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  • PowerShell Friday: Creating Virtual Machines

    Published February 5, 2016 by -- No Comments

    One of the most basic things you will do within a virtual infrastructure is creating virtual machines. Adding one new virtual machine like this is fine, but if you have to repeat this proces multiple times it might be more usefull to use a script containing the PowerCLI cmdlet New-VM. You can use the New-VM cmdlet in conjuction with tem ...

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  • VMware Announces App Volumes 3.0

    Published February 3, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Yesterday VMware announced App Volumes 3.0 which is the 5th version in little over a year that VMware is bringing to the market. With the rapid innovations that the App Volumes team are making VMware claims that the product ...

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  • VMware NSX PowerShell Extension Open Sourced

    Published February 1, 2016 by -- No Comments

    VMware NSX has an open API and it’s pretty easy to consume. PowerShell is the same way; it’s easy to learn and easy to extend. This week, Anthony Burke and Nick Bradford released a PowerShell extension called PowerNSX. ...

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  • PowerShell Friday: Enabling SSH with PowerCLI

    Published January 29, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Even if you have all the graphic tools that you want to manage your virtual environment, sometimes you still want to use command line utilities for maximum control or for something that isn’t really supported. There are more than one way to enable SSH on your hosts. One of them is via the DCUI (Direct Console User Interface). One of ...

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  • vRealize Operations 6.2 released

    Published January 29, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Today, vRealize Operations (a.k.a. vROPS or vCOPS) version 6.2 was released. This has been a long awaited update. vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 is the latest release of the VMware integrated vRealize O ...

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  • vCenter Server appliance 6.0 URL-based patching

    Published January 27, 2016 by -- No Comments

    With the recent release of vCenter Server appliance 6.0 Update 1b support was added for patching your vCenter server appliance, making use of a URL within your company network. Before this patch your vCenter appliance would have to make a direct connection with the internet and download the patches from the VMware repository. Now with th ...

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  • Introducing the VMware NSX for vSphere PHP Framework

    Published January 22, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a VMware NSX integration with one of my existing PHP applications. This application is tied into a development process with a new testing schematic which needed to use a the NSX features to test the code inside a tiered network setup. Of course, this needed to be automated and available on d ...

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  • PowerShell Friday: Copying files with Copy-VMGuestFile

    Published January 15, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Every now and then you can run into the situation that you have a file wich needs to be distributed to any number of virtual machines. Now you could logon to these servers and copy the file manually and for maybe a handfull of virtual machines this is doable. But to make it easier on yourself you could also make use of Powershell with Co ...

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  • VMware Fling – VMware Access Point Deployment Utility

    Published January 12, 2016 by -- No Comments

    With Horizon 6.2 VMware introduced the VMware Access Point, which is a virtual appliance designed to allow secure remote access to virtual desktops and applications served by Horizon 6. The VMware Access Point is very similar to the View Security Server, but offers some additional benefits. VMware Access Point is a hardened Linux applia ...

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  • PowerShell Friday: Setting Reservations with PowerCLI

    Published January 8, 2016 by -- No Comments

    When configuring your virtual machines sometimes you want to set reservations. Like I said in the article about adding memory:  You can go into the vSphere Client to change the configuration, but where is the fun in that?  Why not do everyth ...

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  • PowerShell Friday: Creating Virtual Machines
  • VMware Announces App Volumes 3.0
  • VMware NSX PowerShell Extension Open Sourced
  • PowerShell Friday: Enabling SSH with PowerCLI
  • vRealize Operations 6.2 released
  • vCenter Server appliance 6.0 URL-based patching
  • Introducing the VMware NSX for vSphere PHP Framework
  • PowerShell Friday: Copying files with Copy-VMGuestFile
  • VMware Fling – VMware Access Point Deployment Utility
  • PowerShell Friday: Setting Reservations with PowerCLI

PowerShell Friday: Creating Virtual Machines

One of the most basic things you will do within a virtual infrastructure is creating virtual machines. Adding one new virtual machine like this is fine, but if you have to repeat this proces multiple times it might be more usefull to use a script containing the PowerCLI cmdlet New-VM. You can use the New-VM cmdlet in conjuction with templates and customization specifications, which can also be created through the use of PowerCLI. Those cmdlets will be handled in articles yet to come. There are a lot of parameters that can be used with the New-VM cmdlet but at the very least you [ … ]

VMware Announces App Volumes 3.0

Yesterday VMware announced App Volumes 3.0 which is the 5th version in little over a year that VMware is bringing to the market. With the rapid innovations that the App Volumes team are making VMware claims that the product can be used in almost every IT enviroment and not only for startups. So what is new then in App Volumes 3.0: AppToggle – A new patent pending capability that enables per user entitlement and installation of applications within a single AppStack for maximum flexibility. This helps IT reduce the number of AppStacks that need to be managed, lowers storage [ … ]

VMware NSX PowerShell Extension Open Sourced

VMware NSX has an open API and it’s pretty easy to consume. PowerShell is the same way; it’s easy to learn and easy to extend. This week, Anthony Burke and Nick Bradford released a PowerShell extension called PowerNSX. As the name suggests, it’s all about managing VMware NSX. Nick and Anthony put PowerNSX on Bitbucket, which means there will be a continuos release cycle (whenever someone pushes something to the Git repository). You can download and install PowerNSX using Git or by downloading the branch as a zipfile. Prerequisites To run PowerNSX, you need [ … ]

PowerShell Friday: Enabling SSH with PowerCLI

Even if you have all the graphic tools that you want to manage your virtual environment, sometimes you still want to use command line utilities for maximum control or for something that isn’t really supported. There are more than one way to enable SSH on your hosts. One of them is via the DCUI (Direct Console User Interface). One of the ways to do that remote is with SSH. Enabling SSH can be done from the GUI, but since that’s not the goal of PowerShell Friday we’re going to do this the PowerCLI way. What is SSH SSH, or Secure [ … ]

vRealize Operations 6.2 released

Today, vRealize Operations (a.k.a. vROPS or vCOPS) version 6.2 was released. This has been a long awaited update. vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 is the latest release of the VMware integrated vRealize Operations Suite. Updates cover all major areas of the product including installation, configuration, licensing, alerting, dashboards, reports, and policies. We looked at the release notes and this is what you need to know. What’s New? Enhanced Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) Integration. vRealize Operations now offers enhanced integration with the vCenter Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) when making and executing workload placement recommendations. The vRealize Operations Manager analytics [ … ]

vCenter Server appliance 6.0 URL-based patching

With the recent release of vCenter Server appliance 6.0 Update 1b support was added for patching your vCenter server appliance, making use of a URL within your company network. Before this patch your vCenter appliance would have to make a direct connection with the internet and download the patches from the VMware repository. Now with this change you will be able to download the patches on your workstation, place them on a webserver within your company netwerk and then apply the patches to your vCenter appliance. To start things of with you will need to have your own web server, this [ … ]

Introducing the VMware NSX for vSphere PHP Framework

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a VMware NSX integration with one of my existing PHP applications. This application is tied into a development process with a new testing schematic which needed to use a the NSX features to test the code inside a tiered network setup. Of course, this needed to be automated and available on demand; enter the NSX API. Using the NSX API, I’ve been able to integrate network deployment and configuration inside the existing application (with not a lot of effort). After getting a few requests from fellow NSX enthusiasts, I’ve decided [ … ]

PowerShell Friday: Copying files with Copy-VMGuestFile

Every now and then you can run into the situation that you have a file wich needs to be distributed to any number of virtual machines. Now you could logon to these servers and copy the file manually and for maybe a handfull of virtual machines this is doable. But to make it easier on yourself you could also make use of Powershell with Copy-VMGuestFile. With Powershell you could make use of the cmdlet called Copy-Item to exchange data between your source and destionation.

This cmdlet can be used in most situations, but what if your netwerk isn’t available yet [ … ]

VMware Fling – VMware Access Point Deployment Utility

With Horizon 6.2 VMware introduced the VMware Access Point, which is a virtual appliance designed to allow secure remote access to virtual desktops and applications served by Horizon 6. The VMware Access Point is very similar to the View Security Server, but offers some additional benefits. VMware Access Point is a hardened Linux appliance that can be deployed into the DMZ. Big difference with the View Security Server is, that an Access Point does not need to be paired with a View Connection Server. So you can avoid the need to provision additional Connection Servers for authentication mechanism support. [ … ]

PowerShell Friday: Setting Reservations with PowerCLI

When configuring your virtual machines sometimes you want to set reservations. Like I said in the article about adding memory:  You can go into the vSphere Client to change the configuration, but where is the fun in that?  Why not do everything from the command line? And preferably by the use of PowerCLI? The same goes for setting reservations. Why don’t we do this just from the command line since it is possible? Ok, here we go! Setting reservations with PowerCLI Memory Reservations To reduce the necessary space on disk, for example for VDI, you can set memory reservations. When a [ … ]