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  • A low budget SMB environment – Part 3: Configure and Run

    Published April 30, 2016 by -- No Comments

    This is the final part of the series on a low budget SMB or lab environment with VMware and vendor support. In this part we will configure our hosts, connect them to the storage, deploy vCenter and deploy our fi ...

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  • Introducing vmwareapis.com: a Hosted Project Platypus

    Published April 25, 2016 by -- No Comments

    APIs are everywhere these days. As a VMware engineer with a broad range of products to support, APIs are ways to speed things up dramatically. Instead of clicking yourself silly, things can be done without seconds. Finding the documentation for all the different APIs can be challenging though, as there’s a PDF here, a knowledge base sit ...

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  • PowerShell Friday: Load PowerCLI from your own script

    Published April 22, 2016 by -- No Comments

    When you want to start your PowerCLI scripts or just use the cmdlets for VMware, you can start VMware vSphere PowerCLI from your start menu. From the window you get you can use all PowerCLI cmdlets that you need or your own scripts. But what if you want to use the default PowerShell instance or PowerShell ISE to edit and run your scripts ...

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  • vSphere host maintenance with instant clones

    Published April 20, 2016 by -- No Comments

    With the release of VMware Horizon View 7 we now have the ability to use instant cloning for virtual desktops. I tried instant cloning in my lab environment and I must say that it works really well. There are great articles describing on how to create a instant clone desktop pool so we won’t repeat that here (at least not in this a ...

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  • Updated: Cisco UCS Inventory Script

    Published April 18, 2016 by -- No Comments

    A few years ago, I created the first version of the Cisco UCS Inventory Script (UIS), a PowerShell script to read all the configuration and environment data from a UCS Manager. It can help you to get an easy overview of UCS installations after completing the ...

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  • vRealize Operations: Adding an OS Monitor Script

    Published April 12, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Besides monitoring Windows Services and the vCenter Server Appliance, you can also use vRealize Operations to monitor custom dat ...

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  • PowerShell Friday: Retrieving IP addresses for VMs

    Published April 8, 2016 by -- One Comment

    As I explained in the article about ExtensionData each VM object has a lot of information stored. If you want to know the IP addresses of a particular VM you can use PowerCLI to get those properties. You can get the IP addresses for VMs from within the virtual machine from the guest property: [crayon-5725c55223871399604277/] if you use th ...

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  • Automation is not difficult with vRealize Automation 7

    Published April 5, 2016 by -- No Comments

    At the Dutch VMUG UserConference two weeks ago, I presented a session together with my colleagues Dimitri on how Automation is not difficult with vRealize Automation 7. Because we got good feedback a ...

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  • Upgrade to vRealize Log Insight 3.3

    Published March 30, 2016 by -- No Comments

    vRealize Log Insight 3.3 was released in March. Now that the first update for Log Insight (3.3.1) was released last week it is time to upgrade to the latest version. Log Insight 3.3 gives you some long awaited features and more IPv6 goodness. If you didn’t know already, vRealize Log Insight is a central logging tool with the power ...

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  • Working with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance

    Published March 23, 2016 by -- One Comment

    While working with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) the last couple of years I came across several bits and pieces of information that I collected which, I think, are useful for working with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and combined them in this blog post. VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for m ...

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  • A low budget SMB environment – Part 3: Configure and Run
  • Introducing vmwareapis.com: a Hosted Project Platypus
  • PowerShell Friday: Load PowerCLI from your own script
  • vSphere host maintenance with instant clones
  • Updated: Cisco UCS Inventory Script
  • vRealize Operations: Adding an OS Monitor Script
  • PowerShell Friday: Retrieving IP addresses for VMs
  • Automation is not difficult with vRealize Automation 7
  • Upgrade to vRealize Log Insight 3.3
  • Working with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance

A low budget SMB environment – Part 3: Configure and Run

This is the final part of the series on a low budget SMB or lab environment with VMware and vendor support. In this part we will configure our hosts, connect them to the storage, deploy vCenter and deploy our first virtual machine. In the last part we installed ESX and assembled the QNAP storage with the disks. So we first need to configure our hosts, create an NFS share to store our virtual machines (VM’s) on, first of which will be our vCenter VM. There are several ways of offering storage to your ESX environment. In large [ … ]

Introducing vmwareapis.com: a Hosted Project Platypus

APIs are everywhere these days. As a VMware engineer with a broad range of products to support, APIs are ways to speed things up dramatically. Instead of clicking yourself silly, things can be done without seconds. Finding the documentation for all the different APIs can be challenging though, as there’s a PDF here, a knowledge base site there, etc. Project Platypus is looking to change that by centralising VMware API documentation in a neat little container for ease of use. The presentation is handled by Swagger UI, which is pretty sleek. The project is hosted on [ … ]

PowerShell Friday: Load PowerCLI from your own script

When you want to start your PowerCLI scripts or just use the cmdlets for VMware, you can start VMware vSphere PowerCLI from your start menu. From the window you get you can use all PowerCLI cmdlets that you need or your own scripts. But what if you want to use the default PowerShell instance or PowerShell ISE to edit and run your scripts? Then you have to load the modules and snapins yourself, since the PowerCLI configuration isn’t loaded automatically. When you start PowerCLI a lot of things are loaded and configured. If you know all the modules that need to [ … ]

vSphere host maintenance with instant clones

With the release of VMware Horizon View 7 we now have the ability to use instant cloning for virtual desktops. I tried instant cloning in my lab environment and I must say that it works really well. There are great articles describing on how to create a instant clone desktop pool so we won’t repeat that here (at least not in this article 😉 ). In this article I want to draw some attention to the host maintenance with instant clones present. When using instant clones each vSphere host, that is part of the resource pool for a instant clone desktop pool, will have a [ … ]

Updated: Cisco UCS Inventory Script

A few years ago, I created the first version of the Cisco UCS Inventory Script (UIS), a PowerShell script to read all the configuration and environment data from a UCS Manager. It can help you to get an easy overview of UCS installations after completing the initial build, or on an ongoing basis. To answer basic questions like “How many port licenses do we have left?” or “Did we create VLAN X?” – when you have no easy connectivity to the management console. Next to reporting configuration and environment data, it also provides some basic recommendations about the [ … ]

vRealize Operations: Adding an OS Monitor Script

Besides monitoring Windows Services and the vCenter Server Appliance, you can also use vRealize Operations to monitor custom data through OS scripts. Attached to an Operating System object, an OS Script can output the health status and/or a metric for use in analysis. I will dive into the health status part for this post. Setting the Stage In this article, I’ll be using an example with a Linux server and the open source storage product Gluster. The OS Script will be checking whether a Gluster volume is healthy and allows vROps to generate alerts when something goes [ … ]

PowerShell Friday: Retrieving IP addresses for VMs

As I explained in the article about ExtensionData each VM object has a lot of information stored. If you want to know the IP addresses of a particular VM you can use PowerCLI to get those properties. You can get the IP addresses for VMs from within the virtual machine from the guest property:

if you use this on all VMs you get a list of IP addresses and not knowing which IP address belongs to which VM:

Since what we wanted was usable IP addresses we have to do something else/different:

This wil return the IP [ … ]

Automation is not difficult with vRealize Automation 7

At the Dutch VMUG UserConference two weeks ago, I presented a session together with my colleagues Dimitri on how Automation is not difficult with vRealize Automation 7. Because we got good feedback and we’ve got the demo’s recorded, I thought I’d share this with you all. Automation has the reputation to be complex. That’s why many people keep clear of it. But with vRealize Automation 7 automation just got a whole lot easier. Position of vRealize Suite in VMware’s vision vRealize Suite is VMware’s Cloud Management Platform (CMP) for virtual, physical and private, public or hybrid cloud infrastructures. [ … ]

Upgrade to vRealize Log Insight 3.3

vRealize Log Insight 3.3 was released in March. Now that the first update for Log Insight (3.3.1) was released last week it is time to upgrade to the latest version. Log Insight 3.3 gives you some long awaited features and more IPv6 goodness. If you didn’t know already, vRealize Log Insight is a central logging tool with the power to create structured data from unstructured text/log files.   What’s new in Log Insight 3.3 New parsers: Syslog, Labeled Tab-Seperated Values (LTSV), Regex Improvements to the previously released parsers New interactive analytics Multiple Virtual IP addresses (for the integrated load balancer) Alert [ … ]

Working with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance

While working with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) the last couple of years I came across several bits and pieces of information that I collected which, I think, are useful for working with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and combined them in this blog post. VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for managing your VMware vSphere environments through a single pane of glass. The VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual appliance that can be deployed simply as a Virtual Machine. This VM is optimized for running vCenter Server and the associated services on [ … ]