VM and vSAN Encryption

In this day an age, securing data is a must.  In this post I’d like to show you two options for protecting your data; vSAN Encryption & VM Encryption. To achieve either of these you need to have connected a Key Management Server (or Cluster) to your vCenter server.  Check out my previous post of how to do that – Deploying and

Deploying and Connecting A Key Management Server to vCenter

Is it secure?   This has to be one of the first things you consider with any technology solution or decision today.  So when I was lucky enough to receive a NFR license from HyTrust for their KeyControl Key Management System I was excited to get this into my lab so I can make use of VMware’s vSAN and VM Encryption. In this post I will

Configuring ESXi for iSCSI Storage Using PowerCLI

Configuring host VMKernel adapters for iSCSI can be a time consuming process. PowerCLI can take away a lot if not all of the effort. Below is an example of using PowerCLI to create a Standard Virtual Switch (vSS), configure a VMKernel adapter, set the VLAN, enable the software iSCSI adapter (if that’s what you are using), bind it to the

Centos Based Certificate Authority For The VMware Lab

A useful thing for a home lab or VMware lab, is a certificate authority. There are Windows based CA’s as well as Linux based and many others. I wanted to take the Linux based route for my home lab to give me some administration time in Linux, being that Windows is my safe place! After a bit of googling, I

Configuring Encrypted vMotion With PowerCLI

Encrypted vMotion is a feature available in vSphere 6.5 onwards. It is something that is always used to secure vMotions of encrypted virtual machines, its a required option, but is optional for non encrypted virtual machines. By default, non encrypted virtual machines will be set to ‘opportunistic’. If both the source and destination hosts support it (so ESXi 6.5 onwards),

Exporting and Importing Active Directory OU Structures

Recently I needed to build out some test Active Directory Forests that resemble production in order to complete some testing. One of the forests contained a significant amount of OU’s that I had no intention of manually recreating. To run the New-ADOrganizationalUnit cmdlet, you need to provide the OU name and the Path where you want to create it. However,

Creating Virtual Distributed Port Groups Using PowerCLI

I recently needed to create a new Distributed Port Group and set a specific load balancing policy on an existing Distributed Switch. Nothing to exciting, but a task many have to complete. As this is a common repeatable task, i put together this short .ps1 to allow a repeatable way of completing this. You can find the file here on

VMWorld 2020 Registration is open!

This year, as much as we have lost the ability to travel and connect with people in person at this event, it has presented an opportunity for individuals to attend from the comfort of the home or office that many have been unable to attend in person in previous year for a variety of reasons. Don’t waste the opportunity! Head

vCenter Tag Administration Permissions

The use of VMware tags recently became a requirement for some of my colleagues in an environment that was inherited.  They were faced with being unable to create Tags & Tag Categories or Assign and Delete them, despite ‘having admin rights’. Upon investigation it became apparent that while the admins had been granted the Administrators Role at the vCenter Object


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