Friday, October 31. 2008
Iicomasoft provides you a simple VMware VI Client plugin (VirtualCenter and ESX Host support) for automating the Rescan/Refresh SAN Task of VMware ESX Hosts. Just right-click on a Host or Group object (Cluster, DataCenter) and choose rescan – done.
Don´t need to script a rescan process or even manually rescan all your hosts. That´s the best way for not getting into trouble with missing Datastore mappings because of a forgotten Rescan – and losing virtual machines because of a host downtime within a HA Cluster. Download the Rescan Plugin for VMware Client for free now and simplify your administration!
Ideas International just released a functional evaluation which compares three x86 server virtualization platforms: VMware Infrastructure 3, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer 5.0. The evaluation uses their online Collaborative Product Evaluation (CPE) system, a community-driven site that is accessible for free over the web. The CPE interface allows visitors to weight any functional level by priority to get a customized ranking of the products based on their own needs. Moreover, if you want, you can add your own ratings of specific product attributes should you agree or disagree with their “expert” assessment.
The new evaluation compares VI3 with Hyper-V and XenServer based on a scorecard with 60 functional details in five categories, the most in-depth functional assessment yet of the leading x86 hypervisor technologies. The link to the CPE evaluation on x86 hypervisors is http://ideasint.eval.com/hyper.
Wednesday, October 29. 2008
I’ve the opportunity to invite you to the Hyper9 beta program, when you’re interested please drop me a note.
A Vision of Virtualization Nirvana. At Hyper9, we believe virtualization administrators shouldn't be stuck with an "un-dynamic" approach for managing highly dynamic and dimensional environments. It's why we're creating our new product, and why we're asking for your help.
Are You a Rock Star? If you spend more time contemplating your virtual world than the one in which you're late for dinner right now, get online and reserve your spot for our beta program. Our private, limited beta is full right now as we work out the kinks, but if you're a virtualization expert that is ready to rock your world, you can join our waitlist today and we'll keep you posted as spots open up!
Together, we can build a product, ignite a community and transform the world of virtualization administration forever.
Hyper9 is based on the premise that your Virtual Infrastructure management should be as easy to use as a Web-based consumer application. The rapid growth and dynamic nature of virtual environments clearly requires a different approach. The Hyper9 beta:
• Rapidly searches and filters across your virtual infrastructure and inside Windows guests
• Leverages VM DNA to track configuration changes to VMs over time - help diagnose problems
• Compares configurations between VMs for drift
• Understands conflicts between the guest and the virtual hardware layer (e.g. MAC address conflicts)
• Gets “at a glance” performance and health information for all of your VMs
• Collaborates – share critical searches and leave notes for team members
• Generates instant reports to track connected media and active Snapshots
Tuesday, October 28. 2008
The VMware Infrastructure Management Assistant (VIMA) allows administrators and developers to run scripts and agents to manage ESX and ESXi systems. VIMA is a virtual machine that includes prepackaged software, a logging component, and an authentication component that supports non-interactive login. You can use VIMA to perform most of the tasks commonly performed in the ESX service console. Via Rick Blythe over at VMwarewolf.
VIMA is a virtual machine that includes prepackaged software. Administrators and developers can use VIMA to run scripts and agents to manage ESX and ESXi systems. VIMA includes the VI Perl Toolkit and the VMware Infrastructure Remote CLI. VIMA also includes the vi-fastpass authentication component and the vi-logger logging component. vi-fastpass allows direct connection to established target servers. vi-logger allows you to collect logging information from ESX and ESXi hosts and store the information on VIMA for analysis.
Monday, October 27. 2008
The beta is over ... the first reporting solution specifically designed for documentation and change management in large VMware Infrastructure 3 environments is now generally available.
• Unattended data collection & ad hoc reporting
• Change management support
• Help for "VM sprawl"
• Client/server architecture with SQL Server backend
Veeam Reporter Enterprise is the first reporting solution specifically designed for large VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) virtual environments. Veeam Reporter Enterprise provides unattended data collection and scheduled or ad hoc reporting, as well as centralized data storage to help you discover, document and report on all the objects within your VMware virtual infrastructure right now, and at any point in the past.
Reporter Enterprise collects information about your VI3 environment, its components and configuration settings, on an ongoing basis. Using this data, it provides comprehensive and easy-to-understand reports for analysis, documentation and change control.
Designed for use by VI3 administrators, system integrators and datacenter managers, it is fully integrated with VMware VirtualCenter and supports change control for both ESX and ESXi servers.
Sunday, October 26. 2008
Saturday, October 25. 2008
Thursday, October 23. 2008
The VMworld Team made the VMworld2008 Screen Saver in normal and wide format available for download. This is the same screen saver displayed on the big screens before the start of the keynotes.
VMworld 2008 Program Guide VMworld 2008 Program Guide with conference details, session and lab info, virtual plaza and track overviews and customer quotes
VMworld 2008 Screen Saver (Widescreen) 1280 x 1024 Widescreen size screen saver for VMworld 2008
Friday users will be able to share, recommend, and discuss news articles within LinkedIn groups. Any member of a group will be able to submit an article for reading and discussion.
Members of this group have gained the in-depth skills and industry-recognized certification on VMware technology. The VMware Certified Professional Program is designed for everyone who wants to demonstrate their expertise in virtual infrastructure and increase his potential for career advancement. Members: 1,665
The Dutch VMware User Group (VMUG) program is designed to encourage and support the Dutch community of VMware users. Members: 432
Mike Laverick: It gives me great pleasure to announce that my book on VMware Site Recovery Manager 1.0 is now available from lulu.com. You can buy the book by clicking the book cover at the top of the blog or by clicking this link here: http://www.lulu.com/content/4343147.
"This book will teach how install and configure VMware's Site Recovery Manager product. It also covers in detail the failover and failback processes - and I will guide you through step-by-step through the setup of the product. This book is not filled with project management padding that typifies a lot of IT books. It's practical and technical, and assumes you are already pretty familiar with VMware's Virtual Infrastructure products including ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5. In this book you will learn the strengths and weakness of the Site Recovery Manager product, and show you the common pitfalls and errors that can happen, and also more importantly why they happen, and how to fix them."
Tuesday, October 21. 2008
Hugo Peeters over at PeetersOnline has created a simple, fire-and-forget PowerShell script that sets the Hardware Video Acceleration Level for all your (Windows Server 2003 and Powered On) VM’s to Full. This way you can always enjoy smooth mouse movements when working in the console!
A link to Hugo’s website will definitely appear in my presentation at the 12th of December.
Speakers: David Friedlander, Senior Product Marketing Manager, VMware
Ryan Day, Group Manager, VMware
When you sign-up as an attendee for the Dutch VMUG event on the 12th of December you will receive an envelope which contains a VMware sticker. When you place this sticker at the most original place you are eligible to win a Nintendo Wii. Here’s my picture.
RVTools is a small .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display the version of the installed VMware tools. It also shows if the tools are upgradeable. The button "Upgrade VMware Tools" starts an UpgradeTools_Task for every selected VM. The latest version of the application has new tab pages with virtual machine information about cpu, memory, disks, nics, cd-rom and floppy drives. With RVTools you now also can disconnect the cd-rom and floppy drives from the virtual machines.
Sunday, October 19. 2008
VMware opened up a new section on their VMworld.com website. You can find and post the announcements of all your virtualization events including conferences, tradeshows, seminars, webinars, webcasts or any related activities in the conferences forum. Be sure to post your entry with full details for the community to share and VMware will add qualified events to the conference calendar. I already posted the the Dutch VMUG event announcement.
Friday, October 17. 2008
Of all of the recent technology trends in the world of enterprise IT, virtualization may be the most profound. Almost every organization is implementing virtualization. However, most have not moved beyond the server consolidation stage. How can you take it to the logical next level, without creating serious management, control, and security issues?
This TechWiseTV episode reveals the expertise and the latest solutions that will enable you to virtualize your entire network infrastructure. Learn how Cisco is delivering the capability to provision and manage services with virtual machine–level granularity. See how these new solutions provide for quality of service, storage management, and security capabilities at the hypervisor layer. Watch TechWiseTV and see the newest virtualization technologies and services, including:
• Cisco VN-Link, which simplifies virtualized and physical environment management by bringing the server and the network closer together than ever before.
• Cisco Nexus 1000V, the first switch to embed a network operating system into the hypervisor, providing network-based segmentation and consistent policy implementation on a virtual machine
• Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAASv4.1) to accelerate virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) traffic, enabling you to more effectively deploy desktop virtualization.
• Virtualization assessment, planning, and design services, available jointly from Cisco and VMware, to help you define the next steps in your virtualization strategy.
Thursday, October 23, 2008, 10-11 a.m. Pacific Time
Here’s a sneak preview
VMware uploaded five new video’s at YouTube. VMware Extends Virtual Infrastructure into a Virtual Datacenter Operating System over the course of 2009. For more details visit: http://www.vmware.com/technology/virtual-datacenter-os/
Please let them know what you think of these demos!
VMware 2009 Roadmap Video Virtual Center Part 2 (host prof
VMware 2009 Roadmap Video Virtual Center Part 1 (Host Prof
VMware 2009 Roadmap Video Storage VMotion Enhancements
VMware 2009 Roadmap Video - Fault Tolerance (FT)
VMware 2009 Roadmap Video - vNetwork Distributed Switch
Starting in November the new VMware Infrastructure Design course will be available. This hands-on training course explores how to design VMware Infrastructure 3 architectures with a focus on manageability, availability, and scalability. The objectives are that at the end of the course, you should understand the principles involved in designing VMware Infrastructure 3 architectures:
• Implementing best practices and evaluating design considerations to meet business needs
• Distributing resources across ESX clusters automatically and ensuring high availability
• Architecting remote and branch offices
• Designing to support Microsoft Active Directory, SQL Server, and Exchange Server
Link to the course datasheet
Thursday, October 16. 2008
This document explains in detail how to successfully P2V Exchange 2003. The physical hosts originally hosting Exchange were experiencing hardware failures causing the servers to spontaneously reboot several times a week. These servers were over 5 years old and without warranties. Because of the size of the mailbox stores, we were also out of hard drive space. With an email archiving solution about to be implemented, immediately followed by an Exchange 2007 upgrade, our current Exchange system needed to be stable and survive until after the eVault project was complete. Our solution: Virtualize!
I met Michel Roth (thincomputing.net) at the XTG V-Event last week and we were talking about blogging :-) and his white box. He finally managed to build it and it looks impressive. It’s small aesthetical, pleasing and under $1000.
In my day (and night?) job working for Quest I get to demonstrate the Virtual Access Suite (VAS) a lot. In short this means that I have to demo a VAS infrastructure at the very least consisting of a VAS Connection Broker, a VAS Terminal Server, a VAS Virtual Desktop, a Domain Controller, a VirtualCenter server and a ESX host. With a lot of time and patience one would be able to get pretty far with this with a decent laptop up until ESX. ESX will not run on "normal laptop hardware". Period. So let me share how I found my ultimate ESX Whitebox.
Kodiak, from BlueBear, enables unprecedented visibility into and control over virtualized infrastructures, regardless of size or composition. As the industry's only application that's both hypervisor-agnostic and cross-platform, Kodiak sets a new standard in versatility, pushing virtualization out of the datacenter and catalyzing it's widespread adoption throughout the information technology landscape. BlueBear believes useful software should be available to anybody who needs it, and at no cost; hence Kodiak's price, totally free!
Wednesday, October 15. 2008
VMware launched a brand new website for their upcoming VMworld Europe 2009 Cannes, France. You can take a peek at http://www.vmworldeurope.com. The registration page is already active and there's also a rough version of the agenda online.
Virtually anything is possible at VMworld Europe 2009 From the datacenter to the desktop, virtualization is having an increasingly profound impact on information technology design and management. Now in its second year, VMworld Europe will continue to set the virtualization agenda, inspiring all IT professionals looking for actionable ideas, innovative products and best practices for virtualizing your enterprise.
So join Europe's largest virtualization community from 24-26 February at the The Palais des Festival, Cannes, as VMware hosts VMworld Europe 2009.
The /n software NetCmdlets extend the features of Microsoft Windows PowerShell with a broad range of network management and messaging capabilities. The current release contains more than 30 Cmdlets providing access to network and host protocols such as SNMP, LDAP, DNS, Syslog, HTTP, WebDav, FTP, SMTP, POP, IMAP, Rexec/RShell, Telnet, and more.
NetCmdlets V2 is packed full of exciting new features including PowerShell Server (formerly PowerShell Remoting), Parameter Sets, Object Pipelining, and new Cmdlets for SSH Enabled Remoting and Amazon Web Services (S3) Integration.
Monday, October 13. 2008
Today VMware invited their Benelux Partners at the VMware Partner Forum 2008 which was held in the Brasschaat, Belgium. I attended the forum and managed to collect some video footage. You can see a part of the opening keynote from Bas van Kesteren, Marc Groetelaars and the infamous Richard Garsthagen. During this Benelux VMware Partner event, the attendees were informed of VMware’s vision & strategy, market opportunity, product roadmap and also marketing activities. They also learned about new sales, presales and marketing tools, and had the opportunity to network with peers and the Benelux VMware team.
VMware Partner Forum 2008 Video from Eric Sloof NTPRO.NL on Vimeo.
The Dutch VMUG event attracts a lot of attention. In September 2005, the first time this event was held the number of attendees was around 50. This number has risen over the years. The next event will take place on the 12th of December and is open for registration. The Dutch VMUG expects around 600 attendees. It looks like the Dutch VMug has become some sort of mini VMworld. :-)
Update : 502 attendees already have signed up for the Dutch VMUG event.
Sunday, October 12. 2008
VmwAROS is a pre-configured AROS desktop envirnoment available in two formats: a bootable live-CD installable on the hard drive, and a disk image for VMware. The AROS Research Operating System is a open source lightweight, efficient and flexible desktop operating system, aiming at being compatible with AmigaOS 3.1 at the API level, while improving on it in many areas.
VmwAROS VE (Virtual Environment) is a complete AROS desktop environment running on VMware virtual machines. Targeted to final users and to developers, VmwAROS allow testing and using the AROS Research Operating system without really installing it on the hard drive. It can be a reliable way to access this interesting OS for people with powerful, but yet not supported hardware.
Saturday, October 11. 2008
You can use OVF to distribute and import virtual machines and appliances. For example, you can create a virtual machine within VMware Infrastructure, then use OVF Tool to export it into a bundle for installation, either within your organization, or for distribution to other organizations. OVF facilitates the use of virtual appliances, which are preconfigured virtual machines that package applications with the operating system they require. Because OVF runs on multiple platforms, you can make a virtual appliance ready to run without significant additional configuration.
Friday, October 10. 2008
The son of a former Zimbabwean farmer, Maritz, who in the 1980s and 1990s served as one of Bill Gates’s top executives at Microsoft, has been appointed CEO of VMware, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest tech companies.
The University of Cape Town computer science graduate and Hilton College old boy was in SA this week on VMware business. He admits he misses Southern Africa, though he emigrated in 1977 to seek a career in hi-tech. After a brief stint in the UK, he moved to California to take a job at chipmaker Intel. “Through Intel I met these two crazy guys in Seattle, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, and, in 1986, right after it had gone public, I joined Microsoft,” he says. “I remember thinking that the ride was already over. But, as it turns out, I was literally involved in the birth of the industry.”
Read the full story here.
We can expect some challenging one-liners again since Hugo Peeters is back from his vacation. Hugo was offline the past few weeks enjoying the luxury live in California. During the VMworld in Las Vegas Hugo’s site peetersonline.nl was mentioned in the PowerShell presentation from Carter Shanklin. After Carter’s presentation ended I was able to attend a little interview where he mentioned Hugo’s site again. Hugo already posted two new articles:
Some advice on creating Powershell scripts
Creating a Powershell script CAN be quite difficult. How to get the output you want? Where to start? Let me try to get you started by providing a structure you can follow. I’m not saying this is THE way, but it’s MY way. Hope it helps you and please do comment if you have additions or another way!
Changing your VMware license server
Hi everybody, I’m back! Before you ask, I’ve had a great holiday, thank you. Now let’s continue having fun with Powershell and the VI Toolkit! I’ve showed you a trick earlier that allows you to find your Virtual Center Server Settings. The License Server settings for instance. But changing these settings can prove to be quite a challenge.