Posts Tagged ‘3rd Party Apps’

New Cisco Nexus 1000v Video

July 27th, 2009

I’m not sure what I like better – the informative video, or the fact that I can embed it neatly into my blog.

Please enjoy!

Hyper9 version 1.4 to be released July 22nd

July 22nd, 2009

Hyper9, a virtualization management startup company based out of Austin, TX, is expected to release version 1.4 of its self titled flagship management product on Wednesday. This is an exciting release as many notable improvements have been made to the user interface.

New to this release is a dashboard which is designed to help the end user “hit the ground running” immediately after the product is installed. Upon login, the administrator will immediately presented with the “My Environment” tab of the dashboard. “My Environment” contains many of the most useful canned reports about the environment in which Hyper9 has been instructed to catalog.

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If you find “My Environment” is jumping in just a bit too fast, take a look at the “Getting Started” tab which contains several instructional videos that can be launched from within the Hyper9 console.

Veteran Hyper9 users will find that the “Results” display has been cleaned up with no-nonsense resource indicators that are very much appealing to the eyes in my opinion.

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Hyper9 has been making great strides with their products and I’ve been very impressed with the amount of end user feedback they have taken to their developers and integrated into future product versions.  Hyper9 is available today on a subscription basis.  Head on over to their site for more information.  While you’re there, be sure to check out their other products, such as the Virtualization Mobile Manager (VMM) which allows administrators to manage their infrastructures from a hand held device.

In search of an application migration solution

June 22nd, 2009

I’m reaching out to software vendors and/or readers who might be aware of an end to end application migration solution or an application migration story outlining solutions, challenges, successes, etc. The solution should be software driven. The solution will seamlessly migrate applications, services, and daemons from one platform (Windows or Linux) to another platform in the same family. As an example, the solution would migrate applications and/or services from Windows 2000 Server to Windows Server 2003. On the Linux side, another example would be migrating applications and/or daemons from SLES 9.x to SLES 10.x.

As I stated, the solution would need to be as seamless and end to end as possible. Application and platform dependencies would need to be taken into consideration, and addressed or mitigated. For example, service packs, .DLLs, .NET framework, PERL, etc. on the Windows side. Kernel versioning, compiling, PERL, etc. on the Linux side.

I’m not exactly looking for professional services, however, I would be interested in hearing about your process and the tools you use. The solution need not be virtualization specific. The right tool would work with IBM, HP, Dell, whitebox, or virtual hardware.

If you are a vendor with a solution, or a reader with some application migration background, please drop me a line at jason@boche.net or feel free to reply to this blog entry with a comment. Feedback both small or large is welcomed as usual.

Thank you in advance.

ThinLaunch Software Announces the Immediate Availability of Thin Desktop 2.3.2

June 13th, 2009

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(St. Paul, MN) ThinLaunch Software, LLC (www.thinlaunch.com) announces the immediate availability of Thin Desktop 2.3.2, Thin Desktop 2.3.2 enhances the award winning Thin Desktop application announced in August, 2008. Thin Desktop 2.3.2 simplifies deployment and adoption of Virtual Desktop Strategies by overcoming common barriers associated with the implementation of these strategies.

Thin Desktop enhances the overall value of virtualization by simplifying the deployment and implementation of virtual desktops at the user device. Thin Desktop replaces the local user interface, then locks down and monitors the user / client device. This allows the administrator to gain complete control over the client end point and the user experience. When compared to group policy methods, “registry hacks” and other similar approaches, Thin Desktop is far easier to implement, deploy and maintain. Unlike the implementation of a traditional Thin Client model, Thin Desktop requires no changes to the enterprise infrastructure and has no server footprint or management server.

When a PC or Thin Client is locked down using Thin Desktop, the typical shell / user interface is hidden from the user and replaced by the designated connection or application. At the same time, underlying capabilities allowed by the administrator can remain intact. No changes to the enterprise infrastructure are required and no additional tools or management functionality is needed.

The release of version 2.3.2 enhances deployment of Thin Desktop using industry standard methods, tools and architectures. An administrator can now deploy and implement Thin Desktop on any PC or Thin Client via standard unattended silent install capability and existing software distribution and imaging methods.

“Thin Desktop 2.3.2 is the result of feedback form a wide variety of customers with very diverse use cases and requirements. A common thread is the desire to adopt virtual desktop technologies while preserving investments in current hardware, infrastructure and skill sets – with a clear path for future hardware and virtualization options.”, said ThinLaunch Software General Manager, Mike Cardinal. “Customer environments with both PC and Thin Client devices will coexist for the foreseeable future. Most users don’t care about the box connected to the monitor, keyboard and mouse – and administrators don’t want them to care.”

For additional information and an Evaluation Download of Thin Desktop, visit the website at www.thinlaunch.com


About ThinLaunch Software, LLC
ThinLaunch Software, LLC has developed Thin Desktop to enhance the value of client device assets. Established in May of 2007, ThinLaunch software is privately held and based in Eagan, MN, a suburb of St. Paul, MN.
ThinLaunch Software and Thin Desktop are registered trademark of ThinLaunch Software, LLC. Additional trademarks and Patents Pending. Please visit the website at: www.thinlaunch.com

Tripwire Launches vWire, A Virtualization Management Solution

June 8th, 2009

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TRIPWIRE LAUNCHES vWIRE, A VIRTUALIZATION MANAGEMENT SOLUTION TO MONITOR, MANAGE, AND AUTOMATE VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURE
vWire gives visibility and control to virtualization engineers to dramatically decrease complexity, downtime, and operational costs in virtual environments.

PORTLAND, Ore. – June 9, 2009 – Tripwire® today announced vWireTM, the first virtualization management solution to integrate change and configuration awareness into Virtual Infrastructure (VI) management. Solving a real business need for virtualization administrators, vWire continuously monitors the state of virtual systems and correlates data with critical events to provide context and insight into potential issues, and then acts to prevent and resolve problems that cause downtime.

vWire was designed based on direct input from the virtualization community to introduce a greater level of control and visibility over virtual environments. The new offering from Tripwire reduces the time that virtual infrastructure managers spend troubleshooting system failures. With vWire, IT organizations can optimize their virtual infrastructures, decrease downtime and improve reliability, while reducing operating costs through automated monitoring and problem detection.

“Tripwire is working with VMware to provide customers with solutions and tools that offer a holistic view of their virtualized environments while improving operational compliance of these systems,” said Shekar Ayyar, vice president, infrastructure alliances, VMware. “Tripwire’s new vWire extends the robust management capabilities of VMware solutions with capabilities targeted at providing increased visibility and helping troubleshoot problems quickly.”

vWire is easy to set up and requires no special training. Once installed with sufficient licenses and credentials, vWire automatically starts recording and analyzing the status of the entire virtual infrastructure. vWire is comprised of three major components:

  • Comprehensive Monitoring and Data Collection – vWire monitors all change, configuration and critical event data, providing a database of up-to-the-minute information that can be quickly accessed, searched, and filtered. vWire complements the availability features of the VMware platform by monitoring systems to help prevent or eliminate virtual system downtime.
  • Shared content – vWire data can be accessed with various combinations of filters, scripts and alerts, easily accessed through the vWire dashboard. Administrators can see at a glance the aggregated information that is relevant to ensuring the health of their virtual infrastructure. These capabilities ship with out-of-the box content, but can be easily customized. Users can also import shared content from the community, expanding the library of tools and solutions.
  • The vWire community – This online forum provides an opportunity for VI administrators, industry experts and product specialists to share content, expertise and solutions for issues involving the management of virtual systems.

According to Stephen Beaver, co-author of two books on virtualization, “Essential VMware ESX Server” and “Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration”, Tripwire Virtualization Evangelist, “virtualization is unique in that there can be thousands of unique configuration properties in a virtual infrastructure, and the number quickly goes up when you consider multiple objects. For example, a moderately small installation with two clusters, six ESX hosts, and 60 VMs will have 38,700 configuration properties for the clusters, hosts, and VMs. vWire’s configuration automation gives virtual administrators new visibility to effectively monitor and manage configuration, change and performance data across the virtual infrastructure – all from within VMware vCenterTM Server.”

vWire is available for immediate purchase and download at www.vwire.com. Also available at vWire.com are two free, downloadable tools to help manage virtualized infrastructure: OpsCheck, which helps ensure systems are configured to support VMware VMotionTM by rapidly analyzing ESX 3.0, 3.5, and ESXi hypervisors; and, ConfigCheck, which helps ensure VMware environments are properly configured, a recommended and essential first step when deploying and virtualizing additional servers.


About Tripwire, Inc.

Tripwire is the leader in data center compliance and infrastructure management solutions, building confidence for IT across both virtual and physical infrastructures. Tripwire Enterprise and vWire software, helps over 6,500 enterprises worldwide meet their configuration auditing, file integrity monitoring, virtual infrastructure management and change auditing needs for IT operations, security and compliance. Tripwire is headquartered in Portland, Ore. with offices worldwide. Tripwire can be found at www.tripwire.com, www.vwire.com, and @vwire on Twitter.

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©2009, Tripwire, Inc. Tripwire is a registered trademark of Tripwire, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

VI Administration – Even From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

May 16th, 2009

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Introducing Hyper9 Virtualization Mobile ManagerTM Beta

Mobile Monitoring and Support
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What’s New in VMM?

VMM offers administrators remote monitoring and support – browser-based management that works on a wide variety of mobile devices. VMM now supports VMware, Xen and Hyper-V and useless features and complexity don’t bog down VMM. Affordable, easy to use, and workable even on simple cell phones.

Developed by virtualization infrastructure expert Andrew Kutz, VMM enables remote network control, extended scalability and multi-platform support, all within a mobile display designed for optimal efficiency. It’s all part of our commitment to providing VI administrators with the tools they need to work smarter and take action right away.

Take Me To My People Program
The VMM beta is available to the entire VI admin universe today – but as usual, true believers get something extra. The first 15 to sign up through boche.net will receive the following perks:

  • 50% off pricing on our already low pricing
  • Automatic entry into Win a Mobile Device contest, beginning in June
  • In exchange for a little feedback – a limited edition Hyper9 T-shirt

VMM Highlights?
There’s no question that VMM is the ticket to higher intelligence for VI administrators.
Here are some of the details that just may make a believer out of you:

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  • Monitor on the Go
  • Supports all major hypervisors
  • Runs on Windows, Linux and OS X
  • Accessible via a Web Browser

Mobile

  • Monitor Host and VM Performance Statistics (CPU, Memory)
  • Control VM’s and Take Action On the Go (start, stop, pause, reset, disable network)
  • Optimized for Mobile Devices (Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Google Android and Windows Mobile devices)

Supported Hypervisors

  • VMware Server 2
  • VMware Infrastructure 3.5 Hosts (VMware ESX 3.5, ESXi 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5)
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Citrix XenServer 5

Supported Platforms

  • VMM is hosted as an Apache Tomcat web application
  • Windows, Linux and OS X

Supported Modes

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For more information, to join the beta and download the product, please see visit this link. Be sure to tell them boche.net – VMware Virtualization Evangelist sent you. Remember, only the first 15 to register are eligible for the Take Me To My People Program benefits.

If you’d prefer, you can send me your information via email (your name and email address) and I will connect you with a Hyper9 representative so that you may take advantage of this limited time offer.

VMware Tools “Not Running”

March 31st, 2009

I ran into an disturbing problem this evening in the lab. While in the Virtual Infrastructure Client (VIC), I attempted to perform a graceful shut down on a VM by right clicking on it and choosing Shut Down Guest. Unfortunately the graceful shutdown and restart options were grayed out which is a good indicator that the VMware Tools are not installed or not running. I logged into the VM and strangely enough, the VMware Tools were installed and the VMware Tools service was running. Even stranger, when I went back to the VIC, the VMware Tools status now showed “Tools OK”.

It was then that I noticed VMware Tools status was showing “Not Running” for a whole slew of other VMs which I knew had tools installed.

A quick search uncovered a recently updated VMware KB article 1008709VMware Tools status shows as not running after running VMware Consolidated Backup“. Mind you, I’m not running VCB in the lab (thank God and Veeam), however, the description in the KB article mostly matched my situation.

During the normal VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) operation, the VMware Tools status changes from OK to Not Running for some time during the initial snapshot operation, but it returns to OK after the VCB operation completes.

However, on hosts installed with the patch bundle ESX350-200901401-SG, the VMware Tools status on the virtual machines may stay as Not Running even after the VCB operation completes.

Although the KB article specifically ties the problem to VCB, the problem is not limited to VCB in my experience. Other applications that perform snapshots can cause the behavior, such as the product I’m using: Veeam Backup 3.0. The root cause stems from a January 2009 VMware patch: ESX350-200901401-SG.

There are a few work arounds, the second of which I discovered on my own:

  1. Restart the mgmt-vmware service immediately after the backup job is done. This changes the Tools status to OK. You can write a cron job to do it periodically.OR
  2. Log in and log out, or log out if you are already logged in, from the virtual machine. This changes the Tools status to OK if it was showing as Not running.OR
  3. Use VCBMounter to look for virtual machine name or UUID rather than virtual machine IP. Virtual machine IP only works when the status of tools is OK, but virtual machine name and UUID works even if the Tools status shows as Not running.

After reading the KB article, I ran a service mgmt-vmware restart and after about a minute, the VMware Tools status for all my VMs changed in status from “Not Running” to “Tools OK”. The host and all of its VMs briefly disconnected as well but don’t worry, they’ll come back on their own shortly.

Until VMware releases a permanent fix, it sounds like I can expect this behavior daily after each Veeam backup completes.

By the way, if you’re running VCB, this condition will cause future VCB backups to fail if the VCBMounter is set to look for the virtual machine IP rather than virtual machine name or UUID. Nobody likes failed backups so please make sure you get this sorted out in your environment if the problem exists.