Category Archives: VMware

Out now, vSphere 5.5U2

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Hot off the Press ! vSPhere 5.5 Update 2 was made GA. Lots of issues resolved, and a bit of a ‘maintenance release’ imo. vCenter 5.5U2 Release Notes. ESXi 5.5U2 Release Notes. Notable inclusions; Edit Hardware V10 guest settings from the C# Client – Hooray ! And the community breathed a big sigh of relief.          … Read more »

VMware EVO:RAIL : SDDC in a box

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Rumours of the VMware hyper-converged appliance have been riding high for some months under the guise of “Project Marvin”, now official, the details are out about EVO:RAIL VMware EVO:RAlL landing page is here. From the release; VMware EVO: RAIL™ combines compute, networking, and storage resources into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered… Read more »

vSphere – “Another task is already in progress..” fix with esxcli

I recently had the ‘pleasure’ of an unresponsive vm that had basically turned into a ZOMBIE ! It could not be restarted, edited, snapshot’d and was of course, unresponsive from an OS perspective (No RDP, ping or comms just totally off the air) Any attempted operation from the vSphere client returned “Another task is already in progress” Similar results from remote… Read more »

PowerCLI for basic vCenter/ESXi config management

Many admins use Host Profiles, vCM, vCOPS and the like to ensure element compliance within their VI inventory.  While these can be fine solutions, many companies do not have the luxury of owning these products. In many cases the targeted use of powerCLI commands across your environment can help to keep things in ‘check’ and help you keep on top… Read more »

vSphere Web client – tweaks & hotkeys

I’m not particularly enamoured with the vSphere web client, but one thing it has encouraged me to do is get more proficient using scripting/shell utilities like PowerCLI. When it was first released, it showed promise. But I, like many others was unimpressed by the lag and general slowness in navigation and getting things done like we were accustomed to using the… Read more »

vSphere PowerCLI – Snapshot handling

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Snapshots are cool. We all use them, we all love them. But they can be tedious to manage, and this can lead to them causing issues. Take some care to manage them proactively so they don’t become a monkey on your back. I’ve grown rather fond of managing snapshot functions using PowerCLI. Why? It’s fast, efficient and everything looks cooler… Read more »