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New VMware View to lack profile management; other news

VMware View 4.5 looks late and light on profile management; VARs see work in Red Hat Xen-to-KVM shift.

IT channel news in brief for June 29, 2010

VMware View to come late and without profiling

VMware View 4.5 will be late, and when it comes out it will lack promised profile management capabilities, according to beta testers.
Sources told that the profile management feature that VMware got when it acquired RTO Software in February is not included in Beta 2, which came out June 16. VMware View 4.5 was promised for July 14, but VMware Inc. now says that general availability will be "sometime this year."

Cisco launches CCIE Emeritus designation

Cisco Systems last week launched a CCIE Emeritus certification program targeting network engineers that want to hold on to the valuable designation but may not do as much hands-on work with the underlying technology. The program enables networking pros with at least a decade of current and active status to keep their badge without recertifying every two years, according to

Red Hat's Xen to KVM move may not be so easy

Red Hat VARs may get some good gigs helping Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) customers move from Xen to KVM virtualization. The corporate Linux giant last year switched virtualization horses, in part because it acquired Qumranet, a KVM-based desktop virtualization specialist. But the move to Red Hat Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) may not be easy since the tooling is not exactly automated.

Red Hat Summit attendees last week saw that the default migration in the new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 can be convoluted. Depending on the situation, the manual conversion process may require users to change the MAC addresses of virtual machines, change the default kernel on all guests and hosts, rename all of the references to storage disks, shut down and restart the systems and perform many commands.

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