crazy month for Virtualization or what? News in from Alessandro regarding KVM being possibly ported to Windows? and VMware quietly slipping in the news that it is serious about adding Security to the Virtualization Layer? KVM being ported to Windows and FreeBSD After XenSource acquisition by Citrix, another breaking news is going to shake virtualization industry: young virtualization platform KVM, already included in Linux kernel, is being ported on Windows. At the moment there are no ......

Posted On Monday, August 20, 2007 11:46 AM

Roundup of news regarding Citrix & XenSource deal plus quotes from Mark Templeton
So there has been all sorts of news coming out regarding Citrix's purchase of XenSource, including the following articles below But what has been really interesting to read this morning is that apparently Novell were wooing XenSource about 9 months ago according to Allessandro's post Novell wanted to acquire XenSource 9 months ago, but so far the two best that do put it all in perspective are: The Truth Behind The Citrix XenSource Deal? from Michel at Thincomputing.net With XenSource, Citrix Sees ......

Posted On Monday, August 20, 2007 9:35 AM

So let the battle commence, VMware and Citrix are now going to be lining up toe to toe?
Leeeeeettttsss get ready to Rumble...... It seems the gloves are off and we could be looking at a cage match here if this early shot from VMware is anything to go by? From Alessandro - VMware heavily attacks Citrix/XenSource through its partner channel Apparently VMware is in hurry to clarify its channel how much better its technology is compared to new Citrix/Xensource platform. And do this without kind words. virtualization.info has received a letter addressed to VMware partners just one day after ......

Posted On Saturday, August 18, 2007 8:11 AM

So what is Viridian? - Some perspective on the ‘thickness’ of Windows Virtualization
Thanks to Dugie, this is starting to lift the veil a little on what it might look like? ;-) BTW he also has a nice link to a slide deck from WinHEC regarding this Some perspective on the ‘thickness’ of Windows Virtualization Virtualization August 17th, 2007 I wanted to blog some more on recent chats I had at TechEd, particularly with some confusion with Windows Server Virtualization (aka Viridian). There was a common misconception that Microsoft Virtualization was “very fat“. So in an attempt to ......

Posted On Friday, August 17, 2007 1:07 PM

From TheRegister - Citrix to reveal XenSource buy tomorrow - really?
Well, you have to hand it to the boys at El Reg, they certainly sound confident it's on for tomorrow? Citrix to reveal XenSource buy tomorrow Gets hypervised By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View ? More by this author Published Tuesday 14th August 2007 20:45 GMT Citrix will announce its acquisition of XenSource tomorrow, The Register has learned. In a bid to expand its software management play, Citrix will grab the developer of the open source Xen hypervisor. The deal will give XenSource heftier corporate ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:29 AM

From The Australian - Apps on tap help consolidation
Looks like Thinstall is strating to gain some support down in this neck of the woods? Apps on tap help consolidation Barbara Gengler | August 14, 2007 APPLICATION virtualisation products from Microsoft, Citrix, Scalent Systems and Thinstall are winning acceptance as the next step for enterprises that want to consolidate their infrastructure. As an alternative software concept, application virtualisation uses policy-based automation to intelligently match available server supply with application demand. ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:57 AM

From DamnHandy - Where VMWare Fusion Shines Over Parallels Desktop
It is interesting to note the differences between Parallels and Fusion... Where VMWare Fusion Shines Over Parallels Desktop There’s no question that Parallels Desktop is the current tool to beat when it come to running Windows applications under Mac OS X. There are a number of great features that Parallels offers like being able to create a VM image from a real PC and import VMWare images. These are a few things that VMWare Fusion doesn’t yet offer, but does it matter? So one has to wonder, why choose ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:40 AM

From the Australian: Green payoff in server upgrade
Well from a Thin Client vendors perspective it's the last line that's a killer - "We're now starting to think about virtualising our 82,000 desktops." Green payoff in server upgrade TRANSPLANTING 178 administration servers into six robust machines slashed the WA Department of Education's management costs, and it is providing sub-second failovers in case of breakdown. Glenn Veen says the new system is outstanding Server virtualisation in conjunction with high-speed broadband to 850 sites now allows ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 14, 2007 5:29 PM

Greenfield design - should you use Terminal Server/Citrix or VMware's VDI?
So…. Question? Would I use TS/Citrix or would I use VDI if I was building or designing the Front-Office of a Greenfield site today? This is a quite a hot topic, because as much as VDI/xDI/DDI is the latest craze that’s sweeping the IT sector, is it really all it’s cracked up to be? What has changed? My thoughts are that until relatively recently Corporate IT was rock solid and unchangeable, absolutely rooted in Change Management, driving Mainframes and COBOL – but now we are living in a much faster ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 14, 2007 4:52 PM

VMware ESX Server 3.1.0 / VirtualCenter 2.1.0 features list - Updated with full details
From Allesandro comes this news - this is a huge list of updates, shouldn't this be 3.5 or so? ;-) VMware ESX Server 3.1.0 / VirtualCenter 2.1.0 features list - Updated with full details Tuesday, August 07, 2007 | 0 Comments With maximum secrecy VMware is preparing next minor version of its flagship platform: VMware Infrastructure 3.1. Despite numbering this release will bring on the table remarkable features to further increase the gap between virtualization leader and its competitors. virtualization.info ......

Posted On Friday, August 10, 2007 10:02 AM

Download - Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 VHD (Full Installation)
Courtesy of Dugie: Windows 2008 VHD available Virtualization August 9th, 2007 Here at TechED at the moment, but I’m taking a moment to blog that the Windows 2008 VHD is now on Microsoft Downloads It’s a 5 part download totalling 2.8Gb — Gotta run to a session, but I’ll post back in a couple of days ......

Posted On Friday, August 10, 2007 9:40 AM

From Brian Madden - Citrix invests in xDI vendor Desktone - Who will win the VDI race?
I noted this yesterday and I must confess that initially I had a brief look at Desktone's web site and after looking everywhere for some technical detail it would appear that the most you are going to get at this stage is the very nice graphic and not much else? I must confess that I'm quite curious about the "dynamic best fit protocol" and what that might entail? At the moment everyone is trying to jump on the xDI bandwagon and try to carve out a slice for themselves and yet they all still appear ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 9:48 AM

Propero nearly ready to be rolled out to the public post VMware acquisition?
I noticed a short note from Gabe on Brian Madden but I was even more interested in the Anon. comment: http://www.brianmadden.com/... Reader Comments The product was practically rewritten from scratch posted by Guest on 8/2/2007 5:55:40 AM Following the acquisition, rumor has it VMware was shocked by the unusability of the product and its shortcomings. They had to rewrite most of it. The original broker was Linux-based. The new one is designed as a Windows ......

Posted On Monday, August 6, 2007 5:27 PM

Virtualization listed in the Windows 2008 Component Posters
This is of particular interest to me as I'm keeping an eye out on the Server Core as it gets more airplay - I'm hoping to have some very neat ideas about how this can be used? Virtualization listed in the Windows 2008 Component Posters WSS, Virtualization July 18th, 2007 Microsoft just released the 2x two “Lonhorn Component Posters” from the July TechNet Magazine (thanks to Keith Combs for the heads up). Anyway, you can download both the Windows Server 2008 Component Posters from Microsoft Downloads, ......

Posted On Friday, July 20, 2007 3:59 AM

Intel quad-core CPU supports 67% more VMs than dual-core
So this does give a very simple calculation as to whether or not it is cost effective to pay the extra for the quad-core processors? Although it would be very useful to keep in mind the additional benefits of less servers, less rack space, etc... Intel quad-core CPU supports 67% more VMs than dual-core Thursday, July 19, 2007 | 0 Comments VMware is using its still-in-beta VMmark benchmark platform to compare CPUs capability to run virtual machines and scale up. A short but interesting post appeared ......

Posted On Friday, July 20, 2007 3:51 AM

Deciding which Thin Client is the best for your organization? Is there a new paradigm starting to play out?
Deciding which Thin Client is good for you? So you are considering a Desktop Refresh in your organization? Are you aware of the impending "Tipping Point" where the difference between PC's and Thin Clients is about to become blurred? Traditional Thinking: Traditional thinking around Thin Clients focus's on the matrix between a choice of Hardware at a good, better and best level and the choice of O/S that is used which is typically WinXPe, WinCE or Linux - this then prompts the decision maker to ask ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2007 1:06 PM

Server Virtualization - End score (consolidation, power etc.) - why it does make sense...
So why is Server Virtualization sweeping IT as the next best thing? Here are some real world examples of what I would term a medium sized deployment showing what sort of cost savings are available (Capital and Monthly) just based on Real Estate/Data Centre and Power costs. The other crucial point to this is that so many business's are now asking IT to be able to provide services and applications *quickly* - in line with business requirements - and by providing the ability to deploy or provision Servers ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 7:24 PM

virtualization.info's Rent-A-Lab is a fully-redundant enterprise infrastructure available on demand - PoC here we come!!
Something else that I hadn't noticed before was Alessandro's Rent-a-lab available from his web site If you need to complete a Proof of Concept and lack of cold hard cash for hardware is holding you back then this is quite possibly a way forward - still with only 14 days max you'll need to be up and ready to roll before you get the gear? Nice innovative way of being able to prove the concept though ;-)) Rent-A-Lab virtualization.info Rent-A-Lab is a fully-redundant enterprise infrastructure available ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 4, 2007 10:16 PM

Gartner predicts a hypervisor for Vista by mid-2009, accuses Microsoft to slow down virtualization adoption ->> Really?
Well it's hardly a suprise, but it is nice to see some one serious like Gartner actually stating the obvious regarding MS's tardiness in the Virtualization space - coutesy of Alessandro. Gartner predicts a hypervisor for Vista by mid-2009, accuses Microsoft to slow down virtualization adoption Tuesday, July 03, 2007 | 0 Comments Quoting from ComputerWeekly: Gartner fellow, Brian Gammage, said, "Microsoft's licensing terms for Windows Vista running in VMs are unjustified; in addition, these terms ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 4, 2007 10:09 PM

If VECD is an expensive option for a VDI then perhaps you might want to consider a Linux variant that looks like Windows XP?
So how are things progressing with regard to any serious Virtual Desktop scenarios? Do you know of any? VMware still touts the effort by Prudential in the UK as a success story, but that was done nearly two years ago, well before MS came to appreciate the level of interest in Virtualizing the Desktop. From what I've seen and heard down here in Australia the major roadblock to any movement on this is the lack of clarity from MS Licensing regarding releasing of any Pricing for the VECD unless of course ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2007 11:31 AM

Top 10 Virtualization Tools on my USB Key - from Dugie
I can see I will need to check the price of the Sony MicroVault as Dugie is right, it certainly is small enough to fit in your wallet I would simply add to this with TeraCopy (previous post) being a tool that can support the resume function in traditional SMB, LAN, WAN connections just as it is possible via FTP. I have found myself stuck with trying to download 100mb or more over a VPN just knowing that it will timeout at some stage but being absolutely helpless - well now it doesn't matter with ......

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2007 1:00 PM

Technical Overview of the Thinstall Application Virtualization Solution
Now this is interesting as it follows on from an earlier post just the other day.... ;-) Technical Overview of the Thinstall Application Virtualization Solution Thinstall has created a white paper to give a technical overview of application virtualization and their product. Thinstall is an Application Virtualization Platform that enables complex software to be delivered as self-contained EXE files which can run instantly with zero installation from any data source. The core of Thinstall VS is the ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:35 AM

Improving Scalability for Citrix Presentation Server on VMware ESX Server 3.0 - Charles Aunger
Improving Scalability for Citrix Presentation Server on VMware ESX Server 3.0 VMWare has published a nice white paper a while back about the scalability and performance implications of running many Citrix Presentation Servers hosted on Virtual Machines. Since I have been doing a lot of work with VMware currently and scaling of Citrix Presentation Server on VMware I would bring the light back on it. The white paper presents data showing the number of Citrix sessions you can sustain when running Citrix ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:29 AM

Neoware has now been rebranded and has a new web site
Rebranding Neoware With the advent of virtualization technology, increasing security breaches, stiffer regulatory compliance, and renewed interest in energy savings, thin client computing is becoming a stronger challenger to the traditional desktop and laptop PC. By earning a position as a trusted, experienced player, Neoware is poised to deliver the benefits of thin client computing to more companies than ever. Together with our new Web site and logo, we’ve adopted a new “tag line”… “redefine computing.” ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 9:29 AM

Virtualization on your iPhone? (Or any phone for that matter?)
OK, so let's stop right here, this is getting silly isn't it? Is it April the 1st? ;-)) Virtualization on your iPhone? June 20th, 2007 by Alex Barrett No, Apple hasn’t made any announcements about virtualization for the iPhone, but all this reporting about VMware ESX Lite jogged my memory of a conversation I had recently with XenSource CTO and founder Simon Crosby. While talking about Xen 3.1, Simon mentioned that since Xen is an open-source project, some developers in the consumer electronics space ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 2:54 PM

Microsoft Marketplace advertising Ubuntu? Calls it perfect - but only for a very short while? And Ubuntu's #1 Bug
Some interesting news via bink.nu I have been using Ubuntu via VMware at home as a safe Browser/Internet facing device and even the 6.x version is very slick and easy to install - adding other Open Source apps via the Internet is a breeze. If you haven't tried Linux yet because you thought it too dificult then I'd encourage you to try this. I'm hoping for a Novell DVD of Suze to drop at my door shortly and I'll be giving that at run and see how it compares? Microsoft's Windows Marketplace: "Ubuntu ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:04 AM

Is Teradici's PC-Over-IP The Next Big Thing in Thin Clients? maybe, maybe not, the requirement of a Signal Processing Chip at each end might be a tough hurdle?
Now this really intriguing, this startup appears to have everything going for it? Certainly from the roll call of people involved as well as the funding it seems like it's heading in the right direction? And with the anticipated growth in the Thin Client Market it has a good a chance as anyone else? Whether or not it will actullay replace or take away any business from the traditional Thin Client vendors like Neoware, Wyse or HP remains to be seen - as I can see that the prerequisite for adding a ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 10:24 AM

How can VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure help you? from Daniel Petri
A very good blog from Daniel Petri regarding the strengths and weakness of VDI How can VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure help you? VMware has released a new "solution" called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). If you are using VMware's products to serve up desktops to your end users, you may already be using a more basic form of VDI and not even know it. Let's find out more about VDI... What is VDI? This is a VMware solution, not a product because it involves using Virtualization to provide ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 8:52 AM

Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization
So it's great to see that the info is slowly starting to emerge and be defined - to be sure it'll be a slow process... Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization ABOUT LICENSING RIGHTS TO 4 VIRTUAL OPERATING SYSTEMS Q. What does licensing rights to 4 virtual operating systems mean and why is this valuable for customers? A. Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise receive a new benefit: the ability to install up to four copies of the operating system in a virtual machine for a single ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:26 PM

Microsoft flip-flops on Vista virtualization - I spoke too soon? ;-)
Well I guess this is all too fast for MS to handle? Microsoft flip-flops on Vista virtualization Company reverses plan to expand rights to allow home versions of the operating systems to run inside virtual machines. By Ina Fried Staff Writer, CNET News.com --> Published: June 19, 2007, 6:25 PM PDT TalkBackE-mailPrint del.icio.us Digg this Microsoft planned this week to announce that it was broadening the virtualization rights for Windows Vista, but decided at the last minute to reverse course and ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:13 PM

Microsoft, VMware Agree: They Better Cooperate...... really? ;-))
So hopefully we're begining to see light at the end of the Tunnel? Microsoft, VMware Agree: They Better Cooperate By sumeethevans@bink.nu on Virtual Server VMware and Microsoft both said they're working behind the scenes to make it easier for virtualization users to migrate across their differing virtualization environments and run each other's virtualized files. But so far, it's only virtual kumbaya. Neither one is saying how they're going to do it. XenSource, the company sponsoring the open-source ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:06 PM

Microsoft torn on extending Vista virtualization license? If you want to use VECD best ante up to Ultimate?
Some more comments on the way MS appears to be keeping all the details about pricing and licensing around VECD very close to it's chest? More from Alessandro below: Microsoft torn on extending Vista virtualization license Wednesday, June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments Several news magazines (ComputerWorld, ZDNet and others) are reporting a news about Microsoft moves in Windows Vista license for virtualization scenarios. After a private pre-announcement to extend rights to virtualize all Vista editions, Microsoft ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:58 PM

Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems
So my friend Charles has come up with an intriguing concept, and on the surface of it it looks very compelling, the main thought I have is making sure it can do what it says - that to me is the real Litmus Test of any IT appliance or Technology these days - can I deploy it and start getting value from day 1? I'll post more on this later as I get to grips with it... Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems Think beyond VDI ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:10 AM

Still using a MAC via VMware? try - VMacTool - GUI control of VMware from MacOSX?
Looking around I've found another VMtools effort of making the MAC easier to play with from inside VMware at: VMacTool - GUI control of VMware from MacOSX From the Author: The current incarnation is just a prototype. It is written in bash, using CocoaDialog for the GUI functions. I'm in the process now of digging into the vmw.c source in preparation for tearing out main() and replacing it with a Cocoa interface 'natively'... but the more that I think about it, the more I think that this isn't the ......

Posted On Saturday, June 9, 2007 12:20 PM

Guide to installing VMware ESX3 on Workstation 6 - this is quite an intriguing concept if it can be seen to work?
Well, I have been looking at trying to get this working a few times now, and I have kept coming back to it in the hope that I can get it working just from a training/testing point of view. So it's nice to see that it has actually been acomplished - and I do have a ThinkPad.. ;-)) I'll let you know how I get on? UPDATE: I still haven't had time yet, but my Brother, Martin has confirmed that this works Guide to installing VMware ESX3 on Workstation 6 Description: This paper illustates how to install ......

Posted On Monday, June 4, 2007 10:52 AM

MS Vista Enteprise Centralized Desktop (VECD) - what does the future hold from MS?
After my 2 cents worth earlier I also discovered this detail courtesy of Alessandro at Vitrulisation.info Microsoft will use Virtual Machine Manager as desktop broker for VDI Despite it's not considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs) ready for enterprise deployment, Microsoft is embracing the technology pretty fast, modifying the Windows Vista licensing to be VDI-friendly. At WinHEC 2007 Microsoft reveals even more, disclosing upcoming System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) will act ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:30 PM

MS Licensing for XP Desktops in VDI/DDI/Virtual Desktop design - VECD (Vista Enteprise Centralized Desktop) - how does it work, and what License do you have to buy?
Hi All, I had an Integrator ask me for the details on how they could solve the MS Licensing dilemma around a relatively simple (??) VMware XP SP2 Desktops being delivered from an ESX VMware Server. As this was essentially a VDI scenario I found it somewhat interesting that this info didn't appear to be readily available. As I knew that Prudential UK was listed as a Success Story by VMware at http://www.vmware.com/custo... I was able to find that a chap called Andy Ruby was ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:10 PM

So..... MAC, Vista, Longhorn - just how many choices are there when you use VMware? Now run Longhorn on a MAC courtesy of Fusion, with Screenshots
As per normal I was looking for something else entirely but happened upon this little gem. As I don't have a MAC it's not much use to me at the moment, unless of course I start layering way beyond good sense and load Fusion on to the MAC I'm running in VMware under the XP Desktop? Yeah.. it does get knid of messy real quick, best to leave that for another time? ;-)) How to install Longhorn Reloaded using VMWare Fusion in OSX - a complete walkthrough This tutorial is for anyone with an Intel based ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:02 PM

Posts with Images?

Just to let you know?  It looks like not all the posts with embedded images are coming thru cleanly?

If you find this to be the case, just try a right-click on the space and select "Show Image" - this would appear to correct this? Please let me know if this isn't reliable?

Dave

Posted On Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:46 PM

Free Server 2003 TS CAL License Program for Windows XP NOW extended till June 30, 2007 (yes FREE until 2007!!)
Again Brian's got the scoop - this has now been extended until 2007http://www.brianmadden.... Microsoft Extends Windows 2003 TS CAL Transition Plan until June 2007 I had previously reported that you had until December 31, 2005 to obtain your "free" Windows 2003 TS CALs if you bought Windows XP Professional before April 24, 2003. I'm happy to announce that Microsoft has extended this transition program an additional 18 months! If you're confused, read this article Brian ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 14, 2005 12:19 PM

Rugged Thin Clients for Construction and Mining environments
I thought it might be useful just passing on some info regarding this particular model of Thin Client because of the fact that here in Australia we are seeing something of a Resources Boom and anyone in the areas closest to Mining companies may find this style of Thin Client of real interest. In the US these devices are used by Wal-Mart and fitted to the Fork Lifts, this way the driver can scan in the Pallet details through to the ERP system even while moving from Cold Storage to Truck Dock and back ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 3:26 PM

Australian Red Cross deploys Neoware M100 mobile thin clients
So we have managed to get some rather nice press here in Australia in an interesting story in Tuesday's Australian IT newspaper about the security benefits the Australian Red Cross has gained from deploying the Neoware M100 thin client notebook...... From a Technical perspective I have so far successfully tested the following PCMCIA Data Cards: Telstra NextG Turbo Card - MF332 Hutchison 3G - Merlin XU870 Vodafone - Huawei E620 If you, or a Customer, has an interest in Neoware's M100 Thin Client and ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 3:23 PM

From Citrix to Neoware
So a few people I have spoken to have asked me recently why the switch to Neoware after Citrix? Well, let's just say that the decision to leave Citrix wasn't made by me.... So that leaves... why Neoware? Well, when I weighed up all the positives that I uncovered during my research in to them I was quite impressed with what they have managed to accomplish in the last 5 - 7 years, as well as what they are doing now to grow the business. Some highlights of these details are: 63% CAGR over the last 5 ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 3:18 PM

Finally settling in Down Under
Well things are finally starting to settle down here, although still living with the in-laws, there are plenty of benefits that offset this handsomely - plenty of space, a very nice view, swimming pool, cellar, etc... ;-) (Photos to follow) What is nice is that we now have a landline that works, along with a reasonable ADSL connection, and to this I have attached what's called an Engin Voice Box Series3. Essentially this is a Netgear device as detailed below The engin Voice Box series 3 combines ......

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 12:57 AM

Next Release of Citrix Presentation Server - Technology Preview - from Orestes Melgarejo who presented this at iForum 2006
The major bullet points are listed below, but the key here is that the latest Tech Preview for Citrix Presentation Server is available right now. Customers who are current on Subscription Advantage can go to their mycitrix portal and download the media and licenses today. If any of this, AND Tarpon, is of interest to how you are going to architect your solutions then go grab a copy and start building your lab? ;-) Full post at http://citrixcommunity.com/... Integration ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:30 PM

Vista RC1 ready for download?
Jason Langridge reports that Vista RC1 is ready for download..... go get it......You can download RC1 from HERE or order a DVD Interestingly enough I'm quite keen to try this in a new format I was testing this morning. I have a slightly slow (1Ghz) CPU on a Tosh Portege with a relaitively slow drive. So I was experimenting with a new USB 2.0 case fitted with a 100Gb Samsung 7,200 RPM drive and it really rocks. I was running a 6Gb image of Mac Tiger OS 10.4 in a VMware session straight from the USB ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 8:55 PM

Flash - Moka5 open for businees?

http://internal.moka5.com/livepc/ 

So lets get in and find out what's going on?

 

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 6:23 PM

Updated - CtxBSOD v2.1 for 32-bit and 64-bit Platforms
Fresh update on this tool from Citrix - to be used with care!! Very handy if you have major issues on blades and you can't use the Left and Right Control Keys DescriptionThe CtxBOSD GUI utility can force a server to generate a memory dump from the session or when a keyboard is not available or non-standard (fatal error). Whether the complete memory or a kernel memory dump is saved depends on the Control Panel settings. Features: 1. A customer can type a message/text (or copy it from clipboard) before ......

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 10:49 AM

Softgrid Pricing Announced: Now Drastically Lower - What chance has Tarpon got now?
Thanks to Michel Roth at Thincomputing.net has received information on the new pricing Microsoft has put on the Softgrid products. This is really earth shattering! Prices of the Softgrid products will be cut by as much as 85% This is how it will be: • Softgrid Desktop Licenses: €32 / $38 (list) • Softgrid Terminal Server Licenses: €18 / $21 (list) • Softgrid Terminal Server Licenses will no longer be based on the concurrent number of users (as in all Microsoft products)• ......

Posted On Friday, August 4, 2006 6:40 PM

Thoughts on Application Virtualisation or Streaming - how does Citrix's Project Tarpon compare with Softgrid and Altiris's SVS?
So among several other things this week I managed a quick sneak peak at an early (Alpha?) release of Citrix's Tarpon (Application Streaming) yesterday, what I found interesting was not that it would appear that Citrix are leaning towards using blue instead of red for some of the pretty bits? nor that there was a nice shiny new Citrix Client, but I suddenly realised that I was examining Tarpon from a purely Technical Focus and to really appreciate what might be possible meant that I had to shift to ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 5:42 PM

Migration of Servers to Dissimilar Hardware and other P2V, V2P and P2P Options (Specifically DL360 G2 and G3 to G4 and above?)
Preamble: Us Citrix Guys have been bouncing against the issue of migration to dissimilar hardware for a while now, with quite a number of customers with Images or Production Servers based on DL360 G2's and G3's and these Images are now needing to be applied to G4's. Obviously there wasn't too much issue between the earlier two, but as we start approaching the G4 platform this has caused some issues with the 5i/6i Array Driver. We do tend to have a policy of trying to Sysprep where ever possible as ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 5:49 AM

New "C" Class Bades from HP launched today
I attended one of the events today at London Bridge where HP "announced" the release of the new "C" Class blade enclosures. Nice bit of kit, but it was somewhat let down by a very American brand of marketing where we had two of the seniors from HP supposedly ad libing via script, very droll. Anyway, I've popped over to their on-line buying and configuration tool in the US and by filling one of the new enclosures with 16 x BL460c's with Dual 3.2Ghz CPU's, 4Gb RAM, 2 x 36Gb 2.5" SAS Hot Pluggable Serial ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 7:49 PM

Rising Energy Prices? Best keep an eye on your Electricity and Gas Bills?
UPDATE - RESULTWell it has taken nearly a total of 3 - 4 hours and various phone calls but they have now agreed to cancel the debit side (= about £170 off the bill) and add a further £50 credit for the inconvience and effort I've had to go through before they see the light. It's definately worth sticking to your guns and pushing for what you know is right? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++... Now I will freely admit that what I have copied below is merely a ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 9:34 PM

Whale acquisition will broaden Microsoft’s secure access solution? Citrix might have more of a fight on it's hands?
So thanks to Bink.nu I noticed this little note yesterday. So, late last week it was MS buying Softgrid, now it's Whale to add SSL-VPN's to the bag of tricks, what must the Management at Citrix be thinking....????? So how must this be going down at Citrix as they realise that the - as yet unreleased - Tarpon and AIE could be under threat by the Company that provides Terminal Servers? (I know...... TS is running on Citrix's MultiWin core - but they did agree to sell it way back... right? ;-) and now ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:15 AM

Sources: Microsoft in talks to buy Softricity???
Thanks to Bink.nu for the heads up to the original article here at iTnews.com.au So maybe this explains why Softgrid was running a bit slow on getting around to x64 version, etc? Interesting times ahead? Microsoft is in talks to buy application virtualisation software vendor Softricity of Boston, USA CRN has learned."It's coming down to the final stretches," said one source close to Microsoft who is familiar with the discussions. "It's not a done deal yet but it's just last minute haggling kind of ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 10:04 AM

I'm Currently on Holidays in Perth, Australia
I don't mean that to sound like I'm rubbing it in - just explaining why I'm not doing too many posts at the moment. I'm having a great time down south at the moment enjoying visiting the wineries around Margaret River region and will be back in Perth next week. Perth is currently in the grip of a real mining boom, with the record prices of Minerals and other Commodities pushing this particular State in to a near frenzy. I was considering looking at some property investment - and now I'm discovering ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 1:17 AM

Doug Brown is after your suggestions for the ‘Tweaks Section' of the next MIAB (Methodology in a Box) Release
DABCC is very happy to announce the first release of the updated Methodology in a Box 4.0 ‘Tweaks Section' Updated April 26, 2006 - BETA 2These performance, security, and usability ‘tweaks & tips' apply to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.0. The goal of this section is to detail the basic tweaks needed to tune Windows for a Citrix and Terminal Services environment. This paper is just a draft of what will appear in the upcoming Methodology in ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:12 AM

VMware releases Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 Beta available for download
VMware Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 Beta Program Download hereVMware is proud to announce the Beta availability of Virtual Machine Importer 2.0, the latest desktop utility for IT professionals and software developers/testers working with virtual machines. VMware Virtual Machine Importer (VMI) is a freely available, stand-alone utility to import virtual machines from different source formats into several VMware product destinations, and can be used to: Move virtual machines across different test/dev ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:37 AM

Want Push email NOW! (Blackberry Alternative from Smartphone/PocketPC) Mail2web has this running as a Beta service - Have your Proof of Concept working in minutes!
Thanks to Gears at CoolSmartPhone, I've worked through the details of their post and it does exactly what it says on the tin. So, if like me you have issues with the infrastructure and/or security concerns that are stopping you from deploying this at your office, then try this as an alternative by having your emails forwarded. It's not ideal, but it is a guarenteed way of being able to demonstrate to your colleagues how good MS Push Email is and how very much like the Blackberry Service it is in ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:23 AM

So what is your desktop going to look like this time next year? Virtualized Applications for everbody?
I’ve spotted this post from Martin Banks at TheRegister and I guess it’s because he has recently interviewed David Greschler, of Softricity due to the (upcoming) release of SoftGrid 4.0 I have reproduced it here in full, but I think it is of particular note because it very accurately gets to the heart of why this particular technology and SoftGrid in particular is growing at 100% year on year (in some ways I’m surprised it’s not a higher number?) "Virtualised applications ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 11:26 AM

A sneak peek at future of Windows Mobile? How about the Roadmap through to 2008?
Thanks to MSMobiles for the note about LocutusBorgMan's post in the BrightHand Forum. (NOTE: As far as I am aware this is in the public domain, not restricted by NDA) Here he posted the link to a MS Presentation in Interlaken for MS Mobile Developers, and although it was very developer biased, slide 55 was quite illuminating from my point of view so I've included it below. Equally LocutusBorgMan's notes make an interesting read:Seems like Crossbow, which is supposedly a second edition of WM5.0 like ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 5:34 AM

Doug Brown releases the first draft of MIAB 4
For those us that have seen, read and used Doug's earlier works with MIAB (Methodology in a Box) this is exciting news, even if you aren't interested in Citrix or Terminal Servers, there will be lots to learn from his documentation, although this is an early draft. Update: I believe Doug will be adding a form where you will be able to submit other suggestions at some stage shortly. Methodology in a Box™ Tips & Tweaks Section Beta! DABCC is very happy to announce the first release of the ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 3:46 AM

300th Post - WARNING TO HTC UNIVERSAL USERS! - problems with AKU2 ROM upgrade for HTC Universal (M5000, Xda Exec, etc.) Pocket PC phones
Although I haven't got one of these devices, as I'm more than happy with my C600, I think it only fair to help warn those of you that do that you MAY inadvertently end up in a scenario where it is possible that you might turn your pride and joy into a rather expensive paperweight? I was alerted to this by MSMobiles about the article by nedge2k in MSMobileNews If you have bootloader v0.56 on your device, DO NOT upgrade to an AKU2 or you will turn it into a paperweight!To check your bootloader, hold ......

Posted On Sunday, April 23, 2006 2:19 PM

The future of application virtualisation? I'm not sure how old this interview is but the figures make interesting reading
Courtesy of my BlogLines rss'd Google News searches I came across this article,Desktop application virtualisation could quicken fixes, boost reliability and lower desktop support costs. Kevin White reports. The bit that really reminded me how recent this space is was:To date, the desktop application streaming market has been championed only by niche vendors such as Softricity, AppStream, Endeavors Technology and Stream Theory (the latter two having merged in 2005), but now Citrix is about to join. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:33 PM

Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regard to Virtualization? (i.e. Softgrid, VMware and Altiris) and just what is a Hype Cycle? Take the Poll
So after the previous post regarding Virtualization and what it might mean to Citrix's dominance I have done a bit of ferreting around and found some neat code over at MindVizTracker that has enabled me to add a Poll to ask you what you think? Have a look a below the Add on the left side and you should find something like this: Poll: Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regards to Virtualization?? Technology Trigger? Peak of Inflated Expectations? Trough of Disillusionment? Slope of Enlightenment? ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:11 PM

Where is Virtualization heading, and how this might effect the design and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers?
I have been doing some brainstorming with Charles@eknowlogy over the past few days regarding Virtualization and how this may change the face and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers and he has pointed out some new developments that might have some far reaching effects like:Marathon Launches Next Generation Application Availability Software Solution Built on Patented Virtualization Technology So based on this, and an article Brian Madden did a little while back regarding this I have put together my ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 19, 2006 8:56 PM

Softricity SoftGrid vs. Altiris Software Virtualisation Solution
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing.net for the link to this: Aaron (aka Parky) has done a short write-up of Softricity SoftGrid vs. Altiris Software and although it is rather brief I think it's correct in that the Altiris release has some catching up to do - I wonder if that's why they released it as version 2.0? ;-)) (Although I do find it a bid odd that SVS insists on creating all of it's virtualization files under C:\fslrdr<layer number>... surely this isn't hardcoded?) ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 19, 2006 4:00 AM

Ericom would appear to be gaining ground as the front runner for Citrix's competitor?
Well it looks like Ericom's attendance at BriForum in Washington has gone to it's head? ;-))Thanks for the heads up from Charles@eknowlogy on this Some while back I did a post questioning if Citrix's near monopoly on the Terminal Server/Remote Access market was reaching it's zenith (Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?) and back in January my pick of the competitors was Ericom based on it's relatively mature WebConnect Product that can provide Seamless RDP Sessions ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:46 PM

Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying Push email with MSFP enabled WM5 Devices - while working with existing Firewalls like Checkpoint, etc.
So Microsoft has posted this article for those who want to deploy Push email but this is interesting that I've noticed this today almost immediately after going through an online discussion with some of the security team at my end that has seen us decide (read - me capitulate under overwhelming numbers??) to try using Nokia's Intellisync to achieve push email. OK, I'm gutted, and not just because I've spent so much spare time over the last 9 months or so trying to line this up but the reality of ......

Posted On Friday, April 7, 2006 6:42 PM

Possible problem with Citrix PS4 R01 breaks Session Reliability for Java client through CSG?
If anyone is contemplating applying R01 for Presentation Server 4 you might want to just check this out beforehand? This has been found at a Customers Site by one of our Consultants and he has confirmed this by duplicating it in a VMWare environment. Issue:Java client through CSG with Session reliability turned on only works if the STA is on a Citrix PS4 server which doesn't have R01 installed. If, as usual, all Citrix servers have R01 installed then it simply stops working. The Java client fails ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 3:07 PM

Step-by-step guide on how to virtualize a Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) under VMWare
Courtesy of Brian Madden's site, Rich Crusco over at Frameworx has just released a Step-by-step guide on how to virtualize a Citrix Access Gateway, if you need to understand how this system works in more depth and want to have a good mess with it this is the way to go ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 5:10 AM

All change at Microsoft? Seems like they've been bitten by the Virtual Bug?
So reviewing a couple of neat things today at Bink.nu Microsoft has added Linux support to Virtual Server 2005 R2:Supported operating systems actually are:Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.2Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.3Novell’s SuSE Linux 10.0Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (update 6)Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (update 6)Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4Red Hat Linux 7.3Red Hat Linux 9.0 Then there was this link from Bink to Alessandro's site about MS now making ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 8:57 PM

Welcome to Charles at eKnowlogy - new Blog regarding SBC, Thin Client, Softgrid and Virtualization, etc.
If you have any questions or problems regarding these subjects (including the advantages of 64bit Servers, etc.) you won't go too far wrong checking things out with Charles - it's early days, so if he hasn't blogged about it yet then drop him an email and ask. eKnowlogy. As far as Technology goes, Charles is one of the most passionate people I know, he won't rest until he has an answer ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 4:58 AM

Cool script to automate VMotion migration on receipt of a ProLiant pre-failure ticket
This came through on an email from HP's Mike Harpur, he does a regular update of technology that we might find useful - if you're interested drop hime a note asking to be included on his mailing list. A top UK VMware guy (Rick Allen) just wrote a neat ‘’how to’’ paper. It combines the power of HP Systems Insight Manager and VMware ESX Server in order to automate VMotion on receipt of a ProLiant pre-failure ticket. This solution uses the base HP Systems Insight Manager product ......

Posted On Friday, March 31, 2006 6:05 AM

A round up of Citrix and SBC based Articles - in no particular order..... ;-)
I've had a couple of articles pinned in Bloglines to post at some stage and I never seemed to quite get around to it - until today, time for Spring Cleaning? This comes from MS Terminal Services.orgBandwidth Management: Part 3 – Guaranteeing and Protecting ICA/RDP on LAN/WANQuite a tidy article from Andy Jones, that gets in to how to protect the bandwidth for ICA. However a lot of Customers seem to get put off Packetshaper by the price, a slightly different solution that can sometimes give ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 2:39 PM

Citrix Pricing discounts of up to 44% to get from Winframe and XP to PS 4.0??
Now some of you may recall that I recently heard a rumour that Citrix were definately prepared to be somewhat flexible on their pricing (especially if you mentioned that you might be considering something like Ericom instead?) well now it appears that they have taken that somewhat further? OK, so first of all the Good News - this includes one years Subscription Advantage (So you should also qualify for the next release?) AND also allows you to upgrade from ANY Citrix Server product, even goinig back ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 8:13 AM

Stop whatever you are doing - the new display technology is now up with StarTrek and the Minority Report!
Have a look at these "commercially available" displays - this is fantastic - just as the price of Plasmas are tumbling because of the price of LCD's (with more technology enhancements down the track?) we now have real holographic displays - although in 2D? OK, so you don't think this really looks that good? Try the picture below? Or better yet - go and check out their web site. Now lets get back to the chap who was just boasting about how good his Home Cinema was?...... ;-)) Image: Supports full ......

Posted On Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:25 PM

Microsoft, the big absentee of Virtualization?? Is Microsoft really committed to this?
Of all the Blogs and comments regarding Virtualization recently this is the one that I have found to be the most thought provoking. There was a time between 2000 and 2002 where I almost couldn't make my mind up whether to consolidate on VMWare or Connectix, depending on whether I needed USB support or something else at the time.... so have a look at the full article? I think Alessandro is on the money here, the way Microsoft is developing Virtual Server it's almost like they want to be in second ......

Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 4:32 PM

Ericom WebConnect 5.5 - a Citrix Alternative?
So, I was thinking today about what's happening in the SBC (Server Based Computing) arena....... I have posted earlier about what Ericom was getting up to, and so it would transpire that they have now released their version 5.5 of their Web Connect product, and as good as it is (I have been playing with the Beta) the client for the end user still defaults to an install location of C:\WebConnect Client 5.5..... etc - instead of C:\Program Files\WebConnect Client 5.5 - now this may be a small complaint ......

Posted On Saturday, March 25, 2006 5:48 AM

WiMax now available in Central London at UrbanWiMax
Thanks to Jason for discovering this.Well it's nice to see it's here already - I did get excited intially by their offer: Try our service for FREE Worth £1353 included in the offer is: Connection charge Installation charge Urban WiMAX Equipment Router 3 month service Especially as UKOnline have recently changed their terms and conditions so that I *could* have opted out? but at £99 a month it's a bit steep for me as it's only home use. For my money I'll stick with UKOnline, at £15/month ......

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 7:37 AM

Scripting automatic startup for virtual machines under Virtual Server
OK, so I still haven't done any upgrades to the beast at home, it's still *only* running VMWare Workstation 5.5, and I haven't had any time to play about with the new Server or the older GSX Server. But it strikes me that this little bit of code might also work under Workstation anyway? It'll certainly make my VMWare's that I rely on a bit more reliable? ;-))Works for me - the poor man's ESX anyone? Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing for spotting this Virtual Server allows you to configure virtual ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 8:07 PM

Server Cloning with Presentation Server 4.0 - CTX107406
So courtesy of Doug's site, comes news of an updated Article from Citrix regarding Cloning of Servers Citrix notes.... Server Cloning Server cloning can provide more rapid deployment than a scripted installation. A few steps are required for cloning servers. These steps vary depending on the type of data store used for the farm, and are described in the following sections. Presentation Server is compatible with server cloning, but cloning software can cause the operating system or its add-ons to ......

Posted On Monday, March 20, 2006 7:40 AM

Connectra SSL-VPN and Citrix Web Interface - how hard can it be?
So I'd visited a client early last week to look at a System at a bank that had been installed by another Integrator. I believe they'd installed it as a PreSales or Proof of Concept, so it was obviously done pretty quickly and they didn't neccessarily hang around to finish it all off..... (more's the pity?) So when I did have a look at it, I could understand the WI side, but I wasn't really conversant with how Connectra was setup. However I was able to clearly show that the reason that it wasn't working ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 7:22 PM

Looks like it is possible to get WebSphere Application Developer to work with Citrix
So I had a bit of a challenge today, I needed to get WebSphere Studio Application Developer (WSAD 5.1.2) working correctly in a CPS 4.0 installation - took a little messing about, but here's the raw notes. First tried setting Virtual IP for WSAPPDEV.EXE - this was enabled with 30 IP's available. Checked via Event Log that IP's are being issued to Clients. Tried Setting Compatibility Flags for WSAPPDEV.EXE Decimal Value of 18 (Hex code of 18 and App Fails to start) just in case that might have resolved ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 14, 2006 6:50 PM

Orange SPV C600 AKU2 (MSFP) Update - NOW AVAILABLE - I'm downloading it now!!
Thanks to CoolSmartPhone and Nick Butcher ;-) It's now available to download here! This will bring the push email facilities (MSFP or Messaging and Security Feature Pack as MS used to call it?) promised by Microsoft. It's a whacking 34.5Mb download called "c600_mail.exe" from the Orange Business site and brings your handset up to version 11.2.1.5. Orange state..."As part of our commitment to enable customers to get more for their money, Orange are now enabling all existing SPV C600 users to set up ......

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:22 PM

Is Google the new Microsoft? (Rumour of GDrive - Google supplying Infinite Storage to consumers? this can't be serious?)
Now it's interesting to see that this morning I have seen two articles that are both heading in opposite directions? Over at Doug's site we have Microsoft Launches Killer New Search Engine – Google Beware…WOW! Is all I can say, WOW! Microsoft just released an upgrade and complete makeover to their Search Engine. ( www.live.com ) This thing is amazing and you must use it to believe how cool and easy search can be. As many of you might know, I'm not a fan of the search engine, or at least ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 8, 2006 9:38 AM

More twists and turns in Gizmondo exec's Ferrari crash - and more Pictures
So this just in from Engadget: Remember the former Gizmondo exec, Stefan Eriksson, who crashed his million dollar Ferrari Enzo last week? Well, leave it Eriksson to make even that really shady. According to Malibu sheriffs, not only did a supposedly-intoxicated and bloodied Eriksson flee the scene and reportedly blame the accident on a driver only known as "Dietrich" (despite the only blood being on the driver's side), but a magazine (and we don't think they're talkin' Guns & Ammo) was discovered ......

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:47 PM

64 bit Windows and 64 bit Citrix ready to go - but I'm still dealing with 16bit Apps?
I must confess there seems to have been a fair bit of work stacking up in the queue on the Help Desk recently, and there have been some problems that have seemed to defy logic, and then after a while they almost take on the persona of the Ugly Troll guarding the bridge, you just don't want to know about it - because you almost feel defeated just glancing at the heading, or when a request for an update lands in your email? Let me state for the record that I'm not *tied* to the Help Desk, all of the ......

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 7:31 PM

Citrix Releases v4.2.1 Hotfix for Citrix Access Gateway (CAG)
Courtesy of Doug Brown at DABCC.COM there is this news of what is effectively a hotfix for the CAG (Citrix Access Gateway) I can also confirm with Doug that this will simply update the device without blowing away your existing Config, Licences, etc. However, it is always good practice to plan for the unforseen? so it's not a bad idea to save a copy of the config in a safe place before upgrading, don't you think? ;-)) If you are currently running Citrix Access Gateway version 4.2 you can upgrade to ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 7:48 PM

Press release of news regarding - Citrix NetScaler Application Firewall / Citrix Access Gateway Enterprise Edition
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing for the updates, Essentially this is 4 Press Releases from Citrix regarding the 2 Products, each product is accompanied by news from ICSA Labs about security Certification. In the meantime, if you'd like to know more about the AG Hardware? I'd suggest you pop over and have a quick look through Brian Madden's article from yesterday entitled "The facts about the Citrix Access Gateway, the Generic hardware it's built on, and running it in VMware" +++++++++++++++++++++++++++... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:50 AM

Virtual PC vs VMWare
Now there has been a lot of info running through the blog channels regarding VMWare recently, nearly all of it referencing VMWare's bold step to make the server variation of GSX free. But in amongst this I discovered this neat little Blog from Mike Holdorf's Blog regarding switching from Virtual PC to VMWare So after all of this, it was time to give VMWare a try. I used VMWare a long time ago and it wasn't a pleasant experience. I downloaded Workstation 5.5, installed and everything was fine. Upon ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 5:36 AM

Getting virtual clients managed - Softricity now integrated with SMS
So this news in from TheRegister.co.uk A potential weak spot in the otherwise rather enticing offerings of Boston-based Softricity looks like it gets filled today with the announcement that it has launched a version of its SoftGrid Virtual Application Server that integrates with Microsoft’s Systems Management Server (SMS). The ability to provide sysadmin staff with applications management information plus management control over the SoftGrid environment is an important step forward. In the ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 6:21 AM

Vmware strickes back to Microsoft Virtual Server and makes GSX server free!
So hot of the press - this in from Bink Last November Microsoft released Virtual Server 2005 R2 with an astonishing price of $99 for standard edition and $199 for enterprise edition. Virtual Server is a direct competitor to Vmware GSX.Now it seems Vmware strikes back, they are going to make Vmware GSX server free! Looks to me like VMWare would HAVE to be tying this to at least a high-level OS like 2000/2003 Server? Surely you wouldn't be able to run this on XP SP2? Otherwise wouldn't they be undercutting ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 8:38 AM

Call yourself a Consultant? - this is a pretty good definition
Came across this at SightLines Consulting and thought that this is a very simple but powerful definition of what Consultancy is all about - in some ways it almost reads like a Consultants Charter or like the Hippocratic Oath for doctors? Please consider reading the full article because there are five points along with the summary that I would almost consider as required reading for anyone who considers themselves a Consultant - in fact I know I'm going to try and reread this every now and then to ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 7:21 AM

Softricity Doubles Annual Revenue And Driving Record Fourth Quarter Growth In 2005
From Michel at ThinComputing.net Softricity today announced record revenue for Q4 2005, rounding out the company's most successful year to date. Softricity more than doubled CY 2005 revenue over 2004, with 109% year-over-year growth. It closed out Q4 with 74% YOY growth. Read the full press release here. In any large Citrix Farm this technology can be very simply cost justified simply on savings for not having to bother doing any regression testing when adding new applications, as well as cost savings ......

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2006 7:58 AM

Cool VoIP Hacks Using Asterisk - how VMWare can add value?
Now I was searching on something different entirely (as is the case normally) but came across this interesting little note about running Asterix on VMWare at Christine.Net: Cool Hack #1: Performance Tuning for Asterisk VoIPKristian Kielhofner, the creator of AstLinux, showed the crowd his embedded Linux distribution for running Asterisk. This hack is important if you need your VoIP tuned for performance. First: Heavily loaded servers interfere with sound quality - but while you don't care if a web ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:59 PM

AppSense Joins Microsoft SecureIT Alliance
So this just in from Michel at ThinComputing ___________________________... a leader in endpoint security for the enterprise, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft SecureIT Alliance, a community of industry partners working together to provide security solutions for the Microsoft platform. AppSense will collaborate with other SecureIT Alliance members to identify new security features and combinations of products with services to ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:14 PM

VMWare To Support Mac OS X Client?
It would appear that some are a little dissatisfied with VMWare leaving the Mac community out of the loop so they've now opted to start an on-line petition to give VMWare a push, if you're a Mac user (or indeed, a potential Mac user?) then you might want to check this out and add your name to the list? Thanks to madhattekdiggs ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:05 AM

Clustering And Load Balancing White Papers from Microsoft
Michel over at ThinComputing has unearthed a very neat set of White Papers from Microsoft covering Clustering and NLB....Server Clusters: Majority Node Sets Describes how to set up a majority node set, how to size a majority node set cluster, and what to do if you lose quorum. Server Clusters: Frequently Asked Questions for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 Frequently asked questions on a wide variety of subjects related to server clusters. Network Load Balancing: Frequently Asked Questions for ......

Posted On Monday, January 23, 2006 7:08 AM

ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack - Windows Edition 2.20 now available

Thanks to Marc for the heads up on this, but I think this is going to have to go on the "to do" list for the moment unless I get called on to look at Altiris specifically....

More at http://altirisbe.blogspot.com/2006/01/hp-rapid-deployment-pack-220.html

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 7:02 PM

Happy Birthday to DABCC.com for 7 Years - I can't believe that I'd missed Doug off my rss feeds?
I have realised that I have made something of an error in that I have failed to include Doug Brown @ DABCC.com in my list of RSS feeds, so I have taken a good look through the items that have been posted in the last month or so and posted a consolidated list here: But please take time to check out Doug's site and keep an eye on the MIAB ver 4.0 coming soon.... Web Interface 4.0 Command-line Installation and Site Management Web Interface 4.0 supports installation, uninstallation, site creation, site ......

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:32 PM

Is the Software Industry Mature or Ripe for Disruption?
On the back of my comments about Citrix and it's competitors, it was interesting to unearth this little gem about the Software companies from the viewpoint of a developer.... Oracle and SAP say that enterprise software is boiling down to three or four vendors. Why bother with all of the moving parts, they ask, while citing industry statistics that make it sound inevitable. I'm placing my bet on the other end of the spectrum. The next few years will see the rise and fall of technology empires and ......

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:22 PM

Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) - Capacity Planning, Scalability ideas for 10,000 users?
This info has been passed on to me from Rob, one of the Citrix SE's here at Chalfont, UK. I'd be thinking that if you are looking at a large implementation of AG+AAC you might want to have a quick peruse of this before you submit your budget request? ;-) Read on..... Mmmm.... So at Rob's request - it would appear there will be another update to the AG shortly.... I would naturally assume that this would conincide with the Florida Partner Exchange coming at the end of the month, in the meantime if ......

Posted On Thursday, January 19, 2006 7:33 PM

New Download: Citrix And Terminal Server Performance Pack courtesy of Michel at Thincomputing.net
Personally, I'm begining to think that Michel has far too much time on his hands? ;-)) All in one easy and convient download• VisionApp's Big Iron Test • Citrix Presentation Server for Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions Performance and Scaling Capability • Brian Madden's Comparing 32-bit and 64-bit Memory Architectures • CTX101705 - Troubleshooting Slow Logons • CTX105314 - Troubleshooting Application Performance Issues • CTX106463 - Troubleshooting ICA Session Performance ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:31 PM

TSProfile Path's - Sometimes it just comes back to the basics?
It seems recently we are getting quite a number of potentially new customers asking us to help with issues that they seem to have had some difficulty getting on top of. Generally the quickest and easiest way is just to fire up the trusty GoToAssist session and have a real "look" at what their issue is, that's when the fun starts. ;-)) But what has really prompted this blog is that when I did my first Citrix Admin course (It was on Winframe 1.6 back in 1996) it was really hammered in to us that you ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 7:21 PM

Mac OS X Tiger on VMWare
Update:One of my colleagues has got it working, and I have also now manged to confirm just this morning that it is possible to see Mac OS X running on a VMWare Workstation sitting on a Server 2003 Host. I haven't really had time to play with it as I'm a bit rushed leading up to a 2 week holiday, so things will be a bit quiet this month.So it is out there...... just keep looking. The one that I found worked "straight out of the box" was a highly compressed 1.29Gb *.tar.bz file. I say highly compressed ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 10:41 AM

Orange offers cut-price broadband - £9.99/month for 2Mb
A quick check at both Wanadoo and Orange's web sites show this hasn't been posted yet but that's not a suprise. I'd also suspect that it will be capped at 2Gb. Now if you'd like a 2Mb Service that's uncapped for £14.99/month then head over to Force9 ;-) So far it has been a bit like Ronseal - it does what it says on the Tin!More at http://www.theregister.co.u... ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:30 PM

Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?
It was interesting to note a couple of different articles that popped up on Michel's site this week, it seems to me that Citrix might have pushed the Presentation Server revenues about as far as it can? In some ways they are acting like the 800 pound gorilla that does what ever it wants because it can get away with it? There's no doubt that Citrix is price sensitive in it's newer markets like the SSL-VPN play as well as NetScaler, etc. but in the Terminal Server market it is still quite a price to ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 8:32 PM

SkyScout - Possibly one of the neatest gadgets from the 2006 CES
How about this for another example of convergence? In this case it's not a convergence of devices, it's a convergence of technologies. By combining GPS with reference to 3 axis sensors measuring gravitational and magnetic fields to determine the true orientation of the SkyScout to the earth you can get what amounts to a personal guide to what you are looking at in the night sky. SkyScout's unique features include:“Tonight’s Must-See List” - When the SkyScout is turned on, it will ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 7:52 PM

User Mode Process Dumper Version 8.0 - for troubleshooting badly behaving Terminal Server apps?
I can only agree whole heartedly with Michael Roth over at ThinComputing that - "This util is sure to come in handy ....." The User Mode Process Dumper (userdump) dumps any running Win32 processes memory image (including system processes such as csrss.exe, winlogon.exe, services.exe, etc) on the fly, without attaching a debugger, or terminating target processes. Generated dump file can be analyzed or debugged by using the standard debugging tools. The userdump generates dump file by several triggers; ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:30 PM

Cybercrime 'more lucrative' than illegal drugs??
Looks like this slipped under my Radar over the Xmas break? More at the Register I would suggest that as all of these figures are estimates, they do need to be treated with a certain amount of caution, however it does point to a worrying trend that we all need to be vigilant both at work and at home? 1Estimates about dollar losses from e-commerce fraud ($2.8bn in 2005, according to CyberSource, for example) tend to pale in comparison to industry estimates of losses due to software piracy and computer ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 9:56 AM

Oil becomes the newest weapon in Moscow's arsenal ??
OK, somewhat off topic I must admit - however those of us involved in IT Strategy and Design always need to keep an eye on what drives the business - so it is only prudent that we do keep something of an eye out as to what is happening in the Global Economy as well as your Local Economy. Now I don't mean to be scaring anyone or being overly alarmist, but at the moment I feel the Economy here in the UK is doing quite OK, especially in Stocks and Shares - it's their turn on the Cycle - but still reasonable ......

Posted On Sunday, January 1, 2006 8:15 PM

Merry Xmas

I hope everyone enjoys the Xmas break and has a good time? We're also looking forward to some snow on Tuesday if we're lucky.

Cheers to one and all, and may your god be with you. Here's looking forward to a more peaceful world in the new year?

Dave

Posted On Saturday, December 24, 2005 2:40 PM

Free Server 2003 TS CAL License Program for Windows XP ends December 31, 2005 (yes FREE!!)
Courtesy of Brian Madden comes this timely reminder..... (I have posted here in full, because this is too important for anyone effected to miss) If you owned (or were licensed for) Windows XP Professional before April 24, 2003, you are eligible to receive a free Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Client Access License (TS CAL). However, I just learned that this program will expire on December 31, 2005, so make sure you get your free license soon. Huh? As you might remember, in the days of Windows ......

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 8:33 PM

Revolutionary smartphone medical application....... like WOW!!
From MSMobiles a trully compelling reason why mobile applications are making a very real difference to how we work and communicate. I mean, live real time EKG waveforms!! fantastic - this is the way of the future! Check out the full story at UCLA, or even better, the Video ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 7:43 PM

IBM set to launch PC by the back door??? via Citrix?
I really don't know why IBM think this might be a good idea? Does anyone else know? After selling its PC business to Lenovo, IBM is expected to launch a BladeCentre running VMware ESX and Citrix client software for running large PC farms. The technology isn't a straight-up PC, though. Instead, it combines IBM's BladeCenter servers with VMware's ESX Server software for running multiple operating systems on one computer and Citrix Systems' software for letting people tap into programs running on a ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:24 AM

News of ESX 3 and more from VMWare ......

Just caught the news over at TheRegister of:

Both ESX Server 3 and VirtualCenter 2 are in beta testing and will ship in the first quarter of 2006

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:04 PM

Attended Citrix's Partner Exchange here in UK last week - update on NetScaler
NetScaler now with Citrix: While at the Citrix Partner Exchange last week, we ended up learning about the new NetScaler product (Citrix bought the company not so long ago). Much more than just a Load Balancer or Accelerator, this is more like a Full Application Switch with loads of Functions, Citrix see this (probably, ;-) as embracing and extending their reach further in to remote access infrastructure? (If I keep this up I could get a job with their Marketing Dept.? What is it capable of doing? ......

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2005 9:19 PM

Upgrading an Ageing PC? You might benefit from my experience?
I've now been living in London (this time around) since '99, and shortly after getting here I took myself off to Tottenham Road Computer Fairs with a shopping list and built my own. If I remember correctly it started off life as a PIII 500, etc.... and then after a while it was upped to a PIII 800 (still Slot One)... then came the first of 3 (Yes that's right 3!) Motherboard upgrades that has seen this humble beast now up at P4 3.06. Along the way it has had the original PSU replaced with a Tagan ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:17 PM

Citrix formally releases x64 version of Presentation Server 4.0
Well it was released today: (my comments in blue below)If you want the original Planning Whitepaper from Citrix - check my original post at http://www.geekswithblogs.n... Key Enhancements in Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions Significantly increases user density per server to drive down both initial deployment costs as well as recurring operating costs. The 64-bit version of Presentation Server supports up to 65 percent ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 4:06 PM

Brian Madden has been a bit quiet for a while, but has now bounced back with a vengence
If you are interested in Citrix at all, you should really make Brian Madden's site one of your regularly visited sites What if Citrix dropped ICA and just went with RDP?September 28, 2005Editorial >> I've been thinking a lot about Longhorn Terminal Services and the future of Citrix recently, and I found myself wondering what would happen if Citrix stopped working on ICA and just went with RDP. Microsoft's Complete Longhorn Terminal Server Feature ListSeptember 27, 2005Article >> A lot ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:38 AM

Mac OS X Tiger on VMWare - screenshot
Well that didn't take long did it? Now forgive me if I just point you in the right direction here rather than having the screenshot sitting on this page? ;-))http://www.pearpc.net/i... if you are interested in emulating this feat then you may find the following links useful...http://www.osx86pr... ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:45 PM

Mac OS X for Intel hacked
Well things are obviously going to being interesting around Apple over the next 6 months. It would appear that if you can get hold of the Image then it should be able to boot in a VMWare session. We shall see how things go but if I do manage to find a screen shot of some one running OS X in VMWare I'll let you know here.......More at:http://www.itnews.com.au... ......

Posted On Saturday, August 27, 2005 3:46 PM

VMWare ESX Server - Advanced Technical Design Guide - download Sample Pack
For anyone who is remotely interested in VMWare ESX Server (and who in the Enterprise side of things isn't?) then you would be well advised to pop over to the http://www.vmguru.com web site and download the Sample Pack of the VMWare ESX Server - Advanced Technical Design Guide. This book was released on 5th August and is available on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk.Just a quick idea of what it covers: (The sample pack actually contains chapters 5 and 9) Section 1. Introduction to ESX Server1. VMware Overview ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 1:05 PM

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