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 [ … ]
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 [ … ]
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 [ … ]
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 [ … ]
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 [ … ]
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.
Copy-Item -Path '\\target\share$\test.txt' -Destination 'c:\temp\'
This cmdlet can be used in most situations, but what if your netwerk isn’t available yet [ … ]
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. [ … ]
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 [ … ]