Tuesday, March 31. 2009
- Newly Supported Management Agents
- Newly Supported Guest Operating Systems
- LSI megaraid_sas and mptscsi Storage Controller Driver Update
- Enablement of Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series
- Expanded Support for Enhanced vmxnet Adapter
- Intel ICH9
- Intel ICH10
ESX 3.5 supports multiple SATA controllers. Some of these controllers are supported only in the native Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)/SATA mode with SATA hard-drive, and some are only supported in IDE/ATA mode with SATA Optical Drive. For other controllers, VMware provides support in AHCI/SATA or IDE/ATA mode on both types of drives, but you need to be aware of certain feature limitations and trade-offs associated with each mode.
Monday, March 30. 2009
Out-DataSet is an extremely useful and needed cmdlet. You can use it to pipe any type of data that can be formatted with the built-in cmdlet, Format-Table, into a typed Microsoft .NET System.Data.DataSet. This allows an unlimited manipulation of data that you simply cannot achieve with text globbing. This cmdlet is experimental in nature because it was achieved by reverse engineering the Format-Table cmdlet to pull the data directly from internal data structures that Microsoft does not expose via its public API. This was a necessary task in order to represent the data with 100% accuracy every single time.
Update : A facelift for lostcreations.com
While Andrew Kutz is working at Hyper9, lostcreations.com will become h9labs.com to reflect the bleeding edge R&D that he’s doing. The site redesign is primarily cosmetic, and lostcreations.com still works as a URL. Andrew is just trying to make sure that if you've been coming to his site to get the coolest software in the virtualization industry then you can just keep on coming. If, however, you are new to the game, then h9labs.com and h9labs.hyper9.com work as well.
I know there are lots of utilities out there capable of creating a high CPU load. You probably know the cpubusy.vbs from your VMware Install and Configure course and you can also download CPU-Burn freely from the internet. But what if you can’t download such a util and still want to be able to create a high CPU load within your virtual machine. Let’s take a look at the good old Windows Calculator. Go to the scientific view and just punch in a large number, the next step is to hit the n! button. Your calculator is running a mathematical function called factorial and it can consume a large number of CPU cycles. When you choose 5 for instance, it’s 5! = 1*2*3*4*5 =120, but when you choose 20, it’s 2,432,902,008,176,640,000. Hit the n! a few times in a row and your virtual machine will be busy for a while.