vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling Hidden Features

HTML5-Fling-icon 1.1I recently wrote about the release of the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling and how to configure it. Since then there has already been an update to the Fling. I’ve gone through update process in my lab using the rpm, but I also decided to deploy a new OVA (version 1.1) and found a few hidden features.

During the configuration of the appliance I found a directory called “vspherefeatures”. The directory contains a configuration file with three disabled entries. Of course the first thing that came to mind is what’s the harm in just enabling one to see what happens. What happened was me enabling all three after seeing the first one worked.

The Three hidden features are Datastore File Browser, Add Host Wizard, and Network Selector.¬†I’m assuming that these are features that will be available in future releases of the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling. For now looks like we can get a sneak peak ūüôā

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New Fling: vSphere HTML5 Web Client

HTML5 Fling iconVMware first introduced the vSphere Web Client with the release of vSphere 5.0. The vSphere Web Client would be the future management tool replacing the¬†vSphere client aka ‚ÄúLegacy, Thick or C# Client‚ÄĚ. This would be become more evident over time with each release of vSphere. New features could only be managed¬†through the vSphere Web Client. While the concept of a browser based¬†client is a step in the right direction, the dependency of flash was not. Keep in mind the decision to use flash was made when it was the standard for web applications, times and standards have changed. With that change it has taken some time to work on replatforming the vSphere Web Client. This always leads to the question,¬†when will we see a¬†HTML5 version of the Web Client? I’m happy to announce the wait is over!

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With a New Year Comes Change

A New Year not only represents a new calendar year, for many it also symbolizes a¬†time of change. Reassessing what’s going on in their lives and what change, if any do¬†they want to introduce. It’s¬†usually the most common time for new job opportunities¬†or changes¬†to occur. Recently several members in the community have made some significant moves. Anything from¬†different companies, geographic locations, roles, and others just taking a sabbatical. While these types of job changes aren’t easy, they’re needed¬†to get us to the next step of our journey.

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Deploying vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0 U1 on Ravello

VCSA+Ravello

This blog post allows me to bring two of my favorite things together. I have been a fan of the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) since its release. With continuous improvements, it’s evident that VCSA is the future. My other favorite thing is¬†Ravello. They¬†have given us the ability to have a home¬†lab in the cloud,¬†extend our current labs, and share blueprints. Two great products, that up to this point were¬†not able to be used¬†together. This is¬†like having peanut butter on one slice and jelly on the other, and eating them individually. [Read more…]

vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0 Update 1 Rundown

VCSA Update 1 - Main ImageVMworld 2015 has come and gone, at least the US version. There were several sessions giving love to vCenter. This included the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). Here are a few of the sessions that are worth a look.

INF5975 – vCenter Server Appliance as First Choice VC
INF4528- vCenter Server Appliance VCSA Best Practices & Tips Tricks
INF4944- Managing vSphere 6.0 Deployments and Upgrades, Part 1
INF4945 – vCenter Server 6 High Availability

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