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ThinApp Standalone SKU Reinstated

uturnEvery now again people have to go back on a decision that they’ve made and make a U-turn.

At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware have announced a reversal of their decision earlier this year to discontinue the sale of ThinApp as a standalone product.

After December 15th 2013 it would only have been possible to purchase ThinApp as a part of the Horizon Suite but these plans have now been binned and ThinApp will continue to be available as a standalone product.

To be honest, I didn’t know about the original announcement when it happened but it’s nice that VMware have listened to feedback and changed their stance. VMTN Subscription anyone??

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The End of the VMTN Saga?

vmtn_storeIf you don’t know what VMTN is, you might be new to VMware virtualisation or the IT industry. Either way, I have an older post that covers it a bit. I posted it in November 2011 just as the campaign to get the VMTN subscription re-instated by VMware was kicking off.

Here we are though, nearly 18 months later, and it looks like it’s not going to happen. One of VMTN’s biggest proponents, Mike Laverick, posted on the VMware Communities thread related to VMTN today that it looks unlikely. In his words:

The prevailing view appears to be that other projects will be sufficient… Such as Project Nee…

Project NEE is VMware’s online learning resource that’s currently being put through its paces. If you read around what it does, you can see why VMware would consequently view the resurrection of VMTN as unnecessary. Whilst it’s a disappointment to people who run home lab setups, want to run legitimate workplace labs and prototypes etc., I don’t think that it’s necessarily the end of the world. The level of automation / orchestration possible in VMware’s suite of products means that re-installs don’t have to take an age to complete. In fact, I want to rip and rebuild my lab regularly because it’s exactly those sorts of tasks and skills that I want to hone. I don’t want my lab to sit and age like some legacy infrastructure. I appreciate though that others may not share my views or enthusiasm.

Either way, my advice is not to hold your breath in the hope of a change of heart. If it’s true that VMTN is going to stay dead, VMware have made this decision with their heads and not their hearts. My head says, keep calm and roll with it*.

* (@h0bbel, another one for your collection?)

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VMTN Miniwag with Mike Laverick

Article by Michael Poore (@mpoore)

You could be forgiven for thinking that by now Mike Laverick’s campaign to get VMware to reinstate their VMTN subscription must have reached saturation point. Even though the software giant has sat up and taken notice – real notice – Mike’s not letting up yet.

The latest effort in what is dubbed the “VMTN Subscription Movement” (Twitter: #VMTNSubscriptionMovement) is a series of “miniwags” (a shorter version of Mike’s “Chinwag” podcast), brief video clips of people discussing the VMTN Subscription that Mike is posting on YouTube.

Knowing Mike from the London VMUG, I volunteered to do a slot and I’ve somehow ended up being the first miniwagger – his guinea pig if you like.

Here’s the clip (eagle-eyed viewers might just about make out a PowerCLI poster above my left shoulder):

In addition to doing this I popped up briefly on the Veeam Podcast with Rick Vanover a few weeks ago and participated in a short discussion with several other vExperts and the man at VMware charged with looking into resurrecting the VMTN Subscription.

You’d think by now that I’d be used to hearing the sound of my own voice. It’s still weird though.

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VMTN Subscription Campaign

A few years back VMware used to have a VMTN Subscription which was their equivalent of Microsoft’s Technet scheme. The purpose of it, like with Technet, was to provide industry professionals with a mechanism of running legitimately licensed software for testing and educational purposes.

Sadly it was discontinued in 2007. The following is taken from the End Of Life (EOL) FAQ that VMware published at the time:

VMware VMTN Subscription has been a successful, award-winning offering,
providing software developers and QA professionals with access to VMware’s
powerful suite of virtualization products. However, since its introduction in June
of 2005, VMware has announced two free products, VMware Server and VMware
Player; enhanced its Technology Alliance Partner Program; introduced the
Community Source program; and made many other technologies fully open,
including the VMware VMDK disk format, our VMware Perl toolkit and the VMware
SDK. As a result, VMware feels there is no longer a need for the VMware VMTN
Subscription and will no longer sell or renew VMware VMTN Subscriptions as of
February 16, 2007.

Last week Mike Laverick launched a campaign to get the VMTN Subscription re-instated on his site. Things moved into VMware’s Community Forums and have picked up significantly, even gaining it’s own Twitter hashtag. Add your views there, tweet your support and use the hashtag #VMTNSubscriptionMovement.

I support this campaign. Although as a vExpert, VMware Partner etc. I have access to plenty of legitimate licenses, it hasn’t always been that way and repeated software evaluations are tedious to use.

As I write this, I’ve seen confirmation that the campaign has attracted the attention of VMware and they are looking into it. Hopefully there’s good news coming, we’ll see.