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Comment Re:VMWare needs no luck (Score 1) 417

I agree with you on VMWare, but don't knock NFS, especially on NetApp.. Our VMs running on NetApp NFS regularly outperform VMs on our monster Fiber-based arrays. My group manages over 200 ESX/ESXi servers and over 2500 VMs. Welcome to 2011 where fiber is on the decline in favor of enterprise ethernet-based solutions.

Comment Re:Don't do it... (Score 5, Interesting) 427

I'm a *nix guy, and I do have to say Powershell is pretty sweet.

Here's an example of something extending Powershell. VMWare released a module for PowerShell that allows for control of VMWare env using Powershell.

#Load VMWare snap-in for powershell
LoadSnapin -PSSnapinName "VMware.VimAutomation.Core"

#Create VM from template and then start it
$myNewVMName = "NewVM_01"
$myTemplate = Get-Template "TemplateName"
$strDestinationHost = "ESX01"
$myNewVM = New-VM -Name $myNewVMName -Template $myTemplate -VMHost (Get-VMHost $strDestinationHost)
Start-VM $myNewVM


VMWare created a really awesome extension to Powershell, that allows for all sorts of inheritance and piping. Microsoft created a rather poorly implemented Active Directory extension for Powershell (can't pipe or inherit on things I would expect to be able to)... MS could have used the VMWare example to make a better AD extension.

Comment Re:Today's word..."Cloud" (Score 3, Informative) 187

Everyone is confused about the "cloud" because everyone over-uses the term.

Essentially, the "Cloud" has three main points:
It is a set of infrastructure resources.
It is dynamically provisioned.
It is self-service.

Note that it has nothing to do with whether the resources are internal or external. I run an "internal" cloud at my company.

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