Tag : VMware

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 25, 2016

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.

Platform Services Controller PowerCLI PowerShell PSC VMware vSphere

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 3, 2016

As a follow on to my previous article on how to deploy HOWTO: Deploy the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform Services Controller, 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.jonathanmedd.net / @JonathanMedd) was a co-author.

Platform Services Controller PowerCLI PowerShell PSC VMware vSphere

Written by Christopher Lewis on May 23, 2016

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.

Platform Services Controller PSC VMware vSphere

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 25, 2016

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.

VMware PowerCLI

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 21, 2016

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.

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 21, 2016

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.

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 20, 2016

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

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 20, 2016

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.

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 20, 2016

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.

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 12, 2016

As part of the continual (re)deployment and evolution of my home lab I have created a custom ESXi image to include a VIB for my Synology SAN. Whilst I will concentrate on the steps required to complete this specifically for the Synology, the principle applies to any home lab or indeed any Production environment that needs a custom VMware vSphere ESXi Image. Required Software: VMware PowerCLI (latest available) VMware vSphere offline bundle downloadable from VMware (I’m using the 6.

VMware PowerCLI vSphere ESXi

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 7, 2016

Power CLI 2nd Edition - A “must have” book for anyone who is working with VMware products and wants to add value and save time. The book has been helpful to me for three reasons: it has taught me how to automate those mundane tasks that everybody hates to, it has enabled me to remove the human error - making sure results are consistent, and most importantly it has given me back some much needed time to tackle more interesting problems/tasks (after all once you have written a script once it can be re-used on many projects!

PowerCLI PowerShell VMware

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 24, 2016

I thought I would share one of the many Visio Diagrams I have created recently on a project to deploy VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.x.

VMware vRealize Automation 6.x