Posts under ‘VMware’

Masking LUN paths using PowerCLI

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I got a question on my previous post about the Get-EsxCli cmdlet, ESXCLI the PowerCLI way, from Alasdair Carnie who was having trouble using the Get-EsxCli cmdlet to mask luns at the ESXi host level. In this post I’ll show you how to accomplish LUN masking at the ESXi host level.
Note 1:
Before you read any further, please [...]

Managing VMware DRS rules using PowerCLI

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One of the core features of VMware vSphere is the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). VMware DRS is vSphere’s workload load balancer and relies on VMware vMotion technology to live-migrate workloads from one ESX host to another.
You can constrain the VMware DRS decisions by defining DRS Rules. As of vSphere 4.1 there are 2 type of [...]

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration

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It has been quite a journey, but it has finally arrived. Today our book: “VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration” will be released by Sybex. The journey started about a year ago when Alan Renouf and Luc Dekens decided to write a PowerCLI book that should have a practical approach to vSphere administration. Later [...]

vSphere Client for iPad – Another step forward in mobile administration

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Today VMware announced the release of the vSphere Client for iPad. The first great thing is that you can download the vSphere Client for iPad from Apple’s iTunes Store for FREE! The second great thing is that it looks really awesome and the interface is very intuitive.
VMware is taking mobility very seriously as this is [...]

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) [...]

vCloud Director offerings are coming

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During VMworld Europe 2010 in Copenhagen I had the opportunity to have a glimpse of the VMware vCloud Director (vCD). While back in 2009 VMware was only still introducing the foundation for cloud computing by releasing vSphere 4, now just one year later, they actually did it and provide the software to actually enable cloud [...]

Ranked #27 in Eric Siebert’s Top VMware bloggers survey

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Last Monday, Eric Siebert published the results of the Top25 VMware Virtualization Bloggers survey. Also watch the vChat episode 8 where the Top25 is announced.
Big Congrats to all of you who made it into the Top25. Great Job!
While the previous vote back in January 2010 had a total of 66 blogs, there were now 115 [...]

Collect VMware ESX Host PCI Device Information

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Whenever you need to install a new box with ESX, there’s the struggle with matching physical ports to VMware devices. Which network adapter becomes vmnic0?, Which hostbus adapter becomes vmhba1?, etc. Especially when you have a lot of network adapters this can be confusing and you can’t connect to the device over the network unless you [...]