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Exchange on VMware Infrastructure: podcast, webinar, white papers

A common question that comes up with our customers is, "Can I put Microsoft Exchange 2007 on VMware Infrastructure?" And the answer is "You betcha!"

We eat our own dogfood here at VMware.* See this new-ish white paper: Deploying Exchange Server 2007 on VMware Infrastructure: A VMware Internal Case Study

Join us this Wednesday, Jan 14, for another round of the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast, where a panel of experienced VMware admins come together for a weekly session — usually informative, sometimes funny, occasionally abrasive, never scripted. We have an increasing number of live listeners and chatters from all around the world. If Rod can set the alarm to get up from Australia, and Tom can call in from his hotel room in the UK, you have no excuse for not taking a break from work, so just drop by and say hi.

What: VCR #31. Virtualizing Exchange, Domino, and RIM
When: Wednesday, noon PST, 3pm EST, 8pm GMT, and Thursday 7am in Sydney.
How: VMware Communities Roundtable on Talkshoe.

And if that piques your interest for more, join VMware experts on this webinar the next day, Jan 15:
Exchange 2007 on VMware: Technical Case Study. This should be a good one. The webinar does require registration, but I can't imagine you're not already getting our email, and you can always opt out.

And finally, here's a page of case studies and technical resources about VMware as the best platform for Microsoft Exchange. And yes, Microsoft Exchange 2007 on VMware is a supported configuration.

[Update: see also Duncan's post here: Exchange (2007) on VMware ]

* Although Mitch Kapor disputes who was first, and perhaps it was a reinvention, most think VMware CEO Paul Maritz coined "eating your own dogfood" terminology at Microsoft.

VMware Fusion now #1 in retail sales; most loved software at Amazon

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The VMware Fusion team just wrapped up another successful Macworld. I'm sure Pete and Pat will tell us all about it at the Team Fusion blog shortly, but here are just a few recent news items on the state of the virtualization on Mac and Windows on Mac world.

First of all, we're excited to report that NPD ("the leading global provider of consumer and retail market research information") is reporting that VMware Fusion is the #1 selling virtualization software for the Mac, and in October we were at 59% of the market to Parallels 39%, and we were at 53% for the year. Link:
Macworld.Ars: VMware Fusion takes #1 retail spot in 2008

Kazanjy and group product manager Pat Lee emphasized that Fusion
basically went from a zero percent market share in August of 2007 to 53
percent a little over a year later. "We think the market is coming of
age right now," Kazanjy told us. "Though positive reviews from big
sites and pundits are still helping us out, positive user reviews are
what's taking us to the next level. People really like what they're

I'll vouch for the customers speaking for themselves. Over and over on Twitter, I see people asking for advice on which to buy, and the overwhelming advice is to buy Fusion.

Another award I was particularly impressed by was that VMware Fusion was determined to be the #1 most loved software product on Amazon. You can't buy or give away stuff for that kind of rating. Of course, Fusion also got a second consecutive Macworld Editor's Choice Award (Eddy), which ain't too shabby either.

For more on the Fusion state of the union, check out Pat Lee's post from last week: VMware: Team Fusion: As we prepare for Macworld Expo 2009, a look back at 2008….

was an amazing success for the VMware Fusion team thanks to your
support. We can't thank the Mac community enough for how you have
embraced VMware Fusion to date and we look forward to making 2009 an
even better year for Mac users running Windows and other operating
systems on their Mac.

And I'm not only blogging about it, I'm a customer too. I use Fusion every day to run Windows on my Mac and it's rock solid and doesn't make my MacBook Pro sweat at all.  Find out more about VMware Fusion today.

(And don't tell the product team I told you this, but even though you
just missed the competitive rebate, there are lots of deals and coupon
codes out there to pick up a good deal — just look around. And there is also the 30-day eval to get you started right now. So there's really no excuse if you've been thinking about trying VMware Fusion!)

Proven practices for SRM

 I've been seeing lots of chatter about Site Recovery Manager lately. Books, videos, all sorts of good stuff. Tomas Ten Dam is doing a great job of covering a lot of these as well as doing yeoman's work on his SRM in a Box project; check out his blog for more.

Picture 6But today I want to call your attention to some new proven practices on the still stealth-mode VI:OPS site. Please take a look and feel free to comment or rate them.

Here are some of the recent docs there: VI:OPS: Community: Availability.

  • Steps to setup FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliances for VMware Site Recovery Manager              
  • Steps To Create a 2-Site SRM Demo Environment on a Laptop        
  • Steps to setup LeftHand Networks VSA for VMware Site Recovery Manager     Steps to setup EMC Celerra (iSCSI) for VMware Site Recovery Manager
  • Steps to setup EMC Clariions for VMware Site Recovery Manager        
  • Steps to setup NetApp arrays for VMware Site Recovery Manager

As VMware's Greg Lato says, SRM "is the Easy Button for data center level disaster recovery."

Automation, VMUGs, VMotion and more: Communities Roundtable podcast #30

We're back with the first podcast of the year in our weekly series the VMware Community Roundtable. For the VCR series, we gather a set of community leaders for our panel and welcome everyone to join in live to call in or just chat. We had an outstanding set of attendees for our hour of conversation today. This week was podcast #30 and we had an open agenda.

As always, listen via the widget on the right or by downloading the mp3. More info. We are available on iTunes. Here are some of the topics we covered:

And a disclaimer: I'm always speaking only for myself on these podcasts, not for VMware. Or as Rod Haywood says: "as John is in marketing, nothing he says can really be taken to mean anything real. :-)"

Please feel free to join in the fun next week, Wednesday @ noon PST / 3pm EST / 8pm GMT.

VMware Continues on the SVVP Certification Track

Mike D is first with the news: VMware Continues on the SVVP Certification Track.

Eight new ESX configurations have been approved by Microsoft for
support under the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). The
new configs allow up to 64 GB memory in any virtual machine. This is an
increase from the previous 4 GB limit, and will be useful to customers
deploying Exchange Server, SQL Server, or any memory-intensive
application. All future SVVP configs will be listed at our product’s
maximum memory limit.

Under SVVP, any customer will be supported by Microsoft when running any of a long list of Microsoft products on VMware. Any version
of Windows back to Windows Server 2000 SP4 is also supported, including
all OS roles such as Active Directory, File Services, etc.

Two new docs at our community site: esxtop, VMFS

Two nice new resources from us are now available in the VMware Communities: one on esxtop statstics, and the other on VMFS best practices. (See all the community documents here.) I do not know if these will show up in our white paper directory at some point. Hmm, Rod may be right — there are many places to find technical resources at VMware, and we need to make sure people can find what they need. I will do some asking about internally. Hat tips to Tom and Arne for pointng them out.

Documentation on Esxtop | PlanetVM.

Scott Drummond[s] of
VMware has just created a document of the forums that details the
Esxtop command, you can find it here Interpreting esxtop Statistics
this looks like a detailed piece of work that somebody has needed to do
for a while

VMware: VMFS Best Practices « ICT-Freak.nl.

This paper gives a technology overview of VMFS, including a discussion
of features and their benefits. The paper highlights how VMFS
capabilities enable greater scalability and decreased management
overhead. It also provides best practices and architectural
considerations for deployment of VMFS.
You can download the whitepaper over here:

Come Visit VMware Fusion at Macworld

VMware: Team Fusion: Come Visit VMware Fusion at Macworld.

What We’ll Be Up To

be demoing VMware Fusion 2 on five demo stations, handing out “My Mac
Loves VMware” laptop and bumper stickers, and doing presentations in
our theater.

Even better, we’ll have some special guests in our theater.  Every day at 2PM, Joe Kissell from Take Control Publishing, will be presenting tips and tricks from his awesome book “Take Control of VMware Fusion 2”, the quintessential power user’s guide to VMware Fusion 2.

if you would like to come say hi, whether you’re a curious would-be
user, a current customer, press, partner, or so on, our booth is the
place to be.  We’ll have something for everyone.

Nine Web sites IT pros should master in 2009

Congrats to my colleagues in the VMware Communities team for creating and fostering a place that made #3 on this list of web sites that IT pros should master in 2009.

There’s some grousing in the comments over at Network World that some of the sites recommended here are “social sites,” but I think that anybody who has participated at the VMware Communities is aware of the value it’s brought them and their career. Virtualization as a platform and data center architecture touches on every part of your stack — hardware, networking, storage, security, apps, and more. Being a part of a community of your peers — one that’s global and 24/7 and damn knowledgeable — is as important a tool in your toolbox as a stack of white papers. This should be your first stop when you have a problem, and I hope you  stick around afterward — you’ll probably learn something!

Nine Web sites IT pros should master in 2009 | By Carolyn Duffy Marsan, Network World.

3. VMware Communities 

Chances are you’ve already embarked on a server virtualization project, and continued consolidation of your servers is a key
money-saving goal for 2009. Most of you are using VMware for your server virtualization projects, and our product reviewers
recommend you stick with VMware
over Microsoft’s Hyper-V for the foreseeable future. To get the best
real-world feedback on how best to deploy VMware, keep your eyes on the
VMware Communities Web site. It’s got user groups in your community and
lots of tips from other VMware developers that can help you solve
problems faster.

[You can also find this at InfoWorld]

Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish everybody a happy (and prosperous) new year in 2009. This year should bring a lot of interesting developments to the virtualization world.  (Last year sure seemed to be busy.)

It's been 3 years since I started gathering together blogs and technical resources about VMware and virtualization. That topic deserves its own post, but if you've been watching you've seen the virtualization discussion continue its exponential growth, both when looked at over the last year and over this last quarter in the blogs on Planet V12n and lately Twitter. (Feel free to follow me on Twitter as jtroyer; again, Twitter deserves its own post in the next week or two after everybody gets their engines revved back up after the holidays — it's been pretty quiet over the last two weeks.)

So welcome to 2009. If you're in the northern hemisphere, stay warm and/or dry. And to everybody, thanks for coming by and keep on virtualizing!