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VMware at a glance: VMware embraces Active Directory

This week's VMware news roundup includes VMware embracing Active Directory, an alternative to Host Profiles for virtualization management and a network equipment bargain.

This week's VMware at-a-glance news and analysis roundup includes VMware embracing Active Directory authentication, an alternative to Host Profiles for virtualization management and a network equipment bargain.

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VMware strives to fill Active Directory support gaps
VMware's agreement with Likewise Software, an authentication specialist, lays the foundation for ESX and ESXi servers to tap into Microsoft's Active Directory framework. Currently, VMware administrators have to jump through hoops for Active Directory to authenticate ESX hosts in vCenter Server and vSphere Client. Fortunately, this new pact should put an end to configuring Pluggable Authentication Modules in the ESX service console to use Active Directory, which can be a chore.

For more details on the agreement and how it affects VMware shops, check out this news story.

Microsoft plots to derail VMware's VDI plans
More details have emerged concerning Microsoft's assault on the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) market. Last week, we covered the Microsoft and Citrix cutthroat promotion targeted at VMware View users. But Microsoft did not stop there, and they are making a concerted push to gain VDI business.

Meanwhile, VMware and its supporters are not going down without a fight, and they have fired back at Microsoft. Check out their response, in addition to Microsoft's VDI campaign, in this column.

VMware shops mixed on Host Profiles configuration management
Large firms are finding that Host Profiles, VMware's configuration management utility for ESX Server, doesn't meet their needs. Therefore, many users are making the jump to the Reflex vProfile product for granular virtualization management. Find out more on vProfiles in this news article.

I/O-strapped VMware shop chooses Xsigo over Cisco for converged network
Here's a tale of a VMware shop evaluating converging networking options and finding that Xsigo Systems' equipment was half as much Cisco Systems' offerings. In addition to a lower price, Xsigo's benefits also included cabling and availability advantages. For more information about this company's choice of Xsigo over Cisco, check out this article.

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