My ramblings about all things technical

All things Virtual IV


I know it’s the end of January but due to my being on holiday back in South Africa then on honeymoon this is my first posting of the new year.  Due to this, there has been a large amount of virtual things i have been interested by and learning about.

I see the next UK south/London VMware User Group is happening on the 25th of February. The last one I went to was really interesting and also a great day of meeting some fellow virtualisation geeks like myself who I talk to and follow on twitter. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to make this one as out of our team of four only two of us can afford to go due to work constraints and so my fellow co-workers who didn’t go last time now have preference.

A new addition to EMC’s ranks is Scott Lowe. I’ve spoken of Scott before as his book Mastering VMware vSphere 4 was extremely beneficial to me in my studies for my VCP4 exam. He recently posted a brilliant article on Resetting the Root Password on VMware ESX 4.0. If you are like me and pretty much any IT person i know then you have forgotten the admin password at least once in your career. One of the main ones you don’t want to forget is your esx host’s root password. Scott has detailed a few simple steps of resetting yours and I’ve already added the link to my favourites as I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before someone forgets theirs and asks me how to reset it.

Talking of EMC employees Chad Sakac posted a blog entry all about EMC and Cisco looking for people to fill some positions. There was a very large amount of conversation and comments on twitter about this and most amusing to me was his first test of people having to work out his EMC e-mail address to apply for the roles. Even more scary was that people couldn’t work it out somehow and were posting comments to the blog asking how to apply still.

As everyone knows there is a large amount of competition(yes an understatement) between Microsoft and VMware for the best virtualisation applications and services. A very recent and interesting bit of this came out in the last few weeks. Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) has covered both sides of it all and is a blog i highly recommend if you want to amuse yourself and keep yourself informed of what is happening.

A big congratulations has to go out to Mike Laverick(@mike_laverick) who has now joined’s website and blog are renowned in the virtualisation industry so his joining is of great interest and seems in another one in the top 15 blogs who has now joined a new company He details his joining in his blog posting on the subject and his thought behind it.

This is just a nerd bit, but recently i was alluded to Jason Boche’s home lab setup which boggles my mind. A brilliant setup and one i would LOVE to have although i bet his electricity bills are seriously high having to run the setup. Another geek toy that has caught my eye this past week is the new v.Clone from Iomega. A very impressive little tool that they say will allow you to “move seamlessly back and forth between a physical environment (home or office PC) and a virtual environment (Iomega Hard Drive connected to any PC) “. Hopefully i can talk myself into getting one for corporate testing =0)

There has been loads of talk over the past weeks about how virtualisation is now making its way from consolidating old back end servers to running tier 1 Applications. A brilliant posting on this was Jason Nash’s blog Why Isn’t Your Data Centre 100% Virtualized? which was the Winner of Cycle 7 on Virtualizing Tier 1 Applications. It does raise many valid points and also shows that virtualisation technologies are rightfully slowly being accepted as being capable of running companies tier 1 applications. Another blog stemming off this growth of virtualisation is one i read last week about how it’s believed that the best days of virtualization are still ahead of us. A very interesting posting even if you aren’t in the virtualisation industry.

As I’ve said many times before in my blog postings i enjoy challenging myself and growing my knowledge by doing courses in fields I’m currently working in and/or fields that interest me. Recently a new VMware course was released called VMware vSphere: Manage and Design for Performance. Scott Vessey from global knowledge was the person who i saw mention it first then Scott Drummonds posted a blog entry about how he actioned the idea of the course,how himself and his team have worked alongside the Education Services team at VMware to get the course up to standard and complete and the full layout of the courses modules. Hopefully i can get myself on this course very soon as it would be highly beneficial to my daily job. also congratulations to Scott V on his being chosen as Global Knowledge UK “Trainer of the Year” for 2009.

Gabrie van Zanten(@gabvirtualworld) wrote a really interesting and myth busting posting all about memory overcommiting and how he has proven it doesn’t impact your environment any more than normal memory usage. I would highly recommend it as it’s well worth a read to prove it not only to yourself but others of how overcommiting your memory will save you physical resources without the heavy payment.

Both Simon Long (@simonlong_) and Simon Seagrave(@kiwi_si) have posted entries on their blog sites:The SLOG and Techhead today about the new vSphere 4.0 Security Hardening Guide. The guide looks like a brilliant resource tool and is definitely something i will be printing out and adding to my resource library.

Last but not least is all the nifty tools and diagrams people have been creating over the past few weeks. I’ve just listed them as it’s easier for you to choose the ones that might interest you rather than me waffling on about them.



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2 thoughts on “All things Virtual IV

  1. Cheers for the mention 🙂

  2. Pingback: All things Virtual V « TheSaffaGeek

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