vChat - Episode 36 - It's Been a While!

vChat - Episode 36 - It's Been a While!Back at it again! In vChat #36 Simon, Eric, and David talk about the latest trends in virtualization and enterprise computing - starting off with a vCatchup about what we've been up to. Specifically we talk about vSphere home labs, how to stay up to date on virtualization news, HP Microservers, Apple Mac Minis, and what we plan to chat about in the future! We wrap it up by talking about Dr Who. vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering [more]

New 5nine Manager 5.0 Released - Affordable Centralized Management for Hyper-V Infrastructures

New 5nine Manager 5.0 Released - Affordable Centralized Management for Hyper-V InfrastructuresI've been testing 5nine Manager for Hyper-V in my lab environment and have been impressed with all that it can do. For SMBs who can't afford System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), 5nine Manager is a great low-cost alternative. They just released a new version with a lot of new features. Besides a centralized management GUI for Hyper-V Free Edition and Windows Server Core Hyper-V, 5nine Manager offers automated VM provisioning, Hyper-V cluster management, replication of cluster settings to a [more]

Contest - Take the Ultimate Tech Challenge on Servers!

Contest - Take the Ultimate Tech Challenge on Servers! Here's a cool contest from Dell and Microsoft that I wanted to share with my readers... I hope that you win the new laptop! --- IT professionals run into interesting and complex challenges on a daily basis, and often times to come up with creative, imaginative and on-the-fly solutions to fix problems and keep a business running. Dealing with servers and storage issues are no different, and can present a handful of situational complexities for IT pros to face and overcome. All [more]

Infographic: 10 Years of VMworld

Infographic: 10 Years of VMworld This week is the VMworld in San Francisco. In fact, this is the 10th anniversary for VMworld and VirtualizationSoftware.com has come up with this beautiful infogrpahic with all the details. Please consider tweeting about it and/or embed this in your blog (linking back to us). Enjoy! Infographic by David Davis, Scott Lowe at [more]

vChat – Episode 36 – It’s Been a While!

by David Davis on December 10, 2014


Back at it again! In vChat #36 Simon, Eric, and David talk about the latest trends in virtualization and enterprise computing – starting off with a vCatchup about what we’ve been up to. Specifically we talk about vSphere home labs, how to stay up to date on virtualization news, HP Microservers, Apple Mac Minis, and what we plan to chat about in the future! We wrap it up by talking about Dr Who.

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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I’ve been testing 5nine Manager for Hyper-V in my lab environment and have been impressed with all that it can do. For SMBs who can’t afford System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), 5nine Manager is a great low-cost alternative. They just released a new version with a lot of new features. Besides a centralized management GUI for Hyper-V Free Edition and Windows Server Core Hyper-V, 5nine Manager offers automated VM provisioning, Hyper-V cluster management, replication of cluster settings to a secondary site, grouping of VMs, and the ability to protect all Hyper-V VMs with agentless anti-virus, built-in.

Below, you’ll find some screenshots of the interface, the press release, and links to try it free for 30 days. Enjoy!

5nine Software, a leading provider of security, compliance and management solutions for Microsoft Windows Server and Hyper-V, today announced the release of 5nine Manager for Hyper-V version 5.0. Developed specifically for small and medium businesses (SMBs), 5nine Manager offers a comprehensive, easy-to-use and affordable solution for managing Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Server Core, – locally or remotely.

5nine Manager has many of the same features found in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), but mainly additional value-add powerful features, including the following:

  • Easy-to-use management interface for Windows Server Core and Hyper-V Server
  • Ability to manage different versions of Hyper-V (2012 R2, 2012, and 2008 R2 SP1) from a single console, locally or remotely
  • Agentless, lightning-fast antivirus

New features in 5nine Manager 5.0 include:

  • Automated virtual machine (VM) provisioning
  • Enhanced cluster management
  • VMs Guest connection views through FreeRDP or Microsoft controls
  • Replication to enable failover of production workloads to a secondary site for disaster recovery
  • Group operations for multiple VMs
  • And much more…

“5nine Manager 5.0 delivers a comprehensive and easy-to-use solution for everyday Hyper-V management,” said Konstantin Malkov, CTO of 5nine Software, – “Our goal is to give SMBs a single enterprise grade tool to manage Hyper-V Server and Windows Server Core easily, efficiently and affordably.”

“We call 5nine Manager for Hyper-V and Windows Server Core the VMM for SMBs,” said David Grudek, Network Manager at Network Creations, – “System Center VMM is perfect for enterprises, but our company only needs certain features, such as a GUI for Windows Server Core and fast, agentless anti-virus. That’s why 5nine Manager is perfect for us.”

5nine Manager 5.0 for Hyper-V is available immediately. It is priced per host, and pricing begins at $199. For more information or to download a free 30-day trial version, please visit: 5nine.com

About 5nine Software

5nine Software is a leading provider of management and security solutions for Windows Server and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. 5nine Software products focus on the needs of small and medium businesses, large enterprises and hosting providers. These tools deliver comprehensive and easy-to-use solutions that allow virtual datacenter personnel to manage, monitor and secure Hyper-V environments. More than 25,000 clients worldwide choose 5nine Software tools for their Hyper-V virtualization infrastructures.

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Here’s a cool contest from Dell and Microsoft that I wanted to share with my readers… I hope that you win the new laptop!

IT professionals run into interesting and complex challenges on a daily basis, and often times to come up with creative, imaginative and on-the-fly solutions to fix problems and keep a business running. Dealing with servers and storage issues are no different, and can present a handful of situational complexities for IT pros to face and overcome. All in a day’s work for the seasoned IT pro!

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Dell and Microsoft want to hear a particular challenge you’ve faced while dealing with servers and storage, and the unique and innovative way you’ve solved the problem by participating in their Ultimate Tech Challenge: Servers. The premise is simple – answer the following question based on experience you’ve had on the job:How do you best use SSD as a storage option with Microsoft Windows Server for optimal performance and cost?

Dell and Microsoft will select their favorite response from those received and turn it into a white paper that highlights the problem and unique solution utilized to solve it. The selected winner will also receive a Dell XPS 12 (valued at $899.99) for being chosen!

Entering is easy – just share your challenge and solution by responding to this blog post or by emailing your response to DellUltimateTechChallenge@gmail.com.

Submit your entry by 12/26/2013 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Dell and Microsoft will be reaching out to selected winners shortly after the entry submission period.

Good luck, IT pros! We look forward to your responses.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 12/26/2013. By submitting your entry, you agree to be contacted by a Dell representative. For Official Rules, visit http://bit.ly/1fjVu6B

 

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Infographic: 10 Years of VMworld

by David Davis on August 27, 2013


This week is the VMworld in San Francisco. In fact, this is the 10th anniversary for VMworld and VirtualizationSoftware.com has come up with this beautiful infogrpahic with all the details.

Please consider tweeting about it and/or embed this in your blog (linking back to us).

Enjoy!

VMworld 2013 Infographic

Infographic by David Davis, Scott Lowe at VirtualizationSoftware.com

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The great people over at TrainSignal published a cool infographic today to help IT Pros boost their career in virtualization. I spent a small amount of time helping with the graphic and really love how it turned out. Hope you like it!

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In the first ever Google Hangout conducted by TrainSignal.com, David Davis (that’s me) and J. Peter Bruzzese squared off of whether VDI was a waste of money (or worth the money). In the debate we both make some good points and end up living to debate (fight) another day. I welcome your comments and ideas for future hangouts, below.

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