Rumor has it

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That I will be joining an awsome team at Proact. You shouldn’t listen to rumors, but this time around it all true. As of the 1th of December I will be a part of Team Proact. I will be joining such well know people as Mads Fog, Nicolai Sandager and Heino Skov. My role will be as a Cloud Architect. One of the reasons for joining Proact, is their focus. Two key aspects where this is true is PHC, Proact Hybrid Cloud and their focus on the journey to the SDDC or Software Defined Data Center. So there is a […]

Nordic VMUG UserCon – Be there or be square

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It’s once again time for Nordic VMUG UserCon, the largest VMware event in the Nordic and once again we welcome our Nordic brothers and sisters to a day packed with sessions, fun and mingling with fellow geeks and the like . The agenda is already live, only the sponsor sessions are now a mystery. You can check out the agenda here. Agenda I will do a brief recap of how the agenda looks from my point of view. First speaker is Paul Strong, I have never been in the audience when Paul has been speaking, so can’t really say much more, then […]

OVFtool wrapper for vCloud Air

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Lately I’ve started using vCloud Air. That’s is a new experience for me, being used to using the fat client for a vSphere environment – The vCloud Air is a different experience, not bad, just other ways to get the normal day-to-day operations to work. One of the things I have played with is OVFtool, which is a command-line tool to upload ISOs and VMs to vCloud Air. Working with long command-line strings can be a bit annoying, as small typos quickly breaks things and it can be hard to spot the single digit error somewhere in the long text […]

Creating Excel spreadsheet with PowerShell

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If you have followed this blog from the beginning, you would have seen that I have done things with PowerShell and Excel in the past. Like in Enclosure Overview, where I draw blade enclosures, with blades in them, name them and color code them according to the cluster they are in. This was done to give a clear understanding of how clusters where spread out through the data center. This is a great way to visualize fault domains(in this case sites/enclosures) and how they are utilized. Another example is my blog post about pxe boot, called Yet another ESXi pxe […]

vCenter IDM overview

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Dealing with user rights in vCenter isn’t an easy task. Data is not readily available from the given users perspective, instead one have to look through the different rolls, to see what rights the user will end up with, a task that can be hard to complete or do compliance check on. vCenter IDM has always been hard. This has made me turn to the trusted tools of PowerCli, where the answer can quickly be found or data be exported to csv, for later use with your favorite spreadsheet. This post is about the powercli script that I use to […]

Poor man’s event search

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If you ever tried to search through task and events in the vSphere client, you know this can take quite some time, dependent on your environment size and how much is going on in the vCenter. For that reason and because you “only” get the last 1000 events, it can be beneficial to be able to do an event search. When I have a challenge like this I jump to use the trusted tools of PowerCli. For this task the good folks at VMware has make a cmdlet called Get-ViEvent. If you simply run it you will get a long […]

My failures into patch management

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This is not my usual problem solving blog post, this is about my failures into patch management – Meaning that I failed! This is my thoughts and some of the work I have done in order to get a better understanding of the hardware’s firmware and driver versions – Which should have ended up in being a complete way of gaining control over firmware and drivers versions, in order to insure that firmware and driver are aligned across the datacenter. Going back around four years I was working with around ten ESXi hosts and 300 VMs or so. Going back […]

vRops API | Super Metric name

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This is gonna be a short one. If you have been following my blog you will know that I have been using vRops API quite a bit lately and all in all, I’m quite happy with the way it works and the data you can get out of it. There are of course room for improvement. One of the things that currently doesn’t work that well, are Super Metrics. If you know Super Metrics, this is a way to create new metrics which is created from other metric(s). The problem with Super Metrics is the name it’s given by vRops. An […]

Exploring vRops Internal API

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Continuing from my last blog post I will show you some more of vRops API capabilities, this time it vRops Internal API. So if your new to the vRops API or just need some more background of how to use it please start by reading my previous blog post vRops API consumed with Powershell   First a disclaimer: This is not supported by VMware! I post this purely for educational purpose. This should NOT be used for production. Again THIS IS NOT SUPPORTED.   Exploring vRops Internal API This time I’m going to show vRops private / unsupported API, which […]

vRops API consumed with Powershell

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vRops have been out for sometime now, and a lot of new features have been added, not to talk about a whole new user interface experience. The future looks bright for vRops. Another great feature is a REST / RESTful api. This what I’m going to talk a bit about, and more so show vRops API consumed with Powershell. First thing to know is how to get a hold of the vRops API and the documentation for it, and if you should wish to use it, there’s also a java and python client. I prefer to use a plugin for Firefox […]