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Veeam Backup 3.0.1 required for ESXi Update 4

April 1st, 2009 at 2:32 am » Comments (5)

UPDATE 10:45 am 4/1/2009: Silly me, I forgot until right before I was about to go to bed last night that there was a Veeam Backup 3.0.1 release I needed to upgrade to from 3.0. (I even mentioned remembering the upgrade in my post at the last minute before I published it.) Upgrading fixed the […]

Surprise Server Selections

September 25th, 2008 at 7:45 am » Comments (6)

In my last post, I suggested that the Dell PowerEdge R805 server was my current choice to use as our new virtual server. That was correct. However, I happened to be browsing the Dell Outlet on Wednesday and mentioned to a few friends on the #citrt IRC channel that I was doing so. A couple […]

New Server, SAN, and Backup Plans!

September 22nd, 2008 at 10:03 pm » Comments (2)

Although Lakeview is currently experiencing tight finances (who isn’t in this economy?), we have had some server infrastructure issues that we can’t ignore any longer. Thus, I am happy to mention that I’ve gotten final approval to purchase these items, or something very close to them: A Dell PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI SAN (with 10-15 near-line […]

Explorations with VMware ESXi (now free!) and Linux NICs

August 5th, 2008 at 4:38 pm » Comments (8)

Late last month, VMware announced that it was going to make it’s ESXi product free. It’s not the same as the full-blown ESX product, but it’s close enough to get anyone running VMware Server salivating! Including me. I’m going to have to work on getting a server available to play with this at Lakeview, but […]

Need to convert Linux machine to Virtual

December 18th, 2007 at 2:14 pm » Comments (9)

I have a dedicated web hosting server that is currently hosted at a large hosting datacenter. I’ve had the server for a few years and it’s served me well, but I don’t need the power and I don’t want to hassle with (or pay for technician time for) upgrades to the control panel software or […]

VMware Not Quite As Secure As You Might Think

August 4th, 2007 at 11:57 am » Comments (0)

I must admit I was a bit surprised by this on one hand, and not at all surprised on the other. When you understand how virtualization works, it’s easy to think “wow, that creates a nice black box, nothing could ever get out of there automatically to the host computer, or even know the host […]

I’m Back! But did you know I was gone?

June 29th, 2007 at 12:23 pm » Comments (0)

I’ve returned from a much-needed two-week vacation! But I decided to test out the recommendation from some security professionals (I can’t find the original posts right now) that suggest that when you leave the office, you don’t tell the general public that fact if at all possible. No out of office email, no giveaway voicemail […]

LAMP Virtual Appliance DNS Update

June 6th, 2007 at 10:23 am » Comments (3)

I posted the DNS resolution issue I encountered with the LAMP Server appliance from VirtualAppliances.net on their support forums. They’ve responded that they have yet to reproduce the issue but are working on it. I’m looking forward to getting this working, and I’ve also requested a quote from them to see what a custom appliance […]

Installing HelpSpot on Linux Virtual Machine

May 31st, 2007 at 11:18 pm » Comments (2)

I initially started testing the HelpSpot trial using their hosted trial service. It was a good way to determine if the interface merited further investigation. It does, as the interface is very nice and it is very easy to use and understand (from technician and user perspectives). My main issue right now is that it’s […]