Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Wow, with great interest I am pouring over Mike Laverick's VMware 2010 predictions post on TechTarget. I think this is a good read for sure and I can testify I have heard from some internal VMware sources about the ESXi part. Amazingly, one of his predictions was one I was just thinking about as I work more and realize immediate ROI from Thin Provision. How about Thin provisioning of RAM (without using the Limits tricks). vSphere/ESX already handles this is the background but how about a GUI front-end to adjust what user/OS sees and admins actually permit. Mike calls this "memory compression". Anyway, I digress.
Monday, February 1, 2010
XRAVIRT's new RDP vCenter Plug-In
Now this is a very nice plug-in just release from the Xtravirt folks which I am sure every vCenter admin will want to load. I have always wondered why we didn't have this already built into vCenter. But a very nice implementation for sure.
Just install the MSI file (nice PDF instructions are included), start up vCenter and go to the HOME screen. Now down under "Solutions and Applications" you will find the new plug-in. Go into this for a one time configuration: Domain/Acct credentials to use, default screen resolution, alternate port option, and select advanced options you like (disable wallpaper, themes, etc.).
Now on you have a right-click menu option on a virtual machine for "Connect VIA RDP"!
Get the RDP plug-in now!