vKernel Adds Tools to Free vOPS Server Explorer 6.3

When it comes to gaining insight and understanding of your virtual environment vKernel has some nifty products. They just added two new utilities, Storage Explorer and Change Explorer, to their free vOPS™ Server Explorer that give you more management capabilities with SCOM/SCVMM or vCenter. Sure it’s to get you looking into and considering buying the paid stuff with more functionality and remediation but it does provide you with tools to rapidly asses your virtualization environment for free as is. So what did they add?

Storage Explorer

  • Gain insight into storage performance and capacity via views across data stores and VMs
  • Identifies critical storage issues such as over commitment, low capacity, high latency, VMFS version mismatch
  • Alerts you to critical VM issues such as low disk space,  latency and throughput issues
  • There’s sorting and searching support

Change Explorer

  • You get a listing of the changes to resource pools, hosts, data stores and VMs within the past week. They also indicate a risk associated with hat change
  • You can search & filter to find specific changes
    • There is a graphical mapping of changes over a time line for rapid reporting/assessment.
    • So if you need some free tools to help you get a quick insight into your environment or the need to be informed about changes of performance issues you can try these out. The press release is here http://www.vkernel.com/press-kits/vops-server-explorer-6-3. We have smaller environment at work next to our main production infrastructure where we’d like to test this out. So they need to add support for SCVMM 2012 SP1 a.s.a.p. I think Smile

      In a world were complexity reduction is paramount and the TCO/ROI needs to be good from day one competition is heating up between 3rd party vendors active in this arena providing tools to make that happen. This is especially true when they are adding more and more Hyper-V support. It also doesn’t hurt to push Microsoft or VMware to make their solutions better.

    Join Us For The VKernel (Dell) VIRTu Alley Online Symposium

    VIRTu Alley Online Symposium

    vKernel (now part of DELL) is kicking of 2013  with the VIRTu Alley Online Symposium. It runs over two days and focuses on virtualization and cloud management. virtu-alley-c96ba660


    VIRTu Alley takes place on Tuesday, January 15th from 10:00 – 13:00 EST and on Wednesday, January 16th from 10:00-13:30 EST. Don’t forget it’s EST. Meaning that you need to add 5 hours if you’re in GMT (Dublin) or 6 Hours if you’re in GMT +1 (Brussels)


    From the comfort of your office & home  Smile


    Go to the Virtu Alley web page and have a look at the agenda for both days. you’ll see they’ve mananged to line up some great speakers. Some of them I know personally. Aidan Finn and Damian Flynn (MVP and published authors) are both presenting on day 2 just like myself. Aidan on what’s new & improved in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and Damian on Network virtualization. I will be speaking on Advanced Hyper-V Maintenance with Cluster Aware Updating.

    It’s Free

    The event itself if free but you do need to register for each day on which you want to attend sessions.

    See you there!