Wow – this is very cool! Thanks CloudPhysics!!

You may have seen something in your email yesterday about new stuff from CloudPhysics.  There was a lot of tweeting about it as well.  It all boiled down to new funding, and a new offering – and congrats to everyone at CloudPhysics as both are a very big deal.  You can find more from the CEO on that here, and the press release too.

I thought I would show off some interesting things related to this new update.  When I logged in to see what things were new I found this.  BTW, I am working on my laptop on the road so the screenshot is not the best I have done.


The menus look more polished, and there is a new look, but the thing that caught my attention is the color and numbers.  It helps me to decide where to look first!  Which is handy of course.  I love the color indication and the number too.  Means very quick to know things – essential priority and importance maybe.  So I click on Datastore Space.


Notice how you can get an idea of when the datastore will fill?  Low risk for the first storage in the list.  Nice!  The space utilization graph – the green icon – is quite interesting as well.  I like to have an idea of how the space is used.  A really new part of this that I like is how I can set what is considered fill level for high risk – I changed my to 90% to be safe.

Now lets look at the Guest Space Saver card.


Some cool data again.  Note how you can see the Good News?  The Growth Rate?  Very handy.  On this screen I like to change to 90% as well.  I like seeing the graphic on disk usage on overall disk usage.  The partitioned is a little odd sound, but part of that is from Win2K12 and Win8 and it is that odd first partition of 100 MB or so – at least some of it is that.  One of the VMs shown is my View desktop.  If I expand it I see some interesting info too.


Now we can see some interesting stuff about this specific VM – more info on when it may fill, makeup of this specific VMs disk usage.  So very handy indeed.  I like overview first and than being able to dive in where needed.

Lets look at Unused VMs now as that can be pretty useful.


You don’t see much in this for my lab, but at various customers I know they would see a lot of very interesting stuff here!  But even for me I see a little waste in one VM that has not been on for a long time.  Maybe it should be deleted?  Now lets look at something different but still new and important.

Lets click on Deck, and then select General Health Checks.


I had something todo with this idea.  I really wanted a way for someone to take a quick look, in very few places, to see the health of their environment.  This is a great example of that.  In one look you can see a bunch of things.  If tools hasn’t change from the day before that means good things, if NTP is still good that too means few changes too.  The KB Adviser here is very handy and if it is not suggesting anything – like above that is good too.  I would love to be able to edit this area.  I probably can but will need to save that for another day.  Another card I watch for an indication of health is syslog.  This is another clue that I use to track health and config.  I would add it here if I could.  Plus you have two useful card here not saying anything – Host Inventory and PCI I/O devices.  Two quick clicks and you could get a good look at things.

Lets take a quick look at Guest Tools.


I believe this is not new, but I do have things in my card deck before they are public so I could be wrong.  But see in here right away some unexpected things.  My SQL server, and vC both have upgrade at power cycle VMware Tools.  This is not necessarily what I want on those two important systems.  I am not sure right now how they became configured like this so pretty handy to know!

Need to end this blog, as I need to catch up on sleep – life is very busy right now!

BTW, I should mention that I am a very big fan of this product and think it could help out most VMware customers!  You can have a free 30 day trial so it is very worth trying if you have not tried it yet.

Also BTW, I will report on Smart Alerts when I know more about them.

Another BTW, I really like this blog about doing health checks with CloudPhysics – if you have CloudPhysics that is – Krishna did a great job!!

Thanks for reading!


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