Setting up the Weathervane Benchmarking Tool in the Home Lab

Standing up Weathervane in the home lab will provide hands-on for developing skills like creating a template VM, creating a guest customization specification, working with some basic Linux commands, working with an app with multiple tiers, creating a guest customization specification, cloning VMs, and monitoring performance metrics. This post provides an overview of how I set up Weathervane in my home lab, an example of the results generated from the Weathervane runs, and a look at the performance metrics I observed in lab during the Weathervane runs.

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Collect Virtual Disk IOPS with PowerCLI

I was messing around with PowerCLI and the real-time statistics to collect the IOPS used by virtual machines/virtual machine disks in my my home lab. Virtual disk performance counters are available in the real-time performance stats but at the default statistics level, Level 1, with the IOPS statistics are not rolled up into the daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly statistics. I put together a PowerCLI script, collect-iops.ps1, to collect the real-time samples.

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SimpliVity Custom Backup Scheduling Using the REST API

SimpliVity Backups are Policy-based and VM-Centric. SimpliVity Backup Policies automate the protection of virtual machines in order to meet Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Full virtual machines or individual files/folders with virtual machines can be quickly restored to the point in time when the backup was taken. This post provides a solution for using the REST API to schedule SimpliVity backups outside of the standard options available when creating backup policy rules.

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