In today’s world it seems as if you can access just about anything from anywhere. For instance, you can manage your DVR right from your phone, iPad, or laptop. I can think back to the days where I would be scrambling home to catch the start of the Cosby show! There was a day when we didn’t have DVR, and you couldn’t just watch it on the Internet the next day. Our technology has advanced nicely to include options such as recording your favorite show on the run. You can even locate, unlock and start your car remotely from your smart phone or tablet PC. How is this done, well I’m sure all of us have heard the famous “there’s an app for that” or have seen the Android commercials (I like the little green guy); but that is just how it gets done these days, through the use of an app. We are facing a time where we grab slices of the Internet as opposed to openly browsing, apps are sort of Internet a la carte. While there are definitely proprietary Android or Apple apps, the growing trend has become the 3rd party app. Just about anyone with some knowledge of programming can create a new app for the iPhone or Android phone and can earn money from its download. While there are well over 300,000 apps available for both the Apple and Android markets respectively, most of the same apps function on the iPad, BlackBerry and other tablet pcs.
vDestination’s Top 5 VMware Apps List
I thought I would round out the week with a list of what I think are the most helpful VMware apps available. Whether you are an iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android or tablet pc user, there is an app on this list if you want VMware with you everywhere you go. Surely I will have missed some, and please feel free to comment and let me know about some that you feel are “can’t miss” apps. Search this list, download the apps that you haven’t tried and take them for a test drive.
VMware Knowledge Base App
This app is straight from VMware. The knowledge base experts came up with the brilliant idea to make VMware’s (super helpful) knowledge base articles available
to you 24/7 from the palm of your hand. I can attest to the importance of these documents to the every day admin as well as the sr. admin. Simply having
these knowledge base articles at my fingertips 24/7 lands this app on the top of my list. If you, like myself, would love to have the kb articles with you where-
ever you go, there’s an app for that!
Want to manage your VMware virtual environment on the go? Now there’s an app for that! VManage is an application developed to allow the IT administrator
to view critical environment data about their virtual infrastructure as well as perform fundamental tasks such as VMotion’ing from anywhere at any time. Viewing
basic performance data (more advanced data to come) is as easy as selecting a Virtual Machine or Host and examining the details and to rotate. Simply add a
Virtual Center server address, credentials and a VPN if necessary and that’s it. So if you’re an IT administrator who doesn’t spend every waking moment in front
of your PC, this is the tool for you.
Wyse Pocket Cloud App
Wyse has produced a very nice app that is really fun to play with if nothing else. With the Wyse Pocket Cloud app you can actually reach your vm desktop
wherever you are. I love to demonstrate it to people who have never seen it before, especially to those that have no idea your smart phone can actually do it.
At VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, Wyse had the Pocket Cloud app on display on an iPhone 3GS as well as a DroidX phone, and they where both brilliant displays,
I personally liked the DroidX due to the bigger screen.
VMware Cookbook App
If you want to gain insight into the real-world uses of VMware ESX and ESXi, this book provides scores of step-by-step solutions for working with these products
in a wide range of network environments. You’ll not only learn the basics — how to pool resources from hardware servers, computer clusters, networks, and
storage, and then distribute them among virtual machines — but also the stumbling blocks you’ll encounter when you monitor systems, troubleshoot problems,
and deal with security. Anyone who would like a great reference tool on the go, this is the app you want, O’Reilly always puts out great material. The only
thing I am disappointed in is the image on the cover, a turtle? Really? Really?
VCP Exam Cram app
If you are looking to become a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) then this is the app to help you get there. While becoming a VCP does require VMware
authorized training, once your training is complete you can use this app as a study resource sure to get you inline with the exam objectives, you’ll need it.
The VCP Exam Cram: VMware Certified Professional, VCP-310 reader app brings to your mobile bookshelf one of the best-selling exam preparation book series
Exam Cram from Pearson IT Certification, a publishing imprint of Pearson Education. This book was written by Elias Khasner, who is a top-notch author and
great at conveying the information you need to study to you in an easy to read format.
Well there you have it, hopefully you will find the apps in my list useful for reference or management, either way they are fun to play with. Just for a little extra cool info on the iPhone and iPhone apps, check out this graphic from NewMacOnline (maybe slightly outdated but interesting).