June 2008 | Archive by Month | SearchServerVirtualization.com

June 2008

  • Why (or why not) switch from VMware to Hyper-V?

    Now that Microsoft has finally delivered Hyper-V, everyone is waiting to see how many VMware shops will make the switch. Are there any compelling reasons for a company that already has a large ...

  • Protecting virtual disk files from nosy admins

    I recently came across an article revealing that 1 out of 3 IT administrators have used their elevated privileges to snoop on confidential information. It’s always possible to lock out ...

  • OS virtualization: Virtualizing without the hypervisor

    Get faster and smaller, hypervisor-free virtual machines with container-based operating system virtualization. Expert Greg Shields shows how to get greater VM performance in less physical space in ...

  • Creating an OS virtualization architecture

    OS virtualization's advantages, when hosted atop hypervisor-based architectures, fit into many different virtualization strategies. Expert Greg Shields discusses how hosted desktops, test/dev envir...

  • Hyper-V is RTM…

    As you have probably heard, Microsoft’s long awaited dabbling in virtualization has finally been released.This is an assessment of Hyper-V and its impact

  • Lab management streamlines asset allocation, saves costs

    Traditionally, developing and testing applications is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process that requires IT departments to create testing environments that mirror production environments. ...

  • Sizing server hardware for virtual machines

    How many virtual machines can you put on a server? Depends upon whether your hardware and virtualization environment are well-matched. This tip offers four criteria for selecting the right VM serve...

  • Microsoft to ship Hyper-V … finally

    Word has it that Microsoft is finally getting it together and releasing Hyper-V, putting the tech world on notice that it is now safe to exhale. Phew, we were all about to turn blue. Has someone ...

  • Overheard on the blogosphere: VMware and Apple can whip Microsoft

      Overheard on the blogosphere: "Together VMware and Apple could make a run at redefining the desktop (it's clear that VMware/Microsoft synergy isn't going to happen). VMware delivers the virtual ...

  • Getting to know Sun xVM VirtualBox snapshots

    Desktop virtualization packages rely on snapshots and virtual drive functionality. The de facto functionality standard here is found in VMware Workstation and VMware Server, but the tools in Sun's ...

  • New virtualization management tools take on VM sprawl

    As server virtualization technology makes its way from test environments into production, IT organizations are struggling to keep up with the inherent management challenges involved in dealing with...

  • Xen proponents question merits of Red Hat KVM hypervisor

    Red Hat's new KVM-based hypervisor may be easier to install alongside Linux, but paravirtualized offerings like Citrix's Xen still trump the new hypervisor, say KVM detractors.

  • VMware virtualization used to cut costs at 900 universities

    Attention, college students: your tuition may soon decrease! Well, maybe not. However, VMware Inc. reported today that 900 universities including top tier schools such as Harvard and Yale are ...

  • Preventing VM sprawl with archiving

    Creating archives of idle virtual machines (VMs), curbs VM sprawl and use resources efficiently. This tip outlines the benefits and the two steps involved in archiving.

  • Hyperic CloudStatus peers into Amazon's cloud

    Hoping to allay IT managers' fears about cloud computing, Hyperic has released the CloudStatus service, which provides data on the performance and availability of Amazon's cloud.

  • Using VRDP to view VirtualBox virtual machines remotely

    In last week's blog, I wrote about my first experiences with Sun's xVM VirtualBox 1.6.2. I  like the interface and the features available to this free desktop virtualization product. Among these ...

  • Red Hat announces new cross-platform VM management tools

    Today at Red Hat Summit in Boston, two of Red Hat’s emerging technology engineers, Dan Barrange and Richard Jones, presented the new tool sets that their team has developed for work with Xen ...

  • Red Hat intros VMware hypervisor alternative based on KVM

    At Red Hat Summit, Red Hat touted its new KVM hypervisor -- a rival to VMware's hypervisor -- as well as its virtualization management and security tools.

  • Deciding when to use virtual symmetric multiprocessing

    Should you assign a virtual machine (VM) more than one virtual processor or not? It's common for admins to configure virtual symmetric multiprocessing, or VMs with multiple CPUs, whether it is ...

  • Expect Open Virtual Machine Format release soon, says DMTF

    The virtualization world is still waiting for the official release of the Open Virtual Machine File Format, or OVF, once Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) puts the finishing touches on what ...