VMTurbo giving away uber-cool Home Lab!

For their new 5.1 release, VMTurbo is giving away a home lab to 3 lucky winners who sign up for our 5.1 release webinar! Pretty cool right?! THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH AT 1:30 P.M. EST VMTurbo Director of Product Management, Eva Tuczai & CTO,Charles Crouchman, give a sneak peek of 5.1, including brand new Demand-Driven Application …

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Install Log Insight Multiple Nodes and integrate with KEMP Load Balancer for HA

VMware vCenter Log Insight is a VMware analytics product introduced one year ago. Part of VMware vCenter family, Log Insight delivers automated log management through log analytics, aggregation, and search, extending VMware’s leadership in analytics to log data. The new Log Insight 2.0 version is much faster, more effective and usable: 8X faster data collection …

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Disaster Recovery Assurance for VMware from PHD Virtual

With the acquisition of Virtual Sharp, PHD Virtual delivers transformational technology for virtual backup and disaster recovery assurance providing the easiest, most affordable solutions for data protection and business continuity, automatically certifying achievement of Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). ReliableDR Architecture As you can see in this picture ReliableDR orchestrates the …

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Cool Tool: Foglight for Virtualization Free Edition

Not really a new tool. Former Quest and VKernel technologies merge within Foglight for Virtualization Free Edition a bunch of cool tools that are bundled together in a new name: Foglight for Virtualization. and yes,  there is a FREE edition. The Free Edition contains 6 utilities where Snapshot Explorer is newly added: Foglight for Virtualization, …

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Cool Free Tool: End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator

Today, My employer ITQ released the GA version of EUPSCO (End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator). A cool new tool! Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 (SCO2012) enables you to automate processes in your data center, regardless of hardware or platform. Using Orchestrator, you can automate your IT operations and standardize on best practices to improve …

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Xangati Unveils StormTracker

Xangati released  a new great product in their portfolio today called StormTracker. This is the first solution available to tackle performance storms devastating productivity in the Cloud.

Powerful, New In-Memory Storm Detection Engine and Contextual User Interface with Multiple Storm Views Allow Managers to Instantly Identify, Track and Resolve Cloud Performance Storms

  • Alert monitoring solutions mostly lead to admins “chasing their tails”
  • In-memory storm detection
  • Automated pattern-matching heuristics
  • Identifies storm cause and objects impacted
  • Major UI enhancements from a solution known for UI innovation
  • StormTracker UI—looking across your whole cloud
  • Storm Recordings showing areas of impact and why a storm is happening
  • Capacity analytics linked with performance storm trending
  • Contention-based storms correlated to capacity saturation

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USB Network Gate, from VM to USB connect tool

USB Network Gate easily connects one or more remote USB devices to your computer over Ethernet (Internet/LAN/WAN) as if the device was plugged into your own machine. It helps you share a USB device over Ethernet among multiple computers so people from all over the world (or your office) can use it.

One of USB Network Gate features is ability to establish a pass-through of USB devices from the host system to guest OS on a virtual machine. As a result you can easily use USB devices on a virtual machine as if they were connected to it directly.

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in the test: SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

solarwinds-inc-logoToday we are testing Virtualization Manager from SolarWinds, a product to help IT departments that have to manage a large amount of virtual machines. This enterprise-grade software is compatible and highly integrated with VMware and Hyper-V, meaning that it is usable in the majority of big-business virtualization deployments.


  • Real-time dashboards simplify forecasting, detection, & troubleshooting of capacity bottlenecks.
  • Identifies VM sprawl, helps you reclaim & optimize space, & reduces licensing costs.
  • Tracks VM & host configurations over time & identifies drift from your “gold standard”
  • All the functionality & more of other leading virtualization management tools – at a fraction of the cost.
  • Easy to download, deploy, & use – start monitoring your VMs in less than an hour.
    In this review, I will explain how to install Virtualization Manager 5.0 and provide some details about the many kinds of information you can easily get insight on.

Virtualization Manager

Virtualization Manager is an enterprise-class, tier 1 virtualization management product that provides a number of services for virtualized environments.

There are a number of factors that make Virtualization Manager 5.0 a fantastic tool. First of all, the product is deployed as either a Hyper-V or VMware vSphere virtual appliance. You don’t have to mess around with an installer to get the base product up and running. This allows a full deployment inside of 30 minutes in most cases. Finally, Virtualization Manager 5.0 is an affordable tool with pricing starting at $2,995, which allows you to manage and monitor up to 50 running virtual machines. Note that powered off virtual machines don’t count toward licensing limits.

Product installation

The installation starts with downloading the software:

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