Category: Powershell

Deploy VCSA via PowerShell

Deploy VCSA via PowerShell

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about how organizations can provide services can operationalize the principles behind Infrastructure as Code in a way that’s accessible. In my experience, if a tool isn’t easy to use, it won’t be used. This is one of the biggest barriers to organizations (and companies that provide services, like mine) benefiting from IaC. It’s my intention that this script will achieve a high level of usability and will also generate and consume reusable code for future use.

Validate Network Connectivity Across A VMware Cluster

Validate Network Connectivity Across A VMware Cluster

It’s the network team’s fault…

The Scenario

Imagine you have an environment that has hundreds of VLANs. When you build a new cluster, there’s a real possibility that one host out of many is mis-configured on just a single port group or VLAN. It’s a pretty simple issue, but it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. Because of that, it’s incredibly difficult to troubleshoot, so I wrote a script to run through every ESXi host, and test connectivity on each port group.

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RVTools: Parse Multiple Outputs Using Powershell

RVTools: Parse Multiple Outputs Using Powershell

If you haven’t used RVTools before, I’d definitely suggest taking a look. In case you’re one of the few that has not used it, it’s a quick tool to generate a point-in-time report of the inventory/configuration/health of a vSphere environment. While it’s one of the best tools out there for a quick and dirty report of an environment, the challenge I often face is that it outputs too much data. The other challenge I’ve faced is that it’s incredibly difficult to combine and analyze data from multiple outputs.

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PowerCLI – Get All VM Details from get-task

PowerCLI – Get All VM Details from get-task

I’ve been working on a project that uses the -runasync parameter on the move-vm cmdlet. The obvious problem with running jobs asynchronously is that you lose the ability to determine the status of whatever task as soon as you submit it.

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Clone VM in Workstation 15 Pro via REST API using Powershell

Clone VM in Workstation 15 Pro via REST API using Powershell

After posting yesterday about modifying the parent image to allow for hostname changes, I was still looking for something a little more streamlined. I remember reading about the new REST API that is available on workstation, so I wrote a little script to use the Workstation API to clone a VM.

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VMware Powercli – Gather NIC Driver and Firmware Versions from Hosts via vCenter

VMware Powercli – Gather NIC Driver and Firmware Versions from Hosts via vCenter

I recently encountered an issue in vSphere 5.5 where I wasn’t able to change the interface speed on an ESXi host from auto-negotiate to anything else. After a good amount of troubleshooting I was able to determine that this issue was occurring due to the fact that the NIC firmware version and driver version on a blade server was out of date. VMware has a good KB article on how to grab the firmware and driver versions that I followed. However, the problem is that even on the most modest ESXi host that isn’t running 10G to it, you’ll likely have a minimum of 4 NICs on it. This means that you’ll have to enable SSH on every host you want to check, run one command per NIC each of them (or run a one line script that loops through them, but will that really save you time..?). It doesn’t take a very large cluster for that to become a very large endeavor.

This PowerShell script will connect to a vCenter server, allow you to scan all ESXi hosts, or only hosts within a particular cluster, and output the results in object format so that you can manipulate them how you wish.

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Use VMware PowerCLI to Pull CDP information from ESXi Hosts

Use VMware PowerCLI to Pull CDP information from ESXi Hosts

I like having documentation, but I hate creating documentation.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m slightly lazy at times, however, my own personal preferences for what I’ll call “Effort Allocation”, are not the root of my dislike for creating documentation.  The issue really stems from the fact that creating it is very time consuming, tedious, and usually lower on the priority list.

However, sometimes it’s not you that failed to create the documentation. Consultants frequently fall into this category.

The issue I’m handling here is documenting CDP information from the perspective of ESXi hosts using PowerCLI.

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Modify DNS Records via Powershell

Modify DNS Records via Powershell

Over the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of work with VMware Horizon 6. I’m not going to go into details, as VMware has done a great job doing that, plus I’m under a NDA. Suffice to say, details that have been provided suffice if you’re just looking for info.

In my company sponsored lab environment, I have HWS 1.8 deployed in feature/option parity compared to production. Deploying a second instance of HWS (perhaps a pre-release version), is challenging, due to DNS/Reverse DNS Checks that are done.

Anyways – the reason you’re probably here is to find out how to systematically modify DNS records, so here ya go!

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