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Zena – Rails CMS & VDI Playground

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

CMS=Content Management System Rails = Ruby on Rails – a development framework using the Ruby language, Active Record, and Restful programming. VDI – virtual disk image (Sun Virtualbox virtual machine solution) Zena is described as a state of the art CMS “with a focus on usability, ease of customization and web 2.0 goodness (application like Continue reading →

Open Solaris (VDI) under Fedora (FC9) using VirtualBox

Friday, November 14th, 2008

I get vendor emails on a daily basis – I usually ignore the web links that they contain…

Today, I accepted the invitation to visit Sun’s Web site.  While there, I happened upon an Open Solaris VDI download (~2GB compressed image.)  After downloading just uncompress, import into your VDI disk image selections, create a new Open Solaris type virtual machine (VM) and

Virtualbox tools – cloning images

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Start by creating your virtual machine image (including installing your OS of choice) – in my example this is Source.VDI.

Duplicating a virtual machine (VM) image with Virtualbox is simple but requires using the command line:

VBoxManage clonevdi  Source.VDI  New_clone.VDI

The time required to clone a VirtualBox image (VDI) is  dependant upon the size of the your VDI image and the processing power of your computer system.  The cloning process  creates

VMware under Vista – 1st impressions

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I first looked at virtualization several years ago – it was beyond, or rather the hardware was beyond my exploration budget so I moved on. Current PCs under ~$1000 are quite capable of running multiple OS instances (especially with new VM-aware CPUs and an adequate amount of RAM and disk space; my 6 GB system can run a primary OS using ~1GB or less of RAM (under Linux) and ~2GB of RAM (under Vista.)

Sharing application data via VirtualBox (Vista/Linux)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

After flipping between Vista (64 bit) and Fedora 8/9 I find that:

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