New 5nine Manager 5.0 Released - Affordable Centralized Management for Hyper-V Infrastructures

New 5nine Manager 5.0 Released - Affordable Centralized Management for Hyper-V InfrastructuresI'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 [more]

Contest - Take the Ultimate Tech Challenge on Servers!

Contest - Take the Ultimate Tech Challenge on Servers! Here's a cool contest from Dell and Microsoft that I wanted to share with my readers... I hope that you win the new laptop! --- IT professionals run into interesting and complex challenges on a daily basis, and often times to come up with creative, imaginative and on-the-fly solutions to fix problems and keep a business running. Dealing with servers and storage issues are no different, and can present a handful of situational complexities for IT pros to face and overcome. All [more]

Infographic: 10 Years of VMworld

Infographic: 10 Years of VMworld This week is the VMworld in San Francisco. In fact, this is the 10th anniversary for VMworld and VirtualizationSoftware.com has come up with this beautiful infogrpahic with all the details. Please consider tweeting about it and/or embed this in your blog (linking back to us). Enjoy! Infographic by David Davis, Scott Lowe at [more]

Infographic - Top Virtualization Skills to Boost Your Career

Infographic - Top Virtualization Skills to Boost Your CareerThe great people over at TrainSignal published a cool infographic today to help IT Pros boost their career in virtualization. I spent a small amount of time helping with the graphic and really love how it turned out. Hope you like [more]


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:

  • Easy-to-use management interface for Windows Server Core and Hyper-V Server
  • Ability to manage different versions of Hyper-V (2012 R2, 2012, and 2008 R2 SP1) from a single console, locally or remotely
  • Agentless, lightning-fast antivirus

New features in 5nine Manager 5.0 include:

  • Automated virtual machine (VM) provisioning
  • Enhanced cluster management
  • VMs Guest connection views through FreeRDP or Microsoft controls
  • Replication to enable failover of production workloads to a secondary site for disaster recovery
  • Group operations for multiple VMs
  • And much more…

“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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Here’s a cool contest from Dell and Microsoft that I wanted to share with my readers… I hope that you win the new laptop!

IT professionals run into interesting and complex challenges on a daily basis, and often times to come up with creative, imaginative and on-the-fly solutions to fix problems and keep a business running. Dealing with servers and storage issues are no different, and can present a handful of situational complexities for IT pros to face and overcome. All in a day’s work for the seasoned IT pro!

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Dell and Microsoft want to hear a particular challenge you’ve faced while dealing with servers and storage, and the unique and innovative way you’ve solved the problem by participating in their Ultimate Tech Challenge: Servers. The premise is simple – answer the following question based on experience you’ve had on the job:How do you best use SSD as a storage option with Microsoft Windows Server for optimal performance and cost?

Dell and Microsoft will select their favorite response from those received and turn it into a white paper that highlights the problem and unique solution utilized to solve it. The selected winner will also receive a Dell XPS 12 (valued at $899.99) for being chosen!

Entering is easy – just share your challenge and solution by responding to this blog post or by emailing your response to DellUltimateTechChallenge@gmail.com.

Submit your entry by 12/26/2013 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Dell and Microsoft will be reaching out to selected winners shortly after the entry submission period.

Good luck, IT pros! We look forward to your responses.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 12/26/2013. By submitting your entry, you agree to be contacted by a Dell representative. For Official Rules, visit http://bit.ly/1fjVu6B

 

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Infographic: 10 Years of VMworld

by David Davis on August 27, 2013


This week is the VMworld in San Francisco. In fact, this is the 10th anniversary for VMworld and VirtualizationSoftware.com has come up with this beautiful infogrpahic with all the details.

Please consider tweeting about it and/or embed this in your blog (linking back to us).

Enjoy!

VMworld 2013 Infographic

Infographic by David Davis, Scott Lowe at VirtualizationSoftware.com

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The great people over at TrainSignal published a cool infographic today to help IT Pros boost their career in virtualization. I spent a small amount of time helping with the graphic and really love how it turned out. Hope you like it!

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In the first ever Google Hangout conducted by TrainSignal.com, David Davis (that’s me) and J. Peter Bruzzese squared off of whether VDI was a waste of money (or worth the money). In the debate we both make some good points and end up living to debate (fight) another day. I welcome your comments and ideas for future hangouts, below.

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vexpert-logo-2013Last week the annual VMware vExpert awards were announced and given to 581 virtualization evangelists for 2013. This award is based on their passionate evangelism during calendar year 2012 (it’s an award, not a technical certification).

I am honored to be one of them!

Being awarded vExpert in 2013 is a huge honor (one that I am very thankful for). It has made a huge difference in my life and career as an IT professional by allowing me to distinguish myself, by giving me elite access to software and betas, and by challenging me each year to continue to evangelize the virtualization solutions I feel passionate about.

trainsignal-trainingFor those who ARE on the list of the 581 vExperts named in 2013, TrainSignal’s gift for you is one year of free, unlimited IT video training. This includes:

  • Over 1,500 hours of IT pro video training
  • Over 200 hours of VMware video training
  • 30 VMware courses that include topics like vSphere 5.1, vSphere Advanced Networking, vCenter Operations Manager, vCloud Director 5.1, vSphere Performance, vSphere Troubleshooting, vSphere Design and new courses on the way (including VCAP-DCA5, EMC Storage Essentials, and more)
  • Certification practice exams (including the VCP)
  • Offline viewer (Win/Mac)
  • iPad compatible streaming

2013 vExperts should apply here (form is at the bottom of the page)

For those who aren’t yet vExperts but feel passionate about virtualization, I encourage you to push yourself to become a vExpert. Find ways to promote VMware virtualization through your blog, social media, speaking, writing, video authoring, VMworld, or at your local VMUG.

For those who are interested in the training package above but aren’t vExperts, you can use the same training free for 3 days and, if you like it, pay just $49 per month after that. Visit www.TrainSignal.com for the details.

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