Tag Archive: vSphere

vSphere 6.0 blog – vMotion

There are a ton of new features and improved features in the release of vSphere 6.0 and my intention is not to go through all of them and make yet another release note copy. VMware has put together a vSphere 6.0 documentation page that includes all the information you require in terms of release notes, …

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Nutanix and vSphere deployment via vCenter Orchestrator

A few weeks back me and my colleagues Phil Ditzel and Artur Krzywdzinski was asked to create a customer demo including Nutanix and vSphere deployment. We decided to use vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) as the provisioning engine but this can be done via e.g PowerShell as well. The following steps are included in the vCD workflow we …

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Nutanix Data Protection – Secure your data

While doing customer, partner and event presentations the last couple of weeks i have been asked quite a lot of questions and one question that seems to pup up every time is about Nutanix Data Protection. This blog post (first in a series of blog posts) will outline how to configure Nutanix Data Protection within …

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Windows Server 2012 R2 preparation before vCenter Server 5.5 installation

This is a blog post dedicated to some of the steps you need to complete before installing vCenter Server 5.5 U1 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine. Since i have written one or more of the below described actions several times in emails to customers i thought it was a good idea to create …

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ESXi host VMkernel.Boot.terminateVMOnPDL configuration using PowerCLI

I have already written a blog post about how you can configure the ESXi host  setting disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault in vSphere version 5.1. You can find that blog post here. I have received a couple of questions about how to configure the setting, called VMkernel.Boot.terminateVMOnPDL, in ESXi 5.5 so i decided to put together a blog post about it. …

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Backup vSphere vNetwork Distributed Switches using PowerCLI

A few weeks ago a customer asked me how to automate the export of the vSphere vNetwork Distributed Switches (VDS) configuration. Their existing routine included to make a manual export of the VDS configuration whenever a VDS change was implemented including adding or removing a VDS port group. In the vSphere Web Client you can …

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VMware vSphere monitoring using Veeam One free edition

A couple of weeks ago i raised a question on twitter if someone had a recommendation regarding a free vSphere monitoring tool. I received quite a lot of answers but not that many fulfilled my customer requirements: Free of charge. Must be able to monitor the virtual machine virtual hard disk utilization e.g. only 10% …

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vCloud Director Management cluster disaster recovery

A while ago i needed to perform a vCloud Director (vCD) management cluster disaster recovery. There are four main sections in the blog post: Infrastructure – describes the infrastructure used by the vCloud Director Management cluster environment. Rollback reasons – describes why the HP LeftHand P4300 storage volume rollback was carried out. Rollback preparation – describes …

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VM per datastore PowerCLI e-mail report

I have been asked to create a monitoring script to calculate the number of virtual machines per datastore. I know there are a lot of examples in the community doing the exact same thing. This particular case includes one requirement which i have not seen in the communities examples. My customer wants one e-mail to …

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vCloud Director internal server error when deploying vApps

During VMware vCloud Director (vCD) vApp deployments using the latest versions of both vSphere (ESXi 5.1 and VMware vCenter Server 5.1.0b 947939) and VMware vCloud Director (5.1.1 868405) i got the below vDC error message: The vCD cell logs located in the /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/logs directory told me e.g. “vCenter Server is unresponsive” These errors made me start investigating …

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VMware Tools installation fails

When trying to install the VMware Tools software in a virtual machine, using the typical option, i received the following error messages: The virtual machine was running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 so i have successfully installed VMware Tools many times using the same virtual machine operating system. The virtual machine was running …

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Schedule PowerCLI script in Windows task scheduler

I have received a couple of questions about how to add a PowerCLI scrip to Windows task scheduler after publishing my blog post vSphere Cluster Resource Pool Configuration Script Depending on the customer requirements there are several ways of doing this. Customer requirements for my implementation includes: An active directory based service account must be used …

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ESXi host disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault configuration using PowerCLI

This section is updated since vSphere 5.5 was GA during VMworld 2013. From now on the configuration option has changed regarding two things: Name – It is now called VMkernel.Boot.terminateVMOnPDL and not Disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault Configuration – It is now an advanced ESXi configuration parameter and not a text string in the ESXi host file /etc/vmware/settings Continue reading if …

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vSphere cluster resource pool configuration script

This blog will include the technical aspect (the script) which i mentioned in the blog post vCloud Director implementation for small businesses Input parameters: 4 vSphere cluster resource pools exists at the vSphere cluster root level SLA-Gold with priority value 10 SLA-Silver with priority value 5 SLA-Bronze with priority value 3 SLA-vCloud with priority value …

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vCloud Director implementation for small businesses

So this will be the first blog post where i discuss an architectural challenge. Several vCloud Director implementations i have conducted in Sweden lately has been for small businesses or at least including small virtual environments. Some of the customer requirements included in my last project were: 4 ESXi hosts available. Run vCloud Director based …

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