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Free 50-city seminar series: lower IT costs with View, SRM

You may be familiar with our big all-day seminar series, the VMware Virtualization Forum. Held in cities all over the world, these free events brought together speakers from VMware, customers, analysts, and partners. They were almost like mini VMworlds with multiple tracks and some very good information and networking. We'll be holding them again in 2009, hopefully in a city near you.

This year we're also starting up a new seminar series, held in 50 cities in the US to start with: the VMware Knowledge Series. Rather than the full day, multiple track,"leave in a state of shock as you feel your mind expanding" kind of event, these Knowledge Series are focused shots to your cranium. They are actually two separate events, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each just two hours long. You are welcome to come to both, but you do have to register twice.

The target audience is people who have VMware Infrastructure already, but are thinking about the next steps in moving to a more fully virtualized datacenter. Most people, once they've started their server consolidation projects and begun to see the benefits, immediately start to think of other ways they could be getting benefit from VMware Infrastructure. The two most interesting possibilities are virtualizing some of your desktops and implementing a real operational disaster recovery solution. If that's you, then check out the new VMware Knowledge Series.

In the VMware View Knowledge Series, learn how you can manage your desktop and control your IT costs by:

  • Quickly provisioning PCs anywhere in the world with just a few clicks
  • Locking down and controlling PCs in your company
  • Improving PC manageability

The VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Knowledge Series includes a demo of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, and you will learn how VMware can help you:

  • Protect against a broad array of failures
  • Streamline and automate the recovery process by eliminating slow manual steps
  • Ensure reliable recovery that is easy to test

OK, enough sales pitch on this normally tech-leaning blog. I hope there's one nearby. Have fun!

VMworld, View Open Client, etc – #34 Communities Podcast

It was an open topic week, and as usual, we covered a lot of ground. At this point, many of us are hanging out on Twitter and talking during the week, so getting together to record the podcast is a lot of fun. I highly recommend stopping by the live podcast and chat for the full experience.

As much as we're having fun, I think this week we packed a full day's seminar into an hour. If you are a VMware admin and the links below look interesting, give us a listen. Use the widget to the right, the mp3, or iTunes.

Links you can use, as expertly compiled by VMware's own Duncan Epping from Yellow Bricks. Thanks, Duncan!

VMworld Europe is being held in Cannes, February 24-26.

vExperts vs vIdiots

VMware View Open Client

VMware Infrastructure Management Assistant

VMware RSS feeds, email subscriptions and the compatibility guide

VMotion compatability

Restoring VMFS volumes when VCB/Windows did an automount

FC storage attached during upgrade/installation?

Eric Siebert's book and rough cuts preview

Run ESX within Workstation or Player

SRM Failback

VMware client side hypervisor – we announced our vClient initiative at
VMworld 2008. If you weren't there, you can get the details from these
webcasts.

NFL runs on VMware

vExpert applications & nominations – Friday is the last day

VMware vExperts are recognized for their service to the greater virtualization community. We've gotten a number of applications and nominations from both inside and outside of VMware. If you would like to apply yourself or nomination someone for consideration, the deadline for applications is midnight California time, Friday, February 6, 2009. We plan to announce the award winners later this month. Good luck!

[Update: just to be perfectly crystal clear, Friday night 23:59:59 PST, which is UTC – 8 hours. We might not pull the form down right away, because I'm not sure our web team will appreciate having to pull it at midnight Friday after a hard week of work. If the form is still there, I'll probably still accept your application, but I wouldn't be counting on that. It's an easy application, so I'd stop procrastinating at this point if I were you.]

VI Toolkit 1.5 and more – Communities Podcast #33. Join us for #34 today.

Here's last week's podcast, #33, where we talked about the new VI Toolkit (for Windows) (aka PowerShell Toolkit) version 1.5 launch, high-throughput iSCSI and other goodness.

Join us today, Wednesday, February 4, at noon PST / 3pm EDT / 8pm GMT for another open topic roundtable. The communities panel will be there, and we take questions from listeners and live call-ins. I suspect we'll cover the VMware View Open Client launch and other technical topics. More info on the podcast.

[show notes and links for #33 coming later today. #34 sometime after that.]

VMware releases open source desktop client

From VMTN Correspondent Mike DiPetrillo. VMware Announces Open Source Desktop Client.

Just this morning, VMware announced that it will be opening the
source code for the VMware View Client to anyone that wants it. The
move is targeted to allow partners to more easily share advances in
hosted desktop clients based on the most pervasive hosted desktop
system out there – VMware View. The client is licensed under LGPL v
2.1. Some details from the press release:

VMware View Open Client is available under the GNU
Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1) and is
accessible from  http://code.google.com/p/vmware-view-open-client/.
Some of the features included in this release support secure tunneling
using SSL, two factor authentication with RSA SecurID, Novell SLETC
Add-On RPM package and a full command line interface. Support for the
source code distribution is available through the VMware View Open
Client community at: http://code.google.com/p/vmware-view-open-client/.

This is an incredible leadership move by VMware to give a kickstart
to the true universal client. Just judging by the numerous joint quotes
from partners in the press release everyone is really excited about
this. Now partners can freely develop on and embed the client into all
sorts of devices from cell phones to set top boxes to PCs and laptops.
It will be interesting to see how much development takes off in this
exciting space. But enough about my excitement. What do you think?

From the always insight industry watcher Larry Dignan. » VMware launches open source virtual desktop software; Assessing the fallout | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com.

From open source pundit Dana Blankenhorn: "it could really be a game changer" » VMWare delivers open source client | Open Source | ZDNet.com.

From VMware's Aaron Sweemer  VMware View Open Client | virtual insanity.

The new View Open Client includes all the major
components needed for someone to take the software, adapt it to their
needs and package up a rich, customized solution. This should really assist all the players in the eco-system to reduce their time to market on solutions. I’m hoping this results in some new and innovative ways to deliver virtual desktops!

Another great use case that I hope we soon see
more of are commercially supported (by the vendor and VMware), turn-key
solution for turning your fat PC into a dumb, highly managed “thin
client’. There are some solutions out there today, but I
would think that this new View Open Client would allow someone to put
together a package to do this easily with out-of-the-box View
integration. The great part is, that a solution someone in
the eco-system puts together using the View Open Client can be
submitted to VMware for formal certification and support!

From Sean Michael Kerner VMware goes open source with Open Client – InternetNews:The Blog – Sean Michael Kerner.

The way I see it, View is essentially a remote desktop virtualization
technology and with the open client any OS user can take the code to
create, modify and/or customize the end desktop experience. …

As opposed to just saying the project is open source, VMware is also going a step further and hosting the project over at Google Code , which shows a high degree of transparency. VMware isn't hiding much with this release. It build on the fact that the VMware View Manager itself is available under an open source license as well. [Note that while View Manager uses a number of open source technologies, it isn't an open source product itself. –john]

There
was a time when I personally thought of VMware as a proprietary vendor
and XenSource (now Citrix) as the open source one. That's no longer
entirely accurate though is it?

Chad’s big picture: where this train is headed

EMC’s Chad Sakac follows up his multi-vendor iSCSI mega-post with the view from 50,000 feet.

Virtual Geek: So… What’s the BIG picture stuff going on under the covers?.

Customers are telling me consistently that they are looking to
transform to a new datacenter and IT model.   They use different words
when describing it.   Here are some variants:

  • “I want to make IT a service back to the business – literally with an SLA model”
  • “I see technologies coming together to enable something… I don’t know what to call it except ‘global datacenter optimization'”

They know they need to do it for all those reasons, but no-one wants to undertake one of those “here’s a vision – now stay with me and one day you will benefit” efforts – particularly these days.

  • They need to save money at every step – constant capital expense saving.
  • They need to become faster, more flexible at every step – constant refinement in both operational expense and speed.
  • They need to use less power and become more green at every step
  • We’ve all been around the block enough to know it’s got to be open, built on standards (Scott Lowe was totally right on that here)