I found this at the weekend – http://communities.vmware.com/community/beta/vcmobileaccess
A mobile appliance that you can use to proxy access from your mobile device to your virtual centre server. Really cool and because it is aimed at mobile devices nice
quick even on GPRS.
Very useful for those of you on call
you ever thought you had too much gadgetry, then Mr Fry’s collection may offer
you some solace – http://www.stephenfry.com/blog/2008/12/11/gee-one-bold-storm-coming-up…/
If only all tech reviews were so eloquent.
This week saw a dev environment brought to its knees by vm snapshotting – the environment had been snapped the week before prior to a release but had then been left to its own devices. Ordinarily the machines this covers would not have suffered to badly as they are not data servers – however in this scripted run (another powershell script) it had snapped the whole environment including 5 SQL servers.
Nevertheless by the time I got to this environment the SQL servers had delta files totalling several 100GB a piece
… I managed to pull four of them back from the brink – the fifth sadly didn’t make it.
That night I pondered how I could keep an eye on snapshots so they don’t bite me again – and a few searches led me to this very handy
script - http://www.ivobeerens.nl/?p=106
I won’t go into detail here, as the writers site is an evidently better place to understand all the things it does – but it can tell you a huge amount about your ESX environment and plonk it into a rather useful html page.
In the end I plucked out the elements relating to snapshots to fashion a smaller leaner script for my purpose but if you haven’t got round to trying the Powershell Toolkit from VMWare you should …
The useful links are …