Using the VMware Content Libray Assistant Fling

So VMware Flings have been on a roll recently. They have released what they call “VMware Content Library Assistant.” This is a java based CLI app, that connects to your vCenter and searchers for your templates and then automatically creates and uploads them. You can find the fling at the following URL… Once you download the fling, you can just run the following command. java -jar sphere-content-library-assistant-1.0.jar -s servername -u username -p password In my case my java home isn’t setup on my mac so I had to run the following command to get it to work.

Installing Ubiquiti Unifi Controller

I have been using Ubiquiti equipment for awhile at home and I figured i would finally write a blog post about it. Ubiquiti equipment is “enterprise class” equipment for the consumer. I figured I would create a post that goes over two ways of loading the controller. The first option will be installing it on Ubuntu on bare metal or a VM, the second option is a docker container. If you are installing this on a bare metal or virtual machine, i suggest a debian based image.

vSphere 6.5 - vCenter HA (VCHA) Issues

So as everyone has probably seen, vSphere 6.5 is now GA. One of the features i have been waiting for the most is vCenter HA. I have spent some time trying to get this working in my lab. Unfortunately after countless tries i was stuck. Thanks to folks in the vExpert Slack for helping me try to resolve this, but unfortunately this was a case for VMware Support. Every time I would try to configure vCenter HA using the Advanced Wizard, I would get the following error.

vSphere 6.5 - New License Import from My VMware

So as everyone has probably seen, vSphere 6.5 is now GA. As usual right away I have upgraded the homelab and have already found a neat new feature. When you are adding in your VMware licenses, you now have an option to Import License Keys Data… To start you need to generate a report from Log in and Navigate to Download Reports Click on the Available Reports dropdown, and select the Product Licenses, Details and History.

Using Powershell to Create Windows SMB Shares

I have been knee deep in migrations, so after clicking through a few times to create clustered file shares, I finally decided to script them. Here is that script I thought I would share. Thanksfully there was the NTFSSecurity module published by microsoft that makes permissions a breeze. You can get more details by viewing the module page. Pre-Requsites NTFS Security Module Link to Script Create-SMBShare.ps1 Preparing to Execute the Script Fill in the appropriate variables, and execute the script.

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Design Guide (3V0 622)

I am about to start down my path of studying for my VCAP6-DCV Design Exam. I figured I would throw up the blueprint and fill in each section as applicable. Either way here is the blueprint laid out for anyone who may benefit. This is it as of 7/25/16. Section 1 – Create a vSphere Conceptual Design Objective 1.1 – Gather and analyze business requirements Skills and Abilities Existing Content from VCAP5-DCD

My VCAP6 DCV Deploy Beta Experience

Today I took my VCAP6-DCV exam. This exam was announced with a two week availability in the US priced at $100. My experience with the exam was actually pretty good. The new interface for the advanced exams is that of an HOL. You are dropped onto the desktop and have a window that slides in and out to pull up the manual and other consoles. I would definately read up on Josh Andrew’s post about what to expect.

Using PowerCLI to Get and Set DVS Traffic Shaping Settings

I have been in process in configuring traffic shaping for multiple port groups. It seems with PowerCLI 6.3 R1 there are no native Powershell Cmdlets. Luckily I stumbled across @Lucd and his PowerCLI functions to manage these settings, i have put these into a script to mass get and set the settings for all port groups of a DVS’s. Pre-Requsites VMware PowerCLI Link to Script Get-VMwareTrafficShapingSettings.ps1 Set-VMwareTrafficShapingSettings.

Using Veeam Powershell to Manage ReIP Rules

Hello! Welcome to my First Veeam PowerShell Script! I have been working on tons of migrations using Veeam Backup and Replication and need to create re-ip rules to update the static IP assignments. Obviously the first rule of scripting if you do something more than once, automate! I was bad at this one, I originally tried and gave up so I did about 20 manually which started to become a huge headache.

Troubleshooting Cisco ENIC and FNIC Drivers with VMware Update Manager 6.x

I have been having issues ever since I updated to vSphere 6.x getting the Cisco Drivers to properly update through VMware Update Manager(VUM). Every time I would run through a compliance check, they would always report they were up to date even when they were running an older version. I have recently made a breakthrough working with VMware Support and stumbling through some old blogs. Cisco Support has been terrible on this issue and after repeated attempts to get this case escalated i think the 10th time is a charm.