As the post's title states, this has nothing to do with virtualization, but I thought it was funny and good enough to deserve a mention. In April, we went on holiday to South Africa. As I'm originally from South Africa, I should be used to seeing things similar to this, but I guess I just can’t get used to it!
Anyway, this is how NOT to advertise!!! (I had to remove the phone number. I didn’t want to get a lawsuit against me!)
So the long wait is over. You can now download vSphere 4 from http://www.vmware.com/download/vsphere/.
I've been patiently waiting for this release as I should now be able to fully and openly discuss the bells and whistles of the product without breaching the private beta confidentiality agreement.
I've used vSphere4 for quite a while now and I can tell you that it's a very good product. Well done VMware. Now that VMware's build work is over (for now), our work starts. Most of us will now be planning the upgrade of our environments to vSphere from VI3. Sounds like fun! Bring it on!
Mike Laverick from http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/ gave some comments on Eric Siebert's interesting article named "Will VMware give away VMotion and HA for Free". The article can be found at http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/virtualization-pro/will-vmware-give-away-vmotion-and-ha-for-free/
At first I though that I didn't see the need to comment on this, but when I read Mike's comments on his blog, something caught my attention that cheesed me right off! Mike says that many people dismiss VMotion as some kind of nice-to-have toy. Now, Mike obviously disagree with that statement, and so do I.
Here's my comments on that simple one-liner:
As for VMotion being a critical part of the package, I simply can't see how it can be dismissed as just a nice to have tool. I guess those who dismiss VMotion as "Nice to Have" simply don't work in enterprise environments where a single change request can take days to be reviewed let alone approved. The ability to move VMs from one physical box to another certainly makes life in enterprise IT bearable.
Just to get a simple change through to fix or enhance something on a physical host can be tough enough. Imagine doing the same change request but having to include "The following 15 systems will be unavailable..." in the impact clause of a change request? That kite is not going to fly mate!
My view, charge for VMotion. It saves a lot of time in the long run, and in this world time=$$money$$. Why complain about forking out some $$$ in the first instance if it’s going to save you money in the long term? Or, of course you can opt to go with MS and save the cash on licensing only to lose more cash on techie salaries and SLA breaches. It’s up to you.
I’ve been playing a little with the beta version of Kodiak, “the world’s only platform-in dependent virtualization management application!”
For those who aren’t familiar with Kodiak, here’s an intro as from their website:
Kodiak, from BlueBear, enables unprecedented visibility into and control over virtualized infrastructures, regardless of size or composition. As the industry's only application that's both hypervisor-agnostic and cross-platform, Kodiak sets a new standard in versatility, pushing virtualization out of the datacenter and catalyzing its widespread adoption throughout the information technology landscape. BlueBear believes useful software should be available to anybody who needs it, and at no cost; hence Kodiak's price, totally free!
Anyway, I’ve got a few invitations to the private beta program. If you would like me to send you an invite, please drop me an email via the contact page! I only have a few, so first come first serve!
If you’ve ever had trouble installing VMware tools on certain distributions of Linux, it may be worth a shot looking at VMware Tools Operating Specific Packages, or VMware Tools OSP.
VMware Tools OSPs are VMware Tools software packaged in the native package format and standards for selected supported Operating Systems (Guest Operating Systems). These packages are distributed for example in packages such as rpm and dep.
Currently VMware Tools OSPs are supported for the following Guest Operating Systems:
· Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 (RHEL)
· SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10 (SLES)
· Ubuntu 8You can download a user manual for OSP at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/osp_install_guide.pdf
VIRTUALVCP.COM was down between 25-04-2009 and 02-05-2009 due to a firewall failure in my hosting environment whilst I was away on vacation with my family in South Africa. On the 25th of April, I noticed that my mobile phone stopped communicating with my active sync email server. I soon realised that the problem affected the entire hosting environment, including www.virtualvcp.com and www.vi-pedia.com.
As I was almost 10,000km away from home, I was left with no other choice than to wait until I could get back to the UK to resolve the issue.If you are reading this article from www.virtualvcp.com, it's obvious that the problem has now been resolved. I will now have to go back to the drawing board to work on a redundant connection to my hosting environment. At this moment in time, my websites do not generate enough unique hits per day to justify me moving the sites to a dedicated hosting environment. Once I get 3000+ visits per day, then I may look into moving out.
I do apologise for the down time of this website. It is against my personal beliefs to have an unreachable website, even for an hour, but my hands were tied in this case. Thank you again for visiting www.virtualvcp.com. Keep checking back for some content on vSphere. I am now well rested and ready for some good blog'n!