This is Jasjeet Singh's installation video of Cisco Unified Communication Manager 7.0 on VMware 1.0.1. This video is splitted into three parts.
Sunday, January 31. 2010
Saturday, January 30. 2010
Part 1 – The setup
This week I’ve received a test model of the Cisco Catalyst 2960G-8TC-L from the nice people over at Azlan, the Enterprise Division of Tech Data Corporation. The switch has 8 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports, one of which is for dual-purpose, besides that it’s very compact in size with no fan. The 2960G-8TC-L is also fully compatible with the Catalyst series and has a LAN Based Image installed, the ideal switch for your home lab. I’m going to write a couple of articles about how to configure trunking between a Cisco Catalyst switch and a VMware distributed virtual switch.
First let’s start with the lab-setup, my home lab consists of two Asus barebones, both with 8 GB memory, some local 500 GB SATA disks and two Quad CPU Q9400 CPUs. For shared storage I’m using the Iomega StorCenter ix2 (Chad ;-) I’m still waiting for the ix4). I’ve bought a couple of Intel PRO/1000 GT single port network cards and have placed them in every free slot I could find in the barebones. This leaves me with 4 network cards per server, enough to setup a nice network test environment.
On my ESX server I’ve created a single standard virtual switch with two NICs which are connected to the Cisco switch. One Windows XP virtual machine with DHCP enabled. The VM is connected to the newly created Cisco VM Port Group. I’m going to use this virtual machine to do the initial configuration of the 2960.Continue reading "Creating Ethernet VLANs on Catalyst Switches" »
Friday, January 29. 2010
Xtravirt is about to release another great tool; the vSphere Client RDP Plug-in. Last week Paul Davey has invited me to join the Xtravirt RDP Plug-in beta program. I was feeling very honored with his invitation and started performing some tests on their new RDP extension right away. I works like a charm, the installation is straight forward, after firing up the vSphere client the new RDP Plug–in is available at the vSphere Client plug-in manager.
When you jump to “Home” (I still have to get used to that) you'll find the new RDP plug-in at the Solutions and Applications section. Here you can configure the RDP behaviour like screen size, username, domain and port. When the setup of the global setting is done, it’s time to put the plug-in to test.
Just right click one of your virtual machines and check-out the context menu, you’ll see an extra option appears called Connect over RDP. Just select the new menu option and your RDP connection will initiate.
Update: I’ve just received an updated version from Paul with the following new features:
Password – you can now set a password to be used for all connections, allowing automatic logon.
Security Warning – Security Warnings can be disabled by ticking the relevant tick box.
Thursday, January 28. 2010
Foundation for Cloud Computing with VMware vSphere 4, by John Arrasjid, Duncan Epping, and Steve Kaplan, is now online for members and available for purchase. Virtualization is recognized as a foundation for Cloud Computing. This book is an overview of the VMware technologies and how they can support the various services and management pieces required for Cloud architecture. Without diving overly deeply into specific design patterns, it provides insight into the tools to fit your design criteria.