Virtualization

  • vCenter 6.5 – Unable to Authenticate
    Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and Holiday. Guess what happened to me this morning? I came into the office (virtually of course) and discovered that our VDI vCenter environment was inaccessible. Now this is an older environment on its way out the door so I am not too concerned […]
  • Home Lab 2.0 – Starwind VSAN : The Greatest addition to my Home Lab
    At the end of my previous post about The Beast I mentioned about lacking shared storage for my Virtual Hosts. My first thought was to go out and purchase a NAS like a Synology or a QNAP NAS. However I am trying to do this on the cheap and an extra $1200 when figuring in […]
  • Home Lab 2.0 – The Beast
    Continuing on our series on my Home lab we now move into present day. Well…. a few months ago at least. As I mentioned in my previous post about my Razor Blade 15, I used that as my home lab until I was able to procure parts for my current hyper converged VMware Home Lab. […]
  • Whats new in Pricing, Metering, and Reporting:…
    Whats new in Pricing, Metering, and Reporting: June 2020 Update Whats new in Pricing, Metering, and Reporting:… We just started the first webinar in the “Whats new in Cloud Provider Pricing, Metering, and Reporting” series. In this blog we’ll visit what was discussed and as well as provide the action items that partners can perform […]
  • DevOps: Culture – Collaboration, Empowerment,…
    DevOps: Culture – Collaboration, Empowerment, Autonomy DevOps: Culture – Collaboration, Empowerment,… Organizations that have successfully transformed their technology delivery through DevOps consistently recognize that it requires much more than tool and process change. We repeatedly find that leading indicators for DevOps success correlate directly with cultural changes required to support […] VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Kubernetes as a Service
    Kubernetes as a Service Kubernetes as a Service. How you can request, deploy and manage Kubernetes Clusters and Namespaces with vRealize Automation using the self-service catalog. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Join VMware at the AWS Public Sector Summit Online
    Join VMware at the AWS Public Sector Summit Online Government agencies with their sights set on IT modernization will reap great value from attending the AWS Public Sector Summit Online. We’ll see you in the Partner Discovery Zone! VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • How to patch Intel NUC 10 with latest ESXi 7.0…
    How to patch Intel NUC 10 with latest ESXi 7.0 update? How to patch Intel NUC 10 with latest ESXi 7.0… vSphere 7.0b was just released last week and one of the important fixes was to resolve an issue where Nested ESXi VMs were crashing upon powering on an inner-guest VM. This looks to have […]
  • VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started Hands-on Lab
    VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started Hands-on Lab VMware Cloud on AWS Hands-on Lab. Hands-on Labs are the fastest and easiest way to test-drive the full technical capabilities of VMware products. These evaluations are free, up and running on your browser in minutes, and require no installation. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Workspace ONE Cloud Services Achieve ISO 27001,…
    Workspace ONE Cloud Services Achieve ISO 27001,… As businesses and organizations increasingly turn to remote working solutions, the demand for secure and compliant solutions has also intensified. Our customers must meet the challenges of a new remote reality without comprising their cloud-hosted data security. VMware is committed to […] VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Deleting inaccessible objects from vSAN cluster
    Deleting inaccessible objects from vSAN cluster Read through the problem, and these clear steps for a solution. Hope this helps! VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • vRealize Operations Manager 7.5 – Part5 – Alerting
    vRealize Operations Manager 7.5 – Part5 – Alerting Alerting is a very important aspect of infrastructure monitoring. vROps has very powerful alerting capabilities. It might look a bit complicated for the first time. A good understanding of symptoms, alert definitions, badges, notification rules, etc. are required to effectively utilize the […] VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • vRops 8.0+ Enabling Automation for deleted…
    vRops 8.0+ Enabling Automation for deleted… So this next post is an update to my original post around enabling automation for the “deleted snapshot” action in vRops 7.5… but to be honest it’s universal and not specific to the “deleted snapshot” action. […] VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Upgrading to vSphere 7.0b and not sure what the…
    Upgrading to vSphere 7.0b and not sure what the 7.0bs image is? Upgrading to vSphere 7.0b and not sure what the… Advertise here with BSA Are you upgrading to vSphere 7.0b and not sure what the difference is between 7.0b and 7.0bs? Well that isn’t strange, I had the same problem. I asked around internally […]
  • vROPS 8.1+ Custom Rest Plugin for Outbound Setting
    vROPS 8.1+ Custom Rest Plugin for Outbound Setting So this next post covers my custom rest outbound plugin on vRops 8.1+, as VMware made some improvements to alerting in vRops 8.1 the previous version I had needed to be recompiled and slightly improved. […] VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Announcing General Availability of VMware…
    Announcing General Availability of VMware… VVD – VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 6.0.1 is now live and available. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Most Active VM for “Total IOPs Per Datastore…
    Most Active VM for “Total IOPs Per Datastore… While preparing for an activity of Storage Controllers replacement by storage admins asked me to provide a list of most active VM’s in a datastore cluster! VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Live Hands-on Lab + Q&A: Desktop Management…
    Live Hands-on Lab + Q&A: Desktop Management… Join this Hands-on lab on 6/30 to see how Workspace ONE Sensors can give you deep insights into the state and health of your device fleet. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Home Lab 1.5 – Razor Blade 15
    To continue with my Home Lab Journey Series. In my previous post on the subject I covered what I consider my workhorse laptop. Once I realized that my laptop was just not powerful enough to do what I wanted to do I decided that I needed to look into a different solution. After watching some […]
  • New VCD 10.1 on VCF 4 Technical paper is…
    New VCD 10.1 on VCF 4 Technical paper is available! New VCD 10.1 on VCF 4 Technical paper is… There is a lot going on with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and the Cloud Provider program. New vRAM pricing, aligning Cloud Provider roadmap with VCF, and more! As we mentioned earlier this year, we are working […]
  • VMware Cloud on AWS – Improvements to service…
    VMware Cloud on AWS – Improvements to service release cadence VMware Cloud on AWS – Improvements to service… Since the first availability of VMware Cloud on AWS back in the fall of 2017, we have released […] VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • See What’s New in Networking & Security on July…
    See What’s New in Networking & Security on July… In this webcast, we’ll discuss an exciting new capability for interconnecting VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs – Transit Connect. Don’t miss this demo on July 8th! VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Announcing VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0.1
    Announcing VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0.1 VMware is proud to announce General Availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0.1 providing important enhancements and features to the full stack HCI solution. Within VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0.1, the following new enhancements are now available: NSX-T cluster-level upgrade support: Users can […] VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • VMware Cloud on AWS Quick Start
    VMware Cloud on AWS Quick Start VMware Cloud on AWS provides dedicated infrastructure based on VMware vSphere, vSAN, and NSX-T. See how to get started quickly with this fully-managed service that makes it easy to migrate your VMware vSphere applications to the public cloud without modification. Get started with VMware Cloud […] VMware Social Media […]
  • vRealize Automation 8 Changing Product License
    vRealize Automation 8 Changing Product License Changing the product license key in vRealize Automation 8 when already using the platform for POC or Production. This can be performed with an SSH session to the vRealize Automation 8 appliance. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • 5 Ways IT Can Use Design Thinking to Improve…
    5 Ways IT Can Use Design Thinking to Improve… Learn how digital workspace solutions from VMware allow you to put employees first, enabling a culture of choice that gives them the apps, devices, and workstyles they want. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Multiple disk controllers in VMs can mean…
    Multiple disk controllers in VMs can mean… I recently had a great question on some of the differences in virtual machine disk presentation from one of our amazing clients, and I thought I’d share the answer here because it’s a common question that I receive. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • vSphere 6.7 U2 & later CPU Scheduler modes:…
    vSphere 6.7 U2 & later CPU Scheduler modes:… This post will be focussing specifically on working of CPU scheduler in Default, SCA v1 and SCA v2 modes in 6.7 U2 and later. VMware vSphere 6.7 U2 added new scheduler options (SCA v2) which provides security for L1TF vulnerability, while retaining as much performance as possible. […]
  • Join VMware at the AWS Public Sector Summit Online
    Join VMware at the AWS Public Sector Summit Online Attending the AWS Public Sector Summit on June 30th? Just us in the Partner Discovery Zone! VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Redesigning the VMware AirWatch Privacy Policy
    Redesigning the VMware AirWatch Privacy Policy VMware AirWatch can be installed on corporate and personal devices to access company resources such as email, documents and productivity apps. When a company tells employees to install AirWatch on their phones to access company email, they might ask, “What can my manager see? […] VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • What is VMware vSphere 7 Assignable Hardware?
    What is VMware vSphere 7 Assignable Hardware? A dive into ‘What is VMware vSphere 7 Assignable Hardware?’ Let’s take a look at what this is, why it is needed, and a closer look at how assignable hardware is implemented in VMware vSphere 7. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • VMware expands its VMware Ready for Telco Cloud…
    VMware expands its VMware Ready for Telco Cloud… VMware is offering two new certifications for its VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program, which was formerly known as the VMware Ready for NFV program. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Understanding VMware Cloud Foundation…
    Understanding VMware Cloud Foundation… VMware Cloud Foundation enables users to implement an integrated software-defined data center. Version 4 represents a major architectural upgrade integrating Kubernetes in vSphere. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • The 10 Biggest VMware News Stories Of 2020 (So…
    What a crazy year #2020 has been. Not to mention all the changes going on at #VMware. Take a look at the top 20 new stories of 2020 so far. The 10 Biggest VMware News Stories Of 2020 (So… The most important VMware news in 2020 includes Kubernetes, Tanzu, acquisitions, security, Dell and the virtualization […]
  • Home Lab Version 1.0 – HP Envy x360
    So I mentioned in a previous post about my history with setting up a lab. Now that I was without a place to test things I figured that I really didn’t need one and that I would be totally fine, and I was for a time. But then I joined VMUG and went to a […]
  • VMware Acquires True Visibility Suite Team and…
    More Breaking News!!! VMware Acquires True Visibility Suite Team and… By Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management BU, VMware For two years, VMware has been on a journey to deliver self-driving operations management from applications to infrastructure to our customers via VMware vRealize Operations. Powered by AI and predictive analytics, vRealize […]
  • June Update: VMware Learning Zone’s New &…
    June Update: VMware Learning Zone’s New & Notable Content June Update: VMware Learning Zone’s New &… A warm welcome to our new Premium subscribers and a welcome back to our existing subscribers. The VMware Learning Zone has thousands of videos, courses, exam preps, and On Demands with labs—with new content being added all the time—allowing […]
  • Passthrough of Integrated GPU (iGPU) for Apple…
    Passthrough of Integrated GPU (iGPU) for Apple Mac Mini 2018 Passthrough of Integrated GPU (iGPU) for Apple… After successfully enabling and persisting the passthrough of the iGPU for the latest Intel NUC 10 (Frost Canyon), I thought it was worth experimenting with the Apple Mac Mini 2018 to see if the same could be accomplished […]
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  • Seven Reasons Why Network Automation Is Important
    Seven Reasons Why Network Automation Is Important Seven Reasons Why Network Automation Is Important Organizations today constantly seek greater agility and speed in their IT operations. They’re looking to seize market advantage by innovating with new technology and quickly responding to shifting market trends. Meanwhile, IT teams seek higher levels of simplicity and automation – […]
  • Breaking: VMware Announces Intent to Acquire…
    Breaking: VMware Announces Intent to Acquire… VMware has announced its intent to acquire Datrium, to expand the current VMware Site Recovery disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering with Datrium’s world-class cost-optimized DRaaS solution. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • Google Cloud VMware Engine is generally available
    Google Cloud VMware Engine is generally available Google Cloud VMware Engine is a first-party, fully managed VMware service that lets you modernize and enhance existing applications. VMware Social Media Advocacy
  • My Journey to my own VMWare Home Lab – The Background
    So a while ago I mentioned that I was planning on creating a Hyper Converged VMware Home lab. It has been my dream to have rig at my house that I could play with. Having came from a job where I was a consultant I figured out early that you need a lab to test […]
  • PowerCLI – How to backup VCSA 6.5
    I have recently been working on an issue with a PowerCLI script that has been working for a few weeks that just stopped working. The script is modified version of the one Kyle Ruddy posted about here:https://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI/2018/07/automate-file-based-backup-of-vcsa.html The script also uses Credentials store to be able to run the script securely but other than that […]
  • PowerCLI – Datastore Report
    I recently was working in an environment where they are still running vSphere 6.0. While doing some storage expansions I discovered that the Flash Client and the C# Client were not reporting the same size on the Datastore. This can be very frustrating as you are not sure which one you can trust. So as […]
  • PowerCLI – Virtual Host Hardware Information
    I have recently been working on a asset inventory issue where I was provided a list of serial numbers from our hardware vendor and I was asked to reconcile it with what we had. Well that is easier said than done in most cases. I know that vCenter collects a bunch of hardware information and […]
  • PowerCLI – vSphere Role Privilege report
    So I have been looking for ways to expand my knowledge with PowerCLI. This whole effort came about from going to VMWorld 2019 in San Francisco and seeing presentations by Kyle Ruddy and Luc Denkens. Let me tell you, they did some amazing things in their presentations.  I had been working on a project where […]
  • How to unlock and reset SSO password in vSphere 6.x (2146224)
    So I have a bit of a embarrassing confession to make. I forgot to record the Administrator password for my VCSA Appliance. Total disclosure, I was freaking out and I really thought I was going to have to start from scratch. I did some research I was surprised to find out that you can actually […]
  • Getting past Certificate issue in Power CLI
    So I recently started working more with PowerCLI. After my time at VMWorld 2019 (which I will cover in another post) I realized how powerful that PowerCLI actually is (pun not intended). In starting to work with PowerCLI I came across the following message whil: trying to connect to my vCenter Connect-vIServer : xx-x-xxxx xx:xx:xx […]
  • VMWorld is in 2 days!!!
    VMWorld 2019 will be in 2 days!! I will be attending this year for my first time. I must say I am very excited and anxious to go. I am looking forward to all the people I will meet and events that I will have the opportunity to take part in.  I will do my […]
  • Power off entire Virtual Environment using a PowerShell Script and PowerCLI
    So I have a lab that I manage where we have had several scheduled power outages in the last few months. So it is my job to make sure that we power off the lab so none of our equipment have issues when we bring it back up. I would estimate that our lab is […]
  • All vCenters not showing up after adding a new one to an SSO Domain
    As I have mentioned before, the company I work for had a disaster event that took place almost a year ago and because of that we have had  some of our infrastructure duct taped together. Today I am proud to say that I had the opportunity to rip off another piece of that duct tape […]
  • Philadelphia VMUG UserCon is on Thursday!!!
    Well it is almost here, Philadelphia USERCon at the Valley Forge Casino and Resort! It is not too late to sign up to attend.  Registration, Parking, and Breakfast and Lunch are all Free!! Not to mention all the speakers, vendors, and networking that will be open to you!! Click on this link to register now […]
  • Unable to log into a new VCSA Appliance added to an SSO Domain
    So today I ran into an interesting issue. I was adding a new VCSA appliance to an preexisting SSO domain for a post that will come out in the coming weeks and I discovered a few things. First of all, I learned that there are not many blogs covering this so I figured I would […]
  • Tools Discussion – VMWare Converter Standalone
    Today I wanted to talk about VMware Converter Standalone which has been a constant in my bag of tricks for a long time. VMware Converter is a tool that allows you to convert a Physical Machine to a Virtual Machine which can run on a VMware ESXi host or VMware Workstation / Player. You can […]
  • How to convert VMDK from Thick to Thin Provision
    As I have stated in a previous post, I have been trying to help out on the VMware Community Forum. One of the threads that I was able to help out on was how to convert a VMDK from thick to thin. I have had the opportunity to do this several times in the past, […]
  • Adding an IDE Storage Adapter for an OVF that is supposed to run in vSphere? What were you thinking???
    A few weeks ago I had the misfortune of having to deal with a .OVF that was sent by a support team to one of our engineers so we can run a Virtual Machine in our lab environment. That seems pretty cut and dry, except when I go to import the .OVF and I get […]
  • How to install ESXi 5.5
    Continuing the saga of building out my VMware home lab I will be covering the process off installing ESXi 5.5 as a Virtual machine in my environment. As stated in my previous posts, I am a VMUG Advantage Member so I do have access to newer versions of VMware software.  That might make you wonder […]
  • How to Create a Virtual Machine using VMware Workstation Professional 15
    Continuing on from my previous post, I wanted to go through the process of creating a Virtual Machine with VMware Workstation Professional 15. Mostly because the last time I did a how to create a VM post, it was a few years ago and it was vCenter 5.5, and because I will be building off […]
  • vExpert 2019
    I just got the email that I didn’t think I was going to get. But I received the vExpert approval email! This was my first time applying for this, but I was fortunate enough to be selected for this honor. This would not have been possible if it was not for this blog. Thank you […]
  • How to install VMware Workstation Professional 15
    In my previous post about my new Home Lab spoke about installing VMware Workstation Professional 15. I wanted to follow up with this installation guide. Once you get the installer downloaded, start off by double clicking it to run it. At the Welcome screen, click Next to continue.  On the End User License Agreement, Check […]
  • VMware Home Lab 1.0
    GREAT DAY IN THE MORNING!!!!! Alright I had to find a different way to start this post, so I decided to borrow Pierre Roberts Catch phrase. I don’t think it worked so he can have it back.  I wanted to take the time to talk about my home lab that I am currently using. As […]
  • How to add a VM to inventory
    So like I mentioned in a previous post, I have been trying to help people out on VMNT or VMware Community forums. One of the posts that I helped out on involved someone who needed  help adding a VM to inventory after it was restored. Here is how you can add a VM into inventory […]