Nutanix introduced NOS 3.5 with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Support (Tech Preview)

Today Nutanix introduced a technology preview of its support for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 in conjunction with the latest release of Nutanix OS (NOS) 3.5.   Again Nutanix delivers many enhancements on their Nutanix OS Architecture to expand performance and management capabilities. The PRISM GUI is now HTML5 based for multi device management support. The Prism REST APIs Supports …

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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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Veeam Backup & Replication v6.5 to be released in Oct/Nov

Update: version 6.5 is GA

Last Wednesday I joined the Tech Field Day Roundtable. Joining us on the panel is Doug Hazelman of Veeam. We had some good discussions about their Backup & Replication features on the coming version 6.5 release. Doug announced they will release Veeam Backup & Replication version 6.5 around Oct/Nov this Year.

New Features
  • Brand new feature to allow you to backup you Veeam configuration to a file.
  • 6.5 will support VMware vSphere 5.1 and WS2012 Hyper-V
  • Veeam Explorer for HP Lefthand and HP VSA snapshots.
    Allowing to have instant VM Recovery, Recover Windows, Linux and Exchange Files. More information about this feature here and here. This feature is included in the v6.5 free edition.
  • Veeam Explorer for Exchange. Restore Exchange items directly from the Veeam database. No agents needed, no restore of mailbox store. This feature will also be included in v6.5 free edition.

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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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in the test: Trilead VM Explorer 4.0

Trilead VM Explorer 4 has been released and I have been asked to do a product review. Since the new version 4.0 the product has Hyper-V support.

Top Features

  • Easy to install and use
  • Simple pricing
  • Multi hypervisor support
  • Job Scheduler
  • Full and Incremental Backups
  • Replication

Trilead VM Explorer comes in one file (size 14Mb). My installation took only a few seconds (the setup requires .NET 4.0 and was already installed in my case).  The default screen provides you with option where you can install the product license, or start with Free version. See the differences between the Free and Pro edition on this page.

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