Build a virtual appliance with VMware Studio

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Two new videos from VMware Education walk you through creating a virtual appliance with VMware Studio. (via VMblog via RTFM) See also the VMware Studio Community. Join us on the VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast this Wednesday @ noon PST where we’ll talk more about VMware Studio, OVF, and what’s required to certify your virtual appliance Read more...

Using OVF, Deploying Virtual Appliances Just Got Even Easier

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The Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) has some interesting movement around it and in the ecosystem. I’m probably not capturing the subtleties here, but you can think of OVF as a standard packaging format for virtual Machines. A new draft of the OVF specification was published last week. Citrix and IBM seem to be using Read more...

Slim down your Windows for a VM with nLite

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Lifehacker has a great article on creating smaller Windows installations for, among other reasons, more nimble VMs that are easy to move and maintain. Link: Trim Down Windows to the Bare Essentials. There are a lot of reasons you might be interested in lightening up and streamlining a Windows installation. I happen to want a Read more...

Virtual Appliances – 2007 Year in Review

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Srinivas Krishnamurti gives us the Virtual Appliances – 2007 Year in Review. Here are his highlights, but click through and check out his perspective on the beginnings and the future challenges and directions in the virtual appliance space. Virtual appliances outside the security space became a reality with many tier 1 ISVs building virtual appliances. Read more...

JeOS boost is 25-50%?

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Nice overview of the current situation from InformationWeek’s Andrew Conry-Murray. Although it spends a while on the MSFT vs VMW angle, I thought this tidbit on BEA’s new LiquidVM-based appliance was interesting — 25-50% less memory and CPU — and I assume that’s compared to running the JVM on top of Linux. Link: VMware: New Read more...