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

Posted under Hyper-V, vCenter.

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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

Posted under ESXi 3.5 Tips, Hyper-V.

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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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