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VMware Top 100 Influencers

Back in December, I was contacted by Noell Grier, with the VMware communities team, to join the VMware Influencer 100 Club Welcome and Kickoff Meeting! I was shocked to be included in this list. It’s been fun being part of this program! Thank you to Noell and VMware for the honor of being a part of this program! I’ve known Noell from being part of the VMware Cloud Credibility program! Cloud Cred was a program VMware ran where you got

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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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One of my favorite tools – Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions

One of the tools I’ve been using for many years now is called Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions.  Based on the name, you’d think it’s just another RDP tool, but it’s much MUCH more! There are 2 versions of the product.  There is a FREE version, which gives you limited functionality, and an ENTERPRISE version for full functionality.  There is also a RDM Server as well, but I have no experience with that. The free version lets you setup RDP

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Migrating Roles & Privileges from an old vCenter to a new vCenter using PowerCLI

So we’re finally upgrading an old environment running vCenter 4.0 to a new vCenter running 5.5.  Instead of attempting an upgrade, we’re building new.  As it’s a new build, we had to find a way to migrate the roles & privileges to the new vCenter. I have done this in the past utilizing the “Cheap Disaster Recovery” scripts from Gabe’s Virtual World.  You can find Gabe on twitter here! For some reason, the export script didn’t work for me here.

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My First VMworld Experience

            So, VMworld US 2015 was my first time being able to experience VMworld first hand, and not by streaming keynotes and watching recorded sessions months later.  As a VMUG Leader, I’ve experienced VMUG Meetings and UserCons before (both as a leader and a member) but this was a whole different animal! First off, I have to credit my brother, Matt, for helping to guide my VMworld experience, introduce me to different VMworld regulars, recommend

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PowerCLI Script to list VMs not specifically set to Thick Eager Zeroed

First, I’ll start with a little back story. We recently deployed an EMC XTremIO All-Flash storage appliance.   The recommendation we got from EMC, for the best deduplication ratios, was to use the Thick-Eager Zeroed disk format.  No matter how many times I tell my coworkers to make sure to use this format when deploying VMs to the xTremIO LUNs, once in a while, someone does forgets and deploys a THIN provisioined VM. Also, we found that when performing P2Vs using

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PowerCLI Script to change the DRS Slider

So, I have a cluster of hosts that makes up our QA Environment.  As with most QA environments, it’s tight on resources and very over-subscribed.  On a regular basis, I have to move our DRS Slider to be more aggressive, RUN DRS to refresh recommendations, and then move the slider back.  This allows DRS to rebalance the cluster.  Today, I decided to script it. I made use of a script that @lucd22 posted (http://vmw.re/1EQCDkn) to change the DRS Migration Threshold

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PowerCLI Script to migrate VMs from one vCenter to another

Hey everyone, this is another guest post from Ben Liebowitz, Matt’s brother. Before I get into the script, I’ll give you some background…  We are working on migrating VMs off of our vSphere 4.1 environment to our new vSphere 5.5 environment.  The 4.1 environment is using the Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch while the 5.5 environment is using a vDS switch. We found the easiest way to migrate the VMs was to remove them from inventory on the 4.1 side and

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More vSphere 4.1 Enhancements – Welcome Back PVSCSI Driver!

As I keep digging into documents and KB articles I keep finding more and more things to like about vSphere 4.1.  Today’s find has to do with the PVSCSI driver. With the release of vSphere 4.0, VMware added a new paravirtualized SCSI driver into the VMware Tools that provides better virtual disk performance than the standard LSI driver.  The PVSCSI driver promised to deliver better performance and lower overall CPU utilization for workloads that had high I/O demands.  Unfortunately the
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Nice Addition to vSphere 4.1 Enterprise License

When vSphere 4.1 was released a lot of people were talking about all of the amazing new features available in the product.  Along with introducing many new features, VMware also shuffled around some existing features into different license levels.  The one that got the most press was that vMotion was now available in vSphere Standard as well as the Essentials Plus bundle. In my opinion one of the biggest changes isn’t being talked about much at all.  In vSphere 4.1,

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