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vExpert 2020

I’m honored to be awarded VMware vExpert again for 2020! I’ve been lucky to have been awarded the vExpert title every year since 2015. The vExpert title is awarded to those who give back to the Virtualization community. Are you active on social media on VMware topics? Do you blog? Do you present at VMUG Events or VMworld? These are just SOME of the ways you may qualify for the vExpert title! Congrats to everyone who was awarded the vExpert

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Achievement Unlocked – Turbonomic ACE Master Cloud!

Turbonomic has 3 different certifications. Turbonomic ACE Certification enables you to leverage Turbonomic to its fullest potential. ACE Certification is a pre-requisite for all other Turbonomic certifications. ACE Professional Certification takes you “under the covers” of the Turbonomic platform to deepen your understanding of such topics as Hypervisor Nuances, Turbonomic internals, Control features, and such advanced topics as Mediation, Integrations, and Turbonomic 7. ACE Master Cloud Certification takes you in-depth into how Turbonomic manages various cloud and container technologies. It includes

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ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Turbonomic ACE Certification

As you may have seen, I changed jobs in July and now work for Turbonomic. Last week, I had the pleasure to go through Turbonomic ACE Training. I got to learn about how Turbonomic uses a Market Abstraction to optimize performance, while delivering efficiency, and maintaining compliance. At the end of the 2 day training, I took the ACE Certification exam. The exam consisted of a practical, hands on exam asking to perform actual tasks inside of Turbonomic, creating policies,

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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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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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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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