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Deploying a VM with PowerCLI in a Semi-Complex Environment

The following is a guest blog post by my brother Ben Liebowitz.  I guess virtualization runs in the family!  Follow him on Twitter at @ben_liebowitz. ———————————————————————— Last year, while working at a previous employer, I wanted to make it easier for less-experienced team members to deploy VMs, while making sure little to no mistakes are made.  I decided to go down the path of a PowerCLI script. Before I get into the script that I wrote, I feel I should

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Error 1711 When Upgrading vCenter to 5.1

I was recently going through the process of upgrading my home lab from vSphere 5.0 to 5.1.  Everything was going great until I got the following error: Error 1711. An error occurred while writing installation information to disk.  Check to make sure enough disk space is available, and click Retry, or Cancel to end the installation. I found a few references online to a bad MSI file when this happened to folks in previous versions of VMware products (not limited

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VMware conducting vCenter high availability survey

This week on VMware’s Uptime Blog I noticed a new post asking for customer feedback about vCenter high availability requirements.  To that end, VMware has posted a survey for customers to fill out to get more information.  To be clear, the survey addresses high availability of the vCenter server itself and does not relate to VMware’s HA feature that is included in vSphere. I’m happy to see VMware addressing this topic as it’s one I’ve been a little concerned about

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