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  • The Software Defined Enterprise – Part 1: The Digital Workspace
  • A low budget SMB environment – A HowTo (Part 2: Assembly)
  • 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

The Software Defined Enterprise – Part 1: The Digital Workspace

The Software Defined Enterprise is becoming reality in a world that is changing around us in an ever increasing pace.  Organizations which do not organize their business processes to absorb and adopt change will remain behind. Functionality is increasingly being delivered through software, where the dependency with hardware is rapidly fading. Reason for this is that software is much easier to alter, highly flexible and agile to put in place. Organizations are looking at deploying software so they can add revenue streams through software by developing (new) markets and exploring opportunities like for instance the Internet of [ … ]

A low budget SMB environment – A HowTo (Part 2: Assembly)

A couple of weeks ago, I started with “A Low Budget SMB Environment“. This post was mainly focussed on the selection and purchase of the different components. This post will take it to the next level: Assembly. We will look at the specific parts, assemble the whole environment, install ESX and configure the storage. Two things I’d like to address before we start. After the first post, I received comments about the budget. It was too expensive. Especially for a lab environment, a lot of readers tend to pick up used hardware, plug in some [ … ]

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 [ … ]