Jun 292009

Some new technical whitepapers this past week.  Here’s a listing and their breakdown:

  • Managing Custom ESXi Extensions – A short paper on tips on how to add or remove or troubleshoot customer ESXi Extensions.  These can be things like VMKernel module, driver, or Common Interface Module (CIM) Providers.
  • DMZ Virtualization Using VMware vSphere 4 and the Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch – The title indicates this Paper is for a DMZ deployment but in reality this is a very good overall paper on many of the capabilities of the Nexus 1000v Software switch from Cisco.  If you are thinking about the 1000v, definately take a read thru this.
  • Software and Hardware Techniques for x86 Virtualization – This is an outstanding history lesson about how virtualization has evolved from the early days to today.  It’s very technical in nature describing Binary Translation to Paravirtualization and hardware extensions.  These are things we, as VMware engineers, have known for a long time.  This gives our technical customers and partners a better understanding of many of the concepts around virtualization and where they come from.
Jun 242009

Fusion 2.0.5 has been released for you Mac addicts.  Here’s the What’s New section from the release notes :

VMware Fusion 2.0.5 is a maintenance release of VMware Fusion 2. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 1 and VMware Fusion 2 customers, and provides the following enhancements:

  • Supports Mac OS X Server guest operating systems on Macs with Intel Xeon 5500 and 3500 Series processors (based on Nehalem micro-architecture)
  • Provides experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server as a guest operating system (32-bit only)
  • Provides experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard as a host operating system (32-bit only)
  • Supports Ubuntu 9.04 as a guest operating system, including features such as VMware Tools pre-built modules and Easy Install
  • Reduces CPU usage when a virtual machine is idle under VMware Fusion
  • Contains fixes for more than 80 bugs

You can grab the bits in the download section on the VMware site here .

Jun 192009

While this utility is still experimental, it can be very helpful.  For those trying out Data Recovery to backup your VM’s, this is a great way to mount the point-in-time images that Data Recovery catches.

For instance, this utility only works on XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008.  It allows you to run a command from the command line pointing it at you Data Recovery appliance.  The utility then responds with a list of all of the restore points the machine you are running on has available.  You can then select a restore point from the list and the utility mounts that restore point as additional drive(s) on the current VM.  You can then use explorer to grab the single files you need out of the backup image.  When completed, you type the "unmount" command on the command line which will unmount all of the disks mounted by the utility.

It is still in the Experimental stage but looks very promising for admins just needing to grab a few files out of Data Recovery.

You can grab it and the docs for it in the Data Recovery download section here .

Jun 192009

Sorry, late on the new.  ThinApp 4.0.3 was released yesterday.  From the What’s new section of the release notes :

  • The 4.0.3 release adds the ObjectTypes parameter to the Package.ini file. You can use this parameter to specify a list of virtual COM objects that are visible to other applications in the physical environment.
  • The 4.0.3 release changed the name of the VMware ThinApp User’s Manual to ThinApp User’s Guide .
  • ThinApp 4.0.3 is also a maintenance bug fix release. See Resolved Issues .

You can download the new release here .

Jun 152009

There were 5 new technical papers published last week.  Some really good reading for administrators and architects.