Sep 22

New PowerCLI function: Get-DeployedProduct returns a list of products, versions, and important URLs

I’ve seen this question a few times and finally figured I’d throw something out on the web for folks.   For those of you still running the C# client (yes, I’m looking at you!) you may notice that some VM’s have Product, Version, and Vendor properties in the VM Summary page. In the example below, …

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Sep 20

VMworld Las Vegas – vHike 2016 – Success!

After a great, yet exhausting VMworld at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas this year, the party had not finished. We started what we will be calling #vHike, which we hope to grow and do each year that VMworld is close to a location which will allow us to do so. What was vHike?   …

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May 09

Fun after VMworld! Don’t Miss Out!

Some of you know that I grew up in Southern Utah (roughly 90 minutes from Las Vegas), so I was delighted to hear that VMworld would be in Vegas this year (not because I like vegas, but because of what else is close by). What’s close by? There are a number of great things to …

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Nov 30

Here’s to new beginnings

I’ve watched numerous folks in the community in the past 6 months or so post about moving into different roles and I really felt it was nice to see friends and colleagues in the community moving up and on into bigger and better things. While I didn’t think I had any of that in my …

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Nov 05

Automate VMware Tools Shared Product Locker Configuration (Script)

In collaboration with my official (corporate) blog post on VMware Tools 10 deployment, I created a script that, if you take care of the pre-reqs, will save you OODLES OF TIME! and yes, I did just say oodles! Take a look through the official blog post before continuing, otherwise the script might not make too …

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Sep 10

vCenter 6.0 Update 1 VAMI… it’s back!

There were a number of complaints about the lack of a VAMI in vCenter 6.0. Well, I’d like to let you all know that we heard you, and not only did we bring the VAMI back, it looks dang good!

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Aug 13

Automate the Install of Embedded Host Client for ESXi fling on all hosts in a cluster

It’s true! If you are reading this then you already know that there is a new VMware fling that rocks this world! You can read more about it on William Lam’s blog HERE: Now, to be able to use the Embedded Host Client for ESXi fling, you will need to: download the VIB from the …

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Jul 21

VMworld 2015 San Francisco Sessions, Group Discussions, and Meet the Experts

For those of you interested in the topics that I will be covering either as a single presenter, or co-presenting, I thought it would be of benefit to post what the schedule is looking like for this year’s VMworld San Francisco. The meat of my content will be on Wednesday although there Alan Renouf and …

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Jul 20

PowerActions won’t uninstall – Unregister lookup service object

Poweractions is one of the best flings ever created in my opinion. If you do not know what PowerActions is, you can find out more about it HERE: https://labs.vmware.com/flings/poweractions-for-vsphere-web-client I ran into an issue where I was trying to update PowerActions.

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Jun 23

Going to VMworld 2015? Check Out My Sessions!

It’s official, and it looks like i’m going to be quite busy. I will have 4 sessions across multiple topics, and will be Co-running two Group Discussions. Sesssions: INF4793 – Day to Day Automation of VMware Products to Increase Productivity and Efficiency Many of us have become very comfortable in performing tasks manually in the …

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May 21

My Experience with Google Fiber Support… Not what I expected…

So, the bad, ugly, and unexpected horror happened this morning… Our internet was down. Part way through my workday (and on a day where I will be helping with an online forum) the internet dies, the wifi on my modem disappears, and I am stuck… I first tried rebooting my router; nothing… I then got …

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Apr 07

Brocade offering Free NFV Certification ($650 value)

Today I got an email from Brocade. For a limited time, Brocade is offering a free Brocade NFV Certification (valued at $650). Along with the training, they are giving out free 60-day trials of their Vyatta virtual Router so all of you that like to get your hands on things and tinker with technology, this …

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Apr 05

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due…

Not sure if it’s the spring weather, or if the “Grateful Fairy” sprinkled some dust on me the past few weeks, but I’ve wanted to recognize a number of people who have had an influence on me over the past several years for their help and influence. Getting to where I am has been an …

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Apr 03

Assess the impact of TPS changes of vSphere 6

We’ve been talking about this now for a few months and at the beginning of the year Mark Achtemichuk (@vmMarkA) came to me to ask if we could create a tool to report on the TPS savings that may be lost when moving to vSphere 6 if using the default TPS settings. We came up …

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Apr 02

Are You a ‘Yes Man’?

While browsing through LinkedIn feeds yesterday, I came across a quote that someone had posted that I really really liked. it read: “Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them. People are either motivated or they are not. Unless you give motivated people something to believe …

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Apr 02

Avoid PowerCLI Startup failures with this simple script

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I blogged about this on the VMware PowerCLI blog but I figured it was important enough that I’d spread it around a little as well. With PowerCLI 6.0 R1 moving to PowerShell Modules rather than PSSnapins, users may find themselves needing to make some logic statements in all of their scripts to accommodate. The easiest …

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Mar 20

Automate vSphere Update Manager 6.0 installation (VUM)

As I’ve been working with vSphere 6 for a while now, and have done my fair share of vCenter 6 deployments. I decided I should automate the deployment of Update Manager 6 (VUM) as well.

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Mar 16

Deploy vCenter Server 6 (vCSA6) with PowerCLI

For many of you who are just downloading vSphere 6 for the first time, You may find that you cannot deploy vCSA via c# or webclient. Is it a pain? well, at first it was for me. Now I don’t mind it.. Two options are to either use the vcsa-deploy.exe or use the vsphere plugin. …

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Mar 13

Set Lockdown Mode in vSphere 6 via PowerCLI

My good friend Mike Foley @MikeFoley reached out to me yesterday with a question on how to set the Lockdown Mode in vSphere 6 via the vSphere API. In the switch to vSphere 6, some of the API calls were updated and Lockdown mode was one of them. I told him it would be a …

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