VMware vCenter XVP Manager

vmware Labs has released vCenter XVP Manager and Converter, their first stab into management of non-VMware virtualized environments. vCenter XVP Manager allows you to use the vSphere Client to manage Hyper-V Server 2008 hosts and their associated virtual machines, it also allows you to easily migrate those Hyper-V based virtual machines into VMware virtual machines.

The installation is pretty simple, you first install a server piece that could very well be installed on your vCenter Server, then you install a XVP Manager Plug-in into your vSphere Client which is done via the vSphere Client Plug-in Manager.

This product is currently only listed as a vmware Labs Fling, which means that it is not guaranteed that it will continue beyond it’s 1.0 Technical Preview status, but if people like it and push vmware for this type of functionality we may very well see it embedded within the core vCenter Server product.

For more information and to download vmware vCenter XVP Manager check out the vmware Labs website.


Created on February 26, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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Google Calendar Sync

I know this isn’t related to Virtualization, but it is still pretty cool.  At the office I use Outlook, which is connected to an Exchange 2007 server.  I have my entire calendar live and up to date in that thing and one problem I’ve always been faced with is accessing Exchange via Outlook on my Home PC.  Due to security limitations I need to use Outlook Web Access (OWA) from outside our firewall, however I still use Outlook at home for access to my other IMAP accounts and Hotmail – but if I ever want to look at my calendar, I need to sign into OWA…it’s a PITA if you ask me.

Well, Google released a Calendar Sync tool that syncs your Outlook calendar to Google Calendar. I decided to start using this because my homepage is iGoogle, thus I can see my calendar from home right on my homepage without having to log-in. 

Now lets take it a step further, I installed Google Sync on my Home PC and now I have all my calendar entries from Exchange sync’d to Google Calendar and then sync’d to my Home PC – editable from any device (with 2-way sync enabled).


Created on July 29, 2009 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Good Reading, Microsoft.

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Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 have been RTM

Many of you know that I’m not the biggest Microsoft fan, however some announcements today will definitely create some waves so I feel that all of my readers must be informed.

Big announcement today from Microsoft, their long awaited next generation desktop operating system Windows Vista R2 (more commonly known as Windows 7) and server operating system Windows 2008 R2 have been released to manufacturing.

The biggest enhancements to Windows 2008 are to Hyper-V, along with the addition of 240 cmdlets to Powershell and another upgrade to IIS. Additional information on the Windows 2008 R2 RTM can be found here.

For a lot of companies, Windows 7 might actually be a bigger announcement than Windows 2008 R2.  Windows 7 will most likely be the next biggest upgrade to desktop PCs in the enterprise. A good majority of companies have avoided upgrading to Windows Vista due to problems in its initial release, that mixed with the bad press Vista has received since day one have kept a majority of the Fortune 500 on Windows XP. More information on the Windows 7 RTM can be found here.


Created on July 22, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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USB On Your Virtual Machine

Eric Sloof recently wrote about FabulaTech, which has a product called USB Over Network. This is a very nice software based client/server application that turns a PC with a USB device connected into a USB host – you can then install the client piece on your Virtual Machine to connect to the hosted USB connection.

Digi also has a product called AnywhereUSB, it pretty much does the same thing but without the need of a host machine, you plug your USB device into the AnywhereUSB appliance (very small 5 port USB hub) and install the client piece on your Virtual Machine, the connection is made over a 10/100 ethernet line.  I’ve used a couple dozen of these for software that requires a USB License Key, never having a problem with any of them.


Created on January 24, 2009 by Rick Scherer

Posted under ESX 3.5 Tips, ESXi 3.5 Tips, Hyper-V.

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Hyper-V vs. ESXi – Install and Configure

I came across a nice flash video doing a side by side comparison of the Microsoft Hyper-V install and the VMware ESXi install.  The Hyper-V install was using the Windows 2008 Core version and the ESXi was a baremetal install.  The results are not that shocking.  You can view the video by clicking here.

Microsoft Hyper-V
VMware ESXi
Reboots:
7
1
Keystrokes:
684
85
Clicks:
30
14
Elapsed Time:
37:37
10:01



Happy New Year!


Created on December 31, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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Hyper-V Puts VMs At Risk During Migration

A very cool video was sent over to me by an employee of VMware, it shows in a demo of Hyper-V an application failure because Hyper-V did not check the CPU compatibility prior to migration.  The origin host had the SSE4.1 instruction set, the destination did not.  Once migrated the application failed and crashed.  Later in the demo it shows a vMotion attempt of the same style, the CPU compatibility checking done during the vMotion process denied it to complete.

See it for yourself: Click here to Launch


Created on December 16, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Good Reading, Hyper-V, VMware.

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Hyper-V vs. VMware = Monday Debate

This morning when I came into work my twitter box was flooded and there was a lot of heat distributed across the virtualization blogging world.  This all started when this post was published on the Zero’s & One’s blog site.  Almost immediately Scott Lowe and Jason Boche posted their rebuttals, along with dozens of other comments on the initial posting and even more spread across Twitter… Now I would like to chime in.

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Created on December 15, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Good Reading, Hyper-V, VMware.

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