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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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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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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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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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vDocumentation: Check Out These Scripts To Automate Your Documentation!

Now that VMworld 2017 US has come to a close, many of the sessions are already up on youtube to watch. One of the ones I watched yesterday was SER2077BU – Achieve Maximum vSphere Stability with PowerCLI Assisted Documentation.  My friend, Ariel Sanchez Mora (@arielsanchezmor), and his friend, Edgar Sanchez (@EdmSanchez13), put together these scripts to automatically document your environment.  I HIGHLY recommend you check these scripts out!  Also, please send them a tweet or DM as they’re looking for

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