Category Archive: VMware

Jul 01

vCenter 5.5 Tasks to Excel


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.

Jun 17

PowerCLI: Create vCenter Role and Assign User Permissions

With out going too deep, part of a SimpliVity deployment is preparing the VMware environment. Preparing the VMware environment includes creating a Role including the necessary Privileges and setting up the required permissions in vCenter for a SimpliVity user. This is easy enough, but I created a PowerCLI script which creates a Role, applies the required Privileges to the Role, and applies the Role to a user as a permission in vCenter.

Jun 03

vCenter Settings and Alarm Configurations with PowerCLI

A quick PowerCLI script I put together to set a few of the General vCenter Configuration Settings such as the SMTP Server and port, the from email for messages generated by vCenter alarms, and setting the database retention policies for tasks and events. The script also configures the email actions on a set of pre-defined alarms.

May 22

PowerCLI to change the Discovered virtual machine folder name

Are you bothered by the name of the default “Discovered virtual machine” folder in VMs and Templates? If there is more than one VM in the Folder shouldn’t it be “Discovered virtual machines”? But… what if there is only one VM in the folder then “Discovered virtual machines” would be wrong, crap.

May 21

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 4 – Objective 4.2

This post covers Section 4, Upgrade a vSphere Deployment, Objective 4.2, Perform vCenter Server Upgrades of the VCP6 Delta Beta Exam.

May 21

VCP6 Foundation Section 3 – vSphere Storage – vBrownBag Slide Deck

First vBrownBag I have presented in a long time (over 2 years – I did not think it had been that long). I think it went pretty well.

May 12

Great vSphere 6 ESXTOP Troubleshooting Poster


Great troubleshooting reference for ESXTOP on vSphere 6 hosts.

May 11

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 4 – Objective 4.1


This post covers Section 4, Upgrade a vSphere Deployment, Objective 4.1, Perform ESXi Host and Virtual Machine Upgrades of the VCP6 Delta Beta Exam.

May 07

vCoffee Links #14 – Catching Up

vCoffee Links is a regular feature on vCoffee Links features news and links of interest from the past week or so. If you have something interesting to add please submit it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.

Apr 24

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 3 – Objective 3.5


This post covers Section 3, Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Storage, Objective 3.5, Setup and Configure Storage I/O Control of the VCP6 Delta Beta Exam.

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