Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
For those of you running Microsoft Virtual Server, we have a new treat in store for you. Originally developed by Paul Despe then enhanced by Matthijs ten Seldam, VMRCPlus is a new VM client display and management tool. This tool will be available shortly on the Microsoft download center, TechNet online download centers, and in the companion disk of a new book written by Robert Larson & Janique Carbone. As with most if not all of our resource kit type tools, there is no support for the tool. However, here's a list of the goodies in the tool in case you are brave enough:
Download @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=80adc08c-bfc6-4c3a-b4f1-772f550ae791&DisplayLang=en
[UPDATE 1] The download link has been updated on 7/2/2007 to point to the official location on the microsoft.com download center as promised. Matthijs also has a blog now for questions. Enjoy.
[Update 2] In reference to the questions about the security model, see the post at http://blogs.technet.com/matthts/archive/2007/07/10/vmrcplus-and-authentication.aspx. It probably isn't what you want to hear, but there you have it.
Keith Combs' Blahg : VMRCPlus goes public - download now
L'adoption de Virtual Server comme outil de virtualisation à peut être été ralentie/stoppée pour certaines
Thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in developing this.
The previous elaborate and laborious method of managing VS is so lame that - well, I am struggling at an advanced age to become more diplomatic. Lame will suffice.
For any of you running Virtual Server as your virtualization solution (and I am certainly in that camp
VMRCPlus is a new tool that provides an alternative to the Virtual Server 2005 web based administration
It would be great if this tool worked with Windows Server Virtualization (aka, Viridian). Because it is very much a winner!
Direi "finalmente"!: è stato reso pubblico un tool che internamente usiamo da sempre: VMRC PLUS. Si tratta
Having no support is fine ... if you can get the tool to work ;-). It is a bit frustrating if you cannot even connect to your VM server.
A couple of feedback points from a colleague who has been able to get it to work:
1 – When you run VMRC+ from a remote machine. You have to be logged in the same domain where the VS host resides and with an account that has permissions to VS. I know this is good security but the program needs to have an option to let you specify another account to use.
2 – There is no warning when installing the 32 bit version in a 64 bit system. It installs fine and then it loads and quickly shuts down with no warning. Many people will be doing this mistake as we start to deploy 64 bit OSs. I have found that many utilities, updates and services packs come in 64 and 32 bit and the majority don’t check for it and once you get them installed, they don’t work.
Good questions. See http://blogs.technet.com/matthts/archive/2007/06/29/vmrcplus-is-here.aspx for the new location to ask questions. Matthijs started a blog so hopefully he'll have time to answer some of them and take enhancement requests.
Keith Combs' Blahg : VMRCPlus goes public - download now: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive
I also have a problem with the cross-domain thing. It says it can't connect to the server. Anyway to get it to prompt for user credentials?
As mentioned here - VMRCplus is a free tool that allows you to use Virtual Server without having the
Thanks to the guys at Microsoft for this.. Paul Despe , Virtual guy - Ben Armstrong , Keith Combs , Matthijs
I don't understand why this program cannot accept alternate credentials for connecting to the Virtual Server when the regular VMRC can.
I read in the help file where 'untrusted' authentication isn't supported by the VS COM API, hence it isn't used by VMRC+. However, the regular VMRC does it, so there must be a way.
This is the #1 reason why this tool, although awesome, is not usable for consultants and those who are not a member of any certain domain *ever*.
Don't get me wrong - I appreciate the tool... I just don't see why this feature couldn't be 'lifted' from the VMRC code, because *someone* at MS obviously got this to work.
Whitney, have you asked the developer this question? His blog address is provided just above this comment in my previous comment and at the top of the article.
If you have asked and he has not answered in a reasonable amount of time, let me know and I'll get the answer.
And for the record, I agree that it needs to work in a multi domain based environment so you can support your customers in a secure manner. However, it needs to be secure.