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Bluebear Kodiak 0.0.3 “boisterous bruin” Released

May 15th, 2009

The guys over at Bluebear have released version 0.0.3 of their Kodiak management tool, aptly named the boisterous bruin.  You can download your copy here if your a member of the private beta program and you can view the full release notes here

I’ve installed it and had a quick look, appears to be a lot of new additions so will wade through them all and post back with a more detailed update later tonight.

This version of Kodiak represents a significant change in our server-communication architecture.

We’ve added a schema-compliant request/argument builder engine that populates requests based on known information. This makes building requests much easier.

A lua scripting engine. Each server connection gets its own independent Lua script.

Independent object pools.

Improved mapping response and control.

Map connection node & link display control.

We’ve created a “plugin api” where a user may build a plugin to communicate with any kind of data service. We’ll be publishing information on this on our wiki.

We’ve added a number of “boilerplate” features that will become more apparent in the next few releases as we push Kodiak towards our goal of creating an “IT IDE”.

Access for users to create their own scripts. Kodiak’s UI/inspector controls are driven by a “global schema” that allows a user to create their own customized scripts for management. Please visit the bluebear wiki for further information regarding customizing the script engine. As yet, we don’t have a full UI for managing user scripts, but we will shortly.

The remote event log has been removed for this release.

For Windows users who experience the dreaded “SSL certificate bug”, we’ve added a preferences option to bypass the windows SSL stack. This option is accessible from the Preferences menu.

Password vault & credentials storage. Kodiak now has the ability to save username/password pairs in an encrypted password vault, locked with a master password.

Server object creation is disabled while we migrate the control components into the VMWare plugin, we will re-enable these in a couple of days.

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Bluebear Kodiak beta invites available

October 3rd, 2008

I’ve got a few invites available for the private beta version of bluebear kodiak which I’ve been blogging about this week.

If you’d like an invite to the beta program just respond to this post and I’ll get it sorted out for you as soon as I can. Numbers are limited so it’s a first come first served basis I’m afraid.
Bluebear Kodiak Screenshots

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Bluebear Kodiak, Looking Good!!!!

Bluebear Kodiak Screenshots
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It looks better and better the more you look at it

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BlueBear Kodiak – Continued

September 30th, 2008

Duncan Epping over at Yellow Bricks has done a great review of Bluebear Kodiak which I blogged about last week.  The general impression is that it looks nice but is obviously still in Beta and therefore lacks a number of features that would most likely make the final version.  Interestingly someone has commented on the article indicating that because Bluebear Kodiak uses the SDK it’s limited to read only operations with the free version of ESX 3.5i.  If that is the case that could be bad news for what I saw as one of it’s main uses,  centralised management without having to invest in Virtual Center.

You can read the full review by following this link.

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