Automation Suite 2013 Release 3 for VMware

vmCLIpboard, vmProcessStrobe and vmProcessStrobeWeb now support our new licensing model that adds simplicity, freedom and value. Visit Independence Day brings Freedom for Our Users for the details. This release includes the usual fixes and refinements along with support for the latest beta versions of VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion.

For power users and VMware administrators, our Automation Suite for VMware is now available at just $199. It includes all three of our software automation products for VMware.

How-To: Reset All Settings

There may come a time when you want to start over again as though you have a fresh install of vmCLIpboard, vmProcessStrobe or vmProcessStrobeWeb. To reset all settings, just follow the instructions below.

For vmCLIpboard and vmProcessStrobe, hold down one of the Shift keys while the application is starting. You’ll get a clean launch as though it was the first run after installation. Upon exiting the application, you will be asked whether or not you want to follow through with the reset of all settings. Answer Yes to save your fresh start or No to revert back to the previous configuration.

For vmProcessStrobeWeb, the procedure is a bit different because it is running as a server capable of hosting many users simultaneously. The first step is to notify all users to disconnect. The next step is for the Stand Alone version only and that is to stop the daemon/service. For either version, the next step is to locate the vmProcessStrobeWeb.db file and delete it. The location of that file will depend on your operating system. It is in /home/user for Linux, \user\AppData\Roaming for Windows and /Users/user/Library/Application Support for OS X. In each case, user is to be replaced by the user id under which vmProcessStrobeWeb is run. For the Stand Alone version, restart the daemon/service. The next user to connect will be walked through the online configuration again, just like the first time.

2013 Release 2 – Suite of Software for VMware

Our software suite for VMware has been updated to support the latest versions of the entire VMware family of server and workstation products. vmCLIpboard, vmProcessStrobe and vmProcessStrobeWeb also have more refined dialogs and minor tweaks to improve stability and performance on Windows, OS X and the most popular Linux distributions.

How-To: Easily Add Many VMware Hosts

AddRemoteHosts
For those of you managing many VMware hosts, there is an easy way to add large groups of them to vmCLIpboard, vmProcessStrobe and vmProcessStrobeWeb. In the Add Remote Hosts dialog that is common to all of our products for VMware, the “Name or IP” field can handle a range of IP addresses. Instead of entering just one IP address, enter the first three octets as usual but make the fourth a range using a hyphen to separate the beginning and end of the range. In the example 192.168.1.100-199 we have defined a range of one hundred IP address. The first IP address is 192.168.1.100 and the last is 192.168.1.199. If your typical VMware server hosts ten virtual machines then we just added 1,000 virtual machines with a single entry.

Hopefully you found this How-To post to be helpful. If there are other ways we can help to improve your productivity, please let us know.

vmProcessStrobe/vmProcessStrobeWeb 2013 Release 1

vmProcessStrobe 2013 Release 1
vmProcessStrobe 2013 Release 1 and vmProcessStrobeWeb 2013 Release 1 continue to be refined with each new release. We have increased their stability on each operating system platform and improved performance while reducing the utilization of system resources. Both products have even easier to understand dialogs and vmProcessStrobe 2013 Release 1 has a simplified toolbar in an effort to make each product easier to learn for new users.

vmCLIpboard 2013 Release 1

vmCLIpboard 2013 Release 1
vmCLIpboard 2013 Release 1 has a simplified toolbar to ease the learning curve for new users, an extended menu system that allows for better management of your built commands and execution activity, and improved support for the VMware CLIs (Command Line Interfaces). In addition to the visible improvements, we have continued to refine vmCLIpboard. Our effort to increase stability across each operating system platform, maximize performance and minimize system resource utilization continues with each new release.

vmProcessStrobeWeb 2012 Release 1

We are proud to announce our third cross-platform software product for the VMware market, vmProcessStrobeWeb 2012 Release 1. With it, smartphones and tablets become powerful tools for managing VMware virtual machines and their programs, services and daemons. Remotely launching programs across a group of servers, stopping and starting virtual machines, restarting a frozen application, etc. can be done with ease from any smartphone or tablet.

vmProcessStrobeWeb ProcessWe have taken all the functionality in vmProcessStrobe and duplicated it in a powerful web application. For the benefit of multiple users, we have added the ability to manage profiles that can be shared by teams or assigned to individual users. A profile keeps track of the preferred hosts, virtual machines and all the connection credentials. Security is of the utmost importance for anything exposed to the Internet so a login passphrase of up to sixty-four characters is used versus a traditional short password. That login passphrase is stored as a salted SHA-512 HMAC (Hash-based Message Authentication Code), which makes it extremely difficult to crack. To further deter unwanted guests, each failed login passphrase attempt is penalized with a one minute delay until another attempt is permitted from the same IP address. All data used by vmProcessStrobeWeb is stored in an encrypted local database with no direct connection to the Internet. We made every effort to guard against unauthorized access while isolating and protecting all data.

Like all of our software products, vmProcessStrobe runs natively on Linux, Windows and OS X so you are not limited to just one of the popular operating systems. You also have flexibility when configuring this web application. It can be run under Apache or IIS (Internet Information Services) in CGI (Common Gateway Interface) mode or run completely stand alone, thanks to a built-in web server. Depending on your needs, vmProcessStrobeWeb can be integrated with an existing enterprise class web server or run as an independent stand-alone web server on a spare desktop computer.

This is our first official release so expect much more to come as we evolve vmProcessStrobeWeb based on our lengthy feature wish-list and all of your requests.

As always, there is a free version that has many capabilities so you can try before you buy. If the free version has everything you need, continue to use it as long as you like. For professionals that want more capabilities, there is a licensed version available for Linux, Windows, OS X and a discounted combination of all three.

Enjoy! We look forward to your feedback.

vmProcessStrobe 2012 Release 3

vmProcessStrobe 2012 Release 3 can now run and stop programs in virtual machines across any number of VMware servers simultaneously using the same refined thread management system in vmCLIpboard 2012 Release 2. That same system is used in vmProcessStrobe 2012 Release 3 to start and stop virtual machines in parallel across many VMware servers.

In addition to the new features, a few bug fixes and many refinements, this release carries some of the code common to the upcoming release of vmProcessStrobeWeb. Get those smartphones and tablets ready to manage the processes in your virtual machines and the virtual machines themselves!

vmCLIpboard 2012 Release 2

vmCLIpboard 2012 Release 2 has improved thread management for simultaneously executing VMware CLI (Command Line Interface) commands with greater efficiency across a large number of VMware servers. The ability to cancel any batch of commands, whether running sequentially or simultaneously, is now available. Many refinements and a few bug fixes are also included in this release.

vmProcessStrobe 2012 Release 2

vmProcessStrobe 2012 Release 2 now uses our simpler licensing model. There are two versions, free or licensed. The free version is for hobbyists and the licensed version is for professional and enterprise level users. Licenses are available for Windows, OS X, Linux and a combination of all three for cross-platform use.

New to this release is the ability to start and stop virtual machines and individual processes (applications, services and daemons) inside of virtual machines.