23 Jul

Microsoft submits virtualization driver code for Linux kernel

Microsoft has made a very interesting virtualization play this week by submitting source code for the Linux kernel. This will allow Linux guests to run on the maturing Windows 2008 hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V. This is an unexpected move from Microsoft to publicly release source code and an indicator of their appetite to compete with VMware’s Read more…

21 Jul

Matter Centricity Design: Getting the Big Picture

So you’ve decided to implement Matter Centricity at your firm.  Whether you are using Autonomy iManage (formerly Interwoven), Open Text eDOCS (formerly Hummingbird), or another Document Management System (DMS), the basic idea behind Matter Centricity is the same — to present virtual Redwelds for each matter, with folders to categorize and classify documents within.  Couldn’t be Read more…

13 Jul

Audience Targeting in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, based on AD Groups

WSS does not have a user profile service and does not allow any kind of native targeting of content to users in different groups. This is one of the more serious limitations of WSS, especially for corporate intranets, where pages might need to be customized for users in different offices. MOSS, on the other hand, Read more…

09 Jul

Dell Optiplex 160 Series: Bridging the gap between “dumb” terminals and Windows desktops in a sbc environment?

Among the benefits of a server based computing (SBC) environment, are the potential savings that exist when purchasing cheaper desktops or terminals on the client side. The logic being that because applications are being run on a server, the client just needs enough horsepower to present the server based applications to the user. Of course Read more…

06 Jul

Verifying support for Microsoft applications running in virtual machines

Microsoft has done a nice job of late regarding supporting their operating systems and applications when they are run in a virtual machine. First they created the Server Virtualization Validation Program to validate their software running on hypervisors from various vendors, including their own Hyper-V.  They’ve taken the SVVP one step further by adding a Read more…

01 Jul

Media redirection in XenApp/XenDesktop with HDX (SpeedScreen)

Media playback within a XenApp or XenDesktop session has always been a challenge when designing a server based computing solution. The user’s experience is degraded through choppy playback and the host server is taxed processing the audio and video playback. Administrators have typically addressed this challenge by educating users to leverage their local client browser Read more…

30 Jun

Expand virtual machine boot volumes with no downtime

One of the great things about using virtual machines is how easy it is to quickly modify their hardware configuration.  One common change that administrators often make is to expand the size of the virtual machine’s hard disk. Windows data volumes are easy to expand by simply growing the disk file and then using Microsoft’s Read more…

06 May

Automating VMware ESX snapshot notification

Discovering that your ESX hosts have been unknowingly creating open snapshots can be an alarming, not to mention dangerous, event. Third party storage and backup vendors frequently call the vCenter API to issue a snapshot creation of running virtual machines before they grab a copy of the virtual machine’s hard disk – VMDK files – Read more…

01 Apr

How To: Enable Active Directory Authentication on VMware ESX

When managing a VMware ESX host, most functions can be done via the VI Client. The VI Client offers an easy to use GUI interface for management and configuration of one or multiple ESX hosts. That said, there are times when connecting to the Service Console of the ESX host is required. Often times multiple Read more…

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