Using PureStorage Powershell to Configure SysLog Servers

Currently working on the final steps of getting our new equipment configured. The next step was to configure Syslog on all of our Pure Arrays. Another reason to script this task! Easily populate your arrays and server and at the click of a button you can configure all your arrays easily. Pre-Requsites PureStorage Powershell SDK Link to Script Set-PureStorageSyslog.ps1 Preparing to Execute the Script The script is pretty straight forward, just need to define a few variables seen below and then you execute the script.

Using UCS PowerTool to Configure Syslog Servers

Time for more UCS Scripting! This time to configure Syslog. The script is pretty straightforward, but nice to have to easily set up Syslog across multiple UCS domains. Pre-Requsites UCS Powertool Link to Script Set-UcsSyslog.ps1 Preparing to Execute the Script The script is pretty straight forward, just need to define a few variables seen below and then you execute the script. I will walk you through the process.

Using PowerCLI to Install Host VIBs

So currently Cisco has an issue with installing their ENIC and FNIC VIBs through Update Manager for ESXi 6.x. Until that is resolved I need to manually push out patches to these hosts. Obviously I do not want to do this manually, so I will be utilizing PowerCLI to accomplish this task. Pre-Requsites VMware PowerCLI Link to Script Install-HostVIB.ps1 Preparing to Execute the Script The script is pretty straight forward, just need to define a few variables seen below and then you execute the script.

Using UCS PowerTool To Set SNMP Configuration

Time for more UCS Scripting! This time to enable SNMP. The script is pretty straightforward, but nice to have to easily set up SNMP across multiple UCS domains. Pre-Requsites UCS Powertool Link to Script Set-UcsSnmpConfiguration.ps1 Preparing to Execute the Script The script is pretty straight forward, just need to define a few variables seen below and then you execute the script. I will walk you through the process.

vExpert 2016

I am honored to have been selected as a VMware vExpert once again for 2016! This is my fourth year as a vExpert (2013,2014,2015 and 2016). It has been great to see the community grow and the amount of vExperts increase. I did a quick count, and in 2016 we are up to 1360 vExperts! Can’t wait to see what this year brings.

Using Ansible to Run Powershell Scripts

In the midst of playing with Ansible and figured my most common use case would be executing powershell scripts on remote servers, so scavenged around and put this together. Pre-Requsites ansible ansible-winrm Link to Git Project ansible_powershell Preparing to Execute the Script This script assumes you have already installed and configured Ansible, downloaded the Git Repo and installed the WinRM python module. Define your group variables.

Using Ansible to Create Cisco ACI Filters

In the midst of rolling out Cisco ACI, we have a need to automation creation of filters to apply to contracts. I tried to use the ACI-PowerTool for this task, however it doesnt seem to work with the newer code we are on. So I went back and attempted to use the ansible modules and it worked flawlessly, below is a sample playbook that will create a filter and add the associated filter entries.

Cisco Champion 2016

I am honored to have been accepted once again as a Cisco Champion for 2016! I had a bit of a gap in blog posts this past year due to a job change. However, look forward to more posts on Cisco UCS and maybe even some Cisco ACI. I am a member of the Cisco Champions Program. Cisco Champions are passionate about Cisco and enjoy sharing our knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco.

Using PowerCLI to Install Software in a Guest VM

I have been constantly trying to figure out the best way to deploy updated agents to some of our virtual desktops. It isnt a large environment so I have no need for SCCM or other deployment tools, but its big enough having to RDP to each VM was a pain. I finally decided to bang out a script, and surprised how well it works. Pre-Requsites VMware PowerCLI Link to Script InstallVMSoftware.

Using PowerCLI to Replicate Templates to Multiple Clusters

We have multiple clusters within our vCenters that are defined as a rack. Each rack has its own storage, so storage is not shared between clusters. I needed to develop a way to easily replicate templates between clusters, so a local copy existed on each cluster to take advantage of VAAI. I really wanted to utilize the vSphere Content Libary for these, but there is currently no publicly available documentation on how to deploy a VM from a Content Library via a Script.