PowerCLI Script to Power On or Off vSphere Lab

I was recently chatting to a few guys regarding powering on and off VMs within a vSphere lab and using a script to do so in some sort of controlled manner (or force power off everything if desired). A few of us had a quick search, and couldn’t see anything that met the requirements of being able to… Read More »

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Melbourne VMUG UserCon 2017

Back in March, I attended the Melbourne VMUG UserCon. This is the first UserCon I attended, and damn was I impressed! From what I’ve heard via peers, VMUG hasn’t been having the best run lately, world wide. Needless to say, the team behind both the Sydney and the Melbourne events did a fantastic job. This year consisted of… Read More »

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Runecast Analyser Review and Walkthrough

Runecast Analyser was founded in 2014 and at a high level, is a product to provide proactive analysis for VMware environment. I’ve only recently been introduced to Runecast and I’ve had the chance to download and use it in my lab environment. I was lucky enough to meet Ched and Stanimir recently at the Melbourne VMUG. I thought I… Read More »

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Additions To vGhetto Automated vSphere Lab Deployment

So last week I received a new lab server that is going to be housed at home. It is a Dell T430 with 128GB ram, which is exactly what I was after as I want to get right back into the lab work, but I didn’t want a heap of gear and network requirements. NestedESXi has worked reasonably… Read More »

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ESXi – Agent can’t send heartbeats: No buffer space available

Quick post. The other day I saw an alert on an ESXi 6.0 host as follows: Agent can’t send heartbeats: No buffer space available The host was responsive and connected to vCenter Server, and the VMs were running OK on the host. I checked the vmkernel / hostd / vpxa logs, and the only mention of this was… Read More »

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VMware Fling: vSphere Compatibility Predictor

Introduction If you work in the VMware suite of products and haven’t heard of or checked out the VMware Flings website, head on over and check it out! As the website says; “Flings are apps and tools built by our engineers that are intended to be played with and explored.” A lot of products and features that make… Read More »

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Achievement Unlocked: VMware vExpert 2017

Early this morning VMware released the results for the VMware vExpert 2017 programme. Before even seeing the post, I woke up to a couple of slack messages with congrats (I’m currently on holiday and also on the Gold Coast, 1 hour behind my normal time zone!). I checked out the official post (link below) and sure enough my… Read More »

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vCenter Support Assistant 6.5 Deployment

Introduction The VMware vCenter Support Assistant is a free plugin made available by VMware in the form of a virtual appliance. After deploying the appliance, it can be registered to vSphere SSO and you can authorise one or more vCenter Servers to Support Assistant. Support Assistant provides the following benefits: Reactive support. You can use the Support Assistant… Read More »

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Nimble Storage NimbleOS3 VAAI XCOPY Testing

Introduction Nimble Storage arrays are one of my favourite SAN arrays to work with at the moment. However, until Nimble OS3 which was made GA on the 31st of August, 2016, there was no support for the XCOPY VAAI primitive. This meant that when performing actions such as a storage vMotion that moved data between datastores on the… Read More »

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