Sunday, June 19, 2011

SpiceWorks - Free network management software & IT community

What do you get when you take network monitoring, a helpdesk, PC inventory tools, IT Reporting

and more… and combine it with an online community of IT pros exchanging practical how-tos and vendor reviews?

Spiceworks! The free “everything IT” network management software and IT community that 1.5 million IT pros worldwide use to simplify – and become better at – their jobs.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

How to mount vmware virtual disk (vmdk)

The Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) is a collection of C libraries, code samples, utilities, and documentation to help you create or access VMware virtual disk storage. The kit includes:

  • The Virtual Disk and Disk Mount libraries, sets of C function calls to manipulate virtual disk files.
  • C++ code samples that you can build with either Visual Studio or the GNU C compiler.
  • Documentation about the VDDK libraries and the command-line utilities.
  • The Disk Mount utility to access files and file systems in offline virtual disks on Windows or Linux guest virtual machines.
  • The Virtual Disk Manager utility to manipulate offline virtual disk on Windows or Linux (clone, create, relocate, rename, grow, shrink, or defragment).

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

vSphere 5 Details - unofficial

In February this year, reported about VMware which exposed some of the upcoming features of vSphere 5 during its Partner Exchange. Last week even more details appeared online, these details leaked on a Turkish Web Forum, but were removed later. The post itself can still be retrieved from Google Cache though.

Besides, Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) for Storage, Host-based replication for Site Recovery Manager, and Network I/O control for Virtual Machines, vSphere 5 will feature:
  • Build on the vSphere ESXi hypervisor architecture
  • vSphere Auto Deploy combining host profiles, Image Builder and PXE
  • Unified CLI framework, allowing consistency of authentication, roles and auditing.
  • Support for up to 1 TB of memory
  • Support for 32 vCPU’s per VM
  • Nonhardware accelerated 3D graphics for Windows Aero support
  • USB 3.0 device support
  • UEFI virtual BIOS
  • Host UEFI boot support
  • New GUI to configure multicore vCPUs
  • Client-connected USB devices
  • Smart card reader support for VMs
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.6 (Snow Leopard) guest OS support
  • Support for up to 512 VMs
  • Support for up to 160 Logical CPUs and 2 TB or RAM
  • Improved SNMP support
  • Storage driven storage delivery based on the VMware-Aware Storage APIs
  • Improved version of the Cluster File System, VMFS5
  • Accelerator for specific use with View (VDI) workloads, providing a read cache optimized for recognizing, handling and deduplicating VDI client images.
  • iSCSI user interface support
  • Storage APIs – Array Integration: Thin Provisioning enabling reclaiming blocks of a thin provisioned LUN on the array when a virtual disk is deleted
  • Swap to SSD
  • 2TB+ LUN support
  • Storage vMotion snapshot support
  • vNetwork Distributed Switch improvements providing improved visibility in VM traffic
  • ESXi Firewall protecting the ESXi 5.0 management interface
  • A browser-based, fully-extensible, platform-independent implementation of the vSphere Client based on Adobe Flex.
  • vCenter Server Appliance
  • Inventory Extensibility: providing a manager to monitor partner extensions.
  • vCenter Solutions Manager, providing a consistent interface to configure and monitor vCenter-integrated solutions developed by VMware and third parties.
  • System message logging enhancements
  • Revamped VMware High Availability (HA) with Fault Domain Manager
  • All hosts in cluster can be primary nodes
  • Cluster also uses shared storage as a channel for heartbeat detection

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

VMware Virtual Machine Remote Console

VMware vmrc (Virtual Machine Remote Console)

VMware player as a remote console

VMRC to ESXi Guest

VMware-esxi-server vmware-vmrc console linux

vmware-vmrc vmware console for esxi-server via linux because there is no vsphere client for linux around at the moment!

1) download vmware server (in my case VMware-server-2.0.2-203138.exe

2) unpack it (install it on a windows machine)
3) get the file Programs/VMware/VMware Server/tomcat/webapps/ui/plugin/vmware-vmrc-linux-x86.xpi
4) rename it to .zip, and unpack it
5) change dir to subfolder 'plugins' and start ./vmware-vmrc

Saturday, June 04, 2011