If you didn’t hear already Microsoft has released Windows Server 2012. It’s been a long time waiting but you can truly use totally redesigned operating system from Microsoft for production workloads without worrying about not getting support. So here is some the information about the editions you can get your hands on.
Vmware has announced the release of vSphere 4.1. This is not a major version release but there are some major features being released in this .1 version. The list of new updates and feature are long so will go some of the most important or note worthy.
One of the most important things next to virtualizing all those physical servers is backing them up and restoring them. This of course is not a great feat with virtualization since basically the servers are now a group of files. There are and have been for some time full featured backup/restore products out there in the market but Vmware has released their virtual appliance “Vmware Data Recovery” currently at version 1.0.2 with vSphere4 Advanced, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus.
The vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) is a much improved version of the virtual switch or vSwitch found in Vmware Infrastructure 3 (VI3). The distributed switch offers new features, is managed at the datacenter level in vCenter Server, and spans across esx hosts which simplifies administration. Third party developers can create solutions for the distributed switch using the vNetwork Appliance APIs.
These videos gives an overview of vCenter 4, walks through the user a simple upgrade from Vmware Infrastructure 3 to vCenter 4, and explains some things that should be considered before upgrading. Hope you like the videos and that they give useful information.
The vCenter server is a central management server from Vmware for ESX. With vCenter multiple ESX host servers along with their resources and vm guests can be managed from one location. vCenter also provides additional advanced options and configurations that can enhance the management and add redundancy to a multiply ESX host environment. Some features such as High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS), Vmotion, and Storage Vmotion require vCenter. vCenter 4 adds new features like vCenter Linked Mode for managing multiple vCenter servers, Host Profiles to drive consistency between ESX hosts, Vmware vApp which pools vm guests together that makeup an application, the Distributed Virtual Switch, centralized licensing so there’s no more separate license server, Fault tolerance (FT), better performance charts, Storage Vmotion is now built into the GUI, and much more.
Sun Virtualbox is out with a major update version 3.0. I have blogged before about how much I like Virtualbox over Vmware when it comes to Linux desktop virtualization. VirtualBox is not only supported on Linux though. VirtualBox has support for Windows, Linux, and OS X. VirtualBox also comes in 32bit and 64bit version.
vSphere4 has a few tiers for licensing features but do the tiers make you cry? VMware vSphere4 has some really good additions to the product like Distributed Switch, Host Profiles, and Thin Provisioning. I am not totally heart broken over the different pricing options for vSphere4 but I do not completely agree with how the features are laid out in each tier.
This documentation was created to show the process for installing ESX server 3.x software from Vmware using a scripted install iso created with esxdeploy_u4.py (esxisobuilder) from thehyperadvisor.com.