Ok, normally I do a post each month with the latest and greatest flings and I will still do that tomorrow. Today though Andrew Morgan from VMware OCTO has released a fantastic new fling: Horizon Helpdesk Utility! But we already have the Helpdesk tool you might say? Well this fling is everything the helpdesk tool should have been. While it isn’t bad this one is way better.
First of all this fling is an app that you need to install on your own computer or a management server. It will keep its settings in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\HorizonHelpDeskAgent\ .net Framework 4.5.2 is required but most will already have that or a higher version installed. Installation itself is a quick next next finish with the warning that the signer of the application is not trusted, I have been told that this might be fixed in the next release. After installation you will find a new application in your start menu. I have already attached it to my start menu as well.
After starting you will get a box where you will need to fill in the server address including the http part and your credentials (the same role is required as the regular helpdesk tool)
If you don’t have a trusted certificate you will get a box to accept that certificate.
After that I was looking for something to popup but I just had a small icon added down right
Right click on this and you’ll see a small search box. This search is more easily reachable by using ctrl+F12
Put in a name and you’ll get a box that contains all matching names
Double click the correct account or session and the real deal will open up for you.
The diagrams hardly need any explanation, please also notice the user experience rating on the top right. The image in my lab doesn’t have anything installed so I can’t really show a lot but here are the views from the other tabs as well:
All entitlements for the user
This is pulled directly from the event database
Some more fancy diagrams about the blast protocol
The last tab shows all processes on the desktop, this can easily be filtered on any of the info shown
A possible improvement here would be some kind of checkbox to show only the users own processes because otherwise things can get confusing at RDS hosts. I’ve already talked with Andrew about that (actually the checkbox was his idea).
On the top left there’s a couple of pull down menus to allow for some actions on the session or the machine itself.
The remote control functionality starts windows’ own mrsa tool.
Despite running it against my own very small lab the tool seems to perform very well. I consider it for the few moments that I have used it as a very decent replacement for the original helpdesk tool.
This was a new fling last month and now the ESXi Compatibility checker has been expanded with several functions like offline and multiple vCenter support. With this tool it is possible to check if your ESXi hosts will work with the latest and greatest that VMware has to offer.
Offline case support
The current script requires to be executed with access to both public internet and target hosts. The new version can separately validate compatibility from collecting hardware information. Hence, user can collect hardware information on a system without public internet access and save the information in a json file. And he can validate compatibility of collected hardware from a saved json file on a system with public internet access.
The ‘-g’ option will collect hardware information and generate a json file. (no need to have internet access)
Increased simultaneous migration limit to 100 from 10
Added check to ignore unknown fields for inventory info
Fixed source/target site names in task status view
Updated status API to include version number
As VMware vSphere DRS has become more widely adopted now, more and more users are interested in knowing how it works. They need more insights into DRS activity and actions. They want to know the value that DRS provides to their clusters. DRS Lens is an attempt to provide a UI-based solution to help understand DRS better. (yes this is a lame copy/paste, it’s too hot to come up with original stuf)
Upgraded apache tomcat to version 8.5.31 for security compliance.
VMware hardware compatibility and product interoperability need to be validated when new hardware is installed on an existing ESXi or when a VC/ESXi version needs to be upgraded. Unfortunately, it is not a trivial task as the compatibility information is scattered in multiple web pages. The user needs to understand the data and validate them one by one manually. This process is tedious, laborious and often prone to error when done at scale.
This Fling will provide a simple and easy way to collect server and IO device details from ESXi and provide a command line interface to validate their VMware compatibility and upgrade issues. Users no longer need to understand compatibility details or manually compare the dataset to find out compatibility or upgrade issues. The Fling can generate a compatibility report for many ESXi managed by a VC with a simple command.
first release May 15, 2018 v1.0 – Build 8532763
DRS Entitlement Viewer
This HTML5 client plugin shows entitled resources per VM and resource pool.
DRS Entitlement Viewer is installed as a plugin to the vSphere client. It is currently only supported for the HTML5 based vSphere client. Once installed, it gives the hierarchical view of vCenter DRS cluster inventory with entitled CPU and memory resources for each resource pool and VM in the cluster.
Entitled resources can change with VMs’ resource demand and with the VM’s and resource pool’s reservation, limit and shares (RLS) settings. So, customers can get the current entitlements based on the VMs’ current demand and RLS settings of the VMs and resource pools.
DRS Entitlement Viewer also provides 3 different What-If scenarios,
1. Changing RLS settings of a VM and/or resource pool
2. What-If all the VMs’ resource demand is at 100%
3. Both 1 and 2 happen together
Customers can pick one of the 3 scenarios and can get new entitlements without actually changing RLS settings on the cluster.
Finally, DRS Entitlement Viewer also provides an option to export the new RLS values from a What-If scenario as a vSphere powercli command which customers can execute against their vCenter to apply the new settings.
IoT is growing rapidly so many users would like to enable ESXi on their IoT devices. Driven by VMware’s virtualization technology, which can help them address some challenges like security issues, fragmentation, multi-tenancy, etc. The reality is that many of those IoT devices have a variety of devices and busses that ESXi does not support. The Cellular Module is one of those devices in the case of IoT. Typically, these devices have to communicate with their own remote management center.
This Fling provides a driver to enable deployment on ESXi on their IoT devices. Note that this driver is running in UserSpace mode. While many widely used IoT Edge Gateways are equipped with a cellular module, ESXi does not have a driver to activate that cellular module. So our cellular module userspace USB driver can enable that hardware module to communicate with a remote cloud server.
VM search results has filters such as power state, guest os, host, clusters, datacenter
VM Quick power operations
The I/O Analyzer doesn’t get a lot of updates so you might not have heard of it. Like the names says it’s a very usable tool to test your storage performance.
VMware I/O Analyzer is an integrated framework designed to measure storage performance in a virtual environment and to help diagnose storage performance concerns. I/O Analyzer, supplied as an easy-to-deploy virtual appliance, automates storage performance analysis through a unified interface that can be used to configure and deploy storage tests and view graphical results for those tests. I/O Analyzer can use Iometer to generate synthetic I/O loads or a trace replay tool to deploy real application workloads. It uses the VMware VI SDK to remotely collect storage performance statistics from VMware ESX/ESXi hosts. Standardizing load generation and statistics collection allows users and VMware engineers to have a high level of confidence in the data collected. Please post comments and questions regarding this fling to the I/O Analyzer Community.
Integrated framework for storage performance testing
Readily deployable virtual appliance
Easy configuration and launch of storage I/O tests on one or more hosts
Integrated performance results at both guest and host levels
Storage I/O trace replay as an additional workload generator
Ability to upload storage I/O traces for automatic extraction of vital metrics
Graphical visualization of workload metrics and performance results
New in version 1.6.2u1
Support vSphere 6.5 onward
Upgrade to OpenSSL 1.0.2o
Hot patch script to live upgrade existing 1.6.2 VMs
Desktop Watermark is a tool that adds a visible or invisible watermark to a VDI Desktop. This can be used for auditing for example.
Added support for multiple monitors.
Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility
I used the Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility myself this week when I wanted to clone my golden image to the not linked vcenter servers in my lab. Yes it can also clone besides just moving the servers. I might end up putting up a seperate blog post about this.
Version 2.0, May 4, 2018
Added support to select individual host as the placement target
Added support for migrating VMs with shared datastore
Added clone functionality in addition to relocate
Added resource summary details for placement targets
Added a prompt to verify site thumbprint during SSL verification
Added a link to refresh vm list in the inventory view
Updated REST APIs to add operation type parameter
Blockchain on Kubernetes
Not a blockchain person myself (yet) but this is the former Blockchain on vSphere fling that has been renamed to Blockchain on Kubernetes
Blockchain is an emerging technology which has been gaining traction globally throughout the past few years. Industries like finance, logistics, and IoT are actively working on research and pilot projects using blockchain.
Fabric is a sub project under Hyperledger (a LinuxFoundation project), it is probably the most mature blockchain solution available now for business use cases.
The mission of Blockchain on Kubernetes (formerly named Blockchain on vSphere) is to provide an end-to-end blockchain solution, from IaaS, to Blockchain platform and Blockchain applications. It allows organizations to quickly collaborate and evaluate the new business models and processes by using the decentralized blockchain technology.
By using BoK, blockchain developers can use BoK command line tool or a GUI tool provided by BoK PCF Tile to quickly set up an environment to build and test their blockchain applications.
May 3 2018, BoK 2.0
Provide a new PCF Ops Manager Tile to deploy Hyperledger Fabric. It supports creating Kubernetes cluster via PKS Tile and deploy Hyperledger Fabric in the Kubernetes cluster.
Add a central config file bok.yml to specify all BoK configuration. No more manual code change is needed.
It’s been a rather quiet month on the VMware flings front. No wonder with the vSphere 6.7 and other releases this month. Did you already test them? I have to say like vSphere 6.7 but it’s consider the numbering good as well, it wouldn’t have fit to be a 7.* release. One new fling with the PowerCLI for NSX-T Preview, two updated ones with the vSphere HTML5 Web Client and Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI. Another fling has gone GA in vSphere 6.7: VMFork for pyVmomi.
PowerCLI Preview for NSX-T
The one thing lacking for NSX-T was PowerCLI availability, this is solved with the release of the PowerCLI Preview for NSX-T fling. Please be aware that the fling still contains bugs and might even be considered an alpha release.
Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI
Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI is the go to tool when you want to move vm’s between vCenter servers and don’t want to use the GUI fling. The versioning is a bit weird since we already had 1.6 and now they released 1.6.0.
Relocate is failing with validation error “cln is missing”.
vSphere HTML5 Web Client
Not sure what exact version of the html5 web client went into the vSphere 6.7 release but here you can find an overview of the functionality, don’t mind the url because the text clearly states it’s for 6.7. If you want an even more updated version or want to get used to it in vSphere 6.* then use the fling.
Fling 3.37 – Build 8313530
Add VM vApp option properties read-only view
SRIOV networking in clone wizard customize HW page
Prevent the user from creating a GOSc spec with no specified timezone
Resize the migrate wizard to use the largest possible size based on VMware Clarity design standards
[Tool] Issue fix – Switching to another tab loses all unsaved changes
[Tool] Enhancement – Simplify user interaction in Template Editor. Now editing template no longer requires repeated Update button click. Mac style editing is applied (Automatically save changes along with edit)
What is there to say about the HCIBench benchmarking tool for Hyperconverged Infrasturctures
Spectre & Meldown patch on both HCIBench VM and Client VM
Added client VM prefix field, allow running multiple HCIBench instances against single cluster
Attach testing log along with testing results
Enabled live vSAN Observer when running testing, using https://HCIBench_IP:8010
Updated the drop read/write cache script
Added more message info during the testing
vSphere HTML5 Web Client
A couple of updates for the vSphere html5 client, more and more features are being added so it will end on par with the flash client.
Fling 3.36 – Build 8111348
Customize additional hardware devices/options during VM creation or cloning:
Host USB device
CPU > CPUID Mask > Advanced
VM Options > VMRC options
VM Options > VMware Tools > Power Operations
VM Options > Power Management > Wake up on LAN
VM Options > Advanced Configuration Parameters
VM Options > Fibre Channel NPIV
Warn when about to perform an operation on VM template(s) managed by a solution
SSO authentication error during accessing the vSphere Client from the fling appliance is resolved
Fling 3.35 – Build 7914771
UI improvements on Quick search including
Search dropdown design is changed to show the top 10 results
View all results page design is modified to show grouping in the object navigator and the results in the right pane
UI improvements in grouping of hard disks in Edit Settings and VM Summary. If there are more than 4 harddisks for a VM, you will see them grouped in Edit settings. This enhancements will improve the performance of the VM Edit Settings.
ESXi Embedded Host Client
This should eb installed on your ESXi hosts by default by now but ESXi embedded host client is getting updates trough this channel.
Version 1.29.0 build 8122819 (Fling 20) – March 28, 2018
Reset selection on vm deletion
Fix issue with datastore wizard on very large datastores
Update available rdm disk list in vm wizard
Correct miscalculation of datastore total in wizard
Better support for NSX networks
Fix clicking issues on full-screen and new tab console screen
Prevent password maangers from autofilling optional field on login page.
It’s already March 1st and that gives me just a bit over 2,5 weeks to prepare for my session at the Dutch VMUG Usercon, the biggest in the world! ALso it has a Hackathon this year the day before + lots of VMware R&D sessions to choose from and last but not least a VCDX workshop. But back to flings, there have been three updated an no new flings this month. First there is almost as always the vSphere HTML5 Web Client. Further both DRS Lens and the Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI flings have received updates. Also a special mention for a fling that has gone GA: PowerCLI Core is now embedded in PowerCLI 10.0.0 that was released yesterday!!
Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI
Need to move workloads between vCenter’s that are linked or not linked? This fling will help you doing that from the commandline.
Added support to choose destination vm folder / destination storage pod (storage drs)
The DRS Lens fling has been created to give it’s user insight in why DRS migrations take place. It provides information on vMotions, Cluster Balance and more.
Added support for archiving monitored data
Added vCenter level summary page, to get summary of clusters and archives
Fixed Bugs reported in v1.1
vSphere HTML5 Web Client
Yes this fling also needs an introduction but what else can I say that this is the latest and greatest in managing your vCenter?
Fling 3.34 – Build 7758187
Distributed switch topology diagram
Batch creation of VMkernel network adapters on a distributed port group
Assign License action on the License Assets tabs
Notification message for expiring VC licenses
Edit vApp settings
Enable and edit vApp options on a VM
Move networks and distributed switches to network folders
DoD Security Technical Implementation Guide(STIG) ESXi VIB
This one is for the people who have to implement a very high security on their vSphere environment. Please read the changelog, no STIG has been released yet for vSphere 6.5! Since it’s a lesser updated one I will give you the complete description from the fling site:
The DoD Security Technical Implementation Guide (‘STIG’) ESXi VIB is a Fling that provides a custom VMware-signed ESXi vSphere Installation Bundle (‘VIB’) to assist in remediating Defense Information Systems Agency STIG controls for ESXi. This VIB has been developed to help customers rapidly implement the more challenging aspects of the vSphere STIG. These include the fact that installation is time consuming and must be done manually on the ESXi hosts. In certain cases, it may require complex scripting, or even development of an in-house VIB that would not be officially digitally signed by VMware (and therefore would not be deployed as a normal patch would). The need for a VMware-signed VIB is due to the system level files that are to be replaced. These files cannot be modified at a community supported acceptance level. The use of the VMware-signed STIG VIB provides customers the following benefits:
The ability to use vSphere Update Manager (‘VUM’) to quickly deploy the VIB to ESXi hosts (you cannot do this with a customer created VIB)
The ability to use VUM to quickly check if all ESXi hosts have the STIG VIB installed and therefore are also in compliance
No need to manually replace and copy files directly on each ESXi host in your environment
No need to create complex shell scripts that run each time ESXi boots to re-apply settings
Update January 2018
Added 6.5 STIG VIB to the downloads section. **Please note this is not based on a DISA STIG as a 6.5 STIG has not been released**
VMware OS Optimization Tool
No need to say a lot about this fling. If you need to optimize a windows system this has been the goto tool for years.
January 4, 2018
Issue fix: Can not access public templates
Blockchain on vSphere
Want to build & test blockchain applications? This might be a handy tool in your toolbox for that.
Jan 15 2018, BoV 1.1
Designed to run on PKS(Pivotal Container Services), and validated in PKS Beta
Integrate Blockchain Explorer into BoV which makes it easier to view/monitor peers, transactions, etc
Enhance BoV to support saving blocks and channel data to persistent volume
Optimize the installation process
Provide a default channel for blockchain applications
Update Fabric to 1.0.5
Specially build to benchmark VSAN clusters but can be used to test any HCI.
Added case comparisons by generating an XLS file for each test folder
Fixed bug when there’s white space in datastore name or test name
Missing anything in the (crappy) Horizon? There is a chance that it might be in this tool!
2018 Jan 18
Horizon 7.4 support
Some bug fixes
Do you want to be sure one of your desktops is used for auditing. With this tool you can set an (in)visible watermark.
This build is signed now.
Password protection for the configuration & uninstallation
was supposed to be added in the previous release as well so might be a copy/paste error
vSphere HTML5 Web Client
Do I really need to add a description to this one? There is a html5 client build into vSphere these days but this version is updated very often and is becoming more and more on par with the (yuck) flash client.
Fling 3.33 – Build 7616394
Support for PCI and Shared PCI devices for a VM
Create vApp wizard
Clone vApp wizard
vApp move to Host & Cluster
Duplicate a VM customization specification to another VC and with custom name/description
While I already finished my first blogpost of the year I decided it was time for me to write another one. The kind that I usually avoid like a plague to write: a post looking back at 2017 and forward to 2018. For me these kinds of posts are on the same level as stupid lists: I frigging always hated creating and evaded them! Essentially though my monthly flings posts are lists so why wouldn’t I write a the looking back & forward posts as well?
This mentality is exactly something what I started doing in 2016 and certainly continued in 2017: challenging myself to new things. The presenting bit I had already introduced myself to in 2016 but last year I also did my first presentation at a VMUG not in my own country but I travelled to Germany for their UserCon to present three of my favorite VMware flings. After the short vBrownbag at VMworld US in 2016 this was only my second time presenting in English. It also was my first time to exactly hit the spot timewise in the 30-minute timeslot I had. Luckily the base for the presentation was good since I had done it at the Dutch VMUG UserCon (sorry it’s in Dutch) a couple of months earlier together with my good friend Hans Kraaijeveld. I had ten extra minutes though so instead of showing the slide deck I decided to show the tools instead of boring screenshots. Next time I just need to improve on some things and make a script on beforehand (thank you Johan for the Feedback) on what to do, but since I decided to change this the evening before in my hotel room preparation was suboptimal.
Besides the vmug’s I also managed to find me a spot on the vBrownbag schedule for VMworld Europe. I can’t really say that my presentation was a success, I was tired and just didn’t get into the proper flow for it. I did pick up some extra essential experience doing it though. Beside my own presentation I also had lots of fun on the vExpert daily broadcast.
In 2017, I have started being more active on Reddit & VMTN. Specially reddit can be a flamewar every now and then but there are very decent topics and replies as well. On vmtn it’s really hit and miss about quality, some are decent posts but lots also prove that the ts (topicstarter) totally didn’t do their homework or have had any experience with the product they are trying to use.
The most fun community wise I had at the VMware Code Hackathon at VMworld EU. While our project didn’t go smoothly we had lots of fun and everyone learned at least a couple of things. Next time I will just make sure we have our own infrastructure available to us. And those hippie shirts simply rule.
VMworld itself was an awesome community event for me as well. While I still visited some sessions the hanging around with other vExperts and bloggers made it again an awesome event for me. At the beginning of November, I also visited the Nutanix .Next event and while there where less people over there that I knew I made some friends right away (or not Dugi?) and kept having fun with those selfies after I got some comments on looking grumpy at the first one. It was also good to finally meet some of the other NTC’s.
2017 was a year with lots of awesome events for me. I visited not only the Dutch and German VMUG but also managed to squeeze the Belgium VMUG in my schedule was well. Then again VMworld EU and Nutanix .Next and in December I also visited the inaugural Dutch vEUC Techcon that had lots of great content.
In the learning zone, I managed more then I planned for in the beginning of 2017. I had agreed with my manager that it would be a quiet year for me an oh boy I did not keep myself to that agreement. First, there was the Certification ME work I did and got the certifications for: vcp-dcv 6.5, vcap7-dtm design and the vca-dbt exam. Ok this is not learning and doing the exam but by creating and checking the questions one can learn just as much in my opinion.
I did two actual exams in 2017: vcp7-dtm and vcap6-dtm deploy. The first one I passed and the 2nd one I sadly failed on, since it was my first vcap deploy I didn’t expect anything else and overall it was a good experience in preparing for the next one. Something certainly needed is an HD monitor and proper amounts of coffee in advance because the you need to stay sharp and time will be an issue.
As side projects in the learning department I also was active as content checker for three Packt videos and one book:
Learning VMware App Volumes
Designing and Deploying VMware Horizon View 7 and
Managing a Horizon 7 environment
Mastering vSphere 6.5
Again, I learned a lot by working at these projects but they are very time intensive so I don’t know how eager I would be for coming projects.
So, what am I expecting for 2018 personally? Hopefully I will be allowed again to speak at the Dutch VMUG Usercon, I proposed one personal session in the CfP and one session together with Hans Kraaijeveld. Also, I would love to extend my personal session and build it out to a VMworld quality and be able to deliver it there as well. Besides VMworld I would like to visit the BE vmug and Nutanix .Next also again this year.
In the community, I want to keep at least as active since my Nutanix NTC is already extended to 2018 and hopefully I will also receive vExpert again in 2018. The vExpert & NutanixNTC slack channels simply rock. Both have awesome vibes with lots of people always eager to help you with any questions you ask.
I only have one real learning goal so far for 2018 and that is to pass the vcap7-dtm deploy exam. Sadly, it hasn’t been released yet but that doesn’t say I can’t prepare for it either. My ultimate goal would be to become vcdx but that’s something I will only start working on this year, don’t expect me to submit soon. As something for fun, I might try my hands on the nsx certifications even though I am not a networking person or maybe something from Amazon since a lot of VMware admins seem to be heading that way as well.
For the rest, I have only this to add: Happy New Year and have an awesome 2018!
The first Fling is the brand new Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility, previously one had to go command line to move VMs across vCenter servers but now the less CLI inclined people (or lazy people like me sometimes) can do it via a gui. This can be done within the same SSO domain but also across SSO domains. WIlliam Lam also wrote a good post about it.
Completely UI-driven workflow for VM migration
Provides REST API for managing migration operations
Works with vCenter not a part of the same SSO domain
Support for batch migration of multiple VMs in parallel
Supports both live as well as cold migration of VMs
Performs storage vMotion, not requiring shared storage
Flexible network mappings between source and destination sites
Simple Natural Language Processing for iOS
To be honest: i have no clue what Simple Natural Language Processing for iOS is for, looks like something to use in your code to talk to the voice processing in iOS without cost and privacy concerns for using cloud based solutions.
Simple Natural Language Processing for iOS provides developers with a convenient framework for integrating Natural Language Processing (NLP) into their iOS Apps. When the developer provides a set of training phrases, Simple NLP will use Naïve Bayes Classification to predict the intent of an unfamiliar phrase and extract parameters such as a person’s name and dates.
While numerous cloud based solutions already exist to provide similar functionality, they may have associated cost and privacy concerns. With Simple NLP for iOS, your data won’t be sent to a server or cloud service for prediction. All NLP functionality is constrained to the device and processed natively.
We hope that you will find this Fling easy to use and beneficial to your project.
VMware OS Optimization Tool
Just a short update for the OSOT this month, more tools have been coming out that can do this but this one is stall my favorite OS Optimizer.
December 14, 2017
Template update. Detailed change log for each template is in the online version of each template (accessed from Public Templates tab)
App Volumes Backup Utility
As far as I know this is still the only way to backup those Appstacks and writable volumes and using a fling for that might be a risk.
Updated to use only PowerCLI to connect to vCenter/vSphere. Previous versions used the vSphere SOAP API along with PowerCLI which locked the application to a specific version of PowerCLI. Versions 2.0 and later of this application will work with any version of PowerCLI (6.0 and later). This change improves the speed of enumerating vCenter items
Added additional checks for PowerCLI and PowerShell
Additional optimizations and minor bug fixes
vSphere HTML5 Web Client
Like always the HTML5 Web Client received multiple updates, two to be exactly in december.
Fling 3.31 – Build 7343373
Performance charts counter selection can be persisted. The counter selection are persisted per object type. The data is persisted in browser local storage.
Resume fault tolerance in manual DRS cluster will show DRS recommendations.
By now we should all be using the embedded host Client unless you are forced by greater powers to run on some ancient version of ESXi.
Version 1.24.0 build 7119706 (Fling 19) – November 13, 2017
Minor features and bugfixes
GeneralFix failure to deploy OVF/OVA image with disks attached to multiple disk controllers
Address race condition when adding new Network Adapter to virtual machine
Allow datastore browser to browse VVOL datastores
Address timeout issue in datastore browser when client receives unknown datatypes from host
Address issue disabling autostart for a VM
Allow downloading of flat VMDK files in datastore browser
Show the correct VMware Tools version string in VM summary
Show pager in VM editor when VM has many hard disks
Support OVF properties with pre-defined values, showing dropdowns
Allow modifications of root user’s permissions
Support for selecting dependent PCI devices when enabling passthrough
Other minor bug fixes
vSphere HTML5 Web Client
Like always the HTML5 Web Client received multiple updates in November so the changelog is rather long.
Fling 3.29 – Build 7157335
Configure traffic filtering and marking rules on distributed port groups
Export and import distributed switches and distributed port groups
Configure the policies of distributed port groups inside the New Distributed Port Group wizard
Fixed an error when trying to edit the settings of VMs with failed installation or update of the VM tools
Fling 3.28 – Build 7110681
Configure advanced CPU Identification Mask
Select PVRDMA adapter type for a VM network
Thanks to the fling users who gave the steps to replace the certificates for FAMI UI running at port 5490, added these instructions to v4 of “Create a new certificate for a HTML5 client fling” document
Licensing views should be visible for 6.0 VC/PSCs
Fling 3.27 – Build 7055108
Popout the Datastore File browser
View License VC assets (Read-only)
Set license name in the Add License workflow
License UI might not work against 6.0 VCs, in particular Windows VCs/PSCs.
If you see error in the vSphere Client (HTML5) similar to this – ‘getHostIsAssignLicenseActionAvailable’, then you can resolve this error by following below steps:
If vSphere Client (HTML5) Fling appliance is pointed to a vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), then you should reregister the fling appliance by logging in to FAMI UI (or by running the config-ui CLI). Refer the instructions document to follow the steps for configuring Fling appliance for VCSA.
If vSphere Client (HTML5) Fling appliance is pointed to a Windows vCenter Server, then reregister by downloading latest server-configure.bat from the Download section of this website. Refer the instructions document to follow the steps for configuring Fling appliance for Windows vCenter Server.
VMFork for pyVmomi
This fling has been around for a while and if you ever wanted to fork your VM’s without having to study PowerCLi then this one is for you. It has a warning that it only supports vSphere 6.0 and 6.5 and no newer releases but hey there are none yet so please use it if you like.
Fixed a bug that prevented CreateChildSpec from being referenced in versions of 6.5 of pyVmomi
Updated the requirement to include pyVmomi 6.5 only, up from 6.0, due to a dependency issue
Bug fixes & Improvements
Want to make sure screenshots will show that it is your Image being used then the Desktop Watermark fling can be the tool of choice. It can be used for auditing or exhibition purposes or any other way you like. And yes that type in the changelog is a straight copy/paste from the site.
Password protection for the configuration & uninstllation
Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI
Ever needed to migrate or clones VM’s form one vCenter to the other while there they are not linked? then the Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI might be a good tool in your toolbox.
While migrating multiple vms with destination network option, only one vm used to get migrated.This issue has been fixed.
Need to benchmark a Hyperconverged Infrastructure? VDbench is one of the tools to use and VMware labs create the HCIBench to automate this tool. It received a couple of updates since my last post about it.
Enhanced IP segment selection
Set open file limit to 4096
Updated vm-tools to the latest version
Enhanced 95th percentile calculation.
Added Curve and Multi Run calculation.
Added SSH Service validation.
Replaced DHCP Service with Static IP Service.
Added IP conflict check.
Fixed bunch of bugs.
Change the default client VM RAM from 4GB to 8GB
Being an EUC guy myself this is one of my favorites. The Horizon Toolbox adds some very good tools for servicedesk and operations employees.