Sorry to keep going on about VI3 but I alluded to the end of General Support in a previous post and thought it might be nice just to expand on it a bit. VMware explain their support lifecycle policies here and basically the clock started ticking for VI3 support the day that vSphere went GA. VI3 moves into extended support on 21st May 2010. That’s only 4 months away. So what does Extended Support mean? This is VMware’s definition: New hardware platforms are no longer supported, new guest OS updates may or may not be applied, and bug fixes are limited to critical issues. Critical bugs are deviations from specified product functionality that cause data corruption, data loss, system crash, or significant customer application down time and there is no work-around that can be implemented.
Alan Renouf is a busy man and always seems to be one step ahead of the game. This is certainly true of his latest creation – vDiagram. Many of you may be familiar with the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer (ADTD), a tool available from Microsoft that pulls information from Active Directory and draws it in a Visio diagram. The diagrams that it produces can save a lot of effort in technical documentation and the same sort of thing has been missing for Virtual Infrasructure for some time. Alan’s PowerShell script requires only PowerShell and Microsoft Visio 2003+ to produce a nice Visio diagram of your VI. Head on over to Alan’s site to download it and try it out.
Never leave home without it. No, it’s not an Amex card, it’s the VI3 Reference Card written by Forbes Guthrie. A lot of things on this little gem pop up or are useful in the VCP exam and day-to-day it’s come in handy a number of times. I’ll try and keep a link to it in my useful links sidebar but it’s well worth bookmarking it yourself.