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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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