Creating custom SATP claimrules for EMC Symmetrix

As part of my migration work to EMC storage I need to create a custom SATP rule on each of my vSphere 5.0 hosts. The two obvious options are using ESXCLI from a SSH session to each host, or using PowerShell where ESXCLI is exposed using the Get-EsxCli cmdlet. The PowerShell option suits me better … Continue reading “Creating custom SATP claimrules for EMC Symmetrix”

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Update NTP configuration on multiple ESXi 5.0 hosts

We recently upgraded our NTP infrastructure and I had to reconfigure 46x ESXi 5.0 hosts to reflect this change. I’m not keen on doing these types of operations manually so I wrote this script to automate the process. I’m sure there are definitely more elegant scripts available, but this one works perfectly well. Just change … Continue reading “Update NTP configuration on multiple ESXi 5.0 hosts”

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Work Smart, not Hard – Automate Custom Attributes

I’m not sure how widely vCenter custom attributes are used in general, but I certainly find them useful for a summary of important information in a single view (the VM summary tab). The only problem with using additional annotations, is that the data only becomes useful if it is maintained and can be relied upon. … Continue reading “Work Smart, not Hard – Automate Custom Attributes”

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Take advantage of Windows PowerShell 3.0 to manage your VMware environment

If you meet the system requirements for Windows Management Framework 3.0, then make sure you take advantage of Windows PowerShell 3.0 to manage your VMware environment. You will still use the same vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets that you’re used to, but run them from the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). To achieve this, you need … Continue reading “Take advantage of Windows PowerShell 3.0 to manage your VMware environment”

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