vSphere Single Sign On? Rethink Your Architecture

vSphere Single Sign On (SSO) is a new feature in vSphere 5.1, introducing a standalone service that act as an authentication broker for various VMware products such as vCenter Server, vCloud Director, VCO, vShield Manager or VMware Horizon. SSO is a critical component that is required before any other vSphere 5.1 component is installed or …

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Nutanix – NOS 3.0 & NX3000 – The 400VM 2U Building Block

Nutanix’s mission is to virtualize a datacenter without the need for a SAN. This approach allows for many benefits, such as buy what you need, when you need it and a reduction in complexity around architecture and operations. The NX3000 The Nutanix NX3000 comes per block of 4 blade like servers called ‘nodes’. Each Node …

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Nimble Storage Unites with Cisco and VMware to Deliver New Reference Architecture

Nimble Storage introduced a new reference architecture with Cisco Systems and VMware for 1,000 simultaneous VDI users, requiring only 3U of rack space, for $43 for storage per desktop. A preconfigured, fully-integrated system built around the reference architecture, which consists of a Nimble CS220G-X2 array, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade server platform, and …

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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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VMware Visio Stencils 2012

a while ago VMware released a new set of VMware Icons and Diagrams in the traditional PowerPoint format. Maish from http://technodrone.blogspot.nl created “The Unofficial VMware Visio Stencils” blog post with all VMware Visio shapes you will ever need. also VMware released some powerpoint diagrams VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_2_of_3.pptx (2.6 MB) VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_3_of_3.pptx (2.9 MB) VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_1_of_3.pptx (17.4 MB) Also CloudFront released some nifty …

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GA release VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5

VMware Horizon Application Manager simplifies IT by centralizing application management in the post-pc era. Now IT can unify management of any SaaS, Web and Windows applications through the Horizon Application Catalog to securely deliver them to end-users on the device of their choice, increasing their flexibility while reducing the cost of complexity. End-users get easy on-demand access to their applications on their preferred devices whenever they need them, increasing their productivity and simplifying there overall experience.

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VMware released vSphere 5.1 at VMworld 2012

VMware announced a new version of VMware vSphere 5.1 at VMworld USA. I created a nice summup of all new features to give you nive clean overview: vSphere 5.1 Links gathered Top 10 things you must read about vSphere 5.1 Storage Changes in VMware vSphere 5.1 vSphere 5.1 Performance best practices VMware vSphere Web Client Video Support …

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