Archive for the ‘Virtualization’ category

November 29th, 2008

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VMware Fusion 50% off on Monday only

November 29th, 2008

If you’ve been struggling with last minute gift ideas for that “special” Mac user in your life (and I really do mean special), here is something that may interest you. The VMware e-store will be selling VMware Fusion at 50% off on Monday.

Source: @vmwarefusion on Twitter

Update: The promotion has gone live and is available until 12/1 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2008

For those that celebrate, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Travel safely. For the first time in ten or more years, I’m not working the Friday after Thanksgiving. I’ll be relaxing at home on Friday, probably rebuilding my gaming PC. Saturday I’ll be network gaming all day at a buddy’s house (the Team Fortress 2 dedicated server naturally runs inside a VMware VM, what else would you expect from me). Sunday night I’ll be with the Minnesota Vikings as we host Sunday Night Football against the Chicago Bears.

And before anyone becomes gravely concerned about my developing blogging habits, I’m not blogging at 6am Thanksgiving morning. I’m leveraging the WordPress scheduled posting function. It’s actually Tuesday evening right now and I’m on the bus ride home. With any luck, I’m fast asleep when this post goes live.

Reminder: No VMware Communities Roundtable podcast today

November 26th, 2008

No podcast today. I think this is the first Wednesday we’re going to miss since John Troyer of VMware started this initiative around last May. Kudos to John for doing such a fantastic job with the podcasts in addition to everything else we throw at him!

We pick back up next week 12/3/08 3pm EST/2pm CST/12pm PST. Here’s the Talkshoe link to listen in.

Also don’t forget these podcasts are now on iTunes so you can download all of the shows to your favorite iDevice and catch up on past episodes.

Build a network boot disk for VMware guest VMs

November 25th, 2008

A person recently asked me via Email how to create a bootable MS-DOS diskette with networking capability for use in VMware guest VMs. Rather than privately isolate the knowledge in an email conversation, I figured the least I could do after going through the steps is to share it in a blog post so that it may be cataloged in Google for everyone’s benefit.

There are several methods to creating a network boot disk. Some easier. Some more difficult. In the interest of time and leveraging the innovation of others, I’ll turbo charge today’s procedure by using Bart’s Network Boot Disk. Frankly I’m not interested in modifying network boot disk files by hand which was one of the purposes behind Bart’s solution – making the creation of boot disks easier. Note, to use this procedure, you admit to owning a Microsoft Windows 98 operating system license.

Here are the steps:

  1. Create the boot disk by following the instructions here.
  2. Download the BFD full package v1.0.7 file.
  3. Extract to a temporary folder (I’ll use c:\temp\ for this example).
  4. Good news – the driver used by VMware (the AMD PCNet Family Ethernet Adapter NDIS is already included in the default list of drivers bundled in the file above. This is a perfect working example of why VMware chose to virtualize the AMD PCNet Family adapter. It’s ubiquitous nature allows it to be supported by every VMware guest operating system on the support list. By virtue of the fact that VMware supports most of the popular/common Windows and Linux operating systems, you’ll find that VMware networking works with nifty utilities like Bart right out of the box.
  5. As the instructions indicate, open a command prompt, go to the BFD directory (in this example, c:\temp\) and execute the command bfd msnet and follow the instructions on screen. This step will create the actual floppy diskette.
  6. The network boot diskette is ready to use with VMware. Use it to boot a guest VM.
  7. I found that booting from the #3 menu item labeled “Boot without emm386” worked well with ESX 3.5.0 Update 3:
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  8. Accept the following default prompts assuming they are applicable to your environment:
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  9. Configure the “Logon as”, “Password”, “Workgroup”, and “Domain” as necessary:
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  10. The network boot disk will complete its boot up process, connecting your MS-DOS VM to the network with the given parameters. A quick net view displays the shares of a Windows server on the network:
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  11. A net use command maps a C: network drive to the network Windows server share and a dir command displays the share contents:
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Well that’s about it. At this point, you’re on the network, ready to dump or capture an image, or whatever it is that you needed a network boot disk for. Don’t forget you can transform the physical floppy diskette into a virtual floppy image by using a utility such as WinImage by Gilles Vollant. This allows the VM to boot much more quickly and it allows you to avoid the use of the dying technology of physical floppy disks altogether.

Update: Roger Lund posted another method on his blog using the Universal TCP/IP Network Bootdisk that looks just as quick and easy.  Check out Roger’s solution.

Please join us for the Q4 2008 Minneapolis Area VMware Users Group meeting

November 25th, 2008

I apologize in advance for the poor formatting of this. It didn’t copy/paste very well from MS Word and I don’t have time to make it all pretty like.

Please join us for the Q4 2008 Minneapolis Area VMware Users Group meeting

Jason Boche, Minneapolis area VMUG leader – Email:

Friday December 19th, 2008 1 – 4:00 PM

1:00 – 1:15 General business

1:15 – 2:00 Presentation: Rob Schwartz/Ken Pizzo, EMC: “Optimizing Your VMware Backup Environments”

2:00 – 2:10 Break

2:10 – 2:55 Case Study: Tom Grahek/Derek Clark, Fair Isaac: “Securing Offshore Support Using VMware”

2:55 – 3:05 Break

3:05 – 3:50 Case Study: Cory Miller, Schwans: “Leverage VMware for Disaster Recovery and VDI”

3:50 – 4:00 Door prizes, Q & A, closing

Stick around to win fantastic door prizes from EMC and VMware, plus two books from virtualization authors David Marshall, Stephen Beaver, and Jason McCarty!

(Please bring business cards to enter your name in the door prize drawings)

Meeting Sponsors:

Location and snacks provided by EMC – Storage innovation where information lives.

Door prizes provided by EMC and VMware – Storage innovation where information lives. – The authority on x86 virtualization. Period.

Virtualization authors David Marshall, Stephen Beaver, and Jason McCarty


Doubletree Hotel

1500 Park Place Blvd.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416 USA

Phone: 952-542-8600

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Confused about Citrix XenServer 5 support for Windows Server 2008

November 25th, 2008

I read a news item here stating Citrix XenServer 5 lacks support for Windows Server 2008 as a guest operating system. I decided to check it out for myself.

Citrix reveals here that indeed Windows Server 2008 guests are not supported in XenServer 5. However, the What’s new in Citrix XenServer 5 page explains that XenServer 5 is tuned for Windows and Windows Server 2008 guest support has been added through the all important Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).

Confused? I am.

VMware supports Windows Server 2008 for many of its products and VMware is very clear about it. VMware’s guest OS support for all VMware products can be found in the Guest Operating System Installation Guide.