As a follow on to my previous article, HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Service Controller using PowerCLI & JSON - Part 1 , I had a new customer requirement to deploy the Platform Service Controller as the identity solution for vRealize Automation 6.x, but this time directly onto a VMware vCenter Server rather than an VMware vSphere ESXi host. I can hear you all screaming at the article about vRealize Automation 7, how it is much cooler and has its own highly available vIDM - but this project started when vRA7 had only just come out and the customer didn’t want to take the risk.

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 25, 2016 .

Platform Services Controller PowerCLI PowerShell PSC VMware vSphere

As a follow on to my previous article on how to deploy HOWTO: Deploy the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform Services Controlle r, I thought I would share a way to automate the delivery of the vSphere Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI/Powershell. The main credit for this article goes to the information in the brilliant PowerCLI Reference 2nd Edition (see my review here ) of which my colleague Jonathan Medd ( www.

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 3, 2016 .

Platform Services Controller PowerCLI PowerShell PSC VMware vSphere

The following instructions will help you deploy a standalone VMware vSphere Platform Service Controller. Instructions In the software installer directory, double-click vcsa-setup.html. Wait for the browser to detect the Client Integration Plug-in and allow the plug-in to run on the browser when prompted. On the Home page, click Install to start the vCenter Server Appliance deployment wizard. At the End User License Agreement screen, check the “I accept the terms of the license agreement checkbox”, and click Next.

Written by Christopher Lewis on May 23, 2016 .

Platform Services Controller PSC VMware vSphere

Being able to Power on a Virtual Machine is a PowerCLI 101 subject (right after the Connect-VIServer). Start-VM -VM "VM Name" -Server "vCenter/ESX Server Name" However, how about being able to choose what to do with a Virtual Machine based on its current Power Status? That is where (amongst other ways) the PowerShell Switch command comes in. Firstly we get the Virtual Machine Object using Get-VM into an object called (funnily enough) $VM.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 25, 2016 .

VMware PowerCLI

As part of my VMware home lab setup I wanted to be able to run a PowerCLI/PowerShell script to Power On/Off my hosts as required. The first objective was being able to power the hosts on using their IPMI interfaces. Thankfully the Microsoft PowerShell has something that does the job quite nicely called Physical Computer System View (PCSV) Device Cmdlets. Using Get-PcsvDevice Using the Get-PcsvDevice command interactively will require you to provide an IP Address/Hostname, a protocol (such as IPMI) and a set of credentials.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 25, 2016 .

Microsoft PowerShell Home Lab

This is Part 4 of a series on Monitoring Processes in Linux using VMware vRealize Operations Endpoint Operations Management (EPOPS). Creating the MultiProcess Object for a single Linux Machine Creating a MultiProcess Object for a Linux Machine (via Inventory Explorer) Creating Object Relationships Identifying the correct process.query string Firstly I would highly recommend the following steps are taken within a test/lab environment. Within my lab environment I had numerous instances of core CentOS7, so if you have a more feature rich installation of Linux some of the steps may not be necessary.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 21, 2016 .

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

The main prerequisite information for installing the EPOPS agent is information required to populate the agent.properties file once installation is completed (but not started), this includes: IP or hostname of the vROps Server (agent.setup.serverIP) SSL Port to be used (default is 443) (agent.setup.serverSSLPort) Account used to register the agent in vROps (agent.setup.serverLogin) Password for the Registration Account (agent.setup.serverPword) The Certificate Thumbprint of the vROps Server (agent.setup.serverCertificateThumbprint) (optional) Agent Listen Port (default is 2144) if you are deploying VMware vRealize Hyperic as well (agent.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 21, 2016 .

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

This is Part 3 of a series on Monitoring Processes in Linux using VMware vRealize Operations Endpoint Operations Management. Creating the MultiProcess Object for a single Linux Machine Creating a MultiProcess Object for a Linux Machine (via Inventory Explorer) Creating Object Relationships Identifying the correct process.query string Creating Object Relationships If you haven’t already, log into vRealize Operations using an appropriate account. Select Administration. Select Object Relationships. Under Parent Selection, select Object Types.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 20, 2016 .

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

This is Part 2 of a series on Monitoring Processes in Linux using VMware vRealize Operations Endpoint Operations Management. Creating the MultiProcess Object for a single Linux Machine Creating a MultiProcess Object for a Linux Machine (via Inventory Explorer) Creating Object Relationships Identifying the correct process.query string Creating a MultiProcess Object for a Linux Machine (via Inventory Explorer) Log into vRealize Operations using an appropriate account. Select Administration. Select Inventory Explorer.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 20, 2016 .

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

This is Part 1 of a series on Monitoring Processes in Linux using VMware vRealize Operations Endpoint Operations Management. Creating the MultiProcess Object for a single Linux Machine Creating a MultiProcess Object for a Linux Machine (via Inventory Explorer) Creating Object Relationships Identifying the correct process.query string I have been working with a customer recently around migrating their Linux based monitoring form their incumbent monitoring tool into vRealize Operations End Point Operations Management.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 20, 2016 .

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations