Archive for November, 2008

Monday morning funny

November 3rd, 2008

I saw this comment on Twitter this morning from @jbjon and it made me  chuckle:

twitter is just multiplayer notepad”

I used to be the person that knocked Twitter, but I have gotten some practical use out of it since joining for VMworld 2008.

I’m still not down with the Myspace and Facebook sites.  Nothing good can come from those sites if you ask me.

63% not utilizing Resource Pools

November 2nd, 2008

A one month long Virtual Infrastructure poll wrapped up over on the VMware VMTN Community forums and produced some intuitive findings. The poll results reflect that the majority of respondents are not using or not effectively utilizing VMware Resource Pools. Myself included. To tell the truth, I have the resource pools set up (shares configured only, no reservations or limits), but we’re not pushing the virtual infrastructure hard enough for them to provide the benefit they were designed to deliver which is guaranteed resource allocation and resource allocation weighting in a heavily used infrastructure where there is resource contention.

What does this mean? In my case, and I’ll go out on a limb and suspect much of the same is true in other environments, the virtual infrastructure isn’t filled to the capacity that it was designed to handle. More virtualization is needed.

A link to the poll:

http://communities.vmware.com/poll.jspa?pollID=1095

Soup up your computer with a VMworld 2008 screensaver

November 1st, 2008

Get yourself a VMworld 2008 screensaver at http://www.vmworld.com/docs/DOC-1623.  Sorry Linux and MAC users, no compiled version for you until your desktop platform’s market share dethrones Microsoft Windows.  However, there is some hope if you’re a Linux or MAC user working at VMware in the Palo Alto offices.  The included .sfp file reveals the location of the Macromedia flash which you should be able to view on the corporate network:  S:\Marketing\Graphics\Web Site\vmworld2008_screensaver\vmw08_1280x1024\vmw08_ss1280x1024_v15.swf  Be sure to get Marketing’s approval first.

By the way VMware, is VMwrold2008 an easter egg, or just a v-typo?  🙂

vmscreensaver

VI4 beta program and my VMware wish list

November 1st, 2008

I’m happy to say that I have been accepted into the VMware Virtual Infrastructure 4 beta program (shout out to my friend John Troyer over at VMware for helping with this). Unfortunately due to the Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) I am bound by, I will not be able to discuss VI4 details at all with the public or with other VI4 beta participants outside of the VMware VMTN Community VI4 beta forums.

I’m quite certain a lot of great features await my discovery, some of which I saw at VMworld 2008. One of the difficulties of beta testing is seeing the new features, but not being able to put them to practical use in production datacenters until the (suspected) 2009 release. It’s like being a kid, Christmas shopping in June with your parents and they throw something in the cart for you that you really like, but you can’t have it until Christmas day.

I’ve had some pet peeves posted in VMware’s Product and Feature Suggestions forums for a long time and hopefully these will be addressed in VI4 or sooner (most of these IMO should require little effort to resolve, but then again I’m not a developer):

Happy Halloween!

November 1st, 2008

I hope everyone had a happy halloween!

My two kids, Allison and Joshua, dressed up as Barney the dinosaur and a pumpkin.

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