Here it is; my first official Rant!
First off, Id love to hear your comments/concerns/fellow rants. So comment away!
Who else thinks VMWare View is not ready for the big leagues yet?
VCenter and VSphere are phenominal, well thought out, highly elaborate products. What happened to View?
Now granted its a much newer product, only several updates in, but come on. Its missing the elaborate, little knit picking qualities that make VC and VS so good.
At my previous employer, we found about a dozen instances where functionality was missing. We call up their support line and the tech says, ” Oh wow, you’re right, that would be very useful in this product. Please submit a feature request!”
These suggestions are not bells and whistles. They are major functionality that this product is missing.
Certain naming conventions are staticly assigned, not dynamic. What does this mean? When you change a datastore name in VS for instance, all goes well and merry on its way in VS. But in View, this causes a catasrophe. If pools and VMs in View are linked to that particular Datastore name that you changed, everything is f-d. Why wouldnt you have View read the datastore by ID instead of name? The ID will never change.
Another example, which is a bit more extreme, yet Ive had to do this –> re-architect your ip addressing for your View environment. What if youre a small company and you build a test environment in View. Users being to use this and suddenly you have 100 users in your environment and they love it. Management wants to release it into production. But they dont want it at your desk anymore (just an example), they want it in the datacenter. Well the datacenter is in a different subnet. So you need to change your VC IP address. Well guess what? View doesnt like that. In its config files, it keeps the new and old VC ip address and names. So lets say you change VCs IP address and all looks well. All your new pools will be wonderful and work like a charm. They were created and working off of the new VC address. But what happens to the old pools (where 100 users are still working). Well, they have lost contact with the cached (old) VC ip address. They cannot recompose,refresh and most of the time cant automatically provision new machines without user intervention.
Ill quit while Im ahead and readdress this later on.