Virtualization Support for ISA and RRAS (A frustrated reader gets a response from Microsoft)

Rendkívül érdekes történet. A biztonsággal és virtualizálással foglalkozóknak el kell olvasni.

Over the past few months, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling and I’ve neglected this blog. (If for some reason, anybody is interested in how I spent my summer, see the end of this post for my quick summary. It feels odd to be writing about myself, but I guess that’s what people do in blogs.) Anyway, I’m back now and have a million things to write about. Microsoft has been incredibly busy!
I’ll start by sharing a letter from a reader, Jeff Vandervoort, who asked me to get a response from Microsoft. At the end of Jeff’s letter, you’ll see the response Microsoft gave me. I’ll be eager to hear what you think.

Virtualization Support for ISA and RRAS



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Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Macintosh hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.


ReactOS 0.3.1 Released

A virtuális ügyek kipróbálására fogom használni.

fireballrus writes with news of the release of ReactOS 0.3.1 — press release, changelog, download packages. ReactOS is “an open source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003).” The press release notes: “Please don’t forget this is an alpha-stage operating system, which means it is not suitable to replace your main OS. Also, this release is aimed to be run mostly in virtualizers / emulators (like QEmu, VMWare, Parallels, etc): because of the big amount of changes, our development team was not able to test/fix all problems which arise when running ReactOS on real hardware.”

Source: ReactOS 0.3.1 Released

I’m rocking out to Me & The Devil by W.A.S.P. from the album The Neon God part one: The Rise

SAN and NAS virtualization


After some years of false starts and false hopes, storage virtualization, also known as block virtualization, is finally proving its worth. All the major vendors have embraced it, most notably IBM, EMC, and HDS (Hitachi Data Systems); the solutions themselves have improved; and customers, typically large shops managing large SANs with intense data availability requirements, understand how to deploy it and where to get good ROI. No longer a technology in search of a problem, storage virtualization offers a way to address a wide range of storage management woes.

Source: SAN and NAS virtualization

Novell offers faster virtualized Windows

No, mindenkinek kezébe került az IBM kb 30 évvel ezelőtti dokumentációja a mainframe-ek op.rendszereinek működéséről. Lassan keresztbe-kasul virtualizálunk eltérő platformokat (mint egy “rendes” hippy communában),  a lényeg azonban, hogy egy op.rendszer alapvető része a virtualizálás (bármely alkalmazás virtuális gépként, sajátos környezetben működik) mintha elveszne.

Novell and Intel develop software that speeds Xen’s ability to run Windows as a virtual machine.

Source: Novell offers faster virtualized Windows

IBM announces sHype

Vesd össze:
Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
Friday, February 09, 2007 12:00 PM PST,128888-c,vistalonghorn/article.html elképzeléseivel az IBM announcement-et. A vágy és a tett esete.

“We’re going to look at a fundamental piece of enabling technology. Maybe its hypervisors, I don’t know what it is,” he said. “Maybe it’s a new user interface paradigm for consumers.”

“It’s too early for me to talk about it,” he added. “But over the next few months I think you’re going to start hearing more and more.”

Quoting from the IBM official announcement:

The IBM secure hypervisor architecture, or “sHype,” is a Research technology designed to run in conjunction with commercial and open source hypervisors that control servers and data in a shared environment. sHype aims to provide a security “wrapper” around distributed workloads in the data center, extending mainframe-like security to pooled data and resources across multiple IBM and non-IBM systems.

sHype is designed to bring stronger security guarantees to popular x86 and blade servers. As is increasingly common, IBM Research developed the sHype technology not just in its own labs, but implementing early versions of sHype with customers to test and evaluate the code. Additionally, portions of sHype have been contributed to the Open Source community and are being used, for example, as part of the open source Xen hypervisor kernel.

sHype works in conjunction with hypervisors by establishing a virtual machine to act as a data center “security foreman.” The foreman uses preset configurations, business policies and exceptions set by the customer to lock down all content of the data center. It then automatically sets policies that evaluate, rank and code workloads as well as the physical and virtual resources needed to run each workload. Once workloads and resources are locked together, the integrity of the data and resources is assured and can be better managed by hypervisors accordingly…

Source: IBM announces sHype

Interview: interviews IBM

Lényeges infok, újdonságok, test drive-ok, stb. 

IBM pioneered virtualization 40 years ago with mainframes. Since that time the technology has been ported to x86 market, mainly thanks to the effort of VMware.
Now that virtual machines are revolutioning the whole IT industry, IBM is demonstrating its experience putting huge efforts in hypervisors (Virtualization Engine and Xen), management tools (Virtualization Manager and Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager), desktop solutions (Virtualized Hosted Client Infrastructure), and benchmarking (vConsolidate) development. met Rob Sauerwalt, Global Brand Manager for IBM System x, to discuss about current company involvement in virtualization and his point of view about raising market trends like virtual appliances and application virtualization in an exclusive interview.

Source: Interview: interviews IBM

Windows is coming to the Mac – and Mac to PCs – Jan. 22, 2007

Oszt’  keresztbe-kasul virtualizálhatunk. 

SWsoft’s Beloussov says that this spring, Parallels will upgrade its software further, in a way that by coincidence will make it easier to run Mac OS on a non-Apple computer. He also insists that is not deliberate, but just a consequence of the nature of the technology, especially now that Intel (Charts) builds virtualization technology into its chips.

Source: Windows is coming to the Mac – and Mac to PCs – Jan. 22, 2007