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New Forums Area Online PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Hirt   
Thursday, 04 June 2009 00:00
Forums Area!

We are excited to announce an update to our website! Today we launched our new forums area.  We completely rebuilt the forums area from the ground up adding numerious enhancments to the navigation and site integration.  We also took the opportunity to reset the forums and clean up some of the older messages lingering out there.

Please have a look and let us know what you think.  I'm always interested in your feedback and want to know how we can make this site the #1 Tech how-to / blog site on the net!

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 15:12
VMware vSphere 4.0 General Availability Announcement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Hirt   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 00:00

Today VMware announced the long awaited general availability of vSphere 4.0!  But if your thinking about going bleeding edge err leading edge (which ever you like to think of it as), you might think again.

Although vSphere 4.0 offers many new and exciting enhancements (see our VMware vSphere 4.0 Set to Launch news blast), not only are some of the features not yet available, but upgrading an existing environment could disable some of the functionality currently in use in your 3.x environment.  We put together the following software compatibility matrix to help you determine if an upgrade to vSphere 4.0 is right for you.

VMware vSphere 4.0 VMware Infrastructure 3
Product/Feature ESX/ESXi 4.0 vCenter Server 4.0 ESX 3.5 ESXi 3.5 ESX 3.0 vCenter Server 2.5
vCenter Server 4.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
vCenter Server Hearbeat 5.5 N/A Yes (5.5 U1) **
vCenter Orchestrator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
vCenter Stage Manager
2H09 2H09 Yes
No Yes
vCenter Lab Manager 2H09
2H09 Yes
2H09 No Yes
vCenter Site Recovery Manager 2H09 2H09 Yes Yes
vCenter Lifecycle Manager 2H09 2H09
Yes Yes
Yes Yes with VC 2.5 U3
VMware Consolidated Backup 1.5 Yes (1.5 U1)*** Yes (1.5 U1)***
Yes Yes
vStorage APIs for Data Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
vCenter Update Manager 4.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
vCenter Converter 4.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VMware Data Recovery Yes Yes No No No No
vShiled Zones Yes Yes
No No
No No
VMware View Manager 2H09
Yes**** Yes
Yes with VC 2.5 U3
VMware View Composer 2H09
2H09 Yes
No Yes with VC 2.5 U3

** vCenter Server Heartbeat 5.5 becomes compatible with vCenter Server 4.0 with the release of Heartbeat 5.5 U1.
*** VMware Consolidated Backup 1.5 becomes compatible with vSphere 4.0 with the release of VCB 1.5 U1.
**** VMware View Manager and VMware View Composer are compatible with ESXi U3 and later.

As you can see, users of the management and desktop products should hold off until the second half of 2009.  Core virtualization features appear to be compatiable from 3.5 to 4.0 however you should test any upgrades rigorously in a dev region before promoting to production.  Best of luck on your upgrade to vSphere!

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 15:11
VMware vSphere Set to Launch (VI4) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Hirt   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 14:44

VI4For anyone who is not familiar with vSphere its basically VMware's upgrade to VI3 (Virtual Infrastructure 3.)  Currently, VMware has the release date scheduled for Q2 of 2009 with some documentation on their site indicating it will be available to the general public on or around May 21st 2009.   VMware is usually very good about sticking to their announced release dates, although some of new features in VI4 wont be available until later in Q3 of 2009.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 15:31
Downloads / Uploads Area Now Online! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Hirt   
Saturday, 28 March 2009 16:20

Downloads Area OnlineAfter a lot of hacking, we finally managed to bring our downloads area on-line today.  We plan to fill it with open source, freeware, and self published content.  We haven't done much to build out the categories/sub categories yet, but if anyone has any ideas or desires, please let us know.  We are going to be tweaking the look and feel over the next couple of weeks and apologize in advance if it's down for maintenance.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 20:20
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