VMworld 2011 Las Vegas in pictures

VMworld 2011 LogoLast week I attended VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, together with my colleague at Wageningen UR, Monique Vanmeulebrouk (Twitter: @moniquevmb, blog: thisvirtualrealm.com). This was my first VMworld and my first time in Las Vegas. And I was really impressed both by the event and the city. In this post I will show you some of the pictures I made last week. Read more of this post

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Interviewed by Dutch VMUG TV

VMworld 2011 LogoAt the end of VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, Monique Vanmeulebrouk and I were interviewed by Peter van den Bosch for Dutch VMUG TV. The interview was about our experiences at VMworld. Read more of this post

Add a VMware Exam Blueprint Guide recommended readings to iTunes using PowerShell

PowerShell logoAlthough I have been working as a VMware vSphere systems admin for more than two years now, I still don’t hold any VMware certification. The main reason for this was, that I didn’t take any VMware training course. And you won’t be VMware certified, if you haven’t at least followed one VMware training. In june I took the “VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting” class. So the reason for not doing a VMware exam was gone. And now I need to get prepared for the VMware VCP4 exam.

As you might now, if you want to prepare yourself for a VMware exam, you need to start with downloading the Exam Blueprint Guide. This guide describes what you should know to pass the exam. In this guide there are references to VMware documentation you should read before taking the exam. And I would love to read all these documents on my iPad. Being a PowerShell scripter I didn’t want to download all these documents and add them to my iTunes library manually. So I wrote a Powershell function to do that for me. Read more of this post

How to run VMware vSphere CLI perl scripts from PowerCLI

PowerCLI logoWith the announced VMware vSphere version 5.0, ESX servers will be history. Only ESXi servers are left over. And as you might now, the main difference between ESX and ESXi is the service console that ESX has and is removed from ESXi.

To be able to manage ESXi servers, VMware is promoting the VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI). And also the vSphere Management Assistant, which is a Linux virtual appliance with the vCLI installed in it. There is also a Microsoft Windows version of the vCLI. That runs in a Windows Command Prompt.

As a PowerShell user I don´t like writing scripts for the Command Prompt anymore. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could run the vCLI commands from PowerCLI? Read more of this post

How to use VMware vSphere PowerCLI to find a virtual machine by MAC address

PowerCLI logoSometimes you need to find a virtual machine by MAC address. This can be very time consuming if you have to do this by hand using the VMware vSphere Client. PowerCLI can do this task for you in only a few seconds. The script presented in this blogpost will retrieve the virtual machine that has a certain MAC address. Read more of this post

How to use VMware vSphere PowerCLI to find an ESX/ESXi server by MAC address

PowerCLI logoIn “Virtual machine failed to power on” Monique Vanmeulebrouk describes a problem where in one stage she needed to find an ESX server that has a certain MAC address. Of course you can log in to all your ESX servers and issue the “ifconfig | grep -i hw” command as described in the VMware Knowledge base article “Identifying the ESX Service Console MAC address”. But this method takes a lot of time. You can do this much easier with VMware vSphere PowerCLI. Read more of this post

Valid values for the ViewType parameter of the PowerCLI Get-View cmdlet

PowerCLI logoThe ViewType parameter of the PowerCLI Get-View cmdlet needs a Managed Object Type as value. A list of these Managed Object Types can be found in the VMware vSphere API Reference Documentation.

However not all the Managed Object Types are valid as a value for the Get-View -ViewType parameter. The Get-View documentation doesn’t show you which Managed Object Types you can use. But if you use a Managed Object Type that is not valid, like “Alarm”, you will get an error message that shows you the valid types. Read more of this post