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2013 in review

An interesting little report generated by wordpress.

This blog saw little activity from me for various reasons I will not bore you.   I am going to change that for 2014.

Have a wonderful New Year all and I hope it’s exciting for you all!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


I had a coworker ask me the legality of using vmplayer 5.0.  He installed it and noticed “Non-commerical use only” across the top of the window.

The vmplayer by simple definition should not be used in a commercial setting.  However, it was not really being policed. I figure it was used to get people interested in the workstation product.

The new banner changed that perception as I think it will be policed now.  Especially, after the failed attempt to charge ESX users for RAM.

At the bottom of the window, there was a “Buy Now” link. I decided to see what it would cost to make it legal and clicked the link.

I was taken to their site and presented with the page for purchasing their Fusion product.

Problem is this package is Macintosh based and we don’t have any.

I contacted VMware and after an exchange; the answer is yes we either have to purchase Fusion or Workstation to use vmplayer.

The problem I have with this answer is 1) Fusion is for Macintosh’s and we don’t use them.  2) If I have Workstation, why would I want vmplayer?

The answer I received was Fusion is cheaper then Workstation.

I suspect this approach is because Fusion probably doesn’t sell that well.  Especially, in a corporate environment. Not really a solution as I can’t justify purchasing software I can’t use.

If VMware had simply charged a fee to use vmplayer, I would have purchased licenses.

I now have a small project to remove vmplayer. Time to look at xendesktop, virtual PC, and the Oracle product.

Certification time!

I decided to start chasing the VCP certification for vmware! I was going to go with version 4 but why not stay current?

It’s interesting but the testing books are not rated very well so I started to look around online.

I found two interesting sites:

ESX Virtualization

The Slog

I will add more to this in time…..

There are many things we take for granted with operating systems.  Sometimes, they are overlooked for disabling when seeking to increase  performance on a virtual machine.

Such a feature would be windows system restore. This option is used to recover the operating system to a point before a change such as with a system patch. Can be valuable to the standard user but for a virtual machine running in a lab or data center?

The value of this feature has to be weighed over the resources used as it does it’s job. Many times is just not needed especially if your host has a snapshot capability(esx for example).

If your VM’s are running heavy duty jobs, it might be worth turning it off. Especially, if you are not installing or “tweaking” things on the VM.

Disabling System Restore.

Windows 7

  • Right-Click Computer and select properties
  • On the left, click the System Protection link
  • Click the configure button
  • Click “Turn of system protection” button
  • Click OK

Windows XP

  • Right-Click My Computer and select properties
  • Click the system retore tab
  • Click “Turn off System Restore” button
  • Click OK

People might be concerned about the change, measuring performance will help with the argument and you can always explain the snapshot function with the host.

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