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Dec 17 2008   6:14PM GMT

More stocking stuffer ideas for VMware admins

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

‘Tis the season for giving. I recently received an email from Veeam saying that got me a X-mas gift. Aww, Veeam, you shouldn’t have. Unfortunately I didn’t get you anything! So what do you get that VMware admin in your life for the holidays? Here are some stocking stuffer ideas that are sure to make any VMware admin happy.

Check out some of the great add-on products that were finalists and runner-ups at the Best of VMworld awards. These products are a great complement to any VMware environment and every VMware admin would be very appreciative to get some of them to help make their administration job easier.

Of course all VMware administrators love new and big hardware, so cut a PO or whip out the corporate credit card and get him a new server or storage system (warning: some assembly required).

What VMware admin wouldn’t like to have a few extra ESX or vCenter licenses laying around? Maybe get them a few so they have some extra hosts that they can play around with. Or consider upgrading those Starter or Standard license to Enterprise ones so they have some cool new features that they can use like VMotion and DRS.

Don’t have a lot of money to spend? Check out some of these free add-on products that are available for VMware environments. Download a free copy of ESXi and burn it to a CD, wrap it and present it to your VMware admin, he’ll know you didn’t buy it, but hey, it’s the thought that counts.

VMware admins love to show off their love for VMware, try going to the VMware store and get them a spiffy shirt or hat or maybe some golf balls or a cooler chair.

All administrators are some part geek, so if you don’t want to get strictly VMware-oriented presents, why not get them some items that will please their inner geek? Here are some great geeky items that they might appreciate:

o USB Rocket Launcher – a great way to keep away those pesky people that keep coming up to your desk wanting you to do something. Ring your desk with a few of these and they might think twice before bugging you. Want to head them off at the pass? Try the wireless version instead.

o Finger drums – what better way to pass the time waiting for a host to reboot or a snapshot to commit then banging on some drums.

o Stealth R/C Helicopter – have some fun flying a little helicopter around your data center between the server racks.

o Voice Command Dalek – for those Dr. Who fans, put a few of these in your data center to patrol it and ensure that your ESX host servers stay safe and sound. Add a K9 companion for extra security.

o Mana energy potion – have a long sleepless night ahead of you upgrading your hosts to the latest version, or consolidating some systems? Try one of these to help you stay awake and get the job done.

Well that’s just a few suggestions for some great gifts for your VMware admins. If nothing else you might consider expressing your appreciation for their hard work and dedication which is something administrators often do not hear enough.

Happy holidays too all!

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