VMware Misses the Mark Second Year in a Row

“Hey, Joe, remember when VMware introduced vRam and we were all totally stoked and excited beyond belief?!”“Yeah, man that was totally awesome!  Wait…what?”“I know…!”“No, Tad, vRam was terribad.  So terribad that customers revolted and in vSphere 5.1 they actually removed it entirely.”“Oh…” VMware has received strong recognition among Fortune 500 […]

The VMWare license fiasco

“That didn’t take long.” I thought as I thought of ways to rebuff management’s scorn of a product that has seemingly “had a lot of issues” in its short life with our organization. But it is true – we’re attempting to return our VMWare ESXi to HP. Not because we’re […]

Squid, Kernels, VMI, Oh My!

So the saga with squid continues. I am now fighting with NTLM authentication. According to the documentation, I should be able to use Samba/Winbind with an authentication helper to authenticate to a Windows Domain. What does that do for us? The cache log will show username rather than IP address, […]

Enter the Kraken (Squid Cache!)

It seems that Squid cache is living in the past. With support for only a single core and support for SMP only loosely on the horizon, we were looking for ways to improve the performance of our Squid proxy / filtering server which we use for filtering. To overcome the […]

Windows Storage Server, DAS, iSCSI target

Well, it is official: We have our iSCSI target set up on our DL380 G5 WIndows Storage Server. Our final specs ended up as follows: HP DL380 G5 Windows Storage Server1 Quad-Core Intel Chip (2.2ghz)2GB MemoryMSA 60 w/ 12 750gb drives (9.6tb total) We configured the initial volume for RAID5 […]

VMWare ESXi – First Impressions

We started setting up our VMWare ESXi environment today using an HP DL580 G5 server, along with an HP DL380 G5 Windows Storage Server (with iSCSI target). We installed and updated the iSCSI target today and set up a target immediately. Then we installed the Virtual Infrastructure client and attempted […]