In a previous post, vCenter Integration Mantra, I made the point that vSphere vAdmins wants the 3rd party modules to integrate into the vCenter client and show their delicious addon-value there, and not in their own management interface. Give the vAdmins the info they need, where they do most, if not all their work. Open up the admin client and let us get all that juicy and fruity information we need.

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During Tech Field Day #6 in Boston one particular general feature request has become increasingly prominent; Can we have it inside the vCenter client? In short, what we want is for all those great third party vendors like VKernel, Solarwinds and others to be able to put their feature addons directly into the vCenter client. Currently most third party apps «integrate» by offering a new tab where you can access it, but I would love to see that being expanded even further.

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Yesterday I arrived at Logan International for Tech Field Day #6 in the greater Boston area. Christopher Wells had already arrived earlier in the day, and I was lucky enough to be picked up by Stephen Foskett at the airport and chauffeured to the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference center. The travel itself was pretty uneventful, the only trouble I had was that when I landed at Schipol for transfer to the US flight, my boarding pass was nowhere to be found, and I don’t think I even received it when I checked in at Bergen Airport Flesland.

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vSoup Episode #10 is finally released, this time with Stuart Radnidge (blog) as our guest. This episode is a bit unusual, as we didn’t really have a set agenda before starting the recording, so we jump around all of the place covering a pretty wide area of topics. Be sure to check it out! Tech Field Day #6 is approaching really fast, in fact it’s only a week away now! I will leave for Boston on Tuesday, June 7, for what looks to be a very, very busy but fun couple of days.

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A while ago I got a surprising email, stating the following: You could consider this a sincere compliment from the Gestalt IT community as your name was suggested and we think you are the kind of person we all would love to have as part of our community. This means you're independent-minded, technology-focused, community-oriented, and a thought leader in the area of IT infrastructure. Of course, this is pretty much hogwash, but nevertheless I’m extremely honored to be invited as a delegate for Tech Field Day #6 in Boston, Mass.

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VMware has opened the public voting for the VMworld 2011 sessions. Personally I haven’t submitted anything, but I do see a lot of familiar names in the voting application. The voting is available to anyone who has a vmworld.com account, and the voting period is from May 9th to May 18th. The voting is global, which means a vote for a session counts as a vote for both VMworld US and VMworld EMEA as 80% of the selected sessions will occur at both events.

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Way back in August 24 2010 I wrote a post called vCenter Update Manager to lose it’s fat. I’m still very happy that VMware has decided to drop OS patching from the product, and I still mean that can only be a good thing. In fact, that article prompted Beth Pariseau Senior News Writer for searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com to call me when researching her VMware users eye changes to Update Manager article.

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The first version of the new VMware Compliance Checker for vSphere tool is now available for download. VMware Compliance Checker for vSphere lets you scan your ESX and ESXi hosts for compliance with the VMware vSphere hardening guidelines to make sure your hosts are properly configured. It also lets you save and print your assessment results, so you can track your compliance level over time, or use them as documentation for internal audits.

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I’m happy to announce that my fellow vSoup Podcast co-host Ed Czerwin is on board as blogger here on vNinja.net! This means that from now on you won’t just have to put up with the content of one virtualization admin, but two! As all good vAdmins know, two is better than one, and it’ so much easier to build HA solutions around! Welcome aboard Ed, glad to have you on!

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Yesterday I attended VMware Forum 2011 in Oslo (Norwegian). The venue and location at DogA - the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture was very nice, but sadly I must ask VMware who the intended audience for the VMware Forum event is? According to the invitation the audience target is: People that will benefit from attending VMware Forum 2011 include: CIO, CFO and General Managers Infrastructure and Datacenter Managers IT Managers and Directors Security Managers Systems Administrators Desktop, SOE Managers Application Managers, Application Administrators Application Developers IT Procurement Mangers Sadly I fail to see how the VMware Forum 2011 in Oslo would be very beneficial for existing VMware customers, at least not at a technical level.

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Christian Mohn is a Senior Solutions Architect and Tech Lead SDDC for Proact in Norway.

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