VMware Goes Mobile


The situation may sound familiar: You’re out of the office and computer issues come up.  You want to fix them, but you don’t have access to your computer.  All you have is your Blackberry device.  VMware is starting to provide solutions for just this problem… and in doing so, they’re giving you one more reason to call your Blackberry device Crackberry.

A recent post about VMware’s MVP platform showcased a video from VMworld 2009 that gave a glimpse of VMware Mobile Virtual Platform hypervisor, one of the company’s initial crossovers into the field of mobile technology.  Well VMware’s advancements in mobile computing does not stop there.  Now they are about to release another groundbreaking application.  As virtualized datacenter environments continue to expand, the need for flexible tools aimed at managing access becomes a must.  VMware’s new application offers just these kind of solutions.  vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) is going to give you the access you were missing in other VMware infrastructures.  Functions such as the ones listed below can be executed from the convenience of your mobile device:

  • Restarting Virtual Machines
  • Migrating Virtual Machines (VMotion)
  • Searching  for Virtual Machines
  • Execute recovery plans with SRM
  • Access Schedule Tasks, Alarms and Events

The vCMA Technology Preview will be made available in the popular virtual appliance format in April this year. The vCMA server must be connected to VMware vCenter or any of the ESX servers that you want to manage.  Once the server component is set up, you can manage your datacenter from the convenience of your mobile phone. Below is a diagram of how things should be set up.

vCMA diag

You’ll be able to get more information from the VMware VMTM community site later, when the product is made available. In the meantime check out the video below.  The demo is done from a Blackberry device but vCMA works with Windows Mobile and with the worlds greatest… the  iPhone.

VMware vCenter Mobile Access Technology Preview

Not just a Facelift: Major changes to Virtual Infrastructure for VMware and Cisco


Take note: Lots of changes are coming to VMware’s Virtual Infrastructure.  VMware has improved and expanded its virtual architecture light years beyond their Virtual Infrastructure 3 platform.  The soon to be released VSphere 4 platform is not limited to minor updates in components and technology – rather, this release ushers in major performance enhancements across the board in products, capacity, security, and networking.  This is not just a facelift, but a thorough architectural reworking.

Similar changes are in the works for Cisco.  One of the hottest topics in the virtualization and the networking communities is the Cisco Nexus 1000v, a Cisco product that utilizes VMware’s new networking technology.  There is an immense deal of enhancement and performance with this product. Cisco had developed the Nexus 1000V, a software virtual machine designed specifically for server virtualization environments. So far getting your hands on this Cisco product has been very tough and its beta program has been heavily guarded. Even if you had access to the Cisco beta, you would still need to get your hands on the VMware beta program in order to test the new vNetwork Distributed Switch technology.  In order to hold you over until the release, I’ve gathered a few videos that will give you an idea of what to expect from this product.  So, don’t sit on your hands until release day; this is the best time to start learning about the Cisco Nexus 1000v Distributed Switch.  Enjoy!

Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switches

Cisco Nexus 1000v Demonstration

The Power is Yours: Automate Windows Users with PowerShell

PowerShellIt’s no secret that Microsoft’s PowerShell is one of the premiere scripting languages on the market.  It can be used for a multitude of functions and automated tasks in Windows, Microsoft, and VMware virtualization environments.  Below is a series of videos, narrated by Don Jones,that shed light on how to use PowerShell to automate the creation of Windows users.  Like previous posts, my goal with sharing these videos is simple: less time managing VMware, and more time living it up! Don is is the author of some of the best scripting books out there and a frequent contributor to TechNet Magazine.  Take a gander as he explains the nuts and bolts of PowerShell and provides a walkthrough for the automation of Windows user accounts. His advice can come in handy for migrations, deployments, etc.  Watch Don get loose!  And learn from one of the best as you get your PowerShell on!  And if you’re craving more from Don, you can find some links to his published books at Punching Clouds SkyHigh Books Store.

Automate user Provisioning with PowerShell Part 1

Automate user Provisioning with PowerShell Part 2

Creating Custom Profiles with Windows PowerShell

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Microsoft Hyper-V Deep Dive Webcasts

Hyper-V LogoIf you’re curious about Microsoft’s Hyper-V but haven’t had time to attend a Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) class, then you may be interested in this series of insightful webcasts.  Microsoft released these videos in an effort to provide everyone with a chance to see their Hyper-V in action.  So, take a look, and you’ll get a glimpse of Microsoft’s Virtualization efforts and the performance potential of Hyper-V – trust me, this is only the tip of a very deep iceberg.

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Installing, Configuring & Managing Part 1

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Installing, Configuring & Managing Part 2

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Understanding VM Integration Components

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Exports and Snapshots

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V PowerShell Management

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Configuring Failover Clustering

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Failover & Migration of VMs

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