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Turbonomic – Adding Workloads to Production Cluster

My supervisor came to us to tell us about some VM requests that are going to be coming down the pipe. He asked if we could project to see if we have enough resources for these requests, or will we need to add to our production cluster. Some of these requests were quite large (64 cores, and 128gb ram). We talked them down on some of the requirements, saying we could always add down the road if necessary. Next, I

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Data Center Cooling System Maintenance – Turbonomic to the Rescue!

I work in an office building in NYC. We have a data center on-site which has a primary and a backup air conditioner unit. However, the building maintenance team came to us to say they had to do work on the cooling towers that provide water to our AC units, meaning they would have to be powered down for 24 hours. While my company’s management pursued renting some portable cooling units for the weekend, logged into Turbonomic… Here’s a little

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Achievement Unlocked: VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2019!

Today, I took and passed the VCP6.5-DCV-Delta exam there by achieving the VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2019 (VCP-DCV 2019) Certification and renewing my VCP6-DCV, VCP5-DCV, and VCP4-DCV Certifications! If you are confused why the version number is not in the certification anymore, please read the VMware blog post here about the new certifications for 2019! I used Test Prep from http://www.passthevcp.com to help prepare me for the exam! The way their Test Prep works, you get a

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PowerShell Scripting with SCCM

Until now, I’ve done my SCCM patching with the NO REBOOT option set and servers were rebooted manually.  Because of this, we were getting further and further behind due to servers requiring multiple reboots each month.  In order to resolve this, we decided to go about using the Auto-Reboot option in SCCM and letting SCCM reboot however many times is necessary.  But in order to do this, we had to change the way we patch so that servers were rebooted

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Using vSphere Tags to Check for Pending Reboot State

You may have seen my blog post on the Test-PendingReboot PowerShell module.  I’ve been using it a lot lately and had the thought to use vSphere Tags to check pending reboot state.  In my environment, we normally check for pending reboot states before patching.  If a server is in a pending reboot state, it won’t receive the patches from SCCM, etc.  We have 3 different groups we deploy patches to.  Staging, Production, and Global (servers outside the US). First, I

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The Pending Reboot Nightmare… PowerShell to the Rescue!

My company has been having issues dealing with servers in a pending reboot state for quite a while.  Part of it stems from using SCCM to deploy patches and having the patch deployment set to suppress the reboot and our Operations Team reboots the servers manually.  Well, some months require multiple reboots and we get stuck in the rabbit hole trying to get caught up by the next month’s round of patching! I found a PowerShell Module that I’ve found

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How working in IT changes you…

In the past, in relationships, I’ve been told that I’m a very negative person.  However, I don’t feel that I am.  I once had a neighbor that said, “Ben always has a smile on his face… except when he’s mowing the lawn!”  I know that I am an introvert, but that doesn’t make me a negative person, just that I like my alone time!  However, given a situation, I’m told I’m always pointing out the negative aspects. I feel that

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Headed to VMworld? These are my suggestions…

VMworld 2018 is coming up fast!  VMworld US will be in Las Vegas again this year from August 26th through August 30th.  VMworld Europe will be November 5th through the 9th. This will be my third VMworld conference. I went in 2015 (San Francisco) and again in 2016 (Las Vegas). Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years… COMFORTABLE SHOES! This is very important!  There is a LOT of walking at this event, EVEN if you’re staying in

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PowerShell Script To Get vMotion Events

Recently, I had the need to get a list of vMotion events to pass to management.  I attempted to use the Get-VIEvent cmdlet for this, but found it wasn’t easy to only pull logs from one specific cluster.  I attempted to use the -Entity option and direct it to the cluster I wanted, but that didn’t work well.  So I decided to do some searching. First thing I came across was the Get-vMotion Module/script in the PowerShell Gallery.  This looked

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