Auto Connecting Devices to a VMware Workstation VM

As part of my latest homelab setup, I run my vCenter Server VM and Domain Controller VM on VMware Workstation Pro 16 and not on an ESXi host. This is mainly so I don’t have to fire up a noisy rack mount server when I only need my vCenter Server for something. This did leave

Failed to Deploy OVF Package – vSphere Content Libraries

I recently came across an issue with creating subscribed VMware Content Libraries, and deploying templates from a Content Library. An error similar to the one below, would be received when attempting to deploy a VM template or OVF from a Content Library, or an error related to connection issues when setting up a subscribed Content

Different Tools; Same Result – vSphere Distributed Port Groups

As technology moves forward, more and more ways to achieve your goal become available. Many people still rely on the good old trusty GUI to achieve their goal, I know I do at times. Is this because it’s quicker, more comfortable or familiar? Or perhaps because they don’t realise there are other options out there!?

NSX-T Manager Certificate Replacement

I decided it was time to add VMware NSX-T to my HomeLab. I had been putting it off for a while but I couldn’t avoid it any longer! Once I had fired up my NSX Manager Nodes and Cluster (I am using version 3.1), I looked to installing certificates. I choose to use a single

Sessions I’ll Be Attending at VMworld 2021

VMworld 2021 is right around the corner! This year we are again unable to attend in person due to COVID-19, however this still gives everyone the chance to attend as its an online event! It is running from the 5th to the 7th October this year – Like many, I have been marking various sessions

Enabling VM Rightsizing in vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS)

One of the many great features of vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS) is the ability to identify and address over or under sized virtual machines. I was asked a short while ago why the option to resize a VM was unavailable or ‘greyed out’ as you can see below. This feature is something that you need

Getting Started With Packer to Create vSphere Templates – Part 1

Virtual Machines Templates, why? Templates are a great way to achieve consistent, repeatable and fast virtual machine (VM) deployments, be it an on-premise vSphere environment or cloud based environment. Having up to date VM templates for each of the operating systems you use, is key to being able to deploy infrastructure quickly and easily across

Upgrading Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 8.3.1 to 8.4

I recently started looking at prerequisites to a vSphere 7 upgrade, by reviewing any associated upgrades that might be needed. VMware Site Recovery Manager was one product that needed to be upgraded prior to this. I decided I would fire up a quick nested setup in my HomeLab to run through the process before hand

Upgrade vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS) 7.5 to 8.4

Recently I tested a vRealize Operation Manager (vROPS) upgrade from version 7.5 to 8.4 ahead of a vCenter 7.0.2 upgrade and thought I would share the process. Something worth noting with this upgrade. vROPS 7.5 is based on a SUSE Linux OS, 8.4 is Photon OS. Before we install the 8.4 update, make sure you

Updating PowerCLI and Cleaning Up Old Versions

Following the recent PowerCLI 12.3 release, I’m sure many will be rushing to make use of some of the great new additions which you can find information on here. I thought I would quickly show the process of upgrading to the latest version whilst uninstalling any older versions you might still have installed. Partly because

Enabling Native KMS in vSphere 7.0 Update 2

Some time back I wrote about setting up and enabling a HyTrust Key Management setup for vSphere to make use of VM and vSAN encryption. Following the release of vSphere 7.0 Update 2, VMware have introduced native key management capabilities! This is a great feature as you no longer require a potentially expensive separate key

Get, Set and Remove Perennial Reservations Using PowerShell Functions

Having recently had to do some work with RDM perennial reservations I looked into ways to make this less of a manual headache. There are plenty of examples out there for doing this, which I took as a basis to make a PowerShell function. If anything it was a great way to refresh my PowerShell

Administering ESXi Hosts With ESXCLI using PowerCLI

There are times as a vSphere admin, you are going to want to run ESXCLI commands against multiple ESXi Hosts from a central location. This could be for configuration / administration, reporting, patching or a number of other things. Recently I have been testing different values in the /DataMover/MaxHWTransferSize advanced setting. To make life easier,

Deploying vCenter 7.0 via the CLI

Recently I decided it was time to add a second vCenter 7.0 Appliance to my main lab environment after the lab containing my SRM and vSphere Replication installation ceased to exist… I thought I would take the CLI route as its been a while, and thought I’d share! To begin, you need to decide what

Using Tags To Automate The Assigning Of vCenter Object Permissions

Tags are a really useful component in VMware. They can be used for all manor of things, whether it’s for storage policies, backups, identifying a group of objects or in the case of this post, managing permissions. Having a method of easily assigning permissions to singular or multiple objects in vCenter can be a great

Change ESXi Host Access Groups With PowerCLI

IT security, accountability and auditability are critical today. Securing vCenter Server using auditable identities, for instance via an Active Directory identity source, is likely common for most vCenter consumers. This ensures individual access can be used to audit actions back to an admin as well as provide higher security through strong password policies and the


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