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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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Create an ISO file with PowerShell!

I received a request at work to transfer 5+gb from the internal network, to a server in the DMZ.  Our DMZ networks are locked down, so I cannot copy the files directly.  I have the trial version of UltraISO that I’ve used for tasks like this in the past, but it’s limited to 300mb in the trial version.  Previously, we’ve used a “swing VMDK” that we’d mount on an internal VM, copy the data to it, take this VMDK and

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I finally have a Home Lab!!

I’ve been wanting a home lab for quite a long time!  A few years ago, on an old PC, I used AutoLab to deploy a home lab. It used the internal HD in my PC to automatically deploy 2 nested hosts inside VMware Workstation, along with a virtual switch VM, a NAS VM, etc.  The PC only had 16gb of ram and a 3TB SATA HD.  It worked, but it was PAINFULLY slow!  A few months later, my OS crashed and

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Handy PowerShell command to stop Task Manager Process!

Have you ever needed to stop multiple processes at once?  I use a product by Devolutions called Remote Desktop Manager.  If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably already know that.  When I launch the VMware vCenter Web Client via RDM, I do so via Chrome and it opens the Client Integrated Plugin.  The problem is, when I CLOSE the web client in RDM, it DOESN’T close the “vmware-csd” process.  Once 10 of these processes are opened, it

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Do you have Cisco Switches? Are you using CDP?

In my office, we use Cisco gear for networking. Cisco has it’s own protocol called the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP). CDP allows you to identify information about the device you’re connected to. Be it from a server to see what port you’re plugged into on the switch, or from the device!  There’s a program for Windows called CDP Monitor that will do this too.. It’s VERY handy, esp if you’re dealing with a physical server and trying to trace the

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Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager – My IT Tool of Choice

If you follow me on Social Media, you’ll see that I’m a strong supporter of Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions.  I’ve been using the tool for many years.  By being able to manage all my remote connections in one place, it saves a lot of time and makes my job a LOT easier! I’ve told the story before, but I started using the free version when I wanted to find a tool that manages all my RDP connections in one

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Teach your co-workers to lock their PCs with the help of a harmless prank!

The goal of this is to teach your co-workers to be more security conscious and LOCK THEIR PC when they walk away from their desk.  Locking your PC stops unauthorized people from accessing your PC, viewing a document that has sensitive data, AND playing a prank such as THIS!  This is especially important when you have access to sensitive data, or better yet, administrative rights! My coworker, @bspagna, came across a LinkedIn Blog post and we started doing this almost

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Is Your Flash Plugin Crashing with the vSphere Web Client?

I had this problem recently.  No matter what browser I used, I couldn’t get past the login screen of the vSphere Web Client.  My PC had upgraded to Flash Player 27.0.0.170 a few days ago.  I attempted to uninstall this version and install a previous one with no success.  But after doing some research, I found a KB Article from VMware. The first step was to uninstall Flash Player cleanly.  I found the link below which allowed me to download

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Using PowerCLI to Create a Local Scratch Partition

My company recently purchased some Dell Servers with ESXi installed to local SD cards. The issue we had was that the 8gb SD cards that came with the server and there wasn’t enough space on the cards for a scratch partition.  We ordered the servers with a single 300gb HD in order to get the RAID controller, so we decided to use that drive to store a scratch partition. The first step in the process, was to convert the drive

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