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Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 9

You guys are making this harder and harder to pick just 5 posts.  Loads of good posts this past week, I had a hard time locking down only 5 but I felt these were really good ones that should be highlighted for this week!

Mike Laverick – My View 4.5 Guide is now FREE to download – Well, I think the blogpost title kind of says it all. As of today my View 4.5 Guide is now completely free to download.  Why I have a decided to this. Well, for a couple of reasons.  View 4.6 was released today – introducing new functionality. In particular the Security Server is now compatible with PCoIP. It’s always been my policy that as new version comes out. I either write an update – or I make the previous edition free – this was the case with the SRM 1.0 and 4.0 books. If you want to learn about 4.6 new functionality watch this video below its great!

Luc Dekens – Virtual Machine logging – I recently received an interesting question in my mailbox. Someone wanted to know if it was possible to enable/disable the logging for a Virtual Machine through PowerCLI. These Virtual Machine logs can be a handy resource when analysing problems.  This logging option is available through the vSphere client when you select Edit Settings and then Options-Advanced-General. In that form there is a checkbox that allows you to enable/disable the virtual machine logging.

Christian Mohn – Installing vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) – The vMA is a Virtual Appliance that you can download from VMware. It’s primary function is to enable command line based management of your ESX/ESXi systems.  Basically this is a pre-packaged virtual machine that  includes vCLI and the vSphere SDK for Perl, which means that you don’t have to build your own management VM or install these tools locally on a management station.

Eric Sloof – Video – Deploying the vCloud Connector – In this video I’ll show how to deploy the vCloud Connector virtual appliance and connect it to a vCenter server instance.  vCloud Connector (vCC) allows the vSphere Administrators to use their familiar vSphere Client as a single pane-of-glass view across hybrid clouds. It’s also a great tool when you have to transfer virtual machines between multiple vCenter servers.

David Davis – How To Upgrade to vSphere 4.1 Update 1 by @davidmdavis – I recently posted a new article over at VirtualizationReview.com in my new “How-To Guy” section about the new vSphere 4.1 – Update 1. In the article, I cover the new features of Update 1 and the steps that you would take to get there, both for vCenter and ESX/ESXi servers.