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A few months ago I set out to build a home lab that I could use to run vSphere, vCD, View, vCAC, vCO, vCops, and all other grat management tools that VMware has as well as Hyper-V, XenServer, KVM, OpenStack, Citrix XenDesktop, XenPVS and just about anything else I could think of running.  Initially I built a server with the following specs: The Power House (1) ASUS KGPE-D16 Dual Socket AMD Motherboard (2) AMD Opteron 6320 2.8GHz 8-Core Processors 128GB Memory 800W Corsair PowerSupply With this I also got a Synology DS1512+ with 15TB of Storage and a Cisco SG-300-20 20 Port Gigabit Switch and a Cisco RVS4000 router.  I figured this should give me the ability to do just about anything I could possibly want to do.  I can run both vSphere and Hyper-V virtually as well as all the other management tools I could possibly want.  However I still had a gap.  XenServer and K... (more)

More on Cisco UCS, HP Matrix and ITaaS

I just finished reading Project California: a Data Center Virtualization Server - UCS (Unified Computing System) from Cisco. It gave an excellent take on Cisco’s view of how UCS benefits a datacenter. It also explains how new technologies from Intel, QLogic and Emulex all complement the Cisco gear. As a matter of fact, the first [...] ... (more)

Is Your Blade Ready for Virtualization?

Virtualization at Cloud Expo I attended the second day of the HP Converged Infrastructure Roadshow in NYC last week. Most of the day was spent watching PowerPoints and demos for the HP Matrix stuff and Virtual Connect. Then came lunch. I finished my appetizer and realized that the buffet being set up was for someone else. My appetizer was actually lunch! Thanks God there was cheesecake on the way… There was a session on unified storage, which mostly covered the LeftHand line. At one point, I asked if the data de-dupe was source based or destination based. The “engineer” looked... (more)

vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide Released

Virtualization at Cloud Expo I received a pre-release edition of the book at VMworld 2009. This guide has a great selection of shortcuts, tips and best practices for setting up and maintaining vSphere 4. I would be an excellent addition to any VMware administrator’s bookshelf. The book’s size also makes it a great reference for consultants as well. It will easily fit into your backpack. It was authored by the following geniuses from the community: Thomas Bryant III Stu Radnidge Dave Mishchenko Alan Renouf Duncan Epping Bernie Baker Shows these guys some love and pick up a copy to ... (more)

Setting up Hyper-V Linux Integration Components on SLES 10

After finally setting up a SLES 10 server on Hyper-V I thought I write a little how to on getting the Linux Integration components working. Microsoft includes an install doc that doesn’t really tell the whole story. I had already installed SLES before I read the manual and found out that XEN Virtualization support needed [...] ... (more)