VMware EVO:RAIL : SDDC in a box

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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EMC VNX hotspare activation & rebuild monitoring with naviseccli

If you’ve ever wondered if you can monitor hotspare disk activities from naviseccli, the answer is yes…. ! As expected you receive your automated email alerts when a system fault occurs, in this case a disk failure (and hopefully a dial-home event was triggered via ESRS)about a disk failure; Using Naviseccli, you can get a […]

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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 […]

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EMC RecoverPoint : Error during upgrade “failed to obtain WWN from RPAs”

I have been fortunate enough to be involved in some customer trials of the EMC Deployment Manager upgrade toolkit. Whilst it’s a major enhancement for customers to be able to upgrade their Recoverpoint clusters, it’s not without it’s issues and quirks. During a recent upgrade from v3.5.SP1.P1 to 4.0.SP2.P1 I received an unusual error message during […]

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vSphere PowerCLI – Snapshot handling

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, […]

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