VMware Fling: ESXi Embedded Host Client

I almost choked on my coffee this morning when I saw William Lam announcing a new VMware Fling called ESXi Embedded Host Client. Finally the day when we can get a local vSphere Web Client on a standalone host is here, and it’s not a moment too soon. This feature has been missing since ESX 3 and it’s VMware Infrastructure Web Access. For now, this is a Fling (which means unsupported and so on), but I really hope that this ends up being built-in to ESXi very soon — even on the free vSphere Hypervisor.

So, what does it look like? Well, to be honest it looks pretty darn awesome, and you know what? No Flash! Yes, it’s HTML5 baby!

VMware ESXi Host Client

If you are running ESXi 6, installation is as easy as installing a .vib (in ESXi 5.5 there is a workaround to get it running, highlighted in Williams post). So, give it a spin and make sure to provide feedback on the Flings site to help ensure VMware sees that we as users of their products want this feature to be core to vSphere in upcoming releases. Make your voice heard, and make sure the team who is behind this get the credit they deserve.

Awesome: Nordic VMUG Conference 2014

Last year I was lucky enough to get to travel to Copenhagen and visit the Nordic VMUG conference. Sadly it doesn’t seem like I’ll be able to make it this year, but don’t let that stop you! While we in Norway are still trying to get our local VMUG up and running, more news on that in a very short while, the danish VMUG is really the driving force and the leading star for the rest of us in the nordics.

Last years conference was awesome, and the 2014 edition looks no different. A quick glance at the agenda shows a bunch of familiar names:

  • Frank Denneman, PernixData
  • Kamau Wanguhu, VMware
  • Duncan Epping, VMware
  • Raymon Epping, Nutanix
  • Chris Wahl, Ahead
  • Paudie O’Riordan, VMware
  • Cormac Hogan, VMware
  • Shawn Bass, VMware
  • Hugo Phan, Atlantis Computing

The topics range from NSX, VMware vSphere futures, various storage topics, backup, security and flash acceleration. All in all, the line up and topics look great, seems that once again VMUG.dk is creating their own mini-VMworld in Copenhagen. It’s once again held in the Bella Center, the same venue that hosted VMworld EMEA back in 2010, when everyone complained about the cold weather and high prices.

So, if you can, go register now.

I can guarantee you that you will not regret it, and I really wish I could join in this year as well.Perhaps next year, and I might even have a speaking slot then, who knows…

 

 

2014 Top vBlog Results

Eric Siebert has yet again pulled through, and organized his annual top VMware & virtualization blogs vote, and the results are now in. Congratulations to everyone involved, be it bloggers, podcasters or otherwise engaged in making this possible.

This year, Eric hosted a live Google Hangout session with John M. Troyer, David M. Davis and Rick Vanover where the top lists were revealed, be sure to check it out:

As far as results go, I’m very happy that you guys voted vNinja in at #43, of a total of 320, up a whopping 30 places since last yearThis is the first year that vNinja breaks into the top 50, something that is very much appreciated.  vNinja was also listed in the independent category, where it was placed at a very, very, respectable 18th place!

What is even more fun though, is that vSoup was voted the 2nd best Virtualization Podcast, only beaten by those pesky vBrownbag guys. 

As an added bonus, I even won a Google Chromecast for voting, and whats even better is that I get to give away one to one of vNinja’s readers as well!

So, if you want a free Google Chromecast, shipped directly your way, you have to send in a photo of yourself, your wife, kids, grandma, cat or dog, dressed as a ninja. That’s right, dress up someone as a ninja, snap a photo and send it my way either via Twitter or as a comment on this post, and I’ll pick the best one. The winner gets the Chromecast. Entries sent in before April 30th will be judged, so get to it!