Vote for the best Virtualization Blog!

Well I never before really got involved with the top virtualization blogs, mainly because I do not consider my blog to be one of them 🙂 But I do think we all, us the people reading the blogs, should really take a moment and participate. Most of the 200+ blogs are run purely on a voluntary basis and most bloggers, like myself, spend a lot of private time into sharing knowledge with us all.

So have a look, pick your 10 best blogs. Select the best blog in a few categories. Unfortunately there is no categorie for best Hardware Gadgets for virtualized environments blog, else I could still maybe have won a price 🙂


NEW: Free VMware Compliance Checker for vSphere!

After the release 2 weeks ago of the vSphere hardening guide for 4.1, you might feel overwhelmed with the information in the hardening guide. To help you understand how ‘bad’ your systems are configured compared to the hardening guide, VMware released today a free Compliance Checker for vSphere 🙂

So of course I had to run the easy-to-install (just requires java) tool against my vSphere environment and had to find out I am a bad admin, well at least from a security perspective.  The compliance checker does not only check the config of the ESX boxes but also the .vmx parameters of the individual VMs. Unfortunately the tool is not smart enough to show which VMs are lacking in security, it just shows that 50% or 3 out of 6 VMs are not ‘compliant’. I guess you have to figure out yourself which of the 3 VMs are correctly configures and which are not 🙂

you can download the compliance checker here: http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere-compliance-checker/overview.html

Cool vSphere iPad Management App.. coming soon :-)

Sure it isn’t the most important application from VMware, but might become one of the coolest. Srinivas, the product manager of VMware’s mobile team is working on an iPad app to manage your vSphere environment. The app is still in early stages and wasn’t demonstrated at the keynote, but we where able to catch him during the show and get a first glimpse of the app.

It is going to be a crazy week again! Check all these activities out.

Well next week is for sure going to be a crazy week again. Starting this Saturday the first parties and gatherings will take place. If you are travelling to VMworld in San Francisco you can find a great link with all activities on the VMworld communities; http://www.vmworld.com/docs/DOC-4760

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For the people staying at home, I am sure Twitter, Facebook and 100s of Blogs will report about what is going on, but of course my favorite will be VMworld TV, as I will be producing this 🙂

Let’s make next week a blast of fun, networking and learning for all Virtualization lovers around the world.

Really funny!

TGI Friday – Fun play session with a Virtual Desktop with 4 monitors. PCoIP is truely amazing!

it’s Friday and today we had a play around with a pre-release of the upcoming VMware View product that will include the PCoIP display protocol. Wyse send us a client with dual dvi output, so we raced to pcworld to buy an extra dual dvi video card as we wanted to see how it would work with 4 screens. We stole a few monitors from some of the desks in the office and voila… the result 🙂

Missed VMworld Europe? 26 Videos now Online!

Not able to make it to VMworld Europe this year? No worry we recorded over 9,000minutes!!!! of video for you 🙂 Not everything has been placed online yet, but the first 26 videos made by our VMware TV reporters are now available for you to watch. Later this week we will also make some of the breakout session videos available for everyone. If you did attend the show or have a vmworld.com subscription you will get access soon to all recorded breakout sessions, so the full 9000minutes worth of content.

Here is the video link page: http://www.vmworldeurope.com/videos

TIP: one of the 26 videos is the ‘VMware Unplugged’ session (56minutes) where 4 of the senior staff from VMware are answering questions from the public.

Day -4 @ VMworld Europe

Hi Everyone,

Well today the first VMware people including myself arrived in Cannes and I have to say, the weather is amazing! People are actually laying on the beach in bathing suits, the sky is clear blue and it is about 16 degrees, I even have to start worrying about burning my head 🙂 The boulevard is full of people enjoying the great weather and the forecast for next week looks good as well. I know we are here to go to sessions, but some nice weather is a lovely extra bonus 🙂

When we arrived at the building where the event will take place the first banners where already up.

We are here today with a small team starting to get our infrastructure up an running for all the labs and demos on the VMware booth. We shipped 10 Racks full of servers, networking and storage. Andy and Garrett have been working the last 2 weeks together with all the lab team to design some hopefully awesome hands-on Labs.

Well we are about to get our power, so we can start powering on all our kit. For the lucky ones coming to Cannes for VMworld, bring your sun lotion and see you soon 🙂

VMworld Preview – 1 more week to go

A few more nights sleeping and the 2nd VMworld in Europe will go live in Cannes, France again. The almost full session list has been published on www.vmworld.com/europe and now also includes the hands-on labs.

It will be a challenge to pick what sessions you want to go see as there will be around 140 sessions and 13 labs to choice from 🙂 A good start might be “DC14 – Overview of 2009 VMware datacenter products” and “DC07 – Tech Preview: vCenter Server”. We have reserved the Thursday afternoon for all the top scored sessions from the previous 2 ½ days to give you a second chance to go see them, in case you missed them.

The hands-on labs this year will also have many new interesting topics. You will be able to get your hands-on the upcoming Cisco Nexus 1000v (LAB12), explore the next generation of datacenter software (LAB01) and have a first look at a VMsafe application from Altor Networks in the form of a virtual firewall (LAB13). All the labs will be self-paced and a large crew of VMware Lab Staff will be there to help you to guide yourself through these labs. As they are self-paced, you can come to the hands-on labs any time you like and spend as much or little time you have. If there is no available terminal for you, we can even allow a certain amount of ‘bring-your-own-machine’ to create even more capacity and in case you have a funky keyboard like the Belgiums do, you can work with what you are used to 🙂

This year we will also be making a lot of video content at the event. Interviews with key sponsors and VMware staff and all the sessions will be recorded and available to all who attended the show.

On Wednesday night the VMworld party “Cloud 9” will lift off. As “Cloud 9” means like being in the 7th heaven, I am sure this will be a great spectacle.

I look forward seeing you all in Cannes and for the people who cannot make it, we will do our best to keep you up-to-date online on www.vmworld.com during and after the event.

VMworld Europe – Sessions

4 more weeks and VMworld Europe is a GO 🙂 Still lots of work to do and we are making progress on getting a good selection of breakout sessions. The session catalog is online now and every day new sessions are being added to it. Of course there will not only be VMware speakers. Many Industry specialists will be sharing interesting stories.

Fellow blogger Viktor van den Berg will be sharing his experiences with unattended deployments of VMware Infrastructure. Brian Madden will present a session on comparing VDI versus Terminal Services. Analyst Chris Wolf will present on Software Licensing in the Virtual Enterprise: Current Problems and Future Trends.

As 2009 will offer us many new solutions from VMware around management products, here a special promo video about those sessions: