Move Over PowerGUI – Time (finally!) for a New Editor

I’ll be the first to admit I sometime spend too much time with tools that work for me. One of those tools is the PowerGUI script editor. I had been holding out hope that after the Dell acquisition of Quest Software and its subsequent spin-off that PowerGUI would release to the public domain, but with no changes in 3+ years and a hiccup in the current tool, I’m now tossed between two different environments for development – VisualStudio Code and Powershell ISE. Here’s my take on both.

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PowerCLI 6.5.1 – It was too Easy!

I’ll write a post soon about the new features I’ve found useful in PowerCLI 6.5.1, but as for the install, it was just too easy.

Uninstall your current PowerCLI instance through Windows add ans remove programs, open up a Powershell console as administrator, type in “install-module vmware.powercli” hit enter and answer yes to one or two question. Done!

UCS VSAN Ready Nodes – Now in Blade Flavor

Just relaying an announcement I’m pretty excited about – VSAN ready nodes are nothing new to Cisco, but offerings to date have been in their C-series rack mount form factor. Cisco recently rolled out a new offering in the form of a B200M4 all-flash VSAN ready node. Due to the B200 slot limitations the form-factor trades raw storage capacity for performance. Even with this limitation, newer drive technology combined with innovations in data de-duplication and compression make for some pretty impressive claims.

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Providence VMUG – April 26, 2017

Providence VMWare User Group (PVD VMUG) is holding its first meeting of 2017 on April 26 at Tech Collective in Providence. With a run-down on all the latest updates to vSphere 6.5, as well as an intro and dive into vRealize Network Insight, it’s shaping up to be a great meeting. And if that’s not enough, what’s better than connecting with your peers over vBeers! Best of all the event and VMUG membership are free. Couldn’t end this without thanking the sponsors, Datagravity and Zerto, as well as our host Tech Collective.

To register or learn more visit www.vmug.com/Providence

Sharing scripts – an easier way

Still new to this blogging thing and so far all my posts have been about PowerCLI. I use Github to store my scripts after I sanitize them for public consumption – its a great tool for storing your scripts, versioning and getting input from others. One thing that bugged me between Github and Blog, though, was needing to copy and paste my code into the blog posts every time I wrote or updated them. The only way I could find the share the code and keep it up to date on Github was to start a Gist. This still meant keeping a copy in two places, until I stumbled upon this cool feature.

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When was this VM Shutdown

Continuing with a theme of simple scripts for the every day administrator, I was inspired again by the VMTN forums. Similar to several questions regarding the date a VM was deployed, there have been several question as to when a VM was shut down. The simple answer is to parse the events, but depending on how old the VM is, you could lose the events to the 30 day default window. Once again, a scheduled task can help with this.

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Happy Birthday! – Give your VM a Birth Certificate

My first post – I planned something more elaborate, technical and earth-shattering, but after seeing the same question come up twice is less than a week on VMTN, decided on something more practical. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you’re looking to see when a virtual machine was deployed, or who deployed it, you’ve got a slight problem – VMWare did not include this handy information in the native properties, you need to find the VI event associated with it’s creation and gather it from there. This can be a problem in a busy environment with event roll-overs or even from a practical stand-point of having to do that search each time you need it. I would say, why not note it from the start?

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