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Released: vSphere 5.x Network Port Diagram

Just to let you all know that VMware updated their vSphere network port diagram and detailed port list. The document covers ESXi, vCenter, vCloud Director, Update Manager and Orchestrator. The detailed list covers port numbers, protocol type, source/target, and the purpose. This is a must have for any serious system admin or vAnalyst/vArchitect.

Download it here

 

screenshot:

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VMware Visio stencils based on Powerpoint icons and graphics *Updated 2013*

Maish Saidel-Keesing over at Technodrone has recently released part 3 of 3 visio stencils from the VMware Icons and Images set. Make sure to download all three parts since updates were done to the older stencils as well. Enjoy!

Download: Part 3

Download: Part 2

Download: Part 1

See below for details on each part.

Part 3 contains:

  • Part 3 includes the following products:
    • Orchestrator (x2)
    • CapacityIQ
    • Chargeback
    • Appspeed
    • Site Recovery Manager (x3)
    • Studio
    • vCloud Director
    • VMware Server
    • View (x6)
    • ThinApp (x2)
    • vCloud Director (x2)

Part 2 contains:

  • VMware concepts (i.e. HA, vMotion, FT, VDR) – with which you can expand your diagrams.
  • Additional Icons (not in part 1)

Part 1 contains:

  • Box Shots
  • Icons
  • 2D icons
  • Shapes and Assets
  • Build Your Own – a preset group of Icons with which you can build your own Visio Diagrams

VMware Visio stencils based on Powerpoint icons and graphics *Updated*

 

Maish Saidel-Keesing over at Technodrone has recently released part 3 of 3 visio stencils from the VMware Icons and Images set. Make sure to download all three parts since updates were done to the older stencils as well. Enjoy!

Download: Part 3

Download: Part 2

Download: Part 1

See below for details on each part.

Part 3 contains:

  • Part 3 includes the following products:
    • Orchestrator (x2)
    • CapacityIQ
    • Chargeback
    • Appspeed
    • Site Recovery Manager (x3)
    • Studio
    • vCloud Director
    • VMware Server
    • View (x6)
    • ThinApp (x2)
    • vCloud Director (x2)

Part 2 contains:

  • VMware concepts (i.e. HA, vMotion, FT, VDR) – with which you can expand your diagrams.
  • Additional Icons (not in part 1)

Part 1 contains:

  • Box Shots
  • Icons
  • 2D icons
  • Shapes and Assets
  • Build Your Own – a preset group of Icons with which you can build your own Visio Diagrams

 

VMware Visio stencils based on latest powerpoint icons and graphics (Jun-11-2012)

Maish Saidel-Keesing over at Technodrone has recently released part 1 of 3 visio stencils from the VMware Icons and Images set. These new stencils have been improved from his previously releases:

  1. The images are now Flat Vector images – which improves the quality and allows for easier image resizing.
  2. The stencils are now better organized.
  3. All Icons have a standard size – and standard connection points.
  4. Build your own stencils – are now available and customizable.
       
I’ll keep you posted on the next 2 releases.

New VMware PowerPoint Icons and Images – Released May 3, 2012

Several weeks ago the latest set of VMware icons and images were released via the VMware communities. These are a must have for anyone who create presentations or diagrams for any VMware product. Personally, I also use the images for non-VMware (system agnostic) related diagrams/presentations. The images are just pleasant to look at! Download them via the links below.

note: please respect the work that VMware put into these images and read the copyright information included in each of the files.

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_1_of_3.pptx (17.4 MB)

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_2_of_3.pptx (2.6 MB)

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_3_of_3.pptx (2.9 MB)

Cool Tool: ESX System Analyzer (a fling from VMware Labs)

The ESX System Analyzer (http://bit.ly/AvIbO3) is a tool designed to help administrators plan a migration from ESX to ESXi. It analyzes the ESX hosts in your environment and, for each host, collects information on factors that pertain to the migration process:

  • Hardware compatibility with ESXi
  • VMs registered on the ESX host, as well as VMs located on the host’s local disk
  • Modifications to the Service Console
    • RPMs which have been added or removed
    • Files which have been added
    • Users and cronjobs which have been added

This tool also provides summary information for the whole existing environment

  • Version of VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware for all VMs
  • Version of Filesystem for all datastores

By having this information, administrators can determine what tasks need to be done prior to the migration. Examples include:

  • Relocate VMs from local datastores to shared datastores
  • Make note of what agent software has been added to the host and obtain the equivalent agentless version
  • Replace cronjobs with equivalent remote scripts written with PowerCLI or vCLI

Configuration is simple, just follow the user guide provided (http://bit.ly/x7vPSh)

Once a report a run against your servers, you have access to several interesting reports. Personally I’ve used this tool when upgrading from ESX 3.5 to ESXi 4.1 and I will use it again soon when upgrading to vSphere 5.

by:  Riccardo Ventura (twitter: @hypervise)

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