New Free Tool – Foglight Network Management System

Foglight Network Management System (NMS) is an enterprise ready network performance monitoring and configuration management solution. It installs in less than 15 minutes and auto-discovers key metrics for network resources, including hardware, operating systems, virtual infrastructure, databases, middleware, applications, and services allowing you to:


- Reduce the wasted time and chaos associated with sudden network issues
- Mitigate the risk of downtime
- Reduce mean-time-to-resolution of network incidents
- Provide admin and management level visibility
- Manage up to 100 network devices for FREE
- Download and install in only 15 MINUTES



http://www.quest.com/foglight-network-management-system/

VMware Player 4.0 available for download

VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 7, Chrome OS or the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software and surf the Web. VMware Player can also be used to run a virtual copy of an old PC so that you can recycle the old machines you have under your desk or stored in the closet.


Installation Changes and Enhanced Keyboards


The hardware requirements to install this version of Workstation have changed. Workstation now requires a relatively modern 64-bit CPU. See Installation Requirements for details.


Virtual Hardware Improvements
 
This version of Workstation includes many hardware improvements. To try new hardware features, you must upgrade the hardware version of your virtual machine or create a new virtual machine that uses the latest virtual hardware version.

•   The display technology has been changed to provide a better experience for Unity users and users who have multiple monitors. These changes also allow you to add a projector to your laptop without restarting your virtual machine.

•   Virtual machines can now support up to 64GB of memory. The host system should have more than 64GB of memory to use this feature.

•   An HD Audio device is available for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2008, and Windows 2008 R2 guests. The HD Audio device is compatible with the RealTek ALC888 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio Codec.

•   USB 3.0 support is available for Linux guests running kernel version 2.6.35 or later (Ubuntu 10.10) through a new virtual xHCI USB controller. To enable this feature, add the following line to the .vmx file: usb_xhci.present = “true”. Do not enable this feature for Windows guests. Because Windows does not currently have a generic xHCI driver, this feature will not work in Windows.

•   Bluetooth devices on the host can now be shared with Windows guests. With the latest hardware version, Bluetooth devices that are paired to the host system radio are available to Windows guests and can be paired from within the guest. You should not pair Bluetooth audio devices, such as headphones, or Bluetooth input devices, such as keyboards and mice, to a guest.

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/4_0

VMware Labs present its latest fling – CloudFS

CloudFS is a prototype replicated and distributed storage system for the VMware ESX platform. It allows VMs to run using local storage, without any single points of failure. CloudFS has been described in the research papers "Lithium: Virtual Machine Storage for the Cloud" at SoCC 2010 in Indianapolis, and "Scalable virtual machine storage using local disks" in the December 2010 issue of ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review.



The CloudFS code must be checked out under your VMware "bora" tree, and the build files patched from the file under scons/scons.diff. See the README file for further instructions. Please be aware that this is prototype software intended for a research audience, and not for ordinary users without above average systems hacking skills.


http://labs.vmware.com/flings/cloudfs

Enabling Experimental Support for OpenLDAP, PostgreSQL, and MySQL in VMware vCenter Orchestrator

This technical note describes how to enable experimental support for OpenLDAP, PostgreSQL and MySQL if you want to use them with VMware vCenter Orchestrator. Orchestrator requires a working LDAP server in your infrastructure and a database that is separate from the standard VMware vCenter Server database. You can configure Orchestrator to work with the experimentally supported LDAP server and databases only for testing and evaluation purposes.


 http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vco-experimental-dbs-openldap-support.pdf


VMware Labs present its latest fling – InventorySnapshot

VMware Labs present its latest fling InventorySnapshot. InventorySnapshot is a useful tool that allows user to "snapshot" a given vCenter inventory configuration and then reproduce it. Inventory includes datacenter folders, datacenters, clusters, resource pools, vApps, hierarchy, roles and permissions, configuration settings, and custom fields. If you have an inventory with a given set of hosts and VMs organized into a group of clusters, InventorySnapshot will reproduce the complete environment, including cluster settings and any custom roles you may have defined.


Be one of the first one to try, rate and comment - http://labs.vmware.com/flings/inventorysnapshot  





To learn how to run InventorySnapshot, read this document.

Visio in the Cloud? – Online Diagram Software

While I was prepping the delivery of an upcoming VMware vCloud: Architecture in the VMware Cloud training course, I was searching for a diagramming tool, which could be used during the laboratory exercises. I was about to step away from Visio, because I didn’t want to be creative with trail licenses and after some searching and testing I stumbled upon Gliffy. The biggest plus of this online diagramming tool, is that students must work in teams and collaborate during the design laboratory workshop, with Gliffy it can be done instantly with anyone. Gliffy comes from the word glyph, a symbol or character that imparts information non-verbally. Gliffy is an online diagramming service that helps users communicate with a combination of shapes, text, and lines. With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more. The online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.


Easy to Use : Creating diagrams is simple with Gliffy. Just drag-and-drop shapes from an extensive library and point-and-click your way to format, just like in the office software you are familiar with. No expertise needed.


Extensive Shape Library : Access a complete library of shapes, including networking, UML, user interface, process flow, entity-relationship, floor plans, and more. You can even import your own images, like logos and backgrounds, to complement your diagrams.


Full Feature Set : Robust features give you the power and flexibility to create professional-looking diagrams.


  • Extensive shape library
  • Large drawing area
  • Drag and drop ease  
  • Shape alignment   
  • Auto line connections
  • Gradient color fills   
  • Convenient publishing capabilities   
  • Document manager   
  • Revision Control

Publish Easily : With just a click, Gliffy gives you a URL to a read-only version of your diagram, so you can share it with anyone. You can also easily embed your image into your wikis, blogs, and hosted office applications.


Incorporate Diagrams into Other Documents : Enhance your word documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and web pages by adding your diagrams directly into your files. Whether you are using desktop applications or hosted online software, you can save your diagram as a .JPG, .PNG, or .SVG or include a URL to the most current version of the diagram. You can even save your diagrams and open them in illustration programs.


Collaborate Instantly with Anyone : Enter the email addresses of your collaborators and Gliffy will automatically notify them you have invited them to collaborate. They'll receive a URL and temporary password to a free account.


Protect and Track Changes : If you invite others to edit your diagram, don't worry. Gliffy's Revision Control feature automatically keeps a copy every time a document is saved, so you can track changes or revert to an earlier version.


No Compatibility or Access Issues : Gliffy works through your web browser, so Mac and PC users can all work together. And since you access Gliffy via the Web, clients, vendors, and co-workers at different sites can all view and edit the files.


More Reliable than Email : Know that you are all working off the most current version of the document. And you don't have to keep emailing the file back and forth!


http://www.gliffy.com

Update

I’ve received a great comment from Lisa who pointed me at LucidChart. This online diagramming solution has the same features as Gliffy, but on top of that it also supports:


  • HTML5 and web standards make LucidChart fast, smooth, and reliable
  • Work simultaneously with as many people as you want.
  • Access your documents anytime, anywhere, from your PC or Mac (browser independent).
  • Import Your Microsoft Visio Documents

Now you don’t have to recreate all of your previous documents generated in Visio and you can still enjoy the ease and benefits of working in LucidChart! In addition, you will be able to access your diagrams from anywhere using a web browser, and you can easily share your diagrams with others and collaborate in real-time.


https://www.lucidchart.com/

VMware Labs present its latest fling – PXE Manager for vCenter

VMware Labs present its latest fling PXE Manager for vCenter. VMware PXE Manager is a management tool that supports automatic PXE boot (network boot using PXE) and automatic customization of large numbers of ESXi systems, other features are:

• Automated provisioning of new ESXi hosts stateless and stateful (no ESX)
• ESXi host state (firmware) backup, restore, and archiving with retention
• ESXi builds repository management (stateless and statefull)
• ESXi Patch management
• Multi vCenter support
• Multi network support with agents (Linux CentOS virtual appliance will be available later)
• Wake on Lan
• Hosts memtest
• vCenter plugin
• Deploy directly to VMware Cloud Director
• Deploy to Cisco UCS blades




 VMware PXE Manager


Be one of the first one to try, rate and comment - http://labs.vmware.com/flings/pxe-manager




 


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Free Download – VMware Compliance Checker for vSphere

Check the compliance of your IT infrastructure against specific standards and best practices that are applicable for the environment. The Compliance Checker is a free, downloadable, fully-functional product for checking compliance of your environment to help you ensure that it remains secure and compliant.

This product is a robust utility providing detailed compliance checks against the VMware vSphere Hardening Guidelines. Unlike other free tools in the market, Compliance Checker for vSphere is a fully functional product. For example, you can print the reports that Compliance Checker produces, and can run compliance checks across multiple ESX and ESXi servers at once.


VMware Compliance Checker for vSphere lets you:


Check compliance for multiple VMware ESX and ESXi servers concurrently - Run compliance check on up to 5 ESX or ESXi servers at a time and produce reports.

Supports VMware vSphere hardening guidelines - Perform checks on VMware ESX and ESXi servers to conform with the latest VMware vSphere hardening guidelines.

Analyze compliance assessment results - After a compliance run, you can view the assessments by ESX/ESXi hosts, plus guests.

Save and Print assessment results -  You can save and print the compliance assessment reports to your team for review and they can be saved for archival needs.


http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere-compliance-checker/