Category Archives: Quick Tips

Quick Fix – VMware WS: Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms.

Had a little issue when trying to install a fresh Windows Server 2016 vm in my lab today. I don’t install many Windows guests at home (mostly Linux) but had never had an issue on older builds. Setup: VMware Workstation Pro 12.5.6 build-5528349 Windows Build: 14393.rs1 This was installing off the current iso and and I had all default settings. After… Read more »

AWS and PowerShell – Let’s be friends Part 1

I first used AWS approximately 4 years ago. At that time, programmatic management of services was not an easy hurdle to jump and required regular ‘feeding & watering’. Naturally, these tools have matured greatly so whatever tool-set you are most comfortable with has a well developed set of features/options available for you to use. These can be referenced and downloaded… Read more »

Quick Fix-VMware Workstation- The user did not accept the license agreement by passing EULAS_AGREED=1 on the command line

One of the nice benefits of being a vExpert is the licenses kindly provided to various VMware apps including VMware Workstation. After receiving the codes this year and downloading the latest version, it should have been a simple process to install, right ? Dbl-Click, next, next, next…. ? Moments after confirming the UPGRADE dialog, i was surprised to see a warning;… Read more »

ESXi 5.5 – Automating VMFS UNMAP w/ PowerCLI and PowerShell

With vSphere 6.5 recently released, a nice feature was the automated execution of the UNMAP command against thin provisioned datastores to reclaim space. This requires no user interaction, it’s fully automated for you and can free up significant amounts of space from your datastores. There’s some good information regarding the v6.5 release  on these blogs; ESX Virtualization Vladan Seget VirtualizationIsLife  Anthony… Read more »

VMware DRS rule manipulation using PowerCLI (EMC VPLEX use case) Part 1.

VPLEX is another of my favourite products,  and for good reason. I currently run a Metro cluster underneath a VMware platform that has proven to be super reliable. One important design consideration for this is to ensure that VM’s are configured for site bias. Why ? Glad you asked. In a VPLEX Metro configuration, a VPLEX detach rule is defined… Read more »

ESXi – Removing a stubborn Nexus 1000v VIB

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Happened upon an unusual error while wrestling a Nexus 1000v out of a ESXi 5.1 host. All seemed to progress well, the host was removed from the dvs without issue.  The next step was to remove the Cisco vem VIB from the host in preparation for upgrade. esxcli software vib remove -n cisco-vem-150-esx  (or whatever vib name you are removing… Read more »

Dell PowerVault MD3660f – Firmware Upgrade Process

The DELL PowerVault MD series Storage Arrays are solid and reliable units. Whilst I don’t use any for what may be considered “Primary” Storage, I use them for many workloads. Backup targets, Image Respositories, Archives, Unstructured data etc. In a 5 RU form factor, it’s a dense package with over 120TB of usable capacity.            Generally… Read more »

EMC RecoverPoint : Automated Protection Window Summary

One thing that is often overlooked after a RecoverPoint solution is implemented is the ongoing Protection Window value for your Consistency Groups.  During the design phase, the Journal sizes are (hopefully) diligently and accurately calculated according to your RPO. But as time goes by, how many people actually check that the projected Protection Windows are in fact correct ? If… Read more »

EMC – Self Help Pt2 : SolVe Desktop

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** Updated August 2016** Some good news received today from Kirsty Allen from the SolVe desktop team @ EMC. SolVe Desktop has now been updated to include some new products; RecoverPoint VNX (1 & 2) VxRail Unity VMAX All Flash To get them included in your own catalog should just require a re-auth and download the kcf file.The content will be… Read more »

EMC VNX – Self Help using “MyDocs”

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I’m a big believer in “helping yourself”. By researching and actually doing things, we learn, grow and become more self-sufficient. I’ve blogged before about what I sometimes refer to as hidden gems, in particular MiTrend. There are other tools from EMC that are very useful. The first is My Documents (MyDocs), which is targeted at VNX (1&2) users,  and for… Read more »