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Virtualization Security Podcast

Interested in Virtualization? Interested in Security? Then you need to listen to (and participate in) the virtualization security podcast. You can start right now by listening to archived podcasts (there was a great one this week) and put the next one on your calendar to make sure that you are able to watch it live. The TalkShoe URL is at: Virtualization Security Podcast

Cisco UCS and Nexus 1000V design diagram with Palo adapter

Brad Hedlund over at Internetwork Expert.org made a really amazing post about the Cisco UCS, Nexus 1000V, and the Palo Adaptor. With UCS, there are a couple of network adapters designed just for virtualization. There is one for the blade UCS and one for the rack-mount UCS. These adapters allow the virtual machines to gain access to virtual fibre channel and virtual ethernet adaptors – amazing stuff!

Checkout this diagram from Brad's post:

Read the full post at:  Cisco UCS and Nexus 1000V design diagram with Palo adapter

Listen to the VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast!

I was a guest on the VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast this week where I covered my new vSphere Pro Series Volume 1 video. After that quick promo, VMware's ESXi product management discussed the upcoming release of ESXi and what it will look like in the future. It was really amazing info! You can listen to it on the web, or subscribe to it in iTunes.

Here's a graphic from the podcast:

List to the VMware Communities Roundtable here

3 Easy Ways Connecting to Your VM in Private Cloud

I enjoyed reading a recent post by DoubleCloud where they cover 3 Easy Ways Connecting to Your VM in Private Cloud. The 3 ways they discuss are:

Using VMware Remote Console which is a standalone application
Using browser plug-in to either IE or Firefox
Using Remote Desktop, VNC or SSH

Read the full article to find out how to do each of these three at: 3 Easy Ways Connecting to Your VM in Private Cloud

VMware to Acquire Certain IT Management Products and Software Expertise From EMC Corporation

This week, VMware announced an acquisition of certain pieces of EMC management software to expand the VMware vCenter Management Product Family. By doing this, they "hope to address critical management needs as customers advance on journey to cloud computing."

Basically, the pieces that they are purchasing are pieces of EMC's Ionix. Here is a quote from the the Yahoo Finance Press Release:
Under the terms of the agreement, VMware will acquire all technology and intellectual property of FastScale, Application Discovery Manager, Server Configuration Manager and Service Manager and will maintain engineering, marketing, sales and support operations in the United States, Europe, Israel, India and Australia. As part of the agreement, EMC will retain the Ionix brand and have full reseller rights to continue to offer customers the products acquired by VMware.
I was recently reading comment's from EMC's Virtualization Evangelist and Vice President, Chad Sakac from his blog post "Insider’s Perspective: Ionix and VMware". In that post, Chad's conclusion is this:
This is a move where VMware in an instant, makes a quantum increases the depth of resources, tools and capabilities in things that are focused on server-layer and up.   This expands the vCenter family of management capabilities, and the teams that develop them, and the teams take them to market.
This is a move where EMC, in an instant, can focus ongoing management M&A and R&D and go to market on the things that focus on UCS, networks, and storage – the server layer and down.  This accelerates EMC’s management efforts

How to redirect ESXi system logs to a central syslog server

In this VMware KB article # 1007329, they cover how to redirect ESXi system logs to a central syslog server. This is the recommended procedure for ESXi and a great idea. Here is what the basic steps are:

But I encourage you to read the full article at: How to redirect ESXi system logs to a central syslog server

Citrix XenDesktop and Hyper-V Online Lab

In a previous post, I mentioned how XenDesktop was hypervisor agnostic and how XenDesktop could use Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V as the hypervisor platform. Now, Microsoft and Citrix have teamed up to create an on-line virtual lab demonstrating how these technologies work together. Want to test XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V, but you cannot find the time to build a test environment? Well look no further, Citrix and Microsoft have teamed up to bring you the Hands on Lab. What is Hands on Lab, you ask? The Hands on Lab is a pre-built environment / training session that is interactive and totally usable for testing and seeing the combined power of XenDesktop 4 and Microsoft Hyper-V Continue at source… Technorati : Citrix, Hyper-V, Microsoft, XenDesktop Del.icio.us : Citrix, Hyper-V, Microsoft, XenDesktop

Microsoft App-V Video Series

Microsoft has released a series of videos all about App-V (Application Virtualization). These videos range from basic introductory configuration, to using App-V with AppLocker, to using Dynamic Suiting. Overview: AppLocker is a new feature of Windows7 that allows administrators to define policies that can allow or deny a user's ability to run or install executable, MSI, or script files. Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) separates the application from the operating system preventing application conflicts and enabling the ability to run multiple versions of an application of the same desktop. Virtual applications can be delivered in many ways – streaming by assigning applications to user, delivering to machines via Configuration Manager or by using file streaming from removable media. Using App-V and Applocker together ensures that no matter how the application is delivered or what format is takes, physical or virtual, it will respect the policies defined by IT. Watch these demonstrations to learn how to configure App-V; create, update, and publish virtual applications; and create and manage policies for virtual applications. The following videos are currently posted: App-V Configuration Options App-V with AppLocker Executable Rules App-V with AppLocker Windows Installer Rules Create Virtual App Deprovision Virtual App Launch Virtual App Manage App Licenses Publish Virtual App Run Office Virtual Update Virtual App Use Dynamic Suiting Continue at source… Del.icio.us : App-V, Application Virtualization, Microsoft Technorati : App-V, Application Virtualizat

Is Microsoft taking on Amazon EC2?

Virtualization.info is reporting that Microsoft may starting hosting virtual machines in it's Windows Azure platform as early as March 2010. Azure started out as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution encompassing things like SQL Server Data Service (SSDS) – now SQL Azure. Azure is growing beyond these initials offerings and is quickly becoming more of a full service cloud computing environment. A quick look at the Microsoft Azure website does, in fact, list "Windows Azure" as an option, but not a lot of details. Continue at source… Technorati : Amazon, Azure, Cloud Computing, EC2, Microsoft Del.icio.us : Amazon, Azure, Cloud Computing, EC2, Microsoft

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