Posts from ‘January, 2011’

PowerCLI Book Update

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As you might know, I was asked to co-author a PowerCLI book. Now that the book is nearly finished we posted an update on our book’s website at www.powerclibook.com.  If you’re interested in what will be covered in the upcoming book called “VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration” (Yes, I know it’s a mouth [...]

ESXi Tech Support Mode

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As a security recommendation you should always disable Tech Support Mode (TSM) on your ESXi servers, but sometimes it’s helpful if you’re able to connect to your ESXi server using Secure Shell (SSH). When you want to enable TSM, you have 3 options: 

Use the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI)
Use the vSphere Client
Script it (using PowerCLI [...]

Brocade Network Advisor Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter

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The storage network administrator drew my attention to the Brocade Network Advisor (BNA) Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter.
Brocade Network Advisor
Brocade Network Advisor provides a unified network management solution across Brocade Fibre Channel SANs, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Layer 2/3 IP switches and routers, Wireless, Layer 4/7 Application Delivery networks and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) [...]

ESXCLI the PowerCLI way

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When trying to perform a Round Robin (RR) test on my vSphere 4.1 environment, I needed to know the number of paths available to the luns of the test servers. I also needed to change the Path Selection Policy (PSP) for the luns to Round Robin (VMW_PSP_RR). I could have done this easily using the [...]