Archive for the ‘Vmware’ Category

Vmware vSphere 4.1 update 1 is out!

February 11, 2011

Got an email from VMware support about the release of 4.1 U1 today. Anyone else going to update?


VMware Server 2.0 Beta is out!

November 14, 2007

Vmware 2.0 Server Beta is now out for public consumption.

I’ve just installed it on my personal pc, I’ll need to post later on what I think about it, but I know it lacks a standard GUI  client and the new client is web-based.  More to come later!


Virtualbox 1.4.0 on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn: Installing an OS!

June 17, 2007

Virtualbox Logo

So lets pick up where we left off. I’m gonna digress from using Ubuntu today because I don’t have an Ubuntu .iso on hand. Instead today, I will be using a Slax distro I have handy.

So in order to start I realized that it is easier to have Virtualbox run under using sudo. So from a terminal launch Virtualbox with the following command. You will need to enter a password.

sudo VirtualBox

VirtualBox should start up like before.

VB welcome

Now click on New to start the OS install wizard.

VB OS setup 1

Proceed by clicking Next.

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Here you want to give your Guest OS a friendly name and select the type of OS it is. Note the long list of potential Guest OS’s. Click Next to continue.

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Next you can set how much of your free memory you want to use on the OS. I recommend at least 512 MB if you can spare it. Keep in mind your Host OS needs at least 512 MB most likely to run fairly smooth. So if you have GB of memory installed, then I would suggest 512MB for the Guest OS using the slider bar in order to have a decent experience level.

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Next we need to create to a virtual drive – this will launch a new wizard to setup the drive itself.

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Click on Next to continue.

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You have a choice of dynamically growing virtual drive – I find this nice if you don’t want to preallocate all the space for the drive in advance – the downside is less performance. If you set a static drive – you’ll have a better OS experience.

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Now give the new virtual drive a friendly name and select how much space you want to specify for it. Click next to continue.

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Click Finish to finalize the virtual drive wizard.

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Now you can see your newly created drive selected – Click on Next to continue with the install.

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This will give you an overview of your choices and finalizes the setup of the new Guest OS. Back on the main screen select the newly created OS in the list and click on the CD/DVD-ROM link on the right side menu.

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Select the checkbox to activate your CD-ROM to be mounted in the virtual guest OS.

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Click on Ok to return to the main screen and click on Start on the top menu to launch your Guest OS.

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Read the message which informs you on how to jump the mouse out of the Guest OS screen (Right Ctrl button). Just click Ok to this message.

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The First Run Wizard runs – continue by clicking on Next.

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Select your choice of Media choice for install – I chose CD-ROM. Click Next to continue.

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Click finish. Now I booted off a bootable Slax Distro of Backtrack (Penetration Testing Toolkit).

Here is Backtrack starting up and loading in the next few screens. Just for any other OS, just load and install if it was a regular OS install.

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I hope this quick overview helps.


Virtualbox 1.4.0 on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

June 16, 2007

Virtualbox Logo

I almost forgot to post about Virtualbox this week. This is a great program to try out side by side with Vmware. I’ve setup Virtualbox along side my Vmware Player 2.0 on my Ubuntu Studio installation at work. Of course I won’t recommend running both at the same time, but separately I haven’t experienced any problems. During the past week – I managed to install quite a few basic installations of Vista Business edition, Windows 2008 (aka Longhorn), Ubuntu Gusty Gibbon, and Windows XP. I can’t say I like one over the other at this point, I always like to try new virtualization products when I get a chance

Enough about my experiences, Virtualbox from Innotek can be downloaded from their website. They offer an install path for just about every OS: Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Of course there is a Feisty installer for my i386. If you have Automatix – you have the option of installing the software from there as shown below. If you choose to use Automatix, it may not be the latest version you are installing.

Automatix - Virtualbox

If you chose a manual install, download the .deb installer file to your desktop and open a terminal shell and run the following command.

sudo dpkg -i Desktop/virtualbox_1.4.0-21864_Ubuntu_feisty_i386.deb

You will be prompted with the following screens – just use the Tab key to toggle between selections and Enter to confirm.

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Once installed you will see that Virtualbox was added to your menu under Applications > System Tools > innotek Virtualbox

Vbox Menu

Once you launch Virtualbox – you will be greeted by the Welcome message. I will go over setting up a Virtualbox Guest OS in the next post. For now read up on the user manual from their website and if you have any questions – post them up on their forum.

VB welcome

Update: 6/18/07 – Here is the continuation of this post –


Vmware Academic Program

June 13, 2007

Vmware Academic

Working at a academic institution has some perks as I found out about this program that is available from Vmware. Of course there are requirements in order to qualify for the academic program, myself being a staff member and in charge of the computer learning environment, I think we can at least qualify for academic pricing for their software. I know we can definitely use it in a lab environment to virtualize our classroom servers (file & print, oracle, student web development, etc) and use it in infrastructure use to virtualize our web servers. Of course for infrastructure use we will need to pay for it at academic pricing, but it sure beats paying full price with our budget limitations. Here what you can get:

The departments at member institutions qualifying for free licenses will gain access to software through the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) Subscription . VMTN provides members access to a powerful suite of VMware products, support, upgrades and a host of technical resources. The products within the VMTN Subscription are ideal for instructional and research use within academic institutions.

Included products are:

  • VMware Infrastructure
  • VMware SDK
  • VMware P2V Assistant
  • VMware Workstation
  • VMware Server

For IT and other infrastructure use, eligible institutions can access the entire suite of VMware software, at a special discounted price, through standard VMware commercial sales channels.

Vmware Academic Program Website

Microsoft Academic

Microsoft also offers a full range of software on their academic program, if your interested check it out here. Last I checked it was around $500 for electronic fulfilment – thats downloading .iso files to burn instead of $800 for media that is sent to you, of course you can still download with that subscription. Licensing is by department – checkout this short list of perks:

The department receives numerous benefits as part of their membership:

  • Latest set of Microsoft platforms, servers, and developer tools via regular CD shipments and a download Web site.
  • License to install the software on any number of lab machines used by the department for instructional and research purposes.
  • License to provide the software to students taking courses that lead to credit or a certificate within the department, so they can load the software on their personal computers for use in coursework and personal projects.
  • Electronic software distribution to students through e-academy License Management Systems (ELMS).
  • Four technical support incidents (varies by region) in addition to access to the managed newsgroups and the Online Concierge.
  • Private newsgroups where faculty can ask technical and administrative questions, collaborate with each other, and talk with the MSDN AA team.
  • Comprehensive Web site that provides resources for faculty, including;
    • Program information and news
    • Projects, tutorials, academically focused articles, and curriculum

Finally we could talk about Ubuntu and the whole range of Open source products including WordPress. I know that some schools use free wordpress accounts for interactive use of technology in various subjects. Blog sites obviously promotes free exchanges of ideas and spurs interaction amongst the younger generation epically. The nice thing about Open Source is that it is free for consumption.