Sunday, April 11, 2010

Which ESX version am I running on ?

Your Linux runs on a VMware VM, but which ESX version is it ? You can see for yourself (as already explained in an earlier post on this blog). Run "dmidecode" and look at lines 10, 11 and 12. The list has been updated with current info:
ESX 2.5 - BIOS Release Date: 04/21/2004 - Address 0xE8480 - Size 97152 bytes
ESX 3.0 - BIOS Release Date: 04/17/2006 - Address 0xE7C70 - Size 99216 bytes
ESX 3.5 - BIOS Release Date: 01/30/2008 - Address 0xE7910 - Size 100080 bytes
ESX 4 - BIOS Release Date: 08/15/2008 - Address 0xEA6C0 - Size 88384 bytes
ESX 4U1 - BIOS Release Date: 09/22/2009 - Address 0xEA550 - Size 88752 bytes

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stating the obvious

ICT website Computable runs a series of articles on Linux. The first article focuses on "hidden costs when migrating to Linux". In my experience, any project has hidden costs, and certainly so if preparation hasn't been done thoroughly, and with the necessary experience and know-how. There's plenty of experience available from various consultancy providers, use it !
PS don't forget to read the comments below the article as well.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Microsoft follows Red Hats lead: drops Itanium

Red Hat announced in december 2009 that RHEL support for Intel Itanium was being dropped. On april 2nd, Microsoft announced that Windows 2008 R2 was going to be the last Windows version to support the Itanium platform. A chronicle of a death foretold...