Virtualizing your DMZ

Today I got into a heated discussion with a “Virtualization Expert” at Gartner today about the risks associated with virtualizing your DMZ, primarily into the same environment as your non-DMZ servers.

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Created on December 5, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Networking, Security, VMware.

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NetApp Snapshots in ESX – Take 2

Alright, well I finally set aside some time to sit and think about my script that runs my snapshots (VMware Snapshots then NetApp Snapshots then remove VMware Snapshot).   The problem with my current script is that if you have multiple VMware Snapshots they all get removed… which IMO maybe isn’t a bad thing (since your not suppose to keep snapshots for that long), but I can see in some environments it may not be a good thing.

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Created on December 5, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Backup & Recovery, ESX 3.5 Tips, NetApp, Storage, VMware.

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VMworld.com – Ask the Experts

Today an ask the experts session went live on “Getting the Most ROI with Data Deduplication“, this was a presentation I recorded mainly focused on NetApp’s A-SIS (Data Deduplication).  Please feel free to visit the session, check out the documentation and ask questions.  The session will be live until December 19th.

For those of you attending VMware vForum in San Diego on Wednesday, I will be speaking during the NetApp Platinum Sponsor/Customer Story session.  My presentation will be on the benefits of utilizing NetApp storage for a virtualized environment.


Created on December 1, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Conferences, Good Reading, NetApp, vForum, VMware.

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VMworld 2008 – Highlights Reel

VMware has released a nice highlights reel from VMworld 2008. I have included it in this posting for your viewing pleasure.  To view it please click the Read More link below.  Enjoy!

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Created on December 1, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Conferences, VMworld.

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Top Referrers Last 30 Days

Thanks to a pingback from Duncan over at Yellow-Bricks.com I was intrigued to see who my top referrers were as well.  So, here is my top-ten list.  Unfortunetly, I do not have Planet V12n on the top like Duncan and Jason Boche, but it is on there!  For me Vizioncore is on top, I’m guessing it is because of the review of vFoglight I did earlier in the month.

  1. http://www.vizioncore.com
  2. http://blog.scottlowe.org/2008/10/18/important-note-regarding-vm…
  3. http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/planet/vmware/
  4. http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/planet/v12n/
  5. http://vmware-land.com/Vmware_launchpad.html
  6. http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/
  7. http://blog.scottlowe.org
  8. http://www.vizioncore.com/news.html
  9. http://blogs.sun.com/chhandomay/entry/more_virtualbox_reviews
  10. http://blogs.netapp.com/virtualstorageguy/2008/11/vmware-on-neta…

For only starting in September I am extremely happy with how the site has grown.  As of today we have 266,057 hits / 11,078 visits for November.  Comparing it to October it is almost shocking; 99,388 hits and 4,470 visits… and since our inception in early September we’ve almost tripled our counters every month.   I sincerely thank all the other Virtualization Bloggers that have helped make my site one of the new upcoming hot spots! Special thanks to Scott Lowe and Duncan Epping!


Created on November 28, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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Product Review : vKernel Chargeback

Recently my employer found the need to assess virtual machine utilization, to be used for FY10 budget planning.  So, I started my search for the best product to do just that.

As you may have read, I’ve already reviewed Vizioncore’s vFoglight – which is a real nice product and extremely flexible…but, as some may have already seen or heard, it is extremely bloated and put a 2 vCPU/4GB Virtual Machine to its knees. (Also, it does not have a Chargeback feature..which is surprising since the older versions of vCharter did) …So, this is where vKernel’s product line comes in.

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Created on November 25, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Good Reading, Monitoring.

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NetApp Customer Success Story

I was recently interviewed by NetApp for a Customer Success Story, it was in regards to server virtualization and utilizing NetApp storage.  This success story was recently released by NetApp and can be found online by clicking here.


Created on November 25, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Good Reading, NetApp, VMware.

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Virtualize your SAP Environment with NetApp and VMware

I recently did a TechTalk session with NetApp and VMware on Virtualizing your SAP Environments.  If you are running SAP or thinking about deploying SAP, I strongly suggest you check out this session as it has valuable information from NetApp, VMware and also a customers perspective on Virtualizing SAP.

NetApp TechTalk – Virtualize your SAP Environment with NetApp and VMware >> LISTEN NOW


Created on November 19, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Conferences, NetApp, VMware.

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Speaking at NetApp/VMware Event

I’ll be giving a customer example presentation at the San Diego Go Green event which is put on by NetApp and VMware.  If your new to virtualization, or would like to learn more about NetApp, I strongly suggest you sign-up and attend one of these briefings.  You will also get a nice free lunch!   The San Diego event is at Morton’s Steakhouse, so the food will definitely be good!

You can signup at this website; NetApp Go Green Event

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Created on November 12, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Conferences, NetApp, VMware.

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Product Review : Sun xVM Server

Just like everyone else, Sun has joined the Virtualization marketplace. A couple weeks back I reviewed Sun VirtualBox which takes a stab at VMware Server with somewhat of a success (simply because its fast and runs on virtually any operating system (Mac included)). This round I will discuss their bare-metal stage 1 hypervisor, xVM Server.

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Created on November 12, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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