After summer 2006 acquisition of Akimbi, VMware finally release its first rebranded version of Slingshot: Lab Manager.
Lab Manager is the first product which introduces some serious datacenter automation, even if limited to development/QA scenarios.
The new 2.4 version sports a wide range of features. Among others:
- Multi-Machine Configurations
Act on machines in a configuration as a unit: suspend, multi-snapshot, revert to, shutdown, turn on, turn off, suspend, reset, deploy, undeploy, clone, capture to library, and modify properties
- Configuration Library
Enjoy simultaneous use of library configurations by multiple users without changing MAC and IP addresses or SID, using VMware’s network fencing
- Media Library
Store all development and test media in a central repository
- Machine Templates
Instantly create new machines from templates with distinct personalization- automated assignment of MAC and IP addresses, and SID (for Windows systems)
- Web Services and Command Line Interface (Automation API)
Full programmatic control of capture-and-restore operations and out-of-the-box automation with leading test automation tools
- Administration and Security
User, permission and quota management
but unfortunately also introduces a severe limitation: VMware GSX Server and Microsoft Virtual Server are no more supported.
It’s unclear if VMware will continue to limit integration with ESX Server or will reintroduce support for hosted products.
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