“How did I get a rack of boat anchors?” or why you can’t afford NOT to virtualize

Wherever I have worked, there’s a lot of servers laying around that aren’t doing a whole lot.  A fundamental benefit of virtualization is better utilization of resources.  In a virtualized environment, you *DON’T* have a bunch of unused capacity. Hardware acquisitions work something like this:

How we use virtualization in the Computer Science Department at Cal Poly, SLO

Historically, students and to a smaller degree faculty members, have requested server or other computing resources from the department to support projects or instruction.  In the past, the department was unable to satisfy these requests in a wholly satisfactory fashion.  Often students were given “yesterday‘s” …

Citrix XenServer is easy and free!

Just for grins, I loaded XenServer the other day.  It was *REALLY* easy.  No big surprises, get the installers for XenServer and XenCenter.  Load XenServer on the server you are going to use for a hypervisor host.  Load XenCenter on any old Windows machine.  You …