The Virtual Engine Toolkit BETA 2 (VET) has been released and can be downloaded from the web site here. This tool is free and will always be free although registration is required. At present there is currently no help available within the BETA 2 download so there will be a lot of blog posts to explain how all the features work to allow you to get you up to speed promptly.
So what does the Virtual Engine Toolkit do and what is its purpose?
The Virtual Engine Toolkit was originally developed (as the Building Block Spinner) to help automate the process of moving RES Workspace Manager Building Blocks between two domain environments. For example, you may have a development or test infrastructure that the RES Workspace Manager configurations are built/tested in and a live/production environment that is servicing your users. If our test and live databases are configured against the same Active Directory domain then they can typically be imported directly into the second environment. This scenario is covered in more detail in the Building Block Spinner (BETA 1) post.
This tool has since been extended to help with migrating and implementing Group Policy Objects within the RES Workspace Manager Management Console. The development won’t stop here so keep an eye out for future releases and future blog posts!
How can the Virtual Engine Toolkit help me?
The Virtual Engine Toolkit allows an administrator to specify different domain names for each of the two environments and select multiple Building Block files. When run it will create two sets of Building Blocks; one for the test environment and one for the live environment. Once the process is complete the Building Blocks can be loaded straight into the RES Workspace Manager Management Console. This saves you from having to perform a find and replace on each individual Building Block file which is both time consuming and error prone.
Existing Group Policy Objects (GPOs) can be converted in to .REG files for importation into RES Workspace Manager. This functionality mitigates the requirement of having to manually recreate existing GPOs within the RES Workspace Manager console.
Group Policy definition (both ADM and ADMX) files can be merged into a single file for more simple, logical management within RES Workspace Manager.
There are some additional use case scenarios for all you RES Workspace Manager consultants out there but we’ll save them for a future post. If you have any feedback, have found a bug or would like to see additional functionality put into the product then please Contact Us via the web site.