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10 Days of VMware Go: Day 5 – View Missing Patches as a Heat Map – Only in VMware Go!

When it comes to patch management, visualization has always been a challenge. Let’s say server X is missing 10 patches, and server Y is missing an additional 5 patches. It can be extremely difficult – and tedious – for an IT admin to sort which machine is missing which patch, and which patches are most critical. The forthcoming upgrade to VMware Go aims to eradicate this problem via a revolutionary new feature: a heat map that allows you to easily and quickly visualize your entire server infrastructure in a single tab.

The heat map, an industry-first feature, shows a bar for each machine delineated by color to demonstrate patch levels that a given server is missing. If it’s red all across the board, for example, that means you’re missing all of your security patches (and should probably start applying for new jobs…). If it’s yellow or white, conversely, that means that a machine is missing low-level patches. The overarching idea here is to give you, the admin, a better and more efficient way to quickly visualize security threat levels, on both an infrastructure-wide and per-machine basis.

Patch Heat Map

Also check out the previous blog in this series, 10 Days of VMware Go: Day 4 – Better Patching, Better Group Assignments.

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10 Days of VMware Go: Day 4 – Better Patching, Better Group Assignments

 Patching your entire network can be a problematic and tedious process. A given patch could break a given machine, which in turn caused a lot of needless headaches for IT admins. A new feature in VMware Go is focused on group management for patch updates, allowing you to isolate different machines into different groups to better manage your patching process. You can, for example, group your production servers together and schedule a patch update for night so that it doesn’t affect up-time during the day, when bandwidth is in much greater demand. You can also manage your ecommerce servers in coordination with customer activity to ensure maximum uptime. The idea here is that by allowing IT admins to break their network down into more granular updates, network activity will not be disrupted and the patch management process will be much smoother.

BetterPatching

 

Also check out the previous blog in this series, 10 Days of VMware Go: Day 3 – Patch Status Pages in VMware Go Have a New Look and Feel!

For more information, please visit the VMware Go website.

Want to try VMware Go now for free? Please visit our VMware Go Product Evaluation Center.

Weekly Round-up: 5 Useful Links for IT Admins, Part 2

Happy Monday to all of our favorite IT admins!  Here are a couple more helpful/hilarious links to get you through the week.

Kaspersky Lab’s findings on Flame, the newly discovered malware program (Secure List)

Incorporating Cloud into your IT environment? Avoid these 5 mistakes. (Search Cloud Computing)

10 best IT certifications to get in 2012 (Tech Republic)

Get ready for another Patch Tuesday! Microsoft to fix 28 vulnerabilities (Threat Post)

An oldie, but a goodie–SNL Skit featuring, Nick Burns, your company’s computer guy (Hulu)

 

You can also check out our past links post here.

Oh, and you’re welcome.

10 Days of VMware Go: Day 3 – Patch Status Pages in VMware Go Have a New Look and Feel!

Over the past few years, patching has evolved from a relatively weak experience to a much more robust experience. This was a major factor considered in VMware’s acquisition of Shavlik Technologies last year, and this version of VMware Go is incorporating many of Shavlik’s industry-leading patching features into this new version. It’s not enough to just see a list of missing patches – that has limited usefulness. What admins really need is a more holistic view that shows them which machines are most vulnerable, and which patches are missing–and that’s exactly what we’ve incorporated into this version. You can sort machines by how critical each patch update is, which have them installed, and which don’t. It’s an admin-centric, rather than patch-centric, approach. The first patches you see when you open up your VMware Go console will be the most critical patches for plugging vulnerabilities across your network – and you will be able to do so with a single click.

PatchStatus

Also check out the previous blog in this series, 10 Days of VMware Go: Day 2 – Introducing the Virtualization Wizard

For more information, please visit the VMware Go website.

Want to try VMware Go now for free? Please visit our VMware Go Product Evaluation Center.

 

10 Days of VMware Go: Day 2 – Introducing the Virtualization Wizard!

Another new feature that we’ll be rolling out with the new version of VMware Go is a virtualization wizard that will not only facilitate not only the onboarding process for first-time virtualization users, but also more complex tasks for individuals further along in their respective virtualization projects. To put it simply, the virtualization wizard will be a much more dynamic experience than the previous version, which was primarily targeted towards first-time virtualization users. Virtualization is a process, and the wizard takes your specific environment into account when deployed: you can take a number of paths with it, from installing a single hypervisor to working with considerably larger deployments. As SMBs evolve and mature with regards to their virtualization projects, we have realized that we needed to do the same with our virtualization management suite in VMware Go!

Also check out the first blog in this series, 10 Days of VMware Go: Day 1 – VMware Go is Now vCenter Aware!

For more information, please visit the VMware Go website.

Want to try VMware Go now for free? Please visit our VMware Go Product Evaluation Center.

 

 

10 Days of VMware Go: Day 1 – VMware Go is Now vCenter Aware!

The new version of VMware Go will feature tight integration with vCenter, the centralized management tool for the vSphere suite. This will offer IT admins a drastically streamlined process for managing virtual deployments. VMware Go is directed to vCenter instances instead of only communicating with individual hypervisors for a given instance. This will allow existing virtualization users easier access to hypervisors that they have already set up. This feature was designed with the modern challenges of IT admins at SMBs in mind, and will be much more user friendly than having to manually go to vCenter.

For more information, please visit the VMware Go website.

Want to try VMware Go now for free? Please visit our VMware Go Product Evaluation Center.

Friday Round-up: 5 Useful Links for IT Admins

Happy Friday, everyone! As we wind towards the weekend, here are a few useful / interesting / sometimes irreverent links for you IT admins out there.

We’ll be making this a regular Friday feature on the VMware Go blog from here on out, so be sure to check back here next week for more links. Because every admin needs a break from the ceaseless demands of their co-workers…

The two sides of an IT admin: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (InfoWorld)

Duncan Epping's Book, VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS technical deepdive (Amazon)

Shark Tank on Computer World (stories submitted by IT admins/teams) (Computerworld)

Thwarted by security at enterprises, cyber criminals target SMBs (Network World)

Meet “Scumbag Network Admin”! (QuickMeme)