Trainsignal: Training as a Service (TaaS)

TrainsignalDashboardTrainsignal has just launched a new Online Training bundle, and for $49 a month you can get unlimited access to their entire set of training courses and practice exams for Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, Citrix, CompTIA, and VMware.

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The new pricing is very attractive, especially since you no longer need to buy access on a course by course basis.

The courses are delivered in your browser, but Trainsignal also offers an offline player in case you need access when traveling or otherwise offline.

Give it a test run today, by signing up now (referral link) you get three days full access for free.

New Fling from VMware Labs: Makyo

VMware Labs has released a new fling called Makyo (魔境 makyō means “ghost cave” or “devil’s cave.”) which basically is a tool to copy VMs or vApps from one vCenter instance to another.

It works by doing an automated OVF export on the source vCenter, and then an import on the destination vCenter.

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The plugin integrates directly into the vSphere Web Client, and I hope to see this feature installed by default in future versions of the Web Client.

A small suggestion:

I hope that in future versions of Makyo, you could use the same tool to copy VMs or vApps from standalone ESXi hosts into your vCenter infrastructure. Today you can use VMware Workstation to move and copy between local to Workstation storage, standalone ESXi hosts and vCenter managed infrastructure and  adding the same kind of feature set to the Web Client would be great.

It would make it easier to migrate from small test environments to live production environments, all inside the vSphere Web Client.