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.