Hello world!

Spaces is done; converted over to wordpress which I’ve not used so have to tinker around a bit.  Been busy so lack of posts here for sure.  Relocated from Central New Jersey to the to St. Johns, FL and love it so far.  Great weather, sunny with Blue Skies!!

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Been a while :-)

I’ve been quite busy since June working on a large consolidation project.  I have gotten to spend a few moments for the holidays @ home with family which has been excellent

Took and passed the VCP4 exam today yeahh!!  Will look to tackle the VCDX during 2010

Happy New year everyone!  Hopefully 2010 will be a better one than 2009.


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Mobile Virtualization Management

Came across these 2 items for managing the VMware VI environment from your Blackberry or iPhone.  Hopefully mobile management products will continue to develop :-) 

VMware vCenter Mobile Access

iPhone for managing VMware VI – Richard Garsthagen has a quick video @ his site (Run-Virtual) below.

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vSphere: Engineers Explain the latest from VMWare

Saw this over @ Rawlinson Rivera blog http://www.punchingclouds.com

Good stuff indeed :-)  Check it out…


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Came across this youtube channel while reviewing some of the many virtualization blogs out there.

Check it out


Also check out David Davis’ site – he also has a bunch of video content up worth checking out


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DMTF OVF (Open Virtualization Format) reaches 1.0 status

The DMTF put out a press release which I missed :-) but found on Alessandro’s site http://www.virtualization.info/2009/03/ovf-standard-reaches-10.html
This is the 1st step to getting VM portability between hypervisor platforms. 
The VMware OVF tool and Citrix project Kensho are two tools that I’m aware of.  You can find details about them at the links below as well.
The Official press release is at the link below.

DMTF Releases OVF 1.0 Standard

OVF standard offers platform independence in virtualized environments; new white paper helps enable industry adoption

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 23, 2009 – The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the industry organization bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on systems management standards development, validation, promotion and adoption, today announced the release of version 1.0 of its Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard. The updated standard extends DMTF’s mission to enable interoperability through the creation of systems management standards for virtualized environments.

"The goal of standards development is to enable Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to offer improved products that manage a broader range of their customers’ preferred technology platforms," said Cameron Haight, Research Vice President with Gartner. "This is because standards, when designed appropriately, not only prevent ISVs from having to create multiple versions of the same product for each possible environment, but they allow vendors to focus their scare development resources upon delivering higher value features."

As part of the DMTF Virtualization Management Initiative (VMAN), OVF simplifies interoperability, security and virtual machine lifecycle management by describing an open, secure, portable, efficient and extensible format for the packaging and distribution of one or more virtual appliances and applications. This enables software developers to ship pre-configured, ready-to-deploy solutions, allowing end-users to distribute applications into their environments with minimal effort. The standard can also serve as a building block for cloud computing.

Key benefits of the OVF standard include:

  • Portable virtual machine (VM) packaging
  • Optimization for secure distribution
  • Simplified installation and deployment
  • Support for both single VM and multi-VM configurations
  • Vendor and platform independent
  • Extensible
  • Localizable

"OVF is the first standard to enable interoperability within virtualized environments, offering customers virtualization platform independence and flexibility," said Winston Bumpus, DMTF president. "The delivery of the 1.0 standard is an indication of DMTF’s continued commitment to driving standardization of IT management systems."

DMTF standards on our public web site are available to the industry at no charge. The OVF specification can be downloaded here along with sample demonstrations of the technology from DMTF member companies.

To accompany OVF, DMTF has completed a white paper describing the basic components of the standard and its reason for development. DMTF is committed to promoting the adoption of its management standards. The OVF white paper serves as an educational resource for implementers seeking interoperable solutions for their virtual systems.

About DMTF
DMTF enables more effective management of millions of IT systems worldwide by bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on the development, validation and promotion of systems management standards. The group spans the industry with 160 member companies and organizations, and more than 4,000 active participants crossing 43 countries. The DMTF board of directors is led by 16 innovative, industry-leading technology companies. They include Advanced Micro Devices (AMD); Broadcom Corporation; CA; Dell; EMC; Fujitsu; HP; Hitachi, Ltd.; IBM; Intel Corporation; Microsoft Corporation; Novell; Oracle; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Symantec and VMware. With this deep and broad reach, DMTF creates standards that enable interoperable IT management. DMTF management standards are critical to enabling management interoperability among multi-vendor systems, tools and solutions within the enterprise. Information about DMTF technologies and activities can be found at http://www.dmtf.org.

Press Contacts:
Rachel Shaver/Lisa Sherwin
Nereus for DMTF

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Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V and Xenserver

Citrix is certainly making some very exciting announcements as VMworld Europe 2009 kicks off.

1st the rumor of Xenserver Enterprise for free comes true and now we have the announcements for Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V and for Xenserver.

See the details below for both product announcements.

Essentials for Hyper-V

Essentials for Xenserver

Some details on the features provided are below.

Integrated Storage Management

Essentials for Hyper-V™ featuring StorageLink™ technology delivers
deep integration with leading storage platforms to reduce the cost and
complexity of managing storage in Hyper-V environments. StorageLink
provides one-click access to native storage devices for simplified
management through storage configuration wizards that leverage existing
storage array-based services and technologies directly from within its
Microsoft Management Console. Learn how it works.



Automated Lab Management

Essentials for Hyper-V automates the management of lab
infrastructure to reduce the complexity, time and cost of developing
and maintaining applications in virtualized environments. Take
advantage of lab management tools within Essentials for Hyper-V to
automate the setup and tear-down of application test beds. Develop,
test and deploy applications faster and reduce virtual machine sprawl
with fine-grained controls for automating and managing lab resources.Learn how it works.



Dynamic Provisioning Services

Essentials for Hyper-V accelerates the delivery of server
workloads, dramatically improves IT agility, and simplifies ongoing IT
administration by dynamically provisioning countless workloads from a
single server image. With Essentials for Hyper-V, organizations can
reduce both storage costs and the burden of patching, maintaining,
testing and supporting hundreds of separate server images. It even
allows administrators to provision complete Windows Server® 2008
images, including the hypervisor, to bare metal machines, with or
without internal disks.Learn how it works.



Workflow Orchestration
Workflow Studio™  orchestration is an infrastructure process automation
platform that enables you to transform your datacenter into a dynamic
delivery center. Built on top of Windows® PowerShell™ and Windows
Workflow Foundation, Workflow Studio provides an easy-to-use, graphical
interface for workflow composition that virtually eliminates scripting.
Workflow Studio orchestration acts as the glue across the IT
infrastructure allowing administrators to easily tie technology
components together via workflows.

Multi-hypervisor Support
Essentials for Hyper-V allows virtual machines to be run on either
Hyper-V or XenServer hypervisors without modification.  Easily migrate
virtual machines from XenServer environments to Hyper-V for
unparalleled IT flexibility.  Hypervisor interoperability and migration
is made possible with common virtual hard disk formats and common
storage management tools across Hyper-V and XenServer environments,
including the automation of storage resource configuration across
hypervisor hosts.

Microsoft Management Support
Essentials for Hyper-V is based on the Microsoft Management Console
(MMC) 3.0 and provides a consistent management experience for
administrators by integrating with Virtual Machine Manager and other
Microsoft tools you already own. It is based on .NET 2.0 and integrates
with PowerShell-based services and applications.

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