VSPlus: managing many Virtual Server Virtual Machines


Nico brought a quite nifty tool to my attention today: VSPlus. It’s an administration tool for Virtual Server which makes it a lot easier to administrate Virtual Server Virtual Machines.



“VSPlus is a safe and green software. It has not spyware, adware or malicious code. It does not touch your registry or your files. All operatings to your virtual servers and virtual machines are over Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 COM interface.”

Source 1: http://citynav.com/vsplus/
Source 2: Nicos Weblog

  1. #1 by Sebastian on September 14, 2005 - 18:14

    “VSPlus is a safe and green software.”

    Says who? Where is the Sourcecode? If it is so clean and safe, why do I have to agree to this disclaimer before downloading:

    “DISCLAIMER: IN NO EVENT, UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING, SHALL JIN MAO, OR ANY PERSON BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, EXPENSE OR DAMAGE, OF ANY TYPE OR NATURE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SOFTWARE OR PROGRAM, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS, SUITS OR CAUSES OF ACTION INVOLVING ALLEGED INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHTS, PATENTS, TRADEMARKS, TRADE SECRETS, OR UNFAIR COMPETITION. “

  2. #2 by bietiekay on September 14, 2005 - 18:25

    It’s the author who’s writing this. What’s wrong with you? What does the sourcecode have to do with the arguments you bring up? Nothing eh?

    You have to agree because the author wants you to agree in order to use his software – It’s his choice. If you don’t want to accept the disclaimer just don’t use it: Simple!

    So if you could enlighten us with some more specific questions – would be great.

  3. #3 by Sebastian on September 14, 2005 - 18:48

    Well without the source, how can I make sure it “has not spyware, adware or malicious code”?

  4. #4 by bietiekay on September 14, 2005 - 18:53

    you could not determine otherwise if you would have the source, would you? – You can monitor the application if you’re paranoid…

  5. #5 by Sebastian on September 14, 2005 - 19:01

    How long would I have to “monitor” the app to make sure? 1 month? 2? 4 years? What if it has a routine that makes it send all its collected data after 4 years and 3 months?
    You can’t trust a program to be “secure” if you can’t look up what it is doing – in the source.

  6. #6 by bietiekay on September 15, 2005 - 00:04

    what’s your problem monitoring it forever? It’s an automatic task to monitor software… it’s what your personal firewall (if you have one) does. Actually you don’t check every new version wether you have the sourcecode or not.

  7. #7 by Sebastian on September 15, 2005 - 20:26

    If I have to monitor the application forever in a non critical environment to make sure I can use it productively, then I can never actually use it productively. Oh wait – are we still talking about this program or already about any closed source software existing? 😀

  8. #8 by bietiekay on September 15, 2005 - 23:17

    Did you check the sourcecode of your opensource browser, your opensource kernel, your opensource tcp-stack your whatever-opensource program? Did you or did you not?

    You trust in it – time tells us that opensource is not a liability just by itself. When it comes to backdoors for example: Just remember the tcpdump/iptraf backdoors.

    You would be a fool to think that opensource is the solution to that particular problem. It surely isn’t. I agree that in some cases and IF you’re able to really really check the sourcecode for backdoors/insecurities – that Opensource could help in this case. But – I doubt that every great software developer would find every possible backdoor in a sourcecode. It’s nearly impossible – wether you have the sourcecode or you haven’t. (please do a search on the term “code obfuscation”)

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