Lately, I’ve been working a lot around vCops. Using vCops in the right way can be super useful with the most common tasks for VMware architects and administrators. If you are in a search for simplifying your organization capacity planning process, discovering critical issues in your virtual environment or you’re just trying to check which VMs are the most oversized in the datacenter, vCops is your guy.
A few months ago, I got familiar with the brilliant job the folks at CloudPhysics are doing. Knowledge Base Advisor is the latest new feature which will analyze your environment for potential risks and hazards. In large, hybrid and complex environments with lots of components and different hardware vendors to deal with, one of the most important things is to get eyes on all things. But what if the environment is too large for one set of eyes?!
Last week I’ve started to build my new home lab. Unfortunately I still haven’t got any shared storage device in place, only a 500GB SATA direct-attached hard-drives. For the last 3-years I was surrounded by NetApp’s technologies and although I wasn’t the actual storage guy at the site, taking NetApp Edge virtual storage appliance for a ride was the obvious thing for me to do.
After using VMware products for the last 8 years, from Workstation through GSX to vCloud and beyond, I’m excited and very humble that the “mothership” noticed my work here on earth and called me to her service. I will be starting July this year in VMware Israel Professional Services group as a PSO consultant. After filling the role of Better Place virtualization infrastructure architect for almost 3-years and doing VMware consulting projects for several companies in Israel, it is the time for me to move to the next big thing. Working for VMware was a dream of mine for the [Read More]
Last week I had a conversation with one of my customers who asked me if I know some good, fast, modular way for provisioning around 20-25 VMs for a lab environment. The first thing I asked was “what are you using today?” So he opened his vSphere Client and showed me how he is using NetApp Rapid Clone Utility (RCU) to deploy the VMs. The problem with the RCU is that it isn’t elastic and modular enough although using it is great for gaining fast provisioning. You can watch a few YouTube videos here. I’ve decided to write a PowerCLI deployment [Read More]
Be selected as a vExpert is such a great honor. Being an active part of the VMware community is rewarding by itself but getting recognized for your contribution is a whole new ball game. When I started this blog all I wanted was to have some sort of technical archive for myself but rather quickly I was sucked in. The VMware community is more than just a group of super-technical people. The biggest thing that unites us is our passion for the technology and our desire to share knowledge and experience. I would like to take the opportunity to [Read More]
Last week I had a conversation with one of my team mates We were asked to provide a way for a VDI user to connect to a random VMware View desktop (floating) pool automatically each time a desktop is needed. I’ve created a PowerCLI script which will provide a way for a random pool selection from the user’s pool assignment. The only prerequisite for this to work is that the View administrator will grant user pool permissions up-front. [sourcecode language=”powershell”] #Random View Desktop Pool Connection #Created for: imallvirtual.com #Created by: Lior Kamrat #Created on: 16/04/2013 #Map VMware View Connection Server and desktop [Read More]
In the last part for this series I will be focusing on automating the deployment process using PowerCLI and VB script combination.