Head-to-head analysis of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft VDI, Quest vWorkspace, and VMware View

Ruben Spruijt has published an updated whitepaper “VDI Smackdown” which provides you with an overview of today’s VDI solutions. More details here

VMware Workstation 7 RC available

Finally, after a long waiting time, VMware has released a release candidate for VMware Workstation 7. Aero support for Windows 7 and Vista Guests! Windows 7 support (as a Host and Guest OS) OpenGL and Shader Model 3.0 support for Windows guests Create guests with Multi-core or 4-way CPUs and up to 32GB of Memory Download VMware vSphere 4 and install ESX as a guest OS to try out the latest features. Dynamically Download the Read More …

ToolTip: Processor Check for 64-Bit Compatibility

In my earlier post “Detect XP Mode support” I wrote about a utility that checks the system for virtualization support. I have just found a similar one from VMWare that helps detecting if your CPU supports running virtual 64 bit guest operating systems. The VMWare Guest Check utility can be downloaded from here The following message appears when your system does not support running 64 bit guest operating systems: The following message appears when your Read More …

Running Google LiveAndroid in VMWare Workstation

When I checked my Twitter messages today, I came across a message about LiveAndroid. LiveAndroid allows you to run Google’s Android operating system that is used on mobile phones on a x86 platform. First you need to download the LiveAndroid ISO files. liveandroidv0.2.iso.002 and liveandroidv0.2.iso.001 The ISO file has been splitted due to maximum upload size restrictions. Once you have downloaded both files, run HJ-Split to merge the two files into one ISO file. Now Read More …

VMWare Workstation – Memory configuration

One of the key hardware related prerequisites when using Virtualization software is RAM. To improve performance of my virtual environment that I have running on my notebook, I had ordered an additional memory module of 2 GB RAM. After having added the additional 2 GB of RAM i started the VMWare Workstation and booted the Windows 7 and  Windows Server 2003 guest systems. Before starting these I had of course raised the assigned amount of Read More …

Comparing VMWare ESX and ESXi

Today I wanted to find out a little bit more about the differences between VMWare ESX and ESXi. Since it doesn’t make sense that i rewrite what others have written already let me share the sources i have found. ESX and ESXi comparison from VMWare How does VMware ESXi Server compare to ESX Server? from David Davis on Virtualization.com The Architecture of VMWare ESXi from VMWare ESX and ESXi comparison from the Virtual Troll Additionally find a comparison Read More …

Converting VMWare image to Hyper-V image

Tomorrow there are plans to move some VMWare slices into Hyper-V. In preparation of that i have found the following article on TechNet http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/ef8c12f7-c45d-442e-9a30-c43cd87df3b3/ and on vmToolkit there is a the tool VMDK to VHD converter that should help doing the job, so far for the theory, hope it works out.

Installing ESXi in VMWare Workstation 6.5

Finally after several attempts, i’ve been able to install VMWare ESXi into VMware Workstation 6.5. The intend of doing this is purely to get familiar with the product. To get this done, i have been mainly following the instructions provided by xtravirt.com Once installed i had some challenges with transfering files through the Virtual Infrastructure Client datastore browser where i received I/O errors. After some troubleshooting it appears to be related to the network , Read More …

VMWare 6.5 available

I must have missed this somehow 🙂 VMWare finally released VMWare Workstation 6.5. For those that didn’t notice it too, here’s the release notes. It does note make sense here to list any of the highlights as there are just too many of them, all described within the release notes. Well…. for those that like automation, have a look at vmrun. And of course there is also the VMWare Player 2.5.

Grow vmware size – an update

Earlier i wrote about how to extend you virtual disk , although I have not been able to test , verify this new feature myself, from the documentation provided, it looks like ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 provides hot virtual extend support. http://www.verboon.info/?p=4 Hot Virtual Extend Support – The ability to extend a virtual disk while virtual machines are running is provided. Hot extend is supported for vmfs flat virtual disks without snapshots opened in Read More …