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Yesterday I wrote that Citrix's XenServer and XenDesktop 5.0 do not have native support for Microsoft's Windows 2008 Server. I have received a couple of e-mails disputing that statement. I thought I would clear some items up.
First: In September 2008 Microsoft and Citrix announced they were working on inter-operability between Server 2008 and Xen this was in relation to the HyperVisor product only. Meaning they were working on ways of porting VMs between the two products and allowing VM's on Server 2008's Hyper-V to be "Virtualized" (or delivered) through XenDesktop.
Second: I referred to "the desktop version of XenServer" I should have said XenDesktop. XenDesktop is not literally speaking a Desktop VM product. It is a means for delivering a virtualized Dekstop to remote users.
Third: I am not talking about XenSource (which was bought by Citrix) or Xen Project but Citrix's implementation of these products. Citrix's Xen 5.0 line of products does not have native support for Widows Server 2008.
What has yet to happen is complete validation and functionality of Windows 2008 as a guest(or virtualized desktop) in either of these products. To get Windows 2008 server to run on XenServer you have to custom configure quite a bit and set it up as a hardware VM not the stock type (as I linked in my article).
Interoperability announcement here.
Citrix virtualization infrastructure products leverage a broad array of "dynamic virtualization services" that provide core components of an end-to-end virtual infrastructure - from servers to applications to desktops. These enabling technologies range from core innovation in virtual delivery protocols to breakthroughs in application workload streaming. Upcoming dynamic virtualization services such as real-time virtual machine (VM) streaming, VM interoperability, high-performance VM storage and VM high availability will allow Citrix to further extend Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in the future through XenServer for server virtualization and XenDesktop for desktop virtualization.
As part of the company's VM interoperability services, Citrix is also developing technology to enable the portability of virtual machines between XenServer and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. By supporting both the Xen hypervisor and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Citrix will allow IT organizations to leverage heterogeneous virtualization environments for different workloads, datacenters, or business units within an organization.
**Edited November 25 2008 for clarity**
Software is a funny thing sometimes. When you buy a piece of brand new software you think that you are going to get the latest and greatest compatible with all the other latest and greatest software out.
Sadly that is not the case with Citrix's new Xen 5.0 Virtual server software. There are issues with XenDesktop's ability to deliver Virtulaized Windows 2008 Server desktops and XenServer will not run the OS Natively. This flaw takes away from the opening up of the RAM support in Xen Express which was limited to 4GB but now supports up to 128GB
This short coming will hurt the VM hopeful as many people currently using VMware and Sun's Virtual Box have no problems with Microsoft's latest server OS.
XEN 5.0 compatible operating systems listed here.
There is a work around to this for Citrix's XenServer if you want to spend the time here.
Supported guest operating systems
Microsoft Windows 64-bit:
Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter Edition SP2
Microsoft Windows 32-bit:
Windows Server 2003 Web, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter SP0/ SP1/SP2/R2
Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP0/SP1/SP2/R2
Windows XP SP2
Windows 2000 SP4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
CentOS 5.0, 5.1
Oracle® Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.0, 5.1
CentOS 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.0, 5.1
Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9SP2, 9SP3, 10SP1
Debian sarge (3.1), etch (4.0)
Physical NICs per server: 6
Virtual NICs per VM: 7 (Windows), 3 (Linux)
Virtual disks per VM: 7 (with XenServer Tools installed - 3 without Tools)
Plus 1 virtual CD drive
The folks over at HotHardwae have a nice video spotlight on AMD's new HTPC platform called Maui.
This new products comes complete with Radeon Graphics, a 780M chipset (on an MSI Media Live DIVA 5.1 motherboard), and ATi TV tuners. All of this is wrapped up in a sleek package that would fit into anyone's home theatre system.
Read the blurb from HotHardware here.
Seagate has just launched a new Maxtor branded dual-drive network storage server they call the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition.
This unit is mostly targeted at the small-business crowd who seek simple reliable storage that's easily accessible with the added security of auto-backup and data protection.
The enclosure is easy on the eye and runs dimensions of 187.9 (H) mm x 51.25 (W) mm x 291.95 (L) mm. The unit houses two 1TB 7200RPM HDDs which operate in a RAID 1 (mirrored) arrangement and it can be connected via Gigabit ethernet or USB.
For added peace of mind, the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition comes with a five year warranty. You can now pre-order it at a cost of $479.99.
For further details, check out the official PR here folks.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.-November 12, 2008-Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), the world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the Maxtor® Central Axis Business Edition dual-drive network storage server, a storage solution designed to satisfy the long-term business continuity needs and growing storage requirements of small businesses.
The Central Axis Business Edition network storage server takes the guesswork out of network storage management by providing simple, automatic backup with solid data protection and secure remote access to business critical information from any web browser. Available in early November, this small-business network storage solution will help companies keep their competitive edge by delivering access to, and protection for their business critical information while in the office or on the road.
The Blu-ray forums have been alive with the sounds of fanboys with a problem. Not uncommon of course, but this time it's about a real problem. Blu-ray players with a BD Live, or profile 2.0 compatibility have been stalling whilst attempting to play the new release Iron Man disc.
According to Video Business, it was occurring because Paramounts BD Live servers have been inundated with more connections than they anticipated, which was rectified by adding more servers. The disc is encoded to check for updates upon disc insertion and because the servers could not be contacted, it kept trying. And trying.
Whilst the disc is released next Thursday in Australia, I just received the review discs today and can confirm all works as it should.
Microsoft has just finished its latest virtualization project they call "Hyper-V Server 2008" and it's freely available for download here.
Hyper-V was built using Windows hypervisor and harnesses the Windows Server driver model and virtualization components to run anything from Linux distributions to Windows XP, Vista and Server 2000, 2003 and 2008. It's also available in multiple language formats.
You can learn more about it here folks.
Diamond Multimedia and Smooth Creations today announced its impressive looking Broodling liquid cooled PC gaming system.
The gaming system is a result of joint effort between the two companies and is based on AMD's Spider platform. It is powered by a 2.4GHz AMD Phenom 9750 Quad-Core CPU and AMD 770-SB600 based ABIT AX78 motherboard with 4GB of Kingston DDR2 memory. Cooling is provided by the CoolIT Eliminator with combination of air cooling and liquid / TEC chilling.
As far as graphics go, Diamond's Viper Radeon HD3870 X2 is used along with a 500GB Western Digital Caviar SE16 HDD and Lite-On 20X DVD+/-RW drive. Power is supplied by the 1250 watt Cooler Master Real Power Pro power supply.
The case gets a wicked paint job by Smooth Creations with a scary looking skull design which says, "Don't mess with me!" Take a look for yourself below...
Diamond claim that it has the capability of outperforming an Intel / Nvidia based gaming system and from we can see, probably at a more affordable price, too. It manages to score a default score of just over 14k in 3DMark06 under Windows XP.
At press time we didn't get any details on pricing but it is available for sale as of now.
Acer has long been known for its standard notebooks and systems but not so much for its new line of gamers products.
Say hello to the Acer Aspire Predator gaming system and it certainly does look like a beast packing quite a punch in the performance area.
You get all the features you would expect from a high-end gaming system such as dual graphics via Nvidia SLI, Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum, overclocking support via nTune software, 8GB of memory but it even comes with a custom water cooling setup for the CPU.
At this stage we are not sure which motherboard is being used but it is one based on Nvidia's nForce 780i SLI chipset. It will have the option of a range of Intel processors, SLI or 3-way 9800 GTX graphics, come with a TV tuner card (which is a tad strange for a gaming system), 1000 or 750-watt power supply, Blu-ray ROM drive and much more.
You can find out more about the Predator over at the Acer website right here.
Our friends over at Legit Reviews somehow managed to score a first look at Alienware's upcoming ultra high-end and uber expensive High Definition Media Server (or HDMS for short).
This product is due to come off the assembly line and into consumer hands anytime now and will set you back anywhere from $5000 - $7000 USD - that is two to three times more expensive than most HDTVs, so we're hoping it packs quite a punch for all those dollars.
It looks as if the top end model will be configured with a stunning 4TB of hot swappable hard drive space set up in RAID 5. It is powered by an Intel quad-core processor running with an X38 chipset and it also includes a Blu-ray recorder to make it a truly high-end HD DVR. The base model comes with Windows Vista Home Premium but is upgradable to Ultimate edition.
If you're a home theater PC enthusiasts and have been looking to blow a load of cash, consider this one when it comes out. The only negative side besides price which we can see is the fact that there is no HDMI audio, so even though you spent all those dollars, it will be out of date in just a few months (or weeks?) once HDMI PC audio solutions hit the market - unless it is upgradable somehow?
Following the recent launch of Intel's new 45nm dual and quad-core Xeon 5400/5300/5100 series processors, Tyan have announced a new line of Tempest i5400 series server and workstation oriented motherboards.
You can learn all about the differing models in the lineup and their feature-sets within the official PR folks.
SC07, Sparks, Nevada- On November 12th, 2007, Intel launches their next-generation server chipset, the Intel 5400 series., This new chipset supports both Dual Core & Quad Core Intel Xeon 5100/5300 & 5400 series processors. Tyan Computer, a global leader in server solutions, utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset in their Tempest i5400 S5397, S5393, and S5396 server motherboards.