vChat Podcast - EMCworld 2016, OpenStack Summit 2016 and Hot Tech (Episode 40)

vChat Podcast - EMCworld 2016, OpenStack Summit 2016 and Hot Tech (Episode 40)In this milestone episode #40, Simon and David talk about EMCworld 2016, OpenStack Summit 2016, home labs, Megacasts, vSphere-Land Voting, vSphere 6 training, and LOT of hot new tech (like kickstarter gadgets). Show notes with hyperlinks are below. WATCH NOW to see the full episode! Show Notes and Hyperlinks Here are notes and links to many of the things we covered in episode 40 of vChat: Live vBlog voting now open! EMCworld 2016  Keynotes with Demos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwOktjtq1uc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoRyPu4tPr0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_E2cG4YJBg OpenStack Summit 2016 in Austin David interview [more]

vChat Podcast - LIVE from VMworld 2015! (Episode 39)

vChat Podcast - LIVE from VMworld 2015! (Episode 39)In this episode, recorded LIVE at VMworld 2015, Simon, Eric, and David (all together in one place - a professional recording studio with a 3 camera setup in fact), the vChat crew covers their person experiences at VMworld 2015. We talk about all the latest VMworld news and events including the VMworld keynote, speaking sessions, labs, the expo, and of course - parties. WATCH NOW to see the full episode! Eric's thoughts and observations on VMworld 2015 can be found here. vChat [more]

vChat Podcast - Episode 38 - vSphere Home Labs and EMC vVNX

vChat Podcast - Episode 38 - vSphere Home Labs and EMC vVNXIn vChat #38 Simon, Eric, and David talk about what they are using for their vSphere virtual labs (cloud, physical, and virtual), Simon's new vVNX videos and how vVNX can be used for home labs, and other home lab vSphere storage options, and a VMworld 2015 pre-view (stay tuned to for our next episode where we will spend the whole show talking about VMworld). JOIN US to learn more! Links discussed in the show are: EMC Virtual VNX (vVNX) Video #1 [more]

vChat Podcast - Episode 37 - VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)

vChat Podcast - Episode 37 - VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)Back at it again! In vChat #37 Simon, Eric, and David talk about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), what they are, how they work, how they compare to alternatives, what's required, and what we think the adoption rate will be. JOIN US to learn more! Links discussed in the show are: Comparing Virtual Volume (VVol) limits to VMFS/NFS limits The Economies of VMworld Party Bands (hey that's what we talked about on the show!) Some Virtual Volumes News and Tidbits VMware Hands On Labs (HoL) Pluralsight Training [more]


In this milestone episode #40, Simon and David talk about EMCworld 2016, OpenStack Summit 2016, home labs, Megacasts, vSphere-Land Voting, vSphere 6 training, and LOT of hot new tech (like kickstarter gadgets). Show notes with hyperlinks are below. WATCH NOW to see the full episode!

Show Notes and Hyperlinks

Here are notes and links to many of the things we covered in episode 40 of vChat:

  • OpenStack Summit 2016 in Austin

David interview David Safaii at of Trilio Data at OpenStack Summit

David interviews Laurent Denel, CEO of OpenIO.io at OpenStack Summit

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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vChat Podcast – LIVE from VMworld 2015! (Episode 39)

by David Davis on September 17, 2015


In this episode, recorded LIVE at VMworld 2015, Simon, Eric, and David (all together in one place – a professional recording studio with a 3 camera setup in fact), the vChat crew covers their person experiences at VMworld 2015. We talk about all the latest VMworld news and events including the VMworld keynote, speaking sessions, labs, the expo, and of course – parties. WATCH NOW to see the full episode!

Eric’s thoughts and observations on VMworld 2015 can be found here.

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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In vChat #38 Simon, Eric, and David talk about what they are using for their vSphere virtual labs (cloud, physical, and virtual), Simon’s new vVNX videos and how vVNX can be used for home labs, and other home lab vSphere storage options, and a VMworld 2015 pre-view (stay tuned to for our next episode where we will spend the whole show talking about VMworld). JOIN US to learn more!

Links discussed in the show are:

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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Back at it again! In vChat #37 Simon, Eric, and David talk about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), what they are, how they work, how they compare to alternatives, what’s required, and what we think the adoption rate will be. JOIN US to learn more!

Links discussed in the show are:

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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vChat – Episode 36 – It’s Been a While!

by David Davis on December 10, 2014


Back at it again! In vChat #36 Simon, Eric, and David talk about the latest trends in virtualization and enterprise computing – starting off with a vCatchup about what we’ve been up to. Specifically we talk about vSphere home labs, how to stay up to date on virtualization news, HP Microservers, Apple Mac Minis, and what we plan to chat about in the future! We wrap it up by talking about Dr Who.

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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I’ve been testing 5nine Manager for Hyper-V in my lab environment and have been impressed with all that it can do. For SMBs who can’t afford System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), 5nine Manager is a great low-cost alternative. They just released a new version with a lot of new features. Besides a centralized management GUI for Hyper-V Free Edition and Windows Server Core Hyper-V, 5nine Manager offers automated VM provisioning, Hyper-V cluster management, replication of cluster settings to a secondary site, grouping of VMs, and the ability to protect all Hyper-V VMs with agentless anti-virus, built-in.

Below, you’ll find some screenshots of the interface, the press release, and links to try it free for 30 days. Enjoy!

5nine Software, a leading provider of security, compliance and management solutions for Microsoft Windows Server and Hyper-V, today announced the release of 5nine Manager for Hyper-V version 5.0. Developed specifically for small and medium businesses (SMBs), 5nine Manager offers a comprehensive, easy-to-use and affordable solution for managing Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Server Core, – locally or remotely.

5nine Manager has many of the same features found in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), but mainly additional value-add powerful features, including the following:

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New features in 5nine Manager 5.0 include:

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“5nine Manager 5.0 delivers a comprehensive and easy-to-use solution for everyday Hyper-V management,” said Konstantin Malkov, CTO of 5nine Software, – “Our goal is to give SMBs a single enterprise grade tool to manage Hyper-V Server and Windows Server Core easily, efficiently and affordably.”

“We call 5nine Manager for Hyper-V and Windows Server Core the VMM for SMBs,” said David Grudek, Network Manager at Network Creations, – “System Center VMM is perfect for enterprises, but our company only needs certain features, such as a GUI for Windows Server Core and fast, agentless anti-virus. That’s why 5nine Manager is perfect for us.”

5nine Manager 5.0 for Hyper-V is available immediately. It is priced per host, and pricing begins at $199. For more information or to download a free 30-day trial version, please visit: 5nine.com

About 5nine Software

5nine Software is a leading provider of management and security solutions for Windows Server and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. 5nine Software products focus on the needs of small and medium businesses, large enterprises and hosting providers. These tools deliver comprehensive and easy-to-use solutions that allow virtual datacenter personnel to manage, monitor and secure Hyper-V environments. More than 25,000 clients worldwide choose 5nine Software tools for their Hyper-V virtualization infrastructures.

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