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  • Assigning vSphere Tags with Terraform for Policy Based Backups
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    vSphere Tags are used to add attributes to VMs so that they can be used to help categorise VMs for further filtering or discovery. vSphere Tags have a number of use cases of which Melissa has a great blog post here on the power of vSphere Tags, their configuration and… Read more »
  • Deploying a Kubernetes Sandbox on VMware with Terraform
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    Terraform from HashiCorp has been a revelation for me since I started using it in anger last year to deploy VeeamPN into AWS. From there it has allowed me to automate lab Veeam deployments, configure a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC networking and configure NSX vCloud Director Edges. The time… Read more »
  • Quick Fix – ESXi loses all Network Configuration… but still runs?
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    I had a really strange situation pop up in one of my lab environments over the weekend. vSAN Health was reporting that one of the hosts had lost networking connectivity to the rest of the cluster. This is something i’ve seen intermittently at times so waited for the condition to… Read more »
  • The Separation of Dev and Ops is Upon Us!
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    Apart from the K word, there was one other enduring message that I think a lot of people took home from VMworld 2019. That is, that Dev and Ops should be considered as seperate entities again. For the best part of the last five or so years the concept of… Read more »
  • VMworld 2019 Veeam Wrap Up – Supportability Announcements and Session Recaps
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    VMworld 2019 is almost a distant memory, and with the focus now shifting to VMworld Europe happening later in the year I wanted to round out the US event with a wrap up of Veeam happenings at the event. It was a busy week for myself at the event which… Read more »
  • VMworld 2019 Review – Project Pacific is a Stroke of Kubernetes Genius… but not without a catch!
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    Kubernetes Kubernetes, Kubernetes… say Kubernetes one more time… I dare you! If it wasn’t clear what the key take away from VMworld 2019 was last week in San Francisco then I’ll repeat it one more time… Kubernetes! It was something which I predicted prior to the event in my session… Read more »
  • VMworld 2019 – Top Session Picks
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    VMworld 2019 is happening tomorrow (It is already Saturday here) and as I am just about to embark on the 20+ hour journey from PER to SFO I thought it was better late than never to share my top session picks. Now with sessions available online it doesn’t really matter… Read more »
  • Veeam @VMworld 2019 Edition…
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    VMworld 2019 is now only a couple of days away, and I can’t wait to return to San Francisco for what will be my seventh VMworld and third one with Veeam. It has again been an interesting year since the last VMworld and the industry has shifted a little when… Read more »
  • VMworld 2019 – Session Breakdown and Analysis
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    Everything to do with VMworld this year feels like it’s arrived at lightning speed. I actually thought the event was two weeks away as the start of the week… but here we are… only five days away from kicking off in San Francisco. The content catalog for the US event… Read more »
  • Quick Fix – Issues Upgrading VCSA due to Password Expiration
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    It seems like an interesting “condition” has worked its self into recent VCSA builds where upon completing upgrades, the process seems to reset the root account expiration flag. This blocked my proceeding with an upgrade and only worked when I followed the steps listed below. The error I got is… Read more »
  • Migrate2VCSA Error
    When using the Migration Assistant to Migrate from a Windows 5.5 vCenter to 6.5 VCSA, the migration assistant was failing to run on the Windows vCenter server. It automatically saves the logs on the desktop. When viewing the logs, this part stood out: Read more »
  • ESXi 'About to Install...' Hangs
    During an upgrade from 5.5 to 6.5, update manager started to do the upgrade, but after the host rebooted, it would boot into the ESXi 6.5 installer, but then display About to install for 15 seconds, then flash an error message, and then go back to About to Install. Leaving… Read more »
  • Display Last Command in PowerShell Title Bar
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    Carrying on from my previous post on pimping out your PowerShell console. I started to look into way to update the PowerShell title bar. In PowerShell there’s an automatic variable called $host where you can specify your own custom UI settings. One of the properties that can be modified is… Read more »
  • Display Execution Time In PowerShell Prompt
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    Some time back I attended a presentation where the presenter’s PowerShell console displayed their last command’s execution time in the prompt. At the time of thought it was a bit of a geeky novelty thing. Though recently I’ve had a slight change of opinion. It’s become a great way to… Read more »
  • Quick Post: vSphere 6.7 – Sporadic VM Resets by vSphere HA
    We had a customer recently that upgraded from vSphere 6.5 to 6.7 and following the upgrade to 6.7, virtual machines were sporadically being reset by vSphere HA with the following message in the vCenter event log: Error message on <VM Name> on <Host Name> in <Cluster>: VMware ESX unrecoverable error:… Read more »
  • Cohesity DataPlatform 6.3 – Active Directory Backup and Recovery
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    I’ll be upfront and honest – backup and recovery doesn’t excite me, and it never has. On the other hand, this world of data management, policy driven protection / placement and analysis of said data does tweak my interest, which is why I taken an interest in tinkering with some… Read more »
  • Bulk Reports via vROps API
    One of the issues within vROps is the ability to run a report against multiple objects at a time, this could be a performance report against VMs, capacity reports for Datastores or configuration reports for Hosts. Running the report one at a time does become pretty cumbersome after about 2… Read more »
  • HaveIBeenPwned PowerShell Module Updates
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    Back in 2017 I wrote a post on a PowerShell module I created that consumes Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned API service. I won’t go into too much detail about the service here. Plenty of people already have and since that time HaveIBeenPwned has exploded in popularity and most… Read more »
  • Modifying TLS settings in vROps 7.5
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    If you’ve recently upgraded vROps to 7.5 you may wonder post upgrade why your vCenter 5.5 Adapters no longer work (and you see the below error message when testing Adapters….) or if you wrap up REST API calls with PowerShell (like done with PowervROps) and are no longer able to… Read more »
  • Building and running Windows Terminal
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    The big news from Microsoft over the last week has been the announcement of Windows Terminal. An open source project from Microsoft currently up on GitHub. Windows Terminal allows you to run multiple tabbed CLIs from the one window. Not only that but they can be a mix of different… Read more »
  • Cohesity 6.2 – Office365 Exchange Online Protection
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    Introduction With the release of Cohesity version 6.2, there is support to protect Exchange Online Office365 mailboxes natively within the product. Protecting data in a SaaS platform is always an interesting discussion. At the end of the day, there is a shared responsibility model at play here, and as the… Read more »
  • vRNI 4.1 Insufficient capacity on each physical CPU
    Deploying vRNI 4.1 you might get an error: Insufficient capacity on each physical CPU. Read more »
  • Using Ovftool
    Ovftool can be pretty awesome, but it can also be very difficult to use. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with it. Here I will go over some common issues I have with the tool. I’ve only tested on the Windows version of ovftool. Read more »
  • vExpert 2019 is here and it’s huge!
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    Well after a long wait it’s that time of year again when the first half of year announcements are made for vExperts. A big congratulations to all the new and returning vExperts this year, in particularly all my fellow Australian vExperts. And yeah why not, a congratulations to even those… Read more »
  • VMUG UserCon 2019 – Sydney and Melbourne
    This approached very quickly, and next week one of the hottest VMware events in ANZ will be held in Sydney and Melbourne – the VMUG UserCon events! VMUG UserCons are a free one day event held once a year featuring a small vendor expo area, lots of educational sessions throughout… Read more »
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