Category Archive: VMware

Jan 11

vSphere Design Cookbook Update in Process

In January 2014 the VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook I wrote was published by Packt Publishing. Just before Christmas the publisher of the vSphere Design Cookbook contacted me about updating the book to vSphere 6. After a bit of planning what updates would be included I accepted. I started working on the update this past week and submitted the first draft of the updated Chapter 1 last night.

Dec 17

Running a Command During ESXi Boot to Start a VM.

The vim-cmd can be used to find and power on a VM from the ESXi command line. A simple line added to local.sh can ensure the VM is powered on when the ESXi host boots.

Dec 15

Lab Deployment PowerCLI Script for TCC VMware ICM Class

Finished up another successful vSphere 6 Install Configure Manage class at Tidewater Community College last week. Time to re-provision the lab environments to get things ready for the next class.. This is a PowerCLI Script I put together to help automate the lab deployment for TCC VMware IT Academy classes.

Dec 04

Couple of Handy VCSA KBs – vCenter Services and Inventory Service

Had a couple of issues in the labs for class last night. Unfortunate since these are assessment labs and the students get frustrated when there are issues. A couple of KBs which came in handy that I am going to leave right here for future reference.

Nov 18

PowerCLI: Copy a vmdk from one VM to another

This PowerCLI script copies a Virtual Machine Disk (vmdk) from one virtual machine to another.

Sep 09

VVOLs in the HomeLab with the vVNX

Got VVOLs up and running in the home lab using the VVols Technical Preview for vVNX

Sep 01

VMworld vBrownBag Tech Talk: Managing ESXi SSH Service with PowerCLI

The talk was on using PowerCLI to manage SSH. Specifically about using PowerCLI to report on the status of the SSH Service on ESXi host (is it running, what is the policy set for), updating the policy (Start and Stop with Host, Manual, Automatic), stopping and starting the SSH on ESXi hosts, and configuring the firewall for the SSH service to limit access to the service.

Aug 24

vBrownBag Tech Talks at VMworld 2015

The vBrownBag Tech Talks schedule for VMworld 2015 was released a couple weeks ago. I hope you can make my two talks Using PowerCLI to manage SSH on ESXi on Monday at 5:00 PM and Managing vCenter Roles and Permissions with PowerCLI on Tuesday at 5:00 PM.

Aug 10

Change IP Address on Windows 2012 VMs with PowerCLI

Just a quick script I put together to change the IP Address of Windows 2012 (including R2) virtual machines using PowerCLI.

Jul 01

vCenter 5.5 Tasks to Excel

vsphere-client-tasks

I had an inquiry about ways to get information about vCenter tasks other than just through the vSphere Client. Specifically to make it easier to filter through the tasks to determine who did what, or even how many times a specific task (such as cloning a VM) was done.

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