Category Archives: Virtualisation

CommVault 11 and VMware – ‘Virtualize Me’ Restores

Virtualize Me is a really useful feature that I’ve not had the requirement to use until recently. For any number of reasons, most companies still have actual Physical Hosts running normal workloads. They may not have been virtualized for a similar number of reasons. That’s life. I found myself with a requirement to convert a Physical Host to a VMware… 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 »

VMware ESXi,Nexus 1000v: Add New vDS Port-Group + error “spec.numPorts exceeds the limit..”

If you’re familiar with Cisco IOS and networking in general, creating a new PortGroup on a Nexus1000v is pretty straightforward. Here I’m going to add a new Port-Profile, of type ‘vmware port-group‘ called “VM_Prod_29” with VLAN ID “29 “. Login to the active VSM and first create the VLAN;

Then create the Access PortGroup and assign VLAN 29 to it…. Read more »

EMC-VNX 1/2 and ESXi: Potential Data Unavailability

Another ETA hit my inbox over the weekend, this time relating to VNX/VNX2 and ESXi where a condition that could result in data being unavailable exists. If you are running a VNX and have a code base  of 05.32.000.5.219 or earlier or a VNX2 with codebase lower than 05.33.006.5.102 and earlier you may be affected. The full ETA can be found… Read more »

VMware NSX VCA-NV… So what ?

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There’s no doubt Software Defined  everything is big right now, and VMware NSX is probably King of the Hill. It’s a big focus of Vendor Roadshows and Tech Community events, and rightly so. As a customer, it’s not easy to get experience on such a platform. But as an influencer, architect and admin of my organization, when the CIO or… Read more »

VMware PowerCLI – What are you waiting for ?

I still talk to people who are reluctant to jump in and learn some basic scripting techniques. Usually their response is that it’s easy in the gui or “scripting is hard” or the “I’m not a developer so why bother ?”. Meh, make it happen. The facts is, learning some basic scripting techniques will save you considerable time and open up… Read more »

ESXi – An oldie but a goodie – CDP info via PowerCLI and Host CLI

When you don’t use something for a while, you tend to forget how valuable it can be. Even from its very early iterations, ESXi has been able to display CDP information so you can quickly establish “what’s patched where “.  Easy to get from the gui, but far more useful from the shell or cli. This has been valuable to… Read more »

ESXi – Driver VIB update using ESXCLI

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Nothing groundbreaking here folks, but this is a quick and easy way to upgrade the drivers (in this case Network Intel & Broadcom) on your host(s) I’ve done this many times for various reasons: Misbehaving drivers after upgrades, Version control, “’cause I wanna’”. etc Login to your host with the ssh client of choice (putty of course!) and put it… Read more »

Auto ESXi Host Configuration Backups with PowerCLI

Regularly throughout the year, I like to take PIT (Point in Time) backups of my ESXi host configurations. These form part of my Critical Config backups that I hope I’ll never have to use. But like any backup, these are merely another safety net as we strive to have more resilient systems. With the calendar year now drawing to a… Read more »