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Virtualization Websites

Today I did a Google search to see how many people like myself have started a blog or website to discuss or support virtualization (VMware vSphere, Virtual Iron, Cloudstack, etc).

And I was surprised to find so many cool VMware Blog websites with catchy names.

VMware Blog Reviews

1. Take this name for example: www.vmwarewolf.com. Visiting the site I found quite a few posts on troubleshooting VMware, especially ESX. Lots of information on the old “ESX random disconnect from VirtualCenter” issue.

At the top of the Google search list was VMware’s own support community. If you support VMware Virtual Infrastructure and you haven’t visited the community yet, you are missing out.

Here’s the link, go there now! Then come back and finish reading this post. http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/suggest/support

2. One of my old favorites is www.VMGuru.com. I remember when this site was just taking off.

The owner, Scott Herold, even wrote one of the first ‘worth a darn books” on Virtual Infrastructure. >> Continue Reading

Google LiveAndroid OS Runs On Virtual Machine

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Google LiveAndroid OS Runs On Virtual Machine

With all the recent buzz going on about Google’s New Android cell phones, I thought it would be worthwhile to blog this on VMInstall.com.

If you’re a techie who likes to spend time testing which operating systems they can get to run on a VM. I found that Google has a version of its popular Android OS that is called LiveAndroid. You download the ISO then you can boot your PC from it or create a VM.

The picture shown is LiveAndroid running on VMware Player but it’s been tested on VirtualBox, too.

LiveAndroid v0.3 – Features

  • OpenDNS added
  • Audio support
    • VirtualBox – Intel 8×0 AC97
    • VMware – Ensoniq AudioPCI 1371/1373
  • SD card support (512M)
  • Ethernet (DHCP)
  • Mouse wheel support
  • High-resolution support (800*600, 1024*768)
  • Apps added
    • Software Directory
    • AndroidVNC
    • PilotLines, Craigs Races, Super Mario
  • more net card driver added
    • Amd PCNET32 PCI
    • Broadcom 440x/47xx
    • CS89x0
    • Intel PRO/100+
    • NE2000/NE1000
    • Realtek RTL-8129/8130/8139

Browsing VMinstall.com

LiveAndroid - Browsing

LiveAndroid – Browsing VMinstall.com

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Managing Virtual Infrastructure 101

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Managing Virtual Infrastructure

To begin, this post has nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of installing, configuring or supporting VMware or any other virtual infrastructure.

It’s about managing virtual infrastructure and building a solid team of admins and engineers to keep it alive.

Back in 2009, I wrote 10 Biggies to Help Managers and Admins Avoid Virtualization Pit-Falls and since then not much has gotten better or changed. Managing virtual infrastructure is not for the faint of heart. It takes creativity, determination and a kick-ass team…

For the IT manger who has been given the new job of taking over management of virtual infrastructure it is a great opportunity, then when the honeymoon is over it is a lot of work, especially if you are taking over after there were problems…

6 Keys to Managing Virtual Infrastructure Like a Pro!

1. Detailed Audit

Start with a detailed audit of all the hardware and software the VI is built from (also know as currency) – I mean what ESX/i host are running on for servers (make, model, warranty dates), the storage provisioned to them (make, model, design), how the network is designed (1/10g, fiber, flex, xSigo, FCOE, copper, bandwidth, firewalls) and versions of ESX/I and vCenter. >> Continue Reading

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