VMware Lab Manager Design Considerations – Additional Points to Bear in Mind

October 6, 2009

Scott Lowe’s blog carried a post on VMware Lab Manager Design Considerations written a couple of days back. As you read through the experiences and “gotchas” in that post, you probably want to bear the following in mind:

  • VMLogix offers a competing product (LabManager) in the virtual lab management area which users can use over private and public clouds. VMLogix is hypervisor agnostic in its virtual lab management and supports Citrix, Microsoft and VMware platforms (no vendor lock-in!). In the public clouds, you can use the VMLogix management capabilities on the Amazon public cloud. So, off the bat you have better platform support.
  • If you are interested in a product shoot-out, you can check our comparison of the VMLogix and VMware products here.
  • As you will see in the comparison table there are a few considerations listed in the VMware blog post that will no longer be “considerations” in a VMLogix deployment. For example, here are a couple (there are others like TCO etc. which I’ll not get in to here):
    • In VMware LM and quoting from the blog post — “Yes, you can set up user IDs in Lab Manager but you CAN NOT create groups.  Groups must be imported into the LM Server from an LDAP server.” VMLogix LabManager does not have a dependency external LDAP systems to create LabManager users/groups
    • In VMware LM and quoting from the blog post — “Lab Manager allows the user to take one (and only one!) snapshot of a configuration.”VMLogix LabManager allows users to capture up to 10 snapshots for any VM. From a usability perspective this is useful when the VM snapshots are to be used in various test environments (vs. recreating the VMs from scratch).

So, if you’re involved in a virtual lab managment deployment – consider evaluating the VMLogix products. If you’re a University, the product is offered at no cost.

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New in LabManager 3.8 – Support for Network Policies in Configurations

September 7, 2009

This demo movie should be self explanatory.

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VMLogix LabManager-Cloud Edition: GA and 90 Day Free Trial

September 1, 2009

VMLogix released the LabManager-Cloud Edition today. Read the full press release here.

LabManagerCE is a virtual lab management solution tailored for Amazon Web Services (AWS). LabManagerCE combines all of the benefits of our award winning on-premise solution with the flexibility of cloud computing resulting in a pay-as-you-go virtual lab solution. You can learn more about the solution here.

As part of the release, VMLogix is offering LabManager-Cloud Edition at no cost for a period of 90 days from the GA date. You can learn more and sign up for the free 90 day trial here.

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VMLogix LabManager 3.8

August 27, 2009

VMLogix has announced the general availability of LabManager version 3.8. Read the full press release here.

The new features of VMLogix LabManager 3.8 include:

  • Support for VMware vCenter Server 4.0 and VMware vSphere: integrating with VMware vCenter Server 4.0, LabManager supports a lab with VMware vSphere or VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 hypervisors on the virtual hosts. The support for vCenter Server in LabManager allows administrators to benefit from platform management capabilities such as vMotion, DRS, HA and resource pools.
  • Updated support for Microsoft Hyper-V (Windows Server 2008 R2): extending platform support functionality, taking advantage of Hyper-V R2’s new shared cluster capability.
  • Network policies in configurations: allowing users to set custom firewall rules on the soft router in a configuration that allows virtual machines from within a LabManager configuration to connect to external IP addresses, outbound and inbound.
  • IP zones across multiple hosts: enabling IP-zoned LabManager configurations to be deployed across multiple virtual hosts.
VMLogix LabManager 3.8

VMLogix LabManager 3.8

Find out further details here and download the product brochure here.

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A Paper on Secure Teaching Lab Environments

August 25, 2009

Prof. Harry Bulbrook from Durham Technical Community College has written a paper titled “Using Virtual Machines to provide a secure Teaching Lab environment”. It is an interesting article and covers the challenges of teaching labs for a computer security class and how virtual machines help significantly.

If you’re considering using virtual machines in your University labs, then join our many Education customers who have benefited from our VMLogix virtual lab management solution offered at no-cost to Universities and Education Institutes.

Read the paper here:

Using virtual machines to provide a secure teaching lab environment

Using virtual machines to provide a secure teaching lab environment

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VMworld 2009

August 17, 2009

Are you going to be at VMworld this year? If so, we’d love to meet you there! Look us up at booth #2327. You can take a look at the live demonstration of our LabManager and LabManager-Cloud Edition products and meet some of our technical staff in person for a deep dive.

Have a great show!

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Computer Lab Management for Universities and Educational Institutes

July 31, 2009

If you would like to know more or request for a no-cost copy of the VMLogix virtual lab management solution for your University, please go to http://www.vmlogix.com/education

Virtual lab management at no cost to Universities worldwide

Virtual lab management at no cost to Universities worldwide

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