Archive for November, 2011

Add ESXi to an Active Directory OU

November 10th, 2011

While working with vSphere 5 and vCloud Director, I stumbled onto a piece in the vSphere Client Help files that I haven’t seen in previous versions of vSphere (or maybe it existed and I wasn’t aware).  That is, the ability to add an ESXi host to a specific Organizational Unit above and beyond adding it to Active Directory.  VMware ESXi Active Directory integration has gotten much easier once they partnered with Likewise.  In vSphere 4 if I wanted an ESXi computer account to drop into a specific OU, I pre-created the computer account before the ESXi host to the domain.  In vSphere 5, the ESXi host can be joined to the domain and placed into an explicit OU all in the same step.

Say for example I wanted my esxi5 computer account to be placed into the boche.mcse domain in an OU path of /Lab/Servers as shown below:

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I can accomplish this now by providing the full path in the Domain field as shown below:

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The result is that the esxi5 computer account is now placed in the desired OU hierarchy:

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What Does ESX Mean To You?

November 9th, 2011

Today is Wednesday November 9th, 2011. I have a few simple questions for you.  Don’t over analyze.  Go with your 1st instinct.


Question 1: When you see the written word ESX in a tool or documentation, what does it mean or imply to you?

A) ESX literally translates to ESX, an explicit VMware Type 1 hypervisor with a RHEL Service Console.

B) ESX is a marketing term which translates to ESX, ESXi, or both, two generations of Type 1 hypervisors from the VMware portfolio


Question 2: Is the written word ESX interchangeable with ESXi?

A) No

B) Yes

C) I really don’t care


Question 3: Should tools, documentation, and marketing make clear distinctions between ESX and ESXi?

A) No

B) Yes

C) I really don’t care

Virtual Bridges Pengroid Contest

November 8th, 2011

I came across a fun contest over at Virtual Bridges (Enterprise Desktop Management & VDI Solutions partner) which is running through the end of November.  The basic goal is to disguise Pengroid, a penguin on steroids.

Flex your Photoshop skills and submit your Pengroid where it will be uploaded to and judged on Facebook. The winning Pengroid will be printed on t-shirts which will be distributed to the first 25 people who submit an eligible entry. Top 3 winners will be featured on the Virtual Bridges Website, Blog, Twitter and Facebook. Most importantly, bragging rights for the year.

The contest landing page and instructions can be found here and here.

Good luck!

VMware: Bring Back VMTN Subscriptions

November 6th, 2011

Snagit CaptureSix years ago I managed a few VMware environments which included GSX and vCenter 1.x/ESX 2.x.  At the time I also had a few VMware Technology Network (VMTN) Subscriptions.  This offering from VMware was very useful in the lab as it allowed me to kick the tires on many VMware products in a non-production environment.  The subscription included the following product licenses and related keys:

  • ESX2 2-CPU
  • SMP for ESX2 2-CPU
  • GSX3 2-CPU Windows
  • GSX3 2-CPU Linux
  • P2V Assistant 2.0 Enterprise Unlimited Use
  • Workstation 5 Windows
  • Workstation 5 Linux

To summarize, the VMTN Subscription bundled all of VMware’s products (at the time of purchase) for a non-production environment (typically for a lab).  This was very useful for me as someone who was just starting to get into larger scale virtual infrastructure.  Unfortunately, VMware discontinued the VMTN Subscription a short time after and enthusiasts were left to fend for themselves in order to try out the products in VMware’s expanding portfolio.

Fast forward just a few years and we find that the utility of virtualized datacenters combined with VMware’s innovation has catapulted their brand into the majority of businesses around the globe.  During this time, VMware’s loyalist population grows exponentially.  VMware responds by formally recognizing the top members in their grass roots community as vEXPERTs.

A few years later, hundreds of thousands of VMware enthusiasts, partners, vEXPERTs, and VMUG members/leaders, struggle to implement longer term evaluations of VMware software, which at this time has exploded in terms of product offerings through VMware’s own development as well as acquisitions.  It is no secret that VMware has been wildly successful and has grown at a rapid pace.  Those who have been working with and for VMware over the years recognize some of the growing pains and disjointed processes within the organization.  These are the among the things that make it difficult to get a fair and unified look at VMware’s products.

VMware needs to resurrect the VMTN Subscription or take a page out of the Microsoft playbook by instantiating a program similar to Microsoft TechNet.  The subscription will be an authoritative and adequately staffed clearninghouse offering 365 day evaluation or NFR licenses and keys for all VMware software.  Access to the subscription can be granted through various channels. Incentives and discounts can be offered to partners, resellers, vEXPERTs, VMUG members/leaders, as well as VMware Certified individuals.

VMware has come a long way in a short amount of time, garnering success up against the largest competitors in the world.  The formula for their success has been great leadership and innovation.  The key to their success is a strong community whose members have spent a great deal of their time over the years helping promote VMware to where they are today.  The community doesn’t demand large dividends in return. We do, however, ask that VMware get the products into our labs quickly and easily.  In my mind, this is essential as the product portfoilo continues to grow and mature.  Your talented community members work in leaned out environments.  Lab access is inconsistent.  60-day trials expire before we’ve had a chance to get through an adequate POC.  This doesn’t lend itself to a confident purchasing decision.  I think there are a lot of ways we can analyze this.  Every scenario I can think of benefits VMware and is consistent with the grass roots principal the company owes much of its success to.  This is also an opportunity for VMware to prove to its constituents that they aren’t all about consumption based or vRAM licensing.  It’s a win/win/win proposal.

VMware: Bring Back VMTN Subscriptions.

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